September 30, 2020

Maine Hunting Rule Change Proposals

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Below is a list of some of the rule changes proposed by the MDIF&W as well as the proposed number of antlerless deer permits to be allocated in each of the Wildlife Management Districts. There is comment period on these items listed below until May 12, 2006

NOTICE OF AGENCY RULEMAKING PROPOSAL

ADVERTISE: April 12, 2006

AGENCY: Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Migratory Bird Hunting – North and South Waterfowl Zone Line

CONCISE SUMMARY: The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing rules redefining the north and south waterfowl zone line. This rule change is necessary to bring the zone line into compliance with the newly established Wildlife Management Districts. The new line will be as follows:
The NORTHERN waterfowl zone will consist of Wildlife Management Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19.
The SOUTHERN waterfowl zone will consist of Wildlife Management Districts 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29.

THIS RULE WILL__ WILL NOT__ HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 12 MRSA, Section 10104 and 11855

PUBLIC HEARING: None scheduled – one may be requested.

DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: May 12, 2006

AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Andrea L. Erskine

AGENCY NAME: Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

ADDRESS: 284 State Street – #41 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333-0041

E-MAIL: andrea.erskine@maine.gov

TELEPHONE: 287-5201

NOTICE OF AGENCY RULEMAKING PROPOSAL

ADVERTISE: April 12, 2006

AGENCY: Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Restrictions on the Use of Crossbows

CONCISE SUMMARY: In accordance with Title 12, Section 10953, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing rules regulating the use of crossbows for hunting including, but not limited to, restrictions on size, bolts, broadheads, sighting devices and safety mechanisms. These rules will prohibit the use of hand held, or pistol-type crossbows and crossbows with a draw weight of less than 100 pounds or more than 200 pounds. Legislation enacted by the 122nd Legislature authorizes the use of crossbows during the open season on bear as provided in Title 12, Section 11251 and the open firearms season on deer as provided in Title 12, Section 11401. Use of crossbows is prohibited during the expanded archery season and in an expanded archery zone as well as during the muzzleloading-only deer hunting season established under Title 12, Section 11404.

THIS RULE WILL__ WILL NOT__ HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 12 MRSA, Section 10953

PUBLIC HEARING: None scheduled – one may be requested.

DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: May 12, 2006

AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Andrea L. Erskine

AGENCY NAME: Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

ADDRESS: 284 State Street – #41 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333-0041

E-MAIL: andrea.erskine@maine.gov

NOTICE OF AGENCY RULEMAKING PROPOSAL

ADVERTISE: April 12, 2006

AGENCY: Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Antlerless Deer Hunting Restrictions

CONCISE SUMMARY: In accordance with Title 12, MRSA, Section 7457, subsection 1 (H), the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife proposes to adopt Antlerless Deer Hunting Restrictions for the 2006 regular and special muzzleloading deer hunting seasons. This proposal will establish specific permit allocations for the 29 Wildlife Management Districts (WMD) as follows:

WMD 1 – 0 permits
WMD 2 – 25 permits
WMD 3 – 0 permits
WMD 4 – 250 permits
WMD 5 – 450 permits
WMD 6 – 200 permits
WMD 7 – 425 permits
WMD 8 – 1,125 permits
WMD 9 – 450 permits
WMD 10 – 100 permits
WMD 11 – 125 permits
WMD 12 – 1,400 permits
WMD 13 – 1,750 permits
WMD 14 – 750 permits
WMD 15 – 4,200 permits
WMD 16 – 5,600 permits
WMD 17 – 13,725 permits
WMD 18 – 300 permits
WMD 19 – 0 permits
WMD 20 – 5,050 permits
WMD 21 – 5,050 permits
WMD 22 – 5,750 permits
WMD 23 – 11,250 permits
WMD 24 – 3,425 permits
WMD 25 – 3,000 permits
WMD 26 – 3,000 permits
WMD 27 – 0 permits
WMD 28 – 0 permits
WMD 29 – 600 permits

TOTAL – 68,000

NOTE: Boundaries in WMDs 18, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29 were realigned in 2006. WMD 30 was eliminated. Coastal islands are now part of the new WMD 29, except coastal islands in Washington County and those located in Franklin, Sullivan, Sorrento, Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor in Hancock County, which are located in WMD 27.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 12 M.R.S.A Sections 11152

PUBLIC HEARING: None scheduled – one may be requested.

DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: May 12, 2006

AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Andrea L. Erskine

AGENCY NAME: Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

ADDRESS: 284 State Street – #41 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333-0041

E-MAIL: andrea.erskine@maine.gov

TELEPHONE: 287-5201

Tom Remington

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