September 24, 2023

Wow! Maine’s New Digital Tagging System Sure is a “Benefit” to Hunters?

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How is Maine’s bear hunting season going? How is Maine’s moose hunting season going? How is Maine’s deer hunting season going? Your guess is as good as mine. Although we weren’t promised that the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) would share their “instant” tagging information, we were told that it would be a great benefit to hunters. Really? In what way?

We were told that MDIFW would have virtually real-time tagging data. One might assume that would be shared with the public. One might also assume that because it is a law that MDIFW has to make this data available, steps would have already been taken to get this data onto their website where those who are interested can go there and see how the harvest is shaping up. It’s what hunters care about…don’t we?

The secret remains with MDIFW officials. Evidently, their intention is to keep hunting harvest data a secret but to let us know when the next report comes out on piping plovers.

And taxpayers/licensed hunters paid how much to have this digital tagging system put in place?

I guess that no longer matters.

Maybe if you decide to go to the polls and vote for governor in November, you better ask the candidate of your choice who he or she will pick as commissioner of MDIFW and whether or not they care to share the data from the new tagging system.