December 17, 2018

Maine’s 2018-2019 Hunting Laws Now Available Online

Being a responsible user of the Maine outdoors means staying informed of, and complying with, the current laws and rules.

MDIFW’s popular summary guides make it easy to find and follow the laws and rules that apply to you. And now, our NEW digital formats allow you to quickly check a law, confirm legal hunting hours, look up best practices and more – from anywhere, anytime. 

Just visit mefishwildlife.com/laws


No cell coverage in the woods? No problem.

Just visit mefishwildlife.com/laws and browse by activity. Before you head into the woods, follow these instructions to save an offline law book or quick reference guide to your mobile device.

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  1. Download the Adobe Acrobat Reader or iBooks app.
  2. In Safari, go to: mefishwildlife.com/laws
  3. Click the link for the PDF you want to download.
  4. When it opens, tap on the share icon in the bottom center of the screen, then tap “Copy to Adobe Acrobat Reader” or “Copy to iBooks”. The file is now saved in your Adobe Acrobat Reader app and your iBooks app for offline viewing.
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  1. In Chrome, go to: mefishwildlife.com/laws
  2. Select the link for the PDF you want to download.
  3. Choose to download the file to your Downloads folder OR
  4. Download the Adobe Acrobat Reader app and open the PDF.
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Go to mefishwildlife.com/laws to save a copy and/or print just the pages you need.


You will find a series of helpful quick reference guides as well, including a legal hunting time table and a chart of the hunting seasons and bag limits.


Why digital law books?

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In 2016, we printed over 700,000 law books. Thats a lot of paper and a lot of resources diverted from Maine’s fish and wildlife.

With 77% of the U.S. population using smartphones in 2017, our agency’s mission clearly directed us to make a shift. And while we’re still priting some books (available at licence agent locations), we’re asking you to do your part and make use of the convenient and responsible digital options.

As a bonus, the digital options are searchable and always on hand, as long as you have your mobile device. If you always keep it on you (and charged) to take photos or use the GPS, this is a no-brainer.


Hunting season is approaching! Be prepared and be sure to review Maine’s 2018-2019 hunting laws today.

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We hope you have a safe and enjoyable hunting season in Maine!

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Fish and Game Hypocrisy Over Commenting on Issues?

Back on March 19, 2015, a Maine guide wrote an editorial about the decision by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) to issue a certain number of cow moose permits for a Wildlife Management District (WMD) near Greenville. The writer believes that there are not enough moose in this region to justify the number of permits. There is a system in place that allows for public comment on this issue.

In this editorial, it states that in a telephone interview with Judy Camuso, wildlife division director of MDIFW, “Our rules don’t allow for us [to comment] because the public comment period is still open,” Camuso said. “We don’t want to sway people’s comments.”

In a subsequent editorial response, a writer claims that there exists hypocrisy with MDIFW because the department was very outspoken during the recent bear referendum but MDIFW claims it is against the rules to offer public comments while the comment period for that issue is still open.

One might understand, to a degree, the issue about following rules, however, it would appear that the rules for one issue do stand hypocritical to the rules of another issue. The argument can be made that MDIFW has already made their statement about the issuance of cow moose permits by the act of issuing the number of permits they did. They obviously must support the action and was approved by the department.

However, this action would seem to support the argument made by those opposing the department to be able to participate in referendum campaigns when they say that the MDIFW should be able to make a statement only and that public participation in other campaigning programs should be disallowed.

Even though the issues are different, i.e. one a referendum, the other a permit allocation management decision, there does seem to be a bit of unexplained hypocrisy going on here. If the rules prohibit the discussion of an issue “while the comment period is still open” in fear of “sway[ing] people’s comments” then this rule needs to be changed. Can comments be effectively and honestly made if information and explanations are being squelched?

Some, of course want to change the law, to prohibit or censor MDIFW from participating in referendum campaigns beyond the issuance of a statement of position. I disagree with that approach. The state of Maine created a department for the purpose of managing game and other wildlife. While I am not a blind supporter of all things MDIFW, voters do rely on the department to offer the facts and data that they use to make decisions. Those same facts and data must be made transparent and available to all taxpayers.

Having said that, it would only seem the right thing to allow MDIFW to discuss with anyone who questions decisions at all times and not just relegated to an obscure and not very “public” public comment period.

The people are entitled to information. That information cannot be gotten through government and totalitarian censorship. Let the facts speak for themselves and thus let the facts be well seen and heard.

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About Editing Your Comments in Disqus

Attention: I have discovered that it appears that some registered “Disqus” members are editing their comments after they have been posted under articles on this website. I cannot control most aspects of how Disqus is designed to work and it is the privilege of all Disqus members to be able to edit their own comments. Comments can never be deleted but they can be “anonymized”: meaning after the comment has been posted, the person making the comment can then choose to make the post “anonymous.” Once this is done, it cannot be changed back.

While it may be a privilege of a Disqus user to edit their own comments and anonymize their comments, that doesn’t mean that I have to tolerate it. For purposes of this website, i.e. tomremington.com, there are acceptable ways to edit a comment. Examples may be but not limited to: a misspelled word, punctuation, a missing word, etc.

It is typically considered proper etiquette on this website that should a commenter decide to edit their comment, other than simple things like adding a punctuation mark or correcting a misspelled word, to leave the original post as it first appeared, add the changes and make a note of the date the edit took place and why.

It appears to me that there are some who have chosen to edit the content of their comment in order to deliberately confuse the topic or make a person who responded to a comment look foolish. I can think of no other reason other than complete disrespect for themselves, the person they are attempting to embarrass and me, the owner and administer of this site.

Why are comments left untouched important? To better understand the importance of this request, consider that one of the biggest reasons I allow commenting on this website, is to educate and involve readers who wish to post their thoughts, information, etc. What some readers may not be aware of is that there are thousands of readers who visit this website on a daily basis. Sometimes those readers land on articles, with the comments, that were posted days, weeks, months or maybe years ago. The comments are an integral part of the entire post. When major edits are made to comments, it screws up and confuses the topic and flow of the conversation. This has to be considered by other readers as a negative thing and thus, drives them away to not return again and/or to opt out of reading through the comments. Again, from my perspective this comes across as an attempt to deliberately sabotage this website. I fail to come up with any other excusable reason.

If you are going back, sometimes to comments made a long time ago and editing your comments for sinister purposes (and that judgement is left up to me, the moderator/administer) it is just another form of “trolling” or “flaming” a website and it will not be tolerated by me. Please stop this immediately or when making those kinds of changes, at a minimum, leave the original post as it appeared, add the edited portion and date it with an explanation of why you chose to edit it.

If this sort of thing continues, nothing will be said by me and no warnings issued. You will simply be blacklisted and prohibited to further participate in commenting on this website.

If you have questions about this post, please leave them in the comment section below and I will address them there. That way everyone can read the questions and answers and I will avoid having to repeat myself in additional emails.

Thank you for your consideration in this matter. I attempt to run this website all by myself and as such have little time to commit to moderating the comment section. I don’t make enough money from this site and cannot afford to pay someone to be a moderator. Please respect my wishes, as is nearly always done and I appreciate that.

Tom

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