January 27, 2023

Maine Sportsmen Have a Chance to Air Their Concerns

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The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine held its annual conference, gathering hunters, fishermen, representatives from the fish and game, private landowners, developers and the Governor, all to voice their concerns, share ideas and tell of future plans.

Much of the focus seemed to lie with a topic that generates much conversation and controversy – Sunday hunting. Advocates are still pushing to open up the woods in Maine to Sunday hunting, while landowners are threatening to post their lands if it happens. No real new proposals were presented although George Smith of SAM suggested we start slowly by allowing a youth hunt on Sundays.

Other topics discussed, many with no hard plans to carry them out were:

1. New trout fishing regulations
2. A moose hunt in Southern Maine
3. Debate over protecting the Canada lynx
4. Introducing wild turkeys into the northern counties of Maine
5. The ban on coyote snaring
6. Expanding the fall fishing season
7. The Maine Warden service is creating a new position to work with landowners and sportsmen
8. Expansion of the rainbow trout stocking program
9. The loss of deer yards in northern Maine
10. Chronic Wasting Disease
11. Plum Creek Timber Co. gave an overview of their plans in the Moosehead Region
12. Governor Baldacci talked about expanding snowmobile and ATV trails, working more closely with private fish hatcheries, and trying to find new ways to fund the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife – with no specifics presented.

The Bangor Daily News has more on this event.
Read Dave Sherwood’s take on the meeting as well.

Tom Remington