September 22, 2020

Maine Bear Hunting Legislation Proposal LD1118

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LD1118 is a revised bear hunting and trapping bill that has been unanimously approved by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) committee. It will now go to the full Legislature for action. The Legislature, in the recent past has failed miserably in accomplishing anything that would address the serious overpopulation of bears in the State of Maine.

LD1118 essentially gives the commissioner of MDIFW authority to set bear hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits according to the management needs and goals of the department. What could possibly go wrong?

The proposed bill would also lower the bear permit fee from $27 to $10 and this is a good thing. It still should revert back to the good ole days when having a Big Game License would include big game hunting, i.e. deer and bear. But it’s better than $27 dollars. Non residents would have to pay $74 for a bear hunting permit.

We’ll see if the animal lovers in the Maine Legislature will allow this bill to go through.

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