A dramatic change in the position of the Department of Marine Resources toward a saltwater fishing registry could give all Maine saltwater anglers a free fishing registry starting next year, something many of us have worked to achieve for three years since Congress enacted a federal mandate to establish a registry of saltwater anglers in each state.
The legislature’s Natural Resources Committee hosted a hearing Tuesday on a bill that could lead to a ban on felt-soled waders in Maine.
Many saltwater anglers are confused by Maine’s new registration requirements. While relief may be on the way for 2012 as the legislature considers several bills that would change the registry law enacted just last year, here’s what you must do for 2011.
Chandler Woodcock’s nomination to be Maine’s commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife won the unanimous support of the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee last week.
The popular Woodcock drew support from a dozen Maine sporting and environmental groups, including the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and Maine Audubon, as well as individual sportsmen.
Wolf-hybrids may be a lot harder to own in Maine in the future. Last week the legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Committee decided the animals should be banned in the state and significantly strengthened a wolf-hybrid bill sponsored by Senator David Trahan.
Comments from astonished sportsmen have poured in about two women who were rescued by a Maine game warden after getting lost while snowshoeing last Sunday in Harpswell.
To be kind, I will not name the women, for reasons that will be obvious in a moment, although their names did appear in reporter Seth Koenig’s account of the rescue in The Times Record on Valentine's Day.
This story was not a valentine to sportsmen.
This year’s Milfoil Summit, scheduled for February 25, offers you a good opportunity to hear directly from Maine’s new commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, Darryl Brown, who will present “his vision for the DEP.” Should be very interesting. And the commissioner will take questions. That should be even more interesting.
Environmentalists may be swimming upstream against a strong current in the River LePage, but they’re still in the water, finning as fast as they can.
Fresh off their extreme disappointment with the governor’s proposed environmental reforms, The Maine Environmental Priorities Coalition hosted a legislative breakfast and press conference last Thursday to present its 2011 Common Environmental Agenda.
A huge animal killed by a car just south of Bryant Pond on Tuesday night may have been a wolf or wolf-hybrid.
Wednesday’s blizzard didn’t stop a few industrious individuals from tracking down the story and spreading it to others, including me.
Tom Remington of Skinny Moose Media emailed me at 9:49 a.m. Wednesday as snow accumulated outside my home/office window.
When the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine announced last week that former Secretary of State Matt Dunlap had been hired as the organization’s new executive director, many in and outside the State House breathed a sigh of relief.
While many asked what happened to Tim Bell, SAM’s executive director since October 1, 2011, I’ve been very circumspect in my responses, out of respect and concern for the organization I led for eighteen years.