Most anglers release most of the fish they catch, so it makes sense for all of us to know the best techniques for releasing hooked fish. These techniques are particularly important for stressed out fish caught in the warmer water of summer.
It always thrills me when I find artists who can capture the best of Maine’s environment, in photographs, paintings, wooden crafts, sculpture, music, and other mediums. Two of my favorite artists are the subject of today’s column.
Maine duck hunters now have evidence that supports their suspicion that climate change has impacted their hunting experiences in Maine – and more evidence to support changes in the duck hunting zones and seasons that put hunters on the water when the ducks are there.
You are breaking the law. I am sure of it. Somewhere in your house is a feather from a wild bird, maybe even a nest with eggs in it. You’ve got a skull from a wild animal, perhaps, that you found in the woods. Whatever it is, you most assuredly don’t have the required possession permit.
I’d also bet that you are entirely unaware that it is illegal to possess wild birds or animals, or any part of a wild animal, including feathers and bones, without a $25 permit issued by Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund Board awarded $325,000 in grants to 36 projects on May 3, a substantially diminished pot of money than was available in the past. This fund gets its money from an instant lottery game and the board awards the profits from the game to wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation projects twice a year.
Governor Paul LePage initially wanted to veto the $5 million bond for the Land for Maine’s Future, but Carlisle McLean, LePage’s policy staffer for environmental issues, and David Trahan, executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, helped convince him to allow the people of Maine to vote on the proposal. Even if the bond (along with three others LePage decided not to veto) is upheld by the voters, however, the governor has said he doesn't plan on spending the money until the state has made a significant dent in its debt.