Anglers break more laws than hunters

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In the 8-year period 2007 – 2015, Maine game wardens gave more citations to anglers than to hunters. Anglers received a total of 4,192 citations while hunters received 2,869.

 

More than half of the citations given to anglers were for fishing without a license. Here is how the citations broke out:

 

2,338          Fishing without a valid license

 

786             Fishing violation – number, amount, weight or size

 

573             Use of bait in artificial lure only water

 

255             Unattended lines (ice fishing)

 

240             Possessing fish in violation 

 

It is particularly alarming to learn that so many anglers are using live bait in waters where that is illegal. That is just how so many of our native fisheries have been damaged by competing species.

 

Hunting citations broke out this way:

 

687   Loaded firearms or crossbow in motor vehicle

 

358   Placing bait to entice deer

 

346   Hunting from stand or blind over deer bait

 

244   Night hunting

 

218   Hunting with firearms or crossbow without hunter orange

 

208   Using artificial light to illuminate wild animals

 

184   Illegal placing of bear bait

 

162   Hunting without a valid license

 

158   Fraudulently obtaining a hunting license or permit

 

153   Driving deer

 

151   Discharging firearm or crossbow near dwelling

 

I hope all hunters are aware of the controversial change in the baiting law, which now takes your hunting license for life for a second baiting conviction.

 

In addition to these hunting and fishing citations and the ones handed out to ATV riders, snowmobilers, and boaters, reported in my last outdoor news column, the only other violations that got 150 or more citations in this 8-year period were these:

 

528   Possession of marijuana

 

431   Littering

 

425   Possession of marijuana

 

203   Sale and use of drug paraphernalia

 

Yes, game wardens are often involved in law enforcement issues well beyond our favorite outdoor pursuits (assuming one of your favorite outdoor pursuits is not smoking marijuana).

 

And I do want to especially thank our game wardens who are out there writing up road slobs who trash our woodlots and roadsides.

 

 

 

 

 

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