Blogs

The Samoset is a great winter get-a-way

City or Town: 
Rockland
Blog Showcase Image: 

George

            Lots of families with kids were enjoying the Samoset Resort with us on a cold January weekend. And it’s easy to understand why, from the indoor playground and swimming pool to the ice rink to the comfortable rooms.

            We scheduled our visit to coincide with Sunday afternoon’s Pies on Parade fundraiser for the local food bank. With savory and sweet pies in 25 locations around Rockland, well, I don’t have to tell you why I love this event! This year I couldn’t get beyond 11 places before I just could not eat another bite.

Legislature considers bill to simplify fishing rules

Blog Showcase Image: 

 My proposal to establish a commission to simplify Maine’s complicated fishing rules is scheduled for a public hearing by the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee on Tuesday, February 14, at 1 pm in Room 206 of the Cross Building next to the Capitol.

 LD 187, sponsored by Representative Michelle Dunphy of Old Town, would organize a 10-member Commission to recommend changes that will simplify the laws and rules governing fishing.

Over the years I probably got more complaints about the complexity of fishing rules than any other issue. Along with my testimony, I’m giving the IFW Committee a column I wrote last year, as I fished through the law book for the rules governing some of my favorite waters. Frustrating doesn’t begin to describe my search.

Confused by fishing rules? Get this app!

Blog Showcase Image: 

Great news! Ron Cote’s app for Maine’s fishing rules is now available – for free!

You can get the app here. It's available for android and an Apple version is coming soon.

 

Maine aggressively fights invasive plants but not fish and wildlife.

Blog Showcase Image: 

Maine is aggressively fighting invasive plants and insects, but not wild animals and fish like the northern pike shown above. And I think that’s too bad.

This recent quote from Doug Denico, Director of Maine’s Forestry Bureau, got my attention: "The Maine Forest Service, Public Lands and the Natural Areas Program have joined with the Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources to locate and eradicate invasive plant and animal species."

Finding Italy in Rockport, Maine

City or Town: 
Rockport
Blog Showcase Image: 

 George

 

Fish and Wildlife Department may get authority over turkey bag limits and seasons

Blog Showcase Image: 

Turkey bag limits and seasons are set in law, but that may change. My turkey bill, LD 98, was amended by the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife today to give the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife full authority to set bag limits and seasons, including the opportunity to schedule special hunts where turkeys are causing problems.

Currently bag limits and seasons are set in law, giving the agency no opportunity to make any changes.

The three sections of my turkey bill were removed. One called for elimination of the turkey hunting permit and fee, to encourage more hunters to try turkey hunting. The department and several IFW Committee members were skeptical that this would actually attract a lot more turkey hunters, and the committee felt that DIF&W needed the money for turkey research and other purposes.

At the legislature, landowners urge us to kill more turkeys

Blog Showcase Image: 

 My turkey bill got plenty of support at yesterday’s public hearing before the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee. And the committee will quickly get to work on the bill on Thursday.

The bill would eliminate the permit requirement and fee, allow on-line and phone tagging, and expand the bag limits to three toms in the spring season and three birds of either sex in the fall season. I tried to eliminate the permit and fee in 2014, and believe that is going to be essential if we’re going to get more hunters to hunt turkeys. Last year DIF&W sold only 16,000 turkey hunting permits and estimated that no more than 5,000 of us hunted turkeys in the fall.

Site by Fieldstone Media