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MDIFW News: WMD 9 Opens for Turkey Hunting

##MAINE DEPARTMENT OF INLAND FISHERIES & WILDLIFE**284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333***www.mefishwildlife.com Main Number: (207) 287-8000*AUGUSTA – As of Saturday, May 5, 2012, Wildlife Management District (WMD) 9 will be open to turkey hunting through June 2nd.

MDIFW: Endangered Piping Plover nesting season underway in Maine

##MAINE DEPARTMENT OF INLAND FISHERIES & WILDLIFE**284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333***www.mefishwildlife.com Main Number: (207) 287-8000* AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is urging beachgoers — and their pets — to stay away from the nests of Piping Plovers that are gracing a few beaches in southern Maine. Taking advantage of an early spring, Piping Plovers have arrived early in Maine and are beginning to set up nesting territories.

MDIFW: Woodcock Names Rafferty to Head Division of Public Information and Education

##MAINE DEPARTMENT OF INLAND FISHERIES & WILDLIFE**284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333***www.mefishwildlife.com Main Number: (207) 287-8000* AUGUSTA, Maine – Chandler E. Woodcock, Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, today named Doug Rafferty to head the Department’s Division of Public Information and Education. Rafferty joins the Department after a 21-year career as an anchor, a reporter, and an IT specialist at WGME-TV, in Portland.”To me this is an honor to be named to head up the Division of Public Information and Education.

MDIFW: Preliminary 2011 Deer Harvest Numbers Released

##MAINE DEPARTMENT OF INLAND FISHERIES & WILDLIFE**284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333***www.mefishwildlife.com Main Number: (207) 287-8000*AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine’s 2011 deer season resulted in a total harvest of 18,839 deer by resident and non-resident hunters. Although the winter of 2010-2011 was tough, especially mid-winter, snow disappeared rapidly and deer benefited from spring rains and a relatively early spring green up. Overwinter survival of fawns increased, giving a boost to yearlings available during the fall hunting season.

MDIFW: Maine Moose Permit Lottery odds of winning get better every year

##MAINE DEPARTMENT OF INLAND FISHERIES & WILDLIFE**284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333** *www.mefishwildlife.com Main Number: (207) 287-8000*AUGUSTA – The odds of winning a Moose Hunting Permit get better every year! IF&W has issued moose permits since 1980

MDIFW News: Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby POSTPONED

##**MAINE DEPARTMENT OF INLAND FISHERIES & WILDLIFE**284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333www.mefishwildlife.com Main Number: (207) 287-8000 *Media Contact: Emily MacCabe (207) 462-1017*January 26, 2012**Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby POSTPONED**GRAY, Maine – Following the recommendations of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Chandler Woodcock, the Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby Board of Directors has decided to postpone the Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby and Kid’s Derby on Saturday January 28, 2012 to the date of Saturday, February 25, 2012. The event is postponed due to concerns for the public’s safety regarding ice conditions.

Winter Deer Feeding: Helpful or Harmful

Winter Deer Feeding:  Helpful  or Harmful

Jerry Levigne, retired deer biologist has written an article regarding the complex issue of feeding deer in the winter. For anyone who has fed the deer or is contemplating this activity, you should read this first. Please click on this link : http://www.sportsmansallianceofmaine.org/Deer_Feeding_Article.pdf

New 2012 Birder Bands Available From MDIFW

#MAINE DEPARTMENT OF INLAND FISHERIES & WILDLIFE*284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333* *www.mefishwildlife.com Main Number: (207) 287-8000* AUGUSTA, Maine – For the fourth consecutive year, birders across the state will have the opportunity to support non-game and endangered species conservation with the purchase of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Maine Birder Band. The Maine Birder Band program is intended to provide the Maine birding community an opportunity to support DIF&W’s non-game bird conservation efforts

MDIFW Reminds Hunters Of Transport Law

##MAINE DEPARTMENT OF INLAND FISHERIES & WILDLIFE*284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333**www.mefishwildlife.com Main Number: (207) 287-8000* AUGUSTA, Maine – Are you hunting out of state? Maine hunters should know the regulations surrounding bringing harvested deer, elk, moose or caribou back into the state of Maine

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