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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

Statement From Maine Warden Service Colonel Joel Wilkinson

##MAINE DEPARTMENT OF INLAND FISHERIES & WILDLIFE**284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333** ##*Statement from Colonel Joel Wilkinson of the Maine Warden Service* AUGUSTA, Maine – Colonel Joel Wilkinson released the following statement this morning to address the shooting incident that took place in Rumford yesterday, and resulted in the death of Eric Richard, age 46, of Rumford. “The Maine Warden Service and Maine State Police were called to assist the Rumford Police Department with searching for Mr. Richard who was reported as despondent.

MDIFW: Hunter Education Instructors Recognized For Service

##MAINE DEPARTMENT OF INLAND FISHERIES & WILDLIFE**284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333** *www.mefishwildlife.com Main Number: (207) 287-8000* GORHAM, Maine – Three of Maine’s longest-tenured hunter education instructors were recognized by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for their efforts recently at a safety course held at Gorham Middle School. Sam Boothby of Gorham, Phil Guimond of Gorham and Mike Richard of Old Orchard Beach each received plaques to commemorate their milestones.

Club’s deer food plots thicken | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Club’s deer food plots thicken The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday TelegramThis comprehensive article about our food plots came out in Portland’s Sunday Telegram. Please click to read the article

MDIFW: Public Invited To Provide Feedback On Proposed Fishing Regulations


**284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333**
[www.mefishwildlife.com](http://www.mefishwildlife.com) Main Number: (207) 287-8000*

AUGUSTA, Maine – With more than 200 proposed changes to Maine’s current fishing regulations, the public is invited to provide feedback during upcoming public hearings across the state.

A public rulemaking notice was published earlier this month in Maine newspapers throughout the state.

A total of five public hearings will be held, representing five distinct areas of the state. Comments from the public are urged at these hearings on any of the 226 proposed changes to open-water and ice fishing regulations in Maine.

Any accepted changes would be enacted for the 2012-2013 fishing seasons.

The following is a complete listing of the public hearings, including dates and locations:

November 1, 2011 – Presque Isle Inn & Convention Center, 116 Main Street, Presque Isle
November, 2, 2011 – Stearns High School, Library, 199 State Street, Millinocket
November 7, 2011 – Ramada Ellsworth, 215 High Street, Route 1 & 3, Ellsworth
November 8, 2011 – Brunswick High School, Multi-Purpose Room, 116 Maquoit Road, Brunswick
November 9, 2011 – Rangeley Lakes Regional School, 43 Mendolia Road, Rangeley
All hearings begin at 6:30 p.m.

Anyone who is unable to attend one of the five hearings is still able to comment on any of the proposed rule changes in writing by mailing their comments to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, SHS 41, 284 State Street, Augusta, ME 04330. The deadline for receiving written comments is November 21, 2011.

For more information on the proposed changes, or to view the complete list of proposed changes, please visit
[www.mefishwildlife.com](http://www.mefishwildlife.com) and go to the “Laws And Rules” section of the website. Click on the link to “IFW Rulemaking Proposals” on the right-hand side of the page to view the entire proposal.

MDIFW: 2011 Deer Hunt Focuses On Species’ Growth

**284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333**
*[http://www.mefishwildlife.com](www.mefishwildlife.com) Main Number: (207) 287-8000*

AUGUSTA, Maine – With the start of the statewide white-tailed deer season just days away, Maine hunters are reminded that recovering our state’s deer population is this year’s top priority.

DIF&W Commissioner Chandler Woodcock states, “We are proud at the Department of the progressive steps we are taking to grow our deer population. The lower number of doe permits, our increased initiatives with landowners addressing deer yard issues and our aggressive programs of predation control all address the fact that one of our priorities is to grow the deer herd in Maine.”

Woodcock also stated, “We have beautiful trophy bucks throughout Maine, and I hope to come out of the woods with one on Saturday!”

DIF&W deer biologist Lee Kantar added “to accomplish deer management objectives in 2011, we have set doe harvest numbers fairly low. By decreasing any-deer permits by 46 percent for the coming season, we hope to give a boost to deer numbers across the state for future growth.”

The 25-day regular firearms season on deer opens for Maine residents this Saturday, October 29th, and for non-residents the following Monday. The season ends on the Saturday following Thanksgiving (November 26th). Following this, the muzzleloader season will begin in statewide on November 28th and will end on December 3rd in Wildlife Management Districts (WMD) 1 through 11, 14, 19, 27 and 28. Elsewhere, the muzzleloader season will continue until December 10th. Crossbow archery season will coincide with modern firearms.

Hunters are allowed to take one antlered deer annually in Maine, although hunters with an any-deer permit are allowed to take either one antlered deer or one antlerless deer. A total of 26,390 any-deer (doe) permits have been issued for 2011, a sharp decrease from last season when more than 40,000 any-deer permits were handed out.

“It reflects the tremendous impact the harsh winters of 2008 and 2009 had on deer populations throughout the state and the significant winter mortality suffered by the herd in Maine,” Kantar said.

Kantar projects that roughly 4,800 antlerless deer will likely be harvested by hunters this fall. Antlered buck harvests should reach just under 12,000. In total Maine’s deer harvest will be down from 2010 and from previous years.

“This will be by design with the reduction in any-deer permits to help build the statewide population,” Kantar said. “Given all the information the Department uses to manage deer in Maine and the implementation of aerial surveys, it was determined the reduction in permits would be the best tactic for meeting wildlife management population objectives.

“In the end, hunters should expect a reduced statewide harvest but benefit down the road from increasing deer numbers for the coming years.”

For more information on deer hunting in Maine, or to view a complete summary of laws and regulations regarding hunting with firearms, visit www.mefishwildlife.com.

Landowners Recognized At Landowners/Land Users Banquet

**284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333**
*[http://www.mefishwildlife.com](www.mefishwildlife.com) Main Number: (207) 287-8000*

AUGUSTA, Maine – Nearly one dozen corporate and private landowners across the state were honored last week as the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and Maine Snowmobile Association recognized their efforts during the annual Landowner/Land User Recognition Banquet.

The Pingree Family and Seven Islands Land Company of Bangor joined Maritime and Northeast LLC of Richmond in receiving awards for their generosity in ensuring that public recreation on privately-owned land continues to be part of Maine’s outdoor tradition.

“Landowners and responsible land users are the keepers of Maine’s natural resources, and they make possible the outdoor opportunities which we all enjoy and make Maine unique,” said Captain Dan Scott of the Maine Warden Service. “Anyone venturing out on private land should first seek permission from the appropriate landowner and always respect the land to ensure future use for everyone.”

The MDIF&W Landowner Relations Program works closely with the Department of Conservation, the Commissioner’s Landowners and Sportsmen Relations Advisory Board (LSRAB), other state agencies, clubs from the various user groups and landowners to proactively address the topic of public access to private land.

Over 1,000 nomination forms were distributed to various user groups and landowners, seeking award nominations this year. The nominations were then reviewed by members of the LSRAB and the Maine Warden Service.

Private landowners owning more than 100 acres of land open to public use honored at the banquet were Bob Linkletter of Athens, Randy Cousineau of Strong, and David Anderson of Topsham.

Organized landowner groups to be recognized were the Penobscot County Conservation Association of Brewer, the Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmen’s Association, and the Aroostook ATV Club.

Over 90 percent of Maine’s land is privately owned, and outdoor enthusiasts are dependent on the generosity of private landowners to allow public access to their land. The MDIF&W Landowner Relations Program strives to maintain Maine’s unique heritage and ensure that the outdoor recreational opportunities available today will continue to be available to future generations.

Only Shoot Here with Your Camera!

A visiting moose was called in by Nick Leadley a professional wildlife photographer. This was shot with his hand-held camera. On some of our plots, we can actually see moose beds

Signs of Wildlife Foraging

Signs of Wildlife Foraging

We can’t prove that the critters are better surviving the winter because of these plots.

MDIFW: Mark Latti Named New Landowner Relations Coordinator

284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333

**[www.mefishwildlife.com](www.mefishwildlife.com) Main Number: (207) 287-8000**

AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is pleased to announce that Mark Latti has been named the Department’s new Recreational Access and Landowner Relations Coordinator.

Latti, who previously served nine years as the MDIFW spokesman, will begin his new duties on October 17.

“It is a thrill to return to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and I am excited about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” Latti said. “Having worked at MDIFW for nearly 10 years, I understand the importance of recreational access and landowner relations, and just how vital they are to the state’s outdoor community and Maine’s outdoor traditions.”

As the Landowner Relations Coordinator, Latti is tasked with promoting cooperation between landowners across the state and recreational land-users in order to protect Maine’s long tradition of outdoor recreation on private lands. Prior to this year, the position was a position shared between MDIFW and the Department of Conservation.

Latti will leave his current post at the Department of Transportation to return to MDIFW. He is an avid outdoorsman who also serves on the Brunswick Marine Resources Committee and as an outdoors writer for the Portland Press Herald, Maine’s largest newspaper.

“We’re excited to have Mark back with us and also anxious to have the Landowner Relations position filled,” said Deputy Commissioner Andrea Erskine. “We acknowledge the importance of fostering strong relationships with our landowners in Maine, and we’re confident Mark will do a great job.”