IF&W Rulemaking Proposals

 

Agency: 09-137 Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Chapter Number and Title: Chapter 4.06 - Wild Turkey (1. B., 4, 5 and 6.)

Statutory Authority: 12 MRSA Section 11701

Contact Person for this Filing: Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 284 State Street, 41 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0041, Email: Becky.Orff@maine.gov Telephone: (207) 287-5202

Public Hearing: None scheduled, one may be requested.

Deadline for Comments:  February 20, 2015

Brief Summary: The Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing to amend the spring wild turkey hunting season in WMDs 1-6 to allow for a split A/B season. This rule also establishes the dates for the split season to occur as follows: Season A: Week #1: May 4, 2015 – May 9, 2015; Week #3: May18 , 2015 – May 23, 2015; Season B: Week #2: May 11, 2015 – May 16, 2015; Week #4: May 25, 2015 – May 30, 2015; All Permit Holders: Week #5: June 1, 2015 – June 6, 2015. In WMDs 1-6 hunters will be assigned to Season A or Season B based on their year of birth. During “odd” numbered years hunters with “odd” birth years will be authorized to hunt during Season A; hunters with “even” birth years will be authorized to hunt during Season B. During “even” numbered years, hunters with “even” birth years will be authorized to hunt during Season A; hunters with “odd” birth years will be authorized to hunt during Season B. The proposal would also remove the reference to turkey tagging fees as it is currently provided for in statute 12 MRSA, Section 12301-A. A detailed copy of the proposal may be obtained from the Agency Contact Person listed above.


Agency: 09-137 Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Chapter Number and Title: Chapter 13 Watercraft Regulations

Statutory Authority: 12 MRSA Section 13051

Contact Person for this Filing: Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 284 State Street, 41 State House Station, Augusta, ME  04333-0041, Email: Becky.Orff@maine.gov Telephone: (207) 287-5202

Public Hearing: None scheduled – one may be requested

Deadline for Comments: January 23, 2015

Brief Summary: The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing a complete repeal and replace of the current boating rules making them applicable to today’s boating standards and to include consistent language from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) regarding the safe operation of boats. The Department, in conjunction with the Department of Marine Resources, is proposing to adopt these rules under the Federal Boating Safety Act as administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. Please view this proposal.


Agency: 09-137 Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Chapter Number and Title: Chapter 24 - Licensed Guides

Statutory Authority: 12 MRSA Section 12851

Contact Person for this Filing: Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 284 State Street, 41 State House Station, Augusta, ME  04333-0041, Email: Becky.Orff@maine.gov Telephone: (207) 287-5202

Public Hearing: None scheduled - one may be requested.

Deadline for Comments: January 16, 2015

Brief Summary: The Department is proposing to amend rules as they pertain to licensed guides to include a requirement for those who guide standup paddle boarders in Maine. In addition to the other recreational sports, those receiving remuneration for trips involving standup paddle boards will be required to hold a valid guides license. The rule will apply to guided paddle sports both on inland and tidal waters. Please contact the agency rulemaking contact person above for a complete copy of the proposed rule.