Rulemaking Proposals Open to Public Comment

ADVERTISE: May 27, 2020

AGENCY: 09-137 Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Chapter 17 - Trapping

PROPOSED RULE NUMBER:

BRIEF SUMMARY: The Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing to amend several portions of Chapter 17 rules to clarify or simplify existing rules to include the following: define “visible attractor”, there is currently no definition for visible attractor measures that were put in place to reduce the incidental take of lynx and other non-target species in traps; update beaver trapping season dates and closures; clarify muskrat trap placement and modify the existing rule to allow muskrats to be kept if caught incidentally while trapping for beaver; add otter to the exemption to incidental catch requirements when trapping for muskrat; increase the annual fisher bag limit from 10 to 25 statewide; remove the requirement for temporary transportation tags for marten and fisher; and amend the annual survey requirements to only trappers age 16 years and older. A complete copy of the proposal may be requested by contacting the Agency Contact Person. NOTICE: Due to the state of emergency that has been declared by the Governor, public hearings are now closed to the public physically attending. The public is strongly encouraged to submit any comments in writing to the Agency Contact Person. However, if you would like to submit comment via video conference, please contact Becky Orff at 207-287-5202 or Becky.Orff@maine.gov for details. Thank you for your understanding while we are experiencing this state of emergency.

PUBLIC HEARING: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 @ 4:00pm – via video conference (Microsoft Teams). Contact the Agency Contact Person for details.

COMMENT DEADLINE: June 26, 2020

CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING: Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State Street 41 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333; phone: 207-287-5202; fax: 207-287-6395; e-mail: Becky.Orff@maine.gov

FINANCIAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES (if any): No fiscal impact anticipated.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE: 12 MRS 10104, 12251

SUBSTANTIVE STATE OR FEDERAL LAW BEING IMPLEMENTED:

AGENCY WEBSITE: www.maine.gov/ifw

E-MAIL FOR OVERALL AGENCY RULE-MAKING LIAISON: Becky.Orff@maine.gov

ADVERTISE: May 27, 2020

AGENCY: 09-137 Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Chapter 16 – Hunting

PROPOSED RULE NUMBER:

BRIEF SUMMARY: The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing to amend Chapter 16 rules in order to comply with new laws enacted during the 129th Legislature. Amendments include changes in use of crossbows during the regular archery only deer season and fall wild turkey hunting season, definition of an “antlerless moose,” and a change in the term used to describe adult supervision of junior hunters to “junior hunter supervisor.” A copy of the complete proposal can be requested from the Agency Contact Person.

PUBLIC HEARING: None scheduled

COMMENT DEADLINE: June 26, 2020

CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING: Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State Street 41 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333; phone: 207-287-5202; fax: 207-287-6395; e-mail: Becky.Orff@maine.gov

FINANCIAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES (if any): No fiscal impact anticipated.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE: 12 MRS 10104

SUBSTANTIVE STATE OR FEDERAL LAW BEING IMPLEMENTED:

AGENCY WEBSITE: www.maine.gov/ifw

E-MAIL FOR OVERALL AGENCY RULE-MAKING LIAISON: Becky.Orff@maine.gov

ADVERTISE: May 27, 2020

AGENCY: 09-137 Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Chapter 16.10 – Wild Turkey Hunting

PROPOSED RULE NUMBER:

BRIEF SUMMARY: The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing to amend wild turkey hunting rules to allow harvest during the fall season in Wildlife Management District (WMD) 6. If adopted, WMD 6 would be open during the fall turkey season with a bag limit of one turkey of either sex. All other rules for fall wild turkey hunting will apply. A copy of the complete proposal can be requested from the Agency Contact Person.

PUBLIC HEARING: None scheduled

COMMENT DEADLINE: June 26, 2020

CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING: Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State Street 41 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333; phone: 207-287-5202; fax: 207-287-6395; e-mail: Becky.Orff@maine.gov

FINANCIAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES (if any): No fiscal impact anticipated.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE: 12 MRS 10104, 11701

SUBSTANTIVE STATE OR FEDERAL LAW BEING IMPLEMENTED:

AGENCY WEBSITE: www.maine.gov/ifw

E-MAIL FOR OVERALL AGENCY RULE-MAKING LIAISON: Becky.Orff@maine.gov

ADVERTISE: May 27, 2020

AGENCY: 09-137 Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Chapter 16.07 – Deer Hunting (Expanded Archery Areas)

PROPOSED RULE NUMBER:

BRIEF SUMMARY: The Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing to amend existing expanded archery area boundaries to reflect changed road or landmark names and to recommend additions to four of the expanded archery areas: WMD 24 area, Augusta area, Camden area, and Lewiston area. A complete copy of the proposal may be requested by contacting the Agency Contact Person.

NOTICE: Due to the state of emergency that has been declared by the Governor, public hearings are now closed to the public physically attending. The public is strongly encouraged to submit any comments in writing to the Agency Contact Person. However, if you would like to submit comment via video conference, please contact Becky Orff at 207-287-5202 or Becky.Orff@maine.gov for details. Thank you for your understanding while we are experiencing this state of emergency.

PUBLIC HEARING: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 4:00pm – via video conference (Microsoft Teams). Contact the Agency Contact Person for details.

COMMENT DEADLINE: June 29, 2020

CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING: Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State Street 41 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333; phone: 207-287-5202; fax: 207-287-6395; e-mail: Becky.Orff@maine.gov

FINANCIAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES (if any): No fiscal impact anticipated.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE: 12 MRS 10104, 11402

SUBSTANTIVE STATE OR FEDERAL LAW BEING IMPLEMENTED:

AGENCY WEBSITE: www.maine.gov/ifw

E-MAIL FOR OVERALL AGENCY RULE-MAKING LIAISON: Becky.Orff@maine.gov

ADVERTISE: May 27, 2020

AGENCY: 09-137 Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Chapter 16.07 – Deer Hunting (4.A.)(6.)

PROPOSED RULE NUMBER:

BRIEF SUMMARY: The Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing to adopt antlerless deer permit (ADP) numbers for the 2020 regular deer hunting season and special muzzle-loading season by setting specific permit allocations for the 29 Wildlife Management Districts (WMD) as follows:

WMD # of Permits WMD # of Permits
WMD 1 0 WMD 17 13,350
WMD 2 25 WMD 18 260
WMD 3 50 WMD 19 25
WMD 4 0 WMD 20 8,250
WMD 5 0 WMD 21 13,000
WMD 6 200 WMD 22 13,200
WMD 7 100 WMD 23 17,000
WMD 8 25 WMD 24 8,400
WMD 9 25 WMD 25 16,530
WMD 10 25 WMD 26 725
WMD 11 25 WMD 27 50
WMD 12 360 WMD 28 25
WMD 13 260 WMD 29 1,500
WMD 14 60 Subunit 25a 225
WMD 15 6,300 Subunit 26a 145
WMD 16 9,750    
TOTAL PERMITS: 109,890

The Department is again recommending issuance of bonus antlerless deer permits in two subunits, Subunit 25a and 26a. These additional permits will allow for additional opportunity to harvest deer in areas experiencing elevated levels of Lyme disease, deer-vehicle collisions and public complaints about deer. A complete copy of the proposal may be requested by contacting the Agency Contact Person. NOTICE: Due to the state of emergency that has been declared by the Governor, public hearings are now closed to the public physically attending. The public is strongly encouraged to submit any comments in writing to the Agency Contact Person. However, if you would like to submit comment via video conference, please contact Becky Orff at 207-287-5202 or Becky.Orff@maine.gov for details. Thank you for your understanding while we are experiencing this state of emergency.

PUBLIC HEARING: Monday, June 15, 2020 @ 4:00pm – via video conference (Microsoft Teams). Contact the Agency Contact Person for details.

COMMENT DEADLINE: June 25, 2020

CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING: Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State Street 41 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333; phone: 207-287-5202; fax: 207-287-6395; e-mail: Becky.Orff@maine.gov

FINANCIAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES (if any): No fiscal impact anticipated. S

TATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE: 12 MRS 11152, 11401

SUBSTANTIVE STATE OR FEDERAL LAW BEING IMPLEMENTED: Rule-Making Fact Sheet (5 MRSA  8057-A) AGENCY: 09-137 Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, E-MAIL OF AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State Street 41 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333; phone: 207-287-5202; fax: 207-287-6395; e-mail: Becky.Orff@maine.gov

ADVERTISE:  May 6, 2020

AGENCY:  Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE:  Chapter 16.09 – Bear Hunting

PROPOSED RULE NUMBER (leave blank; assigned by Secretary of State):

CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING:  Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 41 State House Station, 284 State Street, Augusta, ME  04333; Tel: 207-287-5202; becky.orff@maine.gov

CONTACT PERSON FOR SMALL BUSINESS INFORMATION (if different):

PUBLIC HEARING (if any):  None scheduled

COMMENT DEADLINE:  June 5, 2020

BRIEF SUMMARY:  The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has received a valid petition to consider amending Chapter 16 rules as they pertain to bear hunting. The petitioner has requested rules be modified to establish a bear feeding season, establish a bear feeding permit and set limits on the number of bear feeding permits issued annually. Please contact the agency contact person above for a complete copy of the proposed rule or to submit written comments on the proposal. 

IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES:  No fiscal impact is anticipated.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE:  12 MRSA, Section 10104

E-MAIL FOR OVERALL AGENCY RULE-MAKING LIAISON: Becky.Orff@maine.gov

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