Public Hearings for Rulemaking Proposals

ADVERTISE:  June 6, 2018

AGENCY:  09-137  Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE:  Chapters 4.03 - Deer Hunting Season; 4.04 - Bear Hunting Season (youth day); 4.06 Wild Turkey Spring Season (youth day)

BRIEF SUMMARY:  In accordance with 12, M.R.S.  11152 the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife proposes to adopt antlerless deer permit numbers for the 2018 regular deer hunting season and special muzzle-loading season by setting specific permit allocations for the 29 Wildlife Management Districts (WMD) as follows:

WMD 1 - 0 permits WMD 16 - 6,500 permits
WMD 2 - 25 permits WMD 17 - 10,000 permits
WMD 3 - 50 permits WMD 18 - 150 permits
WMD 4 - 0 permits WMD 19 - 0 permits
WMD 5 - 0 permits WMD 20 - 9,550 permits
WMD 6 - 100 permits WMD 21 - 10,500 permits
WMD 7 - 400 permits WMD 22 - 11,000 permits
WMD 8 - 375 permits WMD 23 - 12,375 permits
WMD 9 - 50 permits WMD 24 - 8,750 permits
WMD 10 - 0 permits WMD 25 - 7,850 permits
WMD 11 - 0 permits WMD 26 - 270 permits
WMD 12 - 400 permits WMD 27 - 25 permits
WMD 13 - 475 permits WMD 28 - 0 permits
WMD 14 - 200 permits WMD 29 - 1,500 permits
WMD 15 - 4,200 permits Total permits - 84,745 permits

An amendment to language regarding youth hunting days is also being proposed to clarify that adult supervisors may carry a handgun pursuant to 25, M.R.S.  2001-A, but not for the purpose of hunting. A complete copy of the proposed rule can be obtained from the rulemaking contact person listed below.

PUBLIC HEARING:  Tuesday, June 26, 2018 @ 6:00pm – Augusta Armory, Room 209A, 179 Western Avenue,  Augusta

COMMENT DEADLINE: July 6, 2018 

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 111552, 11251, 11401, 11701