Rulemaking Proposals Open to Public Comment

ADVERTISE:  March 31, 2021

AGENCY:  Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE:  Chapter 16.08 – Moose Hunting (Adaptive Moose Hunt)

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:  Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 4:00pm – via video conference (Microsoft Teams). Contact the Agency Contact Person by close of business on Friday, April 16, 2021 for details.

COMMENT DEADLINE:  April 30, 2021

BRIEF SUMMARY: In an effort to determine if moose density reduction can break or lessen winter tick impacts to moose in Maine, the Department is currently conducting a multi-phase adaptive management study. As part of that study in accordance with 12 MRS, §11551, the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing to allow increased hunting opportunity for moose in the western half of Wildlife Management District (WMD) 4 beginning the fall of 2021 to reduce moose population densities with additional hunt weeks. In the eastern half of WMD 4 as well as all other districts open to moose hunting, moose permits will be allocated in accordance with the Big Game Management Plan in a separate notice. Hunters applying for and receiving permits for the Adaptive Management Hunt Location must attend a training session conducted by the Department prior to being issued their moose hunting permit. Biologists will collect information from all moose harvested as part of the Adaptive Hunt, including canine teeth (for aging), winter tick counts, corpora lutea, and carcass weights. In addition, biologists will continue aerial surveys and monitoring calves with GPS collars in order to assess progress. Please contact the agency contact person for a complete copy of the proposed rule or for details on how to participate in the virtual public hearing.

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

STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE:  12 MRSA, Sections 10104 & 11551

SUBSTANTIVE STATE OR FEDERAL LAW BEING IMPLEMENTED (if different):

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

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ADVERTISE:  March 31, 2020

AGENCY:  09-137  Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE:  Chapter 16.08 – Moose Hunting (permit allocations)

PROPOSED RULE NUMBER:

BRIEF SUMMARY:  The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing moose permit allocation numbers for moose hunting permits to be issued for the 2021 moose hunting season. Permits will be issued for antlered, antlerless and any-moose. Proposed permit allocations according to Wildlife Management District are as follows:

WMD 1 – 450 antlered / 175 antlerless

WMD 13 – 15 antlered

WMD 2 – 350 antlered /175 antlerless

WMD 14 – 30 antlered

WMD 3 – 200 antlered / 125 antlerless

WMD 15 – 25 any-moose

WMD 4 – 400 antlered / 100 antlerless

WMD 16 – 15 any-moose

WMD 5 – 250 antlered / 125 antlerless

WMD 17 – 10 antlered

WMD 6 – 200 antlered / 60 antlerless

WMD 18 – 40 antlered

WMD 7 – 125 antlered

WMD 19 – 60 antlered

WMD 8 – 200 antlered / 50 antlerless

WMD 27 & 28 (combined) – 40 antlered

WMD 9  -  125 antlered

WMD 10 – 60 antlered

WMD 11 – 50 antlered

 

WMD 12 – 25 antlered

 

TOTAL:  2,630 antlered / 810 antlerless / 40 any-moose

PUBLIC HEARING:  Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 4:00pm – via video conference (Microsoft Teams). Contact the Agency Contact Person by close of business on Friday, April 16, 2021 for details.

COMMENT DEADLINE:  April 30, 2021

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 11551, 11552

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

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