Rulemaking Proposals Open to Public Comment

ADVERTISE:  May 12, 2021

AGENCY:  09-137  Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE:  Chapter 16.07 – Deer Hunting (Any-deer permit allocations)

PROPOSED RULE NUMBER:

BRIEF SUMMARY:  The Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing to adopt antlerless deer permit (ADP) numbers for the 2021 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 permits

WMD 17

15,165 permits

WMD 2

50 permits

WMD 18

380 permits

WMD 3

75 permits

WMD 19

25 permits

WMD 4

0 permits

WMD 20

9,650 permits

WMD 5

0 permits

WMD 21

20,475 permits

WMD 6

350 permits

WMD 22

20,160 permits

WMD 7

615 permits

WMD 23

25,080 permits

WMD 8

250 permits

WMD 24

9,100 permits

WMD 9

65 permits

WMD 25

23,760 permits

WMD 10

25 permits

WMD 26

2,555 permits

WMD 11

45 permits

WMD 27

95 permits

WMD 12

440 permits

WMD 28

35 permits

WMD 13

505 permits

WMD 29

2,100 permits

WMD 14

335 permits

Subunit 25a

425 permits

WMD 15

11,500 permits

Subunit 26a

250 permits

WMD 16

10,400 permits

 

 

 

TOTAL PERMITS: 153,910

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. 

PUBLIC HEARING:  Tuesday, June 1, 2021 @ 4:00pm – via video conference (Microsoft Teams). Contact becky.orff@maine.gov by close of business May 28, 2021 for details on how to participate.

COMMENT DEADLINE:  June 11, 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 11152, 11401

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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ADVERTISE:  May 12, 2021

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. This revision will make language consistent across areas, address examples of incorrect road and landmark names and bring boundary description language in line with mapped boundaries currently presented on the MDIFW website. Additionally, the Bangor and Brewer areas have been combined and much of the Owl’s Head peninsula is proposed as an addition to the Camden expanded archery area where gun deer hunting is limited by local ordinance to shotgun only. Clarification of islands within WMD 24 rather than the WMD 29 expanded archery area is also included along with revised language for consistency with the online map to include acreage in the town of Ogunquit near Bourne Lane and Shore Road. A complete copy of the proposal may be requested by contacting the Agency Contact Person.

PUBLIC HEARING:  Wednesday, June 2, 2021 @ 4:00pm – via video conference (Microsoft Teams). Contact becky.orff@maine.gov by close of business June 1, 2021 for details on how to participate.

COMMENT DEADLINE:  June 14, 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 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

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ADVERTISE:  May 19, 2021

AGENCY:  09-137  Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE:  Chapter 16.13 - Protocol for Big Game Registration Station & Furbearer Registration Agents

PROPOSED RULE NUMBER:

BRIEF SUMMARY: The Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing to amend Chapter 16 rules to remove the 25¢ tagging fee when furs are tagged by the Department. The proposed change will still allow fur tagging agents to continue charging 25¢ for each furbearer pelt that is tagged. Also being proposed is the removal of the requirement for temporary transportation tags for marten and fisher. Since 2020, temporary transportation tags for marten and fisher are no longer required, and the proposed changes will bring the section language up to date. A complete copy of the proposal may be requested by contacting the Agency Contact Person.

PUBLIC HEARING:  Monday, June 7, 2021 @ 4:00pm – via video conference (Microsoft Teams). Contact the Agency Contact Person by close of business on 6/4/2021 for details.

COMMENT DEADLINE:  June 17, 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 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

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ADVERTISE:  May 19, 2021

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 Chapter 17 trapping rules as follows. As in previous years, the Department is proposing to open or close certain areas to beaver trapping in response to landowner requests. Several minor changes to clarify or simplify existing rules are also being proposed including removing the special fisher trapping season and allowing fisher trapping to occur during the general trapping season statewide, removing the 25¢ tagging fee when Department staff tag fur and removing outdated language for temporary transportation tags for marten and fisher as they are no longer required. A complete copy of the proposed rule may be requested by contacting the Agency Contact Person. 

PUBLIC HEARING:  Monday, June 7, 2021 @ 4:00pm – via video conference (Microsoft Teams). Contact the Agency Contact Person by close of business on 6/4/2021 for details.

COMMENT DEADLINE:  June 17, 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 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