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New Laws Enacted in 2014

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PUBLIC LAW 2014 CHAPTER 538 – (LD 1667) An Act to Amend Certain Provisions of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Laws (Effective April 9, 2014) The hunting and trapping related changes that were made in law for 2014 were addressed in this law, P.L. c. 538. For that reason there are many topics discussed below which effect different sections of Title 12 (Maine’s Fish & Wildlife Laws).

  • A mandatory administrative fee of $25 to reinstate a license after a suspension was added to the law.
  • In 2013 the Legislature asked IFW to simplify and streamline the laws governing license revocations. This section of the law helps to address this request. It clarifies the time frame for which a person is ineligible to obtain any license issued by IFW following a conviction for disturbing traps. The timeframe is 3 years from the date of conviction for a first offense and 5 years following the date of conviction for a 2nd or subsequent offense.
  • If a person unlawfully hunts or unlawfully possesses an antlerless deer in a wildlife management district in which no antlerless deer permits are issued they are subject to a mandatory license revocation.
  • If a person is caught hunting, fishing or engaging in an activity for which a particular license, permit or registration permits and that license, permit or registration is under revocation they are subject to an additional mandatory revocation for any license and/or permit issued by the department for a period of at least one year.
  • Residents who lose a Maine license under the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact as a result of a conviction occurring out of Maine are exempt from the requirement that the person complete Maine’s outdoor ethics course. The Maine license will be reinstated once the person has met the eligibility requirements for reinstatement of the license in the state in which the conviction occurred.
  • Crossbow laws were clarified to state that a person may hunt bear with a crossbow during the open season on bear, wild turkey during the spring turkey season, moose during the moose season or deer during the open firearm season on deer. A person may not use a crossbow to hunt for turkeys during the fall turkey season or for deer during the expanded and special archery seasons. Additionally persons 70 years of age and older may hunt any wild bird or any wild animal with a crossbow during any open season on that bird or animal.
  • In 2013 the Legislature asked IFW to propose some changes that would make supervision requirements for junior hunting and junior trapping laws more consistent. As a result the term “adult supervisor” and “in the presence of” have both been defined.

    Junior Hunting

    • Adult supervisor” for a junior hunter means the parent or guardian of the junior hunter or a person 18 years of age or older who is approved by the parent or guardian of the junior hunter and who holds or has held a valid Maine hunting license or has completed a hunting safety course.
    • In the Presence of” as it relates to supervising a junior hunter means in visual and voice contact without the use of visual or audio enhancement devices, including but not limited to binoculars and citizen band radios.
    • Eligibility” for a junior hunter means a resident or nonresident who is at least 10 years of age and under 16 years of age.

    Junior Trapping

    • Adult supervisor” for a junior trapper means a parent or guardian of the junior trapper or a person 18 years of age or older who is approved by the parent or guardian of the junior trapper and who holds or has held a valid Maine trapping license or has completed a trapping safety course.
    • In the Presence of” as it relates to supervising a junior trapper means in visual and voice contact without the use of visual or audio enhancement devices, including but not limited to binoculars and citizen band radios.
    • Eligibility” for a junior trapper means they must be over 10 years of age and under 16 years of age and must hold a junior trapping license and be in the presence of and under the effective control of an adult supervisor at all times while trapping, unless the holder of the junior trapping license submits proof of having successfully completed a trapper education course.
  • Several sections of law amend the apprentice hunting and apprentice trapping laws in order to make them more consistent in the realm of supervision requirements. The term “adult supervisor” and “in the presence of” have both been defined.

    Apprentice Hunting:

    • Adult supervisor” for an apprentice hunter means that they must be 18 years of age or older and holds a valid Maine hunting license and must have held a valid hunting license for the prior 3 consecutive years to be qualified to supervise the apprentice hunter.
    • In the presence of” as it relates to supervising an apprentice hunter means in visual and voice contact without the use of visual or audio enhancement devices, including but not limited to binoculars and citizen band radios.
    • Eligibility” for an apprentice hunter means a resident or a nonresident 16 years of age or older who has never held a valid adult hunting license in this State, or any other state, province or country, is eligible to obtain an apprentice hunter license. Also they may obtain an apprentice hunter license without having successfully completed a hunter safety course but they may not obtain an apprentice hunter license more than twice. The law changed to allow someone to obtain an apprentice hunting license even if they have already held a junior hunting license in the past.

    Apprentice Trapping:

    • Adult supervisor” for an apprentice trapper means that they must be 18 years of age or older and holds or has held a valid adult trapping license for 3 consecutive years to be qualified to supervise the apprentice trapper.
    • In the presence of” for an apprentice trapper means in visual and voice contact without the use of visual or audio enhancement devices, including but not limited to binoculars and citizen band radios.
    • Eligibility” for an apprentice trapper means a resident or nonresident 16 years of age or older who has never held a valid adult trapping license in this State, or any other state, province or country, is eligible to obtain an apprentice trapper license. Also they may obtain an apprentice trapper license without having successfully completed a trapper education course but they may not obtain an apprentice trapping license more than twice. The law changed to allow someone to obtain an apprentice trapping license even if they have already held a junior trapping license in the past.
  • In any year which moose permit numbers exceed 3,140 the law establishes moose permits for hunting lodges. For the purposes of entry into the moose permit lottery and allocation of moose lottery permits defines “hunting outfitter” to include sporting camp owner-operators who are licensed to provide package deals for food, lodging and the services of a guide. The sale or transfer of the permit by a hunting outfitter to a hunter more than once is prohibited and the hunter who receives it may not sell or transfer the permit. Please visit the IFW website for more detailed information.
  • The law was amended to prohibit discharging an arrow from a bow over or near a public paved way.
  • The recent law change that was specific to discharging a bow and arrow within 100 yards of a building or residential dwelling without permission from the building’s owner or occupant or owner’s authorized representative has been repealed. The prohibitions relating to firearms and crossbows are still in law.
  • The law requiring a grouse hunter to label ruffed grouse harvested when traveling within or through unorganized territory has been repealed.

Attention:
New Trail/Game Cameras Law

People using trail and game cameras may not place a game camera upon the private land of another without written permission. All game cameras must be labeled with the person’s name and contact information.

Regulations in red are new this year.

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