Maine Bear Hunting BillsMaine DIFW, Bear Hunting Magazine
Lawmakers in Maine voted down a bill to stop the use of traps and dogs in the state during bear hunting season.
The Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee voted unanimously to reject the bill, virtually assuring its rejection by the full Legislature. Maine voters rejected a proposal to ban the two practices in 2004.
Other bear hunting bills are still pending in committee following hearings. One bill is looking to establish a spring bear hunting season from the third Monday in May to the fourth Saturday in June, which brough mixed reactions. The Maine DIFW remained neutral on the bill, saying a spring hunt can be an appropriate bear management option.
Another bill on the table would shift the open season for hunting bears with dogs back by a week.