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    ******** LD1474 - MEETING- PLEASE ATTEND********

    Post  HOLLABACK on Sat May 04, 2013 6:16 pm

    Subj: HSUS Bill

    The HSUS Bill to end the trapping and hunting of bear with hounds (LD 1474) will be heard next Friday at 10AM in the Cross Office Building in Augusta (Room 206) it would be great if you could turn out your membership to oppose this one.

    Other legislative goings on of note are the worksessions on
    L.D. 1239 An Act To Clarify, Streamline and Promote Fair Animal Welfare Laws
    L.D. 1283 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Animal Trespass
    Will both be next Thursday. I am pretty confident that both are not really going anywhere that will hurt us but will keep an eye on them.



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    Hearing on HSUS Bear Hunting Bill Hearing Scheduled for Friday May 10

    LD 1474 An Act To Amend the Laws Pertaining to the Hunting of Bear would end bear hunting with hounds and bear trapping. The hearing is scheduled for next Friday morning at 10 AM in Room 206 of the Cross Office building in Augusta.

    This is the Humane Society of the United States opening effort to eliminate all bear hunting through another referendum. As written this bill would limit or take away significant parts of many member guides income. You can see the specific language of the bill here.

    Please make every effort to be there to show your opposition.
    If you attend be respectful, polite and state your case briefly (there will likely be a three minute time limit for speakers).

    If you cannot attend the contact information for the legislative committee is below. You are most effective if you are one of their constituents (live in their district). There are links on the side of this newsletter to help you determine who your legislator is.

    Like being there in person be polite and briefly make your point. Legislators are mostly working folks like the rest of us who have stepped up to decide on important issues for all of us.

    The important points to bring up are

    Clearly state who you are and where you are from.

    The Maine bear population is currently well managed and growing.

    All harvest methods are important to meeting the population goals including hunting with hounds and trapping.

    Many species are hunted with dogs and separating out bears makes no sense.

    The economic impact of this change would be significant (if your business would be impacted be specific about how)

    Don't forget to thank them for considering your thoughts.




    Joint Standing Committee on Inland fisheries and Wildlife

    Chair Senator Dutremble - ddutrem1@gmail.com

    Senator Haskell - annehask@maine.rr.com - 871-5808

    Senator Burns - repburns@myfairpoint.net - 733-8856

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    Rep. Briggs - sheryljbriggs@gmail.com - 364-5665

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    Post  cnile14 on Sun May 05, 2013 7:12 am

    I noticed on the maine trapping forum it says 1pm and you said 10am why the time difference? also says to bring 25 copies of your speech/testimony for handouts to the committee?
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    Post  HOLLABACK on Sun May 05, 2013 11:35 am

    cnile14,
    Both these were from MPGA e-mails,? not sure but will double check.....???????


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    This is the wording from the Maine legislative site

    Post  DogChaser on Sun May 05, 2013 7:16 pm

    Session - 126th Maine Legislature

    LR 1721
    Item 1
    Bill Tracking, Additional Documents Chamber Status

    An Act To Amend the Laws Pertaining to the Hunting of Bear
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

    Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §10260, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 168, §1 and affected by §8, is amended to read:

    § 10260. Black Bear Research Fund

    The Black Bear Research Fund, referred to in this section as "the fund," is established within the department as a nonlapsing fund to be used by the commissioner to fund or assist in funding studies related to the management of black bears. Revenue from the nonresident late season bear hunting permit under section 11151-A and the bear trapping permit under 12260-A must be deposited in the fund. The commissioner may accept and deposit into the fund monetary gifts, donations or other contributions from public or private sources for the purposes specified in this section. The fund must be held separate and apart from all other money, funds and accounts.

    Sec. 2. 12 MRSA §10902, sub-§6, ¶E, as repealed and replaced by PL 2011, c. 691, Pt. A, §7, is amended to read:
    E. Buying or selling bear, hunting or trapping bear after having killed 2 one or exceeding the bag limit on bear, in violation of section 11217 , or 11351 or 12260;

    Sec. 3. 12 MRSA §11109, sub-§3, ¶N, as amended by PL 2005, c. 12, Pt. III, §4, is further amended to read:
    N. A license to use leashed dogs to track wounded animals, which permits a person to use one or more leashed dogs to track a lawfully wounded deer , or moose or bear, is $27.

    Sec. 4. 12 MRSA §11111, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §117 and affected by §422, is amended to read:

    § 11111. Tracking wounded animals with leashed dogs; fee for services

    A person who holds a valid license issued under section 11109, subsection 3, paragraph N to use leashed dogs to track wounded bear, deer or moose may charge a fee for dog tracking services. Notwithstanding section 10001, subsection 28, a person is not a guide if the only services that person charges a fee for are dog tracking services pursuant to this section.

    Sec. 5. 12 MRSA §11217, sub-§1, as affected by PL 2003, c. 614, §9 and amended by c. 655, Pt. B, §150 and affected by §422, is further amended to read:
    1. Prohibition against buying and selling bear, deer, moose or wild turkey. Except as provided in subsection 2, a person may not:
    A. Buy, sell or offer for sale or barter a:

    (1) Bear;

    (2) Deer;

    (3) Moose; or

    (4) Wild turkey; or
    B. Aid in buying, selling or offering for sale or bartering a:

    (1) Bear;

    (2) Deer;

    (3) Moose; or

    (4) Wild turkey . ; or
    D. Buy, sell, offer for sale, barter or possess for purposes of sale or barter, any part of a bear except the head, teeth and hide, including, but not limited to, the gall bladder, paws and claws. Possession of a bear part, other than the head, teeth and hide, without the corresponding bear carcass and a valid bear tag is prima facie evidence of possession for purposes of sale or barter.

    Sec. 6. 12 MRSA §11217, sub-§2, ¶A, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 and affected by c. 614, §9, is amended to read:
    A. The head, teeth , gall bladder, claws and hide of a bear;

    Sec. 7. 12 MRSA §11228, sub-§1, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 432, §2, is amended to read:
    1. Collar required. A person may not hunt with a dog in pursuit of bear, coyote or bobcat unless the dog has a collar that legibly provides the name, telephone number and address of the owner of that dog.
    A. A person who violates this subsection commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $100 or more than $500 may be adjudged.
    B. A person who violates this subsection after having been adjudicated as having committed 3 or more civil violations under this Part within the previous 5-year period commits a Class E crime.

    Sec. 8. 12 MRSA §11229 is enacted to read:

    § 11229. Bear poaching by prior offender
    1. Definition. For purposes of this section, "bear poaching" means any violation of section 11201, subsection 2, former section 11302, section 11302-A or 12259-A; or of section 11204, 11206, 11215, 11224, 11351 or 12051 when the targeted species or species involved in the violation is a bear.
    2. Penalty. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person who commits bear poaching after having been convicted of bear poaching on a separate occasion within the past 15 years commits a Class C crime for which the court shall impose a sentencing alternative involving a term of imprisonment of not less than 30 days, none of which may be suspended; the court also shall impose a fine of not less than $1,000, none of which may be suspended.

    Sec. 9. 12 MRSA §11251, sub-§1, as affected by PL 2003, c. 614, §9 and amended by c. 655, Pt. B, §155 and affected by §422, is further amended to read:
    1. Open season on bear; commissioner's authority. This subsection governs the open and closed seasons on bear.
    A. There is an open season on hunting bear from the first Monday preceding September 1st to November 30th annually. The commissioner may, pursuant to section 10104, subsection 1, adopt rules prohibiting the use of bait to hunt black bear during any portion of the open bear hunting season. Rules adopted pursuant to this paragraph are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
    B. There is an open season on using a dog or dogs in conjunction with bear hunting from the first Monday preceding September 1st to the day preceding the open firearm season on deer provided in sections 11401 and 11402.
    C. The commissioner may shorten the open seasons season on bear as established in paragraphs paragraph A and B in any part of the State as long as:

    (1) The demarcation of the areas with a shortened season follows recognizable physical boundaries such as rivers and railroad rights-of-way; and

    (2) The decision is made and published prior to February 1st of any year.
    D. The commissioner may terminate the open season on bear as established in paragraphs paragraph A and B at any time in any part of the State if, in the commissioner's opinion, an immediate emergency action is necessary due to adverse weather conditions or severe hunting or trapping pressure.
    E. There is a closed season on hunting bear from January 1st until July 31st annually.

    Sec. 10. 12 MRSA §11301, sub-§1, as repealed and replaced by PL 2011, c. 691, Pt. A, §9, is amended to read:
    1. Bear baiting. A person may not place bait to entice, hunt or trap attract black bear, unless:
    A. The bait is placed at least 50 yards from a travel way that is accessible by a conventional 2-wheel-drive or 4-wheel-drive vehicle;
    B. The stand, blind or bait area is plainly labeled with a 2-inch-by-4-inch tag with the name and address of the baiter;
    C. The bait is placed more than 500 yards from a site permitted or licensed for the disposal of solid waste or a campground;
    D. The bait is placed more than 500 yards from an occupied dwelling, unless written permission is granted by the owner or lessee;
    E. The bait is placed not more than 30 days before the opening day of the season and not after October 31st;
    F. The bait areas will be cleaned up by November 10th, as defined by the state litter laws; and
    G. The person hunting from a stand or blind of another person has permission of the owner of that stand or blind.

    A person may not use bait to hunt or trap black bear without the oral or written permission of the landowner.

    Sec. 11. 12 MRSA §11302, as amended by PL 2009, c. 550, §4, is repealed.

    Sec. 12. 12 MRSA §11302-A is enacted to read:

    § 11302-A. Hunting bear with dogs
    1. Hunting bear with dogs; prohibited. A person may not use one or more dogs to hunt or pursue bear, except as provided in subsection 2.
    2. Exceptions. The use of one or more dogs to hunt or pursue bear is lawful when the dog or dogs are used:
    A. By a state or federal employee, acting in the state or federal employee's official capacity, to pursue a specific offending bear for purposes of protecting and in response to a bona fide threat to livestock, domestic animals, threatened or endangered wildlife, public or private property or public safety; or
    B. By the department, or pursuant to a permit granted by the department to an accredited university, for scientific or research purposes, but not for the killing of bear.

    Sec. 13. 12 MRSA §11303, sub-§2, as affected by PL 2003, c. 614, §9 and repealed and replaced by c. 655, Pt. B, §160 and affected by §422, is amended to read:
    2. Prohibition. A person may not within the area described in subsection 1:
    A. Hunt bear; or
    B. Trap bear;
    C. Molest or harass a bear ; or .
    D. Release dogs for the purpose of hunting a bear.

    The commissioner, or the commissioner's agent, is exempt from this prohibition for the purpose of live-trapping nuisance bears.

    Sec. 14. 12 MRSA §11304, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 and affected by Pt. D, §7 and c. 614, §9 and amended by c. 655, Pt. B, §161 and affected by §422, is repealed.

    Sec. 15. 12 MRSA §11351, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2011, c. 309, §2, is further amended to read:
    1. Hunting bear; one-bear limit. A person may not hunt or trap bear after that person has killed or registered one during an open season under section 11251 and one during the open season on trapping bear under section 12260.

    Sec. 16. 12 MRSA §11351, sub-§2, as amended by PL 2011, c. 309, §3, is further amended to read:
    2. Exceeding bag limit on bears. A person may not possess more than 2 bears one bear in any calendar year, except a person may keep more than one legally obtained bear in that person's home or as otherwise provided in law.

    Sec. 17. 12 MRSA §12051, sub-§1, ¶C, as amended by PL 2011, c. 309, §4, is repealed.

    Sec. 18. 12 MRSA §12201, sub-§2, ¶C, as amended by PL 2009, c. 69, §2, is further amended to read:
    C. A resident under 10 years of age may trap all legal species , except bear, without a license.

    Sec. 19. 12 MRSA §12201, sub-§7, ¶A, as amended by PL 2009, c. 69, §3, is further amended to read:
    A. A person under 10 years of age may not trap unless that person is accompanied at all times while trapping by a parent or guardian or by an adult at least 18 years of age approved by a parent or guardian. A person under 10 years of age may not trap bear.

    Sec. 20. 12 MRSA §12204, sub-§7, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 51, §1, is repealed.

    Sec. 21. 12 MRSA §12259-A is enacted to read:

    § 12259-A. Trapping bear
    1. Trapping bear; prohibited. A person may not use or set a trap to hunt or capture bear, except as provided in subsection 2.
    2. Exceptions. The use of a trap to hunt or capture bear is lawful when the trap is used:
    A. By a state or federal employee, acting in the state or federal employee's official capacity, to hunt or capture a specific offending bear for purposes of protecting and in response to a bona fide threat to livestock, domestic animals, threatened or endangered wildlife, public or private property or public safety; or
    B. By the department, or pursuant to a permit granted by the department to an accredited university, for scientific or research purposes, but not for the purpose of killing bear.
    3. Violation. A person who uses or sets a trap to hunt or capture bear in violation of subsection 1 commits a Class E crime.

    Sec. 22. 12 MRSA §12260, as amended by PL 2011, c. 309, §§5 and 6, is repealed.

    Sec. 23. 12 MRSA §12260-A, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 168, §7 and affected by §8, is repealed.

    Sec. 24. 12 MRSA §12954, sub-§2, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 and affected by c. 614, §9, is amended to read:
    2. Issuance. The commissioner may issue a hide dealer's license permitting a person to commercially:
    A. Buy, sell, barter, take in trade or take in exchange for any services rendered any raw, untanned wild animal hide or head or the gall bladder from any bear; and
    B. Aid or assist another in buying, selling or bartering raw, untanned hides or heads of wild animals or bear gall bladders.

    Sec. 25. 12 MRSA §12954, sub-§4-A, ¶A, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §348 and affected by §422, is amended to read:
    A. A licensee shall:

    (1) Keep a true and complete record, in such form as is required by the commissioner, of all heads , and hides and bear gall bladders purchased; and

    (2) File that record with the commissioner on or before June 30th of each year.

    Sec. 26. 12 MRSA §12954, sub-§6, ¶A, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 and affected by c. 614, §9, is amended to read:
    A. A person who lawfully possesses a deer, moose or bear or lawfully possesses a fur-bearing animal may sell, without a license, the hide , or head or gall bladder of that animal.

    summary

    This bill prohibits, with certain exceptions, hunting bear with dogs and trapping bear. The bill also sets a permanent closed season on bear hunting from January 1st through July 31st and decreases the bear bag limit from 2 to one. In addition, the bill prohibits the trade in bear gall bladders and imposes increased penalties for bear poaching for repeat offenders.
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    Post  DogChaser on Sun May 05, 2013 7:19 pm

    Referred to Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife on Apr 30, 2013.
    Latest Committee Report: Not Reported Out

    Public Hearings Friday, May 10, 2013 10:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 206

    View upcoming public hearings and work sessions for Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
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    Post  HOLLABACK on Sun May 05, 2013 7:54 pm

    Thank-you!


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    Post  cnile14 on Sun May 05, 2013 11:10 pm

    just wanted everyone to be on the same page thats all!!
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    Post  HOLLABACK on Sun May 05, 2013 11:49 pm

    Absolutely!


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    Post  Laneysplott on Tue May 07, 2013 3:28 pm

    We really need support on this one guys. I hate to think there is only going to be a couple people from the MSDA show up Friday. This is a full fledgeed attact on your right to hunt with hounds by the largest animal rights group in the United States, we need to show up in force, You don't all need to testify but we need a good showing, please be professional.
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    Post  HOLLABACK on Tue May 07, 2013 4:15 pm

    Even if you don't run bear, your sport will be focused on next, and you'll need support then too....They need to see us take a stand in huge numbers.......


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    Post  J.R. on Sat May 11, 2013 5:09 pm

    How was the turn out?


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    Post  DogChaser on Sat May 11, 2013 5:25 pm

    After spending most of the morning hearing a room full of us hunters vs. about 6 anti's... the committee decided to go to work session right then and there! Within 5 minutes it was voted ought not to pass! I just want to thank you all for the support and it just shows how united we are!
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    Post  J.R. on Sat May 11, 2013 5:29 pm

    Good deal i heard threw the great vine it was thrown out but wanted to double check.Wish i could have attended but work issues wouldnt allow it.i did send a few buddys that way


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    Post  bones on Sat May 11, 2013 7:38 pm

    Good showing for for all of us trapper and houndsmen. shows we all still need to still togather more then ever. We beat this one but they will be back
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    Post  HOLLABACK on Sun May 12, 2013 5:26 am

    I agree! Right now is a great time to build a war chest! Bear trials will help! Thanks to EVERYONE who help with the victory! cheers


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