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Lots of opposition to simplifying Maine’s fishing rules

The legislative hearing on my proposal to organize a Commission to simplify Maine’s complicated fishing rules drew very little support, although five members of the IFW legislative committee cosponsored the bill.

Most disappointing was the opposition of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and the “neither for nor against” testimony of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, the Maine Professional Guides Association, and the Maine Council of Trout Unlimited.

At one time SAM led the way on initiatives to clarify and simplify Maine’s laws and rules governing hunting, trapping, and fishing. But not any longer.

I’m giving you a chance to express your opinion on this issue. After you’ve read this report, go to my website, www.georgesmithmaine.com, click on Sportsmen Say Survey, and answer the first question about simplification of the fishing rules.

Rep. Dunphy

Representative Michelle Dunphy sponsored the bill at my request and presented excellent testimony. She reported that while recently cohosting Maine Outdoors, broadcast on WVOM, “a number of frustrated anglers called in asking for an explanation of the newly-revised S-33 code, which states simply that the maximum length for landlocked salmon and brown trout to taken is 25 inches. But where is this the case, you ask? The answer is different depending on the body of water.”

Michelle went on to detail the confusion when applying the S-33 codes to various waters. “It takes a lot of research for an angler to find that information in order to obey the law,” she noted.

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