IF&W Rulemaking Proposals

Agency: Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Chapter Number and Title: Chapter 4.02 (Migratory Bird Hunting)

Statutory Authority: 12 MRSA, Sections 10104 and 11855

Contact Person for this Filing: Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 284 State Street, 41 State House Station, Augusta, ME  04333-0041, Email: Becky.Orff@maine.gov Telephone: (207) 287-5202

Public Hearing: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the Augusta Armory, 179 Western Avenue, Room 117, Augusta, ME

Deadline for Comments:August 15, 2012

Brief Summary: The Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has scheduled a public hearing to consider the adoption of the following rules pertaining to season dates, bag limits and shooting hours for the hunting of ducks, geese and other migratory game birds (SUBJECT TO CHANGE TO COMPLY WITH FINAL
FEDERAL GUIDELINES PUBLISHED IN SEPTEMBER). The rule also makes additions to the definitions for Migratory Waterfowl hunting zones. A map of the additional Coastal Zone area is available from the agency contact person above.

1) Ducks (not including mergansers) NORTH ZONE: September 24 through December 1, 2012 SOUTH ZONE: October 1 through October 13, 2012,
October 29 through December 22, 2012
COASTAL ZONE: October 1 through October 13, 2012, November 12 through January 5, 2013
Daily Limit 6 ducks, no more than 4 of any one species; possession limit 12, no more than 8 of any one species, with the following exceptions:
a. Closed season for harlequin ducks and Barrow’s goldeneye
b. Daily limit: 1; possession limit: 2; for black ducks, canvasbacks, mottled ducks, and fulvous whistling ducks
c. Daily limit: 2; possession limit: 4; for hen mallard, northern pintail, scaup and redhead ducks
d. Daily limit: 3; possession limit: 6; for wood ducks

2) Mergansers and American coots: SEASON DATES SAME AS DUCKS.
Mergansers: Daily limit 5 in the aggregate; possession limit 10 with the following
exceptions: Hooded mergansers: daily limit: 2; possession limit: 4 American coot: Daily limit 5, possession limit 10

3) Canada Geese (Early Season): September 1 through September 25, 2012
NORTH ZONE: Daily limit 6; possession limit: 12
SOUTH ZONE: Daily limit 8; possession limit: 16
COASTAL ZONE: Daily limit 8; possession limit: 16


Regular Goose Season - (Daily Limit 2, possession limit 4) NORTH ZONE: October 1 through December 8, 2012
SOUTH ZONE: October 1 through October 13, 2012
October 29 through December 22, 2012
COASTAL ZONE: October 1 through October 13, 2012
November 12 through January 5, 2013

4) Snow Geese: October 1, 2012 - January 31, 2013. Daily limit 25; no possession limit

5) Brant: (Daily limit 2; possession limit 4)
NORTH ZONE: October 1 through November 27, 2012
SOUTH ZONE: October 1 through October 13, 2012
October 29 through December 11, 2012
Daily limit 2; possession limit 4
COASTAL ZONE: October 1 through October 13, 2012
November 12 through December 25, 2012

6) Special Falconry Season: In addition to the regular migratory bird season on ducks, geese, mergansers, and American coots:
NORTH ZONE: December 11, 2012 through February 1, 2013
COASTAL and SOUTH ZONE: January 8, 2013 through February 28, 2013
Falconry season daily bag and possession limits for all permitted migratory game birds shall not exceed 3 and 6 birds respectively, singly or in the aggregate.

7) Sea Ducks: (scoters, eiders, and long-tailed ducks in the sea duck zone)
October 1, 2012 through January 31, 2013
Daily limit 7; possession limit 14 with following exceptions:
Scoter: daily limit: 4; possession limit: 8;
Common Eider: daily limit: 4; possession limit: 8

8) Woodcock: October 1 – November 14, 2012
Daily limit 3; possession limit 6

9) Common Snipe: September 1 – December 15, 2012
Daily limit 8; possession limit 16

10) Rails (Sora and Virginia): September 1 – November 9, 2012
Daily limit 25; possession limit 25

11) Moorhens and Gallinules: Closed Season

12) YOUTH WATERFOWL HUNT: North Zone September 15, 2012;
North Zone December 15, 2012
South Zone September 22, 2012; South Zone October 20, 2012
Coastal Zone September 22, 2012; Coastal Zone October 20, 2012

Bag limits for waterfowl as above. Special regulations will apply to youth and accompanying adult.

13) DEFINITION FOR COASTAL ZONE LINE: Maine-New Brunswick border in Calais at the Route 1 Bridge South along Route 1 to the Maine-New Hampshire border in Kittery.


Agency: 09-137 Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Chapter Number and Title: Chapter 4.03 (I.8) Deer Hunting - Open and Closed Season (Islesboro)

Statutory Authority: 12 MRSA Section 11402

Contact Person for this Filing: Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 284 State Street, 41 State House Station, Augusta, ME  04333-0041, Email: Becky.Orff@maine.gov Telephone: (207) 287-5202

Public Hearing: None scheduled – one may be requested.

Deadline for Comments: August 24, 2012

Brief Summary: In accordance with Title 12, MRSA, §11402, sub-§ 4, the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in conjunction with the Town of Islesboro in Waldo County is proposing to conduct a special deer hunt during a specified period from the first Monday following the end of the expanded archery season until December 31 annually, for a period of three years. Only licensed hunters qualifying under the Town of Islesboro’s Deer Reduction Plan may participate. Deer taken during this special hunt are in addition to the statewide bag limit. All other laws and rules relating to deer hunting shall apply. The permit from the Department to the Town of Islesboro will authorize restrictions to be placed on types of weapons, bag limits and any other special conditions deemed necessary.


Agency: 09-137 Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Chapter Number and Title: Chapter 4.01 (G) Season Dates; Open and Closed Areas for Beaver
Trapping; (K) Location of and Preparation for Traps

Contact Person for this Filing: Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 284 State Street, 41 State House Station, Augusta, ME  04333-0041, Email: Becky.Orff@maine.gov Telephone: (207) 287-5202

Public Hearing: None scheduled - one may be requested.

Deadline for Comments: September 7, 2012

Brief Summary: The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife proposes to adopt amendments to the
season dates and open and closed areas for beaver trapping as follows:

1. Beaver Trapping
1.a.) Wildlife Management Districts 1, 2, 4, 5 October 14 - April 30
Wildlife Management Districts 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 November 1 – April 30
Wildlife Management Districts 18, 19, 28 November 1 – April 15
Wildlife Management Districts 7, 12, 13, 14, 17, 27 November 1 – March 31
Wildlife Management Districts 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29 December 1 – March 31

When using killer-type traps from March 1 through April 30, traps that have a jaw spread larger than 6 inches (“160” size traps) must be set parallel to the closest bank. Traps set to remain under ice are exempt from this rule.

1.b.) During the open season for beaver trapping in any of the twenty-nine wildlife management districts (WMDs), certain townships may be restricted by one of the following provisions:

(1) Town open to beaver trapping with certain specified areas closed;
(2) Town closed to beaver trapping with certain specified areas open;
(3) Town closed to all beaver trapping; or
(4) Town open to all beaver trapping.

A copy of the proposed open and closed areas by WMD for beaver trapping season may be obtained from the Agency Rulemaking Contact Person.

The Department is also proposing to make minor modifications to the lynx exclusion device used when trapping with killer-type traps in WMDs 7, 14, 18 and 19.

A copy of the proposed changes is available from the Agency Rulemaking Contact Person.