For the price of 10 gallons of gas, you may be able to hunt in Maine for an entire year, all game animals, all seasons, all bag limits. I’ll bet many of you burn up that much gas on the first day of deer hunting, driving to your favorite hunting spot. You certainly burn up more than that on a day of grouse hunting.
Yet some members of the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee are reluctant to support this proposal, afraid that too many hunters will object. Here’s the proposal, and the problem.
The proposal would eliminate nearly all of DIF&W’s 67 hunting licenses and permits, in favor of a comprehensive hunting license that would cost $38 for residents and $144 for nonresidents. That’s right, for just $38, you get it all. Add $17 and you also get a year’s worth of fishing.