“Our code of Fish and Game Laws is complicated, unfair and in some places contradictory. It really makes lawbreakers unknowingly owing to its uncertain phrasing and its complex rulings. What Maine needs is a simple code, easily understood and practically universal in scope. The law should treat all parts of the state with equality and must do away with sectional selfishness and spite legislation.”
This statement by Robert Maxcy, a well known sportsman and prominent Maine businessman, was published in 1928. My, how things have not changed!
Last year Representative Matt Pouliot of Augusta sponsored, at my request, legislation to create a Commission, organized by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and led by Maine’s nonprofit organizations, to constantly review hunting and fishing laws and rules and make recommendations to simplify, clarify, or eliminate them. Our proposal included annual surveys of anglers and hunters on key issues.