The newspaper headline caught my attention: “Wild game dinner serving boar, moose in Skowhegan.”
It is illegal to sell wild game in Maine. But wild game dinners are a tradition at some sporting clubs, and each year at the legislature, for Sportsmen’s Day, the Maine Trappers Association served beaver stew. It was a big hit.
Wild game can be legally served to the public, but the hosts of wild game dinners cannot charge for the event. They are allowed by Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to seek “voluntary contributions.” And they must adhere to the labeling requirement, outlined this way in the current hunting law book:
A person may not possess any part or parts of a bear, deer, moose, or wild turkey given to that person unless that gift bear, deer, moose or wild turkey is plainly labeled with the name and address of the person who registered it and the year it was registered.