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As was posted elsewhere.....there is a law being proposed that would require a guide be hired to retrieve your deer after dark. No waiting until morning, and no friendly warden assisting in the search. A legislative mandate stating that each and every hunter who does not recover his deer in daylight. Now must hire a licensed guide to retrieve it.

What do you "guides" think of this PR nightmare......or are you for it?
 

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AB are you serious? I can not imagine what the objective would be for that. If the concern is people getting lost in the dark how about mandating carrying a compass.:idea: Other than that my vote is offering to assist free of charge because it is the right thing to do for our fellow sportsmen and the deer.

Once again horrible idea!
 

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Damn politicians. What the hell good is that gonna do? If I was walking out of the woods and someone was lookin' for a deer I would help at the drop of a hat. And what about guys like my dad in law who, albeit a NY Guide, has been hunting since he was 8yrs and has more experience tracking and hunting than most any? This stupid crap would make him hire a guide to track a deer? That is nuts! Of course, I have never known of him having to track a deer overnight anyways, but still! I am not sure what the point of the legislation is really. Regardless of whether you are a guide or not, isn't it safer for everyone to wait until the AM and track in daylight anyways? It is a lot easier to get lost in the pitch black than in daylight. ME Guides are full of experience and skills and information and all, but it's not like they are super-human-spotlight-equiped-GPS-deer-locator-bullet-trackers or something!

NOTE: I mean absolutely no disrespect to any guides or hunters or anything, I am just puking stuff into the keyboard not thinking. I hate this legislate everything society we live in. I tend to sway a bit towards the Libertarian side on many issues, cause we just need to let people be.
 

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Here is the posting from the "hunting" section.

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
Sec. 1. [FONT=Times New Roman,Times,Georgia,serif]12 MRSA §10657 [/FONT]is enacted to read:
§ 10657. Waste of game
1. Prohibition. A hunter or trapper may not waste a game animal that has been wounded or killed by that person. For purposes of this section, “waste” means to fail to make a reasonable effort to render a harvested animal for use or consumption or to fail to make a reasonable effort to retrieve a harvested or wounded animal. Notwithstanding section 11109, subsection 3, paragraph N or section 11206, a person who has reason to believe that person has wounded a bear, deer or moose may employ a guide licensed under section 12853 to track and dispatch that animal outside of legal hunting hours.
 

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Now wait a minute, that does not say that it will be required to hire a guide to find a deer after dark, it just says a person MAY employ a guide to track and dispatch that animal outside of legal hunting hours. What it says to me is given the primae fascia "hunting" if you have a gun in the woods, after dark would be illegal to be carrying a gun, so if you find your wounded animal, you would be required by law to jump on it and break it's neck or stab it with your pocket knife! I think what they are saying is that given it is illegal to carry a gun and shoot at an animal in the woods after dark, it would only be legal for a GUIDE to do this.

Lawyers? Idiots? Beaurocrats? Buehler?
 

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Life in the quagmire..........often it is not what they say...but what they leave out that bothers me.
 
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As a longtime guide, there is no reason to have a guide to recover game. Plus, it says "may" use a guide, not that it's required. As for the waste portion of the bill, most states have a similar requirement. It's just responsible sportsmanship, and a shame that it must be mandated.
 

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I was talking to a warden one time and we were chatting about recovering ducks and such and a guy had downed a duck into the water and had no dog. The warden stood there while the guy swam for it!! HAHA!! My best friend always carries a long length of twine and a deep sea fishing weight. That way he can toss it over the duck and retrieve it. He has waded for ducks before too...
 

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We are cureently taking all donations of edible deer, moose , and bear.......

Curious? Pm me for info on FHFH.......new chapter starting Houlton. All meat donated to local food banks and or given directly to needy families in the area.
 
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