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Here is LD728 -
An Act To Enhance the Wise Use and Sound Management of Maine's Wildlife Resources
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.

2. Penalty. A person who violates this section commits a Class E crime.
Sec. 2. [FONT=Times New Roman,Times,Georgia,serif]12 MRSA §11151, sub-§1, [/FONT] as affected by PL 2003, c. 614, §9 and amended by c. 655, Pt. B, §118 and affected by §422, is further amended to read:
1. Permit required. Except as otherwise authorized pursuant to this Part, a person may not hunt for bear without a valid permit from the first Monday preceding September 1st to the day preceding the open firearm season on deer. This section does not apply to trapping for bear.Each day a person violates this subsection that person commits a Class E crime for which a minimum fine of $50 and an amount equal to twice the applicable license fee must be imposed.

Sec. 3. [FONT=Times New Roman,Times,Georgia,serif]12 MRSA §11151, sub-§4 [/FONT] is enacted to read:
4. Revenue. Revenue generated from the issuance of bear hunting permits under subsection 3 in excess of the number of permits issued in 2006 must be used to fund studies related to the harvesting of black bears, including, but not limited to, the impact of the use of bait and the collection of information related to the trapping of bear.
This bill prohibits a hunter or trapper from wasting a harvested or wounded game animal and removes the law that allows the holder of a big game license to take a bear during the regular open firearm season on deer without a bear hunting permit. It also provides that the revenue generated from the issuance of bear hunting permits in excess of the number issued in 2006 must be used to fund studies relating to the harvesting of black bears.
Good bill or bad bill. I have two issues/questions. Why, if passed, is it that one would have to "employ" a guide to track down and dispatch a wounded game animal? Is this one option or the only option?

Second, it sounds like this bill will limit "deer hunters" having already tagged out, from being in the woods "bear hunting" during deer season. Okay, whatever. Is this really a problem or is this another "I want your money for a permit" deal?

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What if you dont have the money for a guide to track and dispatch your game and you dont hire one so you go in in the morning to find it. Are you commiting a crime by NOT hiring a guide, would doing this mean that you are not extending a "reasonable effort"? Are they saying you cannot go after a game animal after hrs period without a guide and without a firearm? I feel that State is not allowing you to make a "reasonable effort" to do what they are calling a crime!!!!!

The bear tag question...I think its a state money grab.

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More foolish BS from the intellects in Augusta...

Who determines what reasonable effort is?

What is a reasonable effort?

My guess is a bear permit will be instituted and it won't matter what sportsman think.

A bear is worth money and the State needs more, hopefully they price the permit reasonably.
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