The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will hold public hearings over the next two weeks on fishing regulations and supplemental deer feeding.

There will be four public hearings next week on the Department’s annual packet of proposed rule changes for open water and ice fishing including but not limited to changes to fishing derbies, bass fishing regulations and landlocked salmon regulations, in addition to a proposal to prohibit the use of live fish as bait on 16 waters that hold native and wild brook trout.

The packet of proposed changes can be obtained by visiting the Department’s website or by contacting the Department for a copy.

The hearings will be held:

  • Monday, Oct. 22 – Presque Isle Inn & Convention Center, 116 Main Street, Presque Isle
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23 – Northern Timber Cruisers Snowmobile Club, Millinocket Lake Road, Millinocket
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24 – Ellsworth City Council Chambers, 1 City Hall Plaza, Ellsworth
  • Thursday, Oct. 25 – Brunswick High School, Multi Purpose Room, 116 Maquoit Road, Brunswick

The Department will also hold two public hearings the following week on supplemental deer feeding.

In accordance with new legislation, the Commissioner is proposing to adopt rules to regulate the feeding of deer in certain instances to minimize potential public safety hazards or detrimental effects on deer.

The hearings will be held:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 30 – Northeastland Hotel, Red Room, 436 Main Street, Presque Isle
  • Thursday, Nov. 1 – Lincoln Plantation Town Hall, Route 16, Lincoln Plantation

All hearings start at 6:30 p.m.

The public is encouraged to attend these public hearings and present testimony on the proposed changes.

For those who cannot attend the hearings, written comment can be submitted to the Department until 5 pm November 15th, 2012, at the above address.

For more information, go to www.mefishwildlife.com.

Logo courtesy Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

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