Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Change... not this year...
Here are the bills where you can link to the exact literature.
LD #749, An Act to Allow Sunday Hunting in Northern Maine
LD #810, An Act to Allow Hunting on Sunday in Certain Wildlife Management Districts
LD #906, An Act to Allow Sunday Hunting for Small Game and Wild Birds
LD #910, An Act to Allow Hunting on Sunday for Landowners
There are also some efforts to move towards reverse posting of land.
LD #223, An Act to Require Written Permission for Recreational Access to Cropland, Pastureland, and Orchards.
LD#559, An Act to Protect Owners of Private Property Against Trespass.
The reverse posting efforts listed above may change the game to deal with the few irresponsible hunters that ruin the privilege of land access. However, if these were to be passed then I'd strongly expect Sunday hunting to be enacted.
In Maine almost all access takes place on privately owned property, however landowners are not liable for any injury. Click Here for Landowner Liability. This argument concerning Sunday hunting may be that many landowners who currently allow access for hunting will begin posting their property. So does our state allow Sunday hunting and chance losing access to land, or does our state allow tougher restrictions for land access, or does our state do nothing and keep things the same?
I believe little action will be taken on either side and things will remain the same. In tough times and much anger being cast from both sides of the aisle, maybe it would be practical to accept the times for what they are. However it seems when I resist change I'm always wrong, and when I support change I'm always wrong. So, as for the potential of doing something I love a few extra Sundays a year, we'll see if hope prevails but I'm not at a point where I want to lose more than what I've already got...