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Can Maine's declining hunter numbers be reversed?


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Can Maine's declining hunter numbers be reversed?

Can Maine's declining hunter numbers be reversed?

Maine's hunting license sales have shown a long-term decrease in the last 36 years, but that trend has not always been the case. Throughout the first three-quarters of the 20th century, hunting license sales continued rising until 1970 when it hit 212,080. The rapid-growth years lasted from 1940 when the figure was below 100,000 through 1970. (The big spurt gained momentum after World War II.)

Over the last three decades, though, hunter numbers have fallen to about 170,000, according to a recent Wildlife Division and Management Report put out by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIF&W). Admittedly, license sales have shown minor, short-term gains in the last 36 years, but the overall trend has been downward.

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Post Sat 11 Mar, 2006 8:32 am 
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I am buying a lifetime hunting/fishing license for my 1 YO son for only $250. Quite a deal. Very Happy

Post Sun 12 Mar, 2006 12:49 am 
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That is a good deal RC. Cool

I know of quite a few people who find the high licence fees a reason not to hunt.

I hope this means more deer, bear, and moose for me. Mr. Green

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Same here. That reminds me, I have to send my moose lottery app. in.

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My brother bought a lifetime licence for his boy, amd it is a great deal. For some reason they also advertise a lifetime licence for 65 and older, but when you turn 70 its free anyway. That one isn't a deal. I feel, though, that in the future the state will make you also get tags for each animal like for bear, and that will be the way to get more $$$ out of us.
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It seems everytime I re-new a licence the price goes up. We are paying more for less every time I read a regulations book..Fishing is even worse than hunting. Fees go up and new laws are enacted to make it harder to bag game.That along with higher registration fees are hurting Maine sportsmen.

I think we are being over-regulated.

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I think Robin Hood was on to something. Pretty Soon all of Maine will be Sherwood's Forest.
I'll Be Robin Hood...who wants to be Little John?

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I think Robin Hood was on to something. Pretty Soon all of Maine will be Sherwood's Forest.
I'll Be Robin Hood...who wants to be Little John?

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I believe the only way to combat declining hunters is to get programs into schools or after school. I have friends from southern Maine who come up to see me and had never hunted. Once I took them out for a bird hunt, they were hooked. Kids have no idea about hunting, or guns and they're being programmed that guns and hunting or bad. Have you ever watched anything on the TV or read in the news that have put a positive spin on guns or hunting? I can garantee you haven't. Its so funny to see someone who has never handled a gun before and has a negative view of them, when they realize guns aren't so bad. You have to be careful with them, much like you do a car or knife. They all can kill, but not if handled correctly.
I believe that we need to involve more young kids with hunting. Without kids having an interest in hunting and guns, will continue to lead to declines in our numbers.[/b]

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Hunting in the Sherwood Forest wouldn't be too bad, but I'm not a great shot with a bow. I was going to get a bow permit and my hunting licence a a couple of years ago, but the fees on top of a regular hunting licence wasn't worth it. I think it was an extra $ 17.

I didn't think my success rate would be worth the extra fee.

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I wasn't planning on using a bow.
If the state becomes to over regulated, it'll be time for a little hunting civil disobedience.(just to provide meat on the table)
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they're getting ready to ban bow-hunting down here in a couple of Mass. communities.

bow huntings lost its appeal in the public eye a couple of years back, during a road rage incident, a bow hunter took his bow out of his truck and shot a teen on i-95

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empire

One incident and they are going to ban bow hunting? Rolling Eyes

Bow hunting is just catching on up here in the northern part of the state.

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That seem about on par for the course. What about all the stabbings in Mass.
You guys should ban all knives too, except plastic ones.

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