An Act to Protect Maine’s Blueberry Lands From Dog Training ???

Hunting Dog Training: Here is Dale Southard and his Pointer, " Miss Running Brook" enjoying a training session in Maine.

Most mornings begin here slowly enjoying a leisurely cup of coffee while listening to John share his plans for the day or perhaps minimal conversation about the latest news headlines. I am NOT a morning person by any stretch of the imagination but will give it my best shot. Often a Brittany dog (or two, or three, or…) will be nearby us anticipating our every move and intention in hopes of a run to the field or better yet – a full morning of bird hunting.  With the end of their summer gun dog training period comes the joy and the reward of seeing the fruit of John’s labor as demonstrated by hunting over some really great bird dogs if I say so myself – and I do!! Dog training in itself is a joy.  I especially like working with the younger pups and watching their instincts come alive each time they are afield of in the woods.  Consequently, the headlines delivered to my own email box this morning caught my attention in a very big way…

.”AUGUSTA — From hair-braiding regulations to dog training, Paul LePage delivered the opening address last week at the Maine Digital Summit…” 

I read further through the article which can be found in it’s entirety at: http://www.kjonline.com/news/braidson-theto-dolist_2011-10-16.html

This is what is written: “Another eye-catching bill title is “An Act to Protect Blueberry Lands from Damage from Dog Training” sponsored by Rep. David Burns, R-Whiting. Burns said he’s hoping to change a 1988 law that restricts bear hunters from training their dogs anywhere south of Route 9 in Washington and Hancock counties in the two months prior to bear hunting season. He sponsored similar legislation earlier this year, with no success, so he’s trying to bring the interested parties together for a compromise. “We’ll see if we can come up with something reasonable.” He said he understands he may have to convince legislative leaders that this is an emergency. “To put it off to next session puts an undue hindrance on (hunters),” he said.

This hits close to home for many reasons and will be followed closely by Maine Hunting & Sporting Dog Owners.  For the time being though – we just wanted to bring it to the fore front and let you know it’s on our radar, and hope it will be on yours as well!