Sponsored by Maine Representative Stanley B. Short, Jr. District 29. This bill will remove the requirement to purchase a hunting license when training sporting dogs on wild/pen raised birds. NOT all dog owners who enjoy competing in field sports with their sporting dogs are necessarily hunters. This bill is in need of clarification on behalf of many. For several years Maine Hunting and Sporting Dog Owners has frequently communicated with officials and legislators within the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife regarding our concerns about clarifing this issue which is the substance of the bill. It may not seem very signficant unless you’re one who is personally effected. PLEASE – if you are a dog trainer, sporting dog owner, hunter, trialer, etc. please come and support LD 757. We will testify in support of this bill.
PUBLIC HEARING: Maine State House, Augusta Maine Thursday, April 25, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 206
BILL CONTENTS: (LD 757 HP 508)
An Act To Amend the Hunting Laws as They Pertain to the Training of Dogs
Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §12051, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2011, c. 253, §21 and c. 309, §4, is further amended to read:
A person may not engage in activities authorized under this subsection unless that person possesses a valid hunting license issued under section 11109 , except that a person may train dogs on pen-raised birds at any time without a license. For the purpose of this subsection, “pen-raised birds” includes, but is not limited to, quail, pheasant, pigeons and Hungarian partridge.
A person who violates this subsection commits a Class E crime.