MAINE LD 757 – An Act To Amend Hunting Laws As They Pertain to the Training of Dogs

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

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BILL CONTENTS: (LD 757  HP 508)

An Act To Amend the Hunting Laws as They Pertain to the Training of Dogs

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §12051, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2011, c. 253, §21 and c. 309, §4, is further amended to read:

1. Open training season. Unless otherwise provided in this Part, a person may not train dogs on wild birds and wild animals except as follows.

A. A person may train dogs on foxes, snowshoe hare and raccoons from July 1st through the following March 31st, including Sundays.
B. A person may train sporting dogs on wild birds at any time, including Sundays.
C. A resident may train up to 6 dogs at any one time on bear from July 1st to the 4th day preceding the open season on hunting bear, except in those portions of Washington County and Hancock County that are situated south of Route 9.

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.