Proposed Rule Change on Youth Day Doe Hunting May 7, 2012 Maine

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Proposed Rule Change on Youth Day Doe Hunting May 7, 2012 Maine, Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine 

On behalf of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, I strongly urge the Advisory Council to reject the Rulemaking Proposal before you to allow youth hunters to take an antlerless deer on Youth Hunting Day in Wildlife Management Districts (WMDs) where no antlerless deer permits are issued. This rule change has no biological merit, and it runs counter to Department efforts to restore deer populations in the northern half of the state. Between 2009 and 2011, the Department banned doe hunting on Youth Day and during the Regular Archery season on deer in all WMDs that are restricted to 
bucks-only regulations, in order to minimize doe mortality to the greatest extent possible.

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