An Act To Eliminate Permits for Turkey Hunting and To Expand Turkey Hunting
Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §11109, sub-§3, as amended by PL 2013, c. 538, §§21 and 22, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. 12 MRSA §11155, as amended by PL 2013, c. 387, §§1 and 2, is repealed.
Sec. 3. 12 MRSA §11701, first ¶, as amended by PL 2013, c. 236, §6, is further amended to read:
The commissioner may establish open seasons for hunting wild turkeys, designate areas that are open to the taking of wild turkeys in any part of the State, prescribe the form and regulate the number of permits to be issued, determine the number and sex of the birds to be harvested, establish bag limits, establish permit eligibility requirements, establish legal hunting times, specify the types of weapons to be used during any open wild turkey hunting season and make any other rules that the commissioner considers necessary for the protection of the wild turkey resource. The rules must permit the use of a crossbow during the spring open wild turkey hunting season.
Sec. 4. 12 MRSA §11701, sub-§1, ¶A, as enacted by PL 2013, c. 387, §3, is amended to read:
Sec. 5. 12 MRSA §11701, sub-§2, as enacted by PL 2013, c. 387, §3, is amended to read:
Sec. 6. 12 MRSA §12301-A, sub-§1, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §226 and affected by §422, is amended to read:
Sec. 7. 12 MRSA §12302-A, sub-§1, ¶¶B and C, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §228 and affected by §422, are amended to read:
This bill expands turkey hunting opportunities by:
1. Eliminating the turkey permit requirements;
2. Allowing the hunting of turkey with a big game or small game hunting license;
3. Requiring deer registration stations to also register turkeys; and
4. Providing for electronic or telephonic registration of turkeys.