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Out-of-state hunters might have to hire guides in Maine

The proposal would require non-resident hunters to hire a licensed Maine guide if their own state, province or country of residence has a similar requirement.
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AUGUSTA, Maine — Out-of-state hunters in Maine might soon be required to hire licensed guides to hunt big game.

Maine is home to a number of popular fall hunts, including seasons for moose, bear, white-tailed deer and wild turkey. Democratic Senate President Troy Jackson, of Allagash, said Monday his proposal would require non-resident hunters to hire a licensed Maine guide if their own state, province or country of residence has a similar requirement.

Jackson said most nonresidents who come to Maine for big game hunting would not be affected by the proposal. However, residents of many Canadian provinces would have to adjust to the new rules. Provinces such as New Brunswick and Quebec, which border Maine, require nonresidents to hire guides for game hunting.

The law change “recognizes the skills of our Maine Guides and puts them on a level playing field with guides in other states, provinces, and countries,” Jackson said. 

The proposal is making its way through the Maine Legislature.