Maine Bear Hunting in the Hands of Voters

May 14, 2016 | 0 comments

The future of Maine bear hunting lies in the hands of state voters. A ballot initiative known as Question 1 would ban the use of traps, bait and hounds, leaving still-hunting as the only legal method. The measure is on the state ballot Nov. 4, 2014. The referendum is funded almost entirely by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the country’s largest and most powerful anti-hunting organization.
If Question 1 passes, it would not only take away the state wildlife agency’s most effective black bear management tools, it would cripple Maine’s outfitter industry. Bear guides rely on baiting and …read more