Maine

With 90% of the natural landscape covered by forests, The Pine Tree State offers vast expanses of natural resources and beautiful countryside. Formerly a part of the Massachusetts colony, Maine has a rich history that includes the Wabanaki people and its admission into statehood in 1820. Maine is home to a vast variety of sportsmen’s activities from a 3,500-mile ocean coastline, 17 million acres of forestland, and over 6,000 inland lakes and ponds. Classical game species that call Maine home consist of whitetail deer, black bears, wild turkeys, various upland game birds, and the legendary moose.

For more information on the elected officials protecting and promoting the sportsmen’s traditions in Maine, please contact:


Maine State Caucus Fact Sheet

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus

Vice-Chair: Senator Angus King Jr.
Vice-Chair: Representative Jared Golden
Senator Susan Collins

Maine Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus Member

Governor Janet Mills

Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Leadership

Senator Troy Jackson
Senator Trey Stewart
Representative Scott Landry
Representative Stephen Wood

News Alerts

Dec 04 2023 Last Two States with Sunday Hunting Prohibitions See Cautious Optimism

Why It Matters: On November 28, 2023, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) submitted testimony...

Oct 02 2023 Sportsmen and Women Recognized by New England Governors as America’s True Conservationists

Why It Matters: On September 23, 2023, the sporting community celebrated National Hunting and...

Jun 26 2023 Maine Governor Signs Lead Jig Prohibition into Law

Why It Matters: Introduced on March 1, 2023, LD 958 makes it illegal to...

Jun 12 2023 Sunday Hunting in the Northeast – Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs

Why it Matters: The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) has a tenured history in fighting...

May 15 2023 CSF Joins Angling Community in Opposing Restrictive Jig Legislation

Why It Matters: If enacted, LD 958 would make it illegal to sell or...

May 08 2023 Maine Bill to Simplify Regulations Undermines Science-Based Wild Turkey Management

Why It Matters: State-based fish and wildlife management authority should be left in the...

Apr 17 2023 Sunday Hunting Bills Moving in Maine and Maryland

Why It Matters: Prohibitions and restrictions on Sunday hunting serve to the detriment of...

Apr 10 2023 Coyotes on the Menu for Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee

Why It Matters: As it currently stands, having no closed season on hunting coyotes...

Mar 13 2023 CSF Testifies in Support of Caucus-Led Learn to Hunt, Fish, and Trap Bill

Why It Matters: Sportsmen and women (comprising hunters, anglers, recreational shooters, and trappers) have...

Feb 06 2023 Kicking the Year Off in the Pine Tree State

Why It Matters: In the Pine Tree State, priorities relative to sportsmen’s issues are...

Nov 07 2022 Furbearer Trapping: An Important Sporting Pursuit and Wildlife Management Tool

Why It Matters: Trapping is unique in that it is used in many facets...

Oct 03 2022 Pheasant Season Opening in Several Northeastern States – How Non-Native Species Can Benefit Ecosystems and the Economy

Why It Matters: State fish and wildlife agencies are instrumental in setting the frameworks...

Jul 05 2022 Sportsmen Policies Take Center Stage in the Pine Tree State

Contact: Joe Bachar, Coordinator, Northeastern States Why it Matters: The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF)...

Jun 14 2021 Maine Caucus Co-Chair Leads the Charge in Hearing Protection for Maine’s Hunters

Contact: Joe Mullin, Assistant Manager, Northeastern States and States Program AssistantHighlightsWhy it Matters: Firearm...

Feb 22 2021 A Maine Concern – Needing a Permit to Protect your Hearing

Contact: Joe Mullin, Assistant Manager, Northeastern States In the world of firearm suppressors, Maine...

Feb 22 2021 Science Trumps Emotion on Misguided Attempt to Ban Soft Plastic Lures in Maine

Contact: Joe Mullin, Assistant Manager, Northeastern StatesOn February 17, the Maine Department of Inland...

Feb 16 2021 The MDIFW can Bear More Authority

Contact: Joe Mullin, Assistant Manager, Northeastern StatesOn February 8, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s (CSF)...

Dec 21 2020 MDIFW Advisory Council Unanimously Votes to Reject Anti-Sportsmen’s Proposals

Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States Senior CoordinatorOn December 16, the Maine Department of...

Oct 13 2020 Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Hosts Virtual Hearings on Restrictive Rulemaking Proposals

Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States Senior CoordinatorEarlier last week, the Maine Department of...

Oct 05 2020 Sportsmen’s Groups Stand Together to Fight for Hunting and Trapping Heritages in Maine

Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States Senior CoordinatorEarlier today, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF)...

Sep 21 2020 Proposed Bear Baiting Ban Defeated in Maine

Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States Senior CoordinatorOn September 17, Maine’s sporting and guiding...

Sep 21 2020 Anti-Sportsmen in Maine Fix Crosshairs on Eliminating Predator Contests and Coyote Trapping

Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States Senior CoordinatorOn September 16, the Maine Department of...

Sep 14 2020 MDIFW Secures 2,620 Acres of Iconic Land and Water for Sportsmen and Women

Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States Senior CoordinatorOn September 9, the Maine Department of...

Jul 13 2020 Maine: MDIFW Hosts Virtual Hearing on Bear Baiting Ban Petition

Contact: Joe Mullin, Northeastern States Senior CoordinatorOn July 8, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF)...

Jun 22 2020 Maine: Proposed Bear Baiting Ban to Receive Virtual Hearing

Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States Senior CoordinatorAs the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) has...

Jun 08 2020 Maine: CSF Leads Effort to Counter Proposed Bear Baiting Ban

Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States Senior CoordinatorOn June 2, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation...

Jun 01 2020 Maine: Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Taking Public Comments on Proposed Bear Baiting Ban

Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States Senior CoordinatorThe Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and...

May 11 2020 Maine: Sporting Camps to Resume Business Earlier Than Anticipated

Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States Senior CoordinatorOn May 8, Governor Janet Mills, a...

Apr 27 2020 Maine: Moose Lottery Drawing Goes Virtual

Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States Senior CoordinatorMaine’s moose lottery drawing has historically amassed...

Apr 27 2020 Maine: Turkey Hunters to See Extra Day in the Field

Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States Senior CoordinatorOn April 21, the Maine Department of...

Mar 23 2020 Maine: Fishing License Requirement Waived for Inland Waters

Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States Senior CoordinatorOn March 20, Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus member Governor Janet...

Feb 10 2020 Maine: Victory for Sportsmen and Women in Committee’s Report of “Ought Not to Pass” on Nonbiodegradable Hooks and Lures Ban

Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States CoordinatorOn February 5, the Maine Committee on Inland Fisheries and...

Nov 12 2019 Maine: Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Elected Chair of Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States CoordinatorOn October 29, Maine Department of Marine Resources...

Aug 26 2019 Maine: Use of Live Bait Banned in State’s Northern Management Zone

Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States CoordinatorOn August 21, the Maine Department of Inland...

Jul 29 2019 Maine: Caucus Member’s Op-Ed Highlights Several Key Sportsmen-Related Bills

Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States CoordinatorOn July 25, the Sun Journal published an...

Jul 22 2019 New England States: 2019 Legislative Session Review

Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States CoordinatorWith the conclusion of the 2019 regular legislative...

Jun 10 2019 Maine: Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Advisory Council Member Formed

Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States CoordinatorThe Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) is pleased to...

Jun 03 2019 Maine: Legislators Discuss Apprentice Hunting Program at Caucus Luncheon

Contact Joe Mullin, New England States CoordinatorOn May 30, the Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus...

Jun 03 2019 Maine: Sporting Community Defends Against “High-Capacity” Magazine Ban

Contact Joe Mullin, New England States CoordinatorIn a victory for Maine’s sportsmen and women...

May 20 2019 Maine: Governor Mills Signs Crossbow Use Expansion Bill

Contact Joe Mullin, New England States CoordinatorOn May 14, Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus Member Governor...

Apr 22 2019 Maine: Luncheon Draws Attendance from Congressional, Governors and State Caucuses

Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States CoordinatorOn April 18, members of the Maine Legislative...

Apr 15 2019 Maine: Sportsmen’s Caucus Member Bill Authorizes Commissioner Camuso the Power to Extend Trapping Season

By Joe Mullin, New England States CoordinatorOn April 5, Governor Sportsmen’s Caucus Member Governor...

Apr 15 2019 Maine: Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus Welcomes Governor Mills

By Joe Mullin, New England States CoordinatorOn March 27, newly elected Governor Janet Mills...

Apr 01 2019 Maine: Caucus-driven Legislation Grants Commissioner Camuso Authority to Extend Ice-Fishing Season

By Joe Mullin, New England States CoordinatorOn March 26,  Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) Member...

Mar 18 2019 Maine: Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Hosts First Luncheon of 2019

By Joe Mullin, New England States CoordinatorOn March 12, the bipartisan and bicameral Maine...

Mar 04 2019 Maine: Nonbiodegradable Hook and Lure Ban Referred to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

By Joe Mullin, New England States CoordinatorOn February 27, the Joint Committee of Inland...

Mar 04 2019 Maine Sees Promising Future for Crossbow Use

By Joe Mullin, New England States CoordinatorRecently, HB 28, An Act to Allow the...

Feb 11 2019 Maine: Judy Camuso Confirmed as First Female Commissioner of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

By Joe Mullin, New England States CoordinatorOn January 31, Maine witnessed a historic moment...

Jan 28 2019 Maine: Sportsmen’s Caucus Leadership Announced for the 129th Legislature

By Joe Mullin, New England States CoordinatorThe Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) announced the Co-Chairs...

Mar 01 2018 Maine: Sportsmen’s Caucus Hosts Annual Reception

By Brent Miller, Senior Director, Northeastern StatesOn February 27, the bipartisan and bicameral Maine...

Oct 05 2017 Maine: Caucus Sponsors Land for Maine’s Future’s Tour for State Legislators

On October 2, twenty-five Maine legislators, including many members of the Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s...

May 25 2017 Maine: Sportsmen’s Caucus Hosts Annual Reception

On May 16, the bipartisan Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted its annual Sportsmen’s Caucus...

Mar 10 2016 Maine: Annual Sportsmen’s Caucus Reception

On March 1, the Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted its annual Sportsmen’s Caucus Reception...

May 14 2015 Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Reception

On April 29, the Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted a Sportsmen’s Caucus Reception in...

Oct 30 2014 Future of Traditional Maine Bear Hunting at Risk

This November 4, the future of traditional Maine bear hunting will be at risk....

Feb 06 2014 Maine: Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Report on Soft Plastic Lures

On January 28, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife presented its report...

Oct 02 2013 Maine: Bear Hunting under Attack by Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is currently gathering signatures for a...

May 29 2013 Maine: Caucus Holds Inaugural Reception

On Wednesday, May 22, the Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted their inaugural reception at...

Apr 11 2013 Maine: Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Established

On Friday, April 5, the Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus was officially formed and became...

Apr 10 2013 LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Maine Lead Sinker Ban to be Heard in Committee

April 10, 2013 (Washington, D.C.) -  Maine SB 268 will be heard in the...

Feb 14 2013 Maine – Oppose: Proposed Bans on Rubber Lures (LD 42) and Nondegradable Hooks (LD 43)

Two bills, both of which would severely restrict the types of tackle eligible for...

Latest policy updates

Over the last decade, many states have expanded opportunities for archery hunters...

Defined as the distance from an occupied dwelling, public road, or city...

Many sportsmen and women depend on federal lands managed by agencies such...

“No-Net-Loss” of public lands has become increasingly important to ensure access to...

In recent years, Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) use has increased rapidly across...

Introduction Sunday hunting bans are one of the last remaining examples of...

Properly managed wildlife habitat is essential for supporting sustainable and healthy wildlife...

Anti dog-hunting groups oppose hunters’ use of dogs to both hunt and...

Knife industry and advocacy groups have successfully worked with the U.S. Congress...

The use of lead ammunition and lead tackle in hunting and angling...

During atypical social and economic times that devastate communities and states, some...

During unprecedented and devastating crises, some governors, through emergency powers granted to...

In some states, through the collection of signatures, a question may be...

Recently, efforts were made in Maine to ban the use of soft...

Several states have passed legislation that allows non-resident, full-time college students to...

The vast majority of states throughout the nation offer an online component...

Many state legislatures have enacted legislation to afford senior citizens, veterans, and...

Opportunities exist across the country to enrich the lives of terminally ill...

Reports and Data

Jan 01 2020 Maine: American System of Conservation Funding Fact Sheet

Maine: American System of Conservation Funding Fact Sheet

Jan 01 2013 2013 Sportsmen's Economic Impact Report - Maine

2013 Sportsmen’s Economic Impact Report - Maine

Jan 01 2007 2006 Economic Impact Report — Maine

Sportsmen and women support more jobs in Maine than the University of Maine, one...

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