Augusta - ME. A coalition of sportsmen and landowners held a press conference in Augusta today. At the press conference, members of the coalition expressed their concern regarding the Sunday hunting proposal which has been discussed in recent weeks.
In a joint testimonial from the group, the coalition's spokesperson Tom Doak read from a prepared statement: "We all come at this issue with a slightly different point-of-view. However, we are united in our concern that the issue of Sunday hunting is driving a wedge between landowners, sportsmen, recreational users and the public. This rancor is not good for sportsmen, recreational users, woodland owners or the general public," said Doak. Doak is the Executive Director of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine.
"We believe the real issue is respect for each other's traditions and a balance to the relationship between user and landowner. We should focus on, and build upon, what we have in common, namely Maine's outdoor heritage," Doak concluded.
To that end, the coalition of sportsman and landowners offered the following position statement to help resolve and clarify the issues created by the Sunday hunting proposals:
We support long term and fair funding for the department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IF&W). Their mission is critical to the protection and management of Maine's wildlife resource.
Members of the coalition of sportsmen and landowners include:
For more information, please contact:
Tom Doak, Executive Director, Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine.
John Rooks, Rooks Communications. Portland, Maine (207) 772-0066, Cell (207) 712-7498
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