AUGUSTA, Maine — The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will hold three public hearings over the next six weeks concerning two petitions to shorten the ruffed grouse season. Currently the grouse season ends on December 31; the petitions seek to end the season November 30. Ruffed grouse season opens on October 1.
The first public hearing will be on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at the Calais Rod and Gun Club on Charlotte Road in Charlotte. The second public hearing will be on June 27, 2007 at the Presque Isle Fish and Game Club on Parsons Road in Presque Isle at 6:30 p.m. The third public hearing will be July 18 at the Farmington Municipal Building on 153 Farmington Falls Road in Farmington at 6:30.
There also is an open public comment period that ends on July 30, 2007. Those wishing to comment on the proposal to shorten the grouse season by eliminating the month of December should do so by mailing their comments to Andrea L. Erskine, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 41 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333 or emailing email@example.com by July 30, 2007.
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