An Act To Establish a Special Handgun Hunting Season That Coincides with the Muzzle-loading Open Season on Deer
Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §10001, sub-§28-A is enacted to read:
Sec. 2. 12 MRSA §10001, sub-§44, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 and affected by c. 614, §9, is amended to read:
Sec. 3. 12 MRSA §11109, sub-§§10 and 11 are enacted to read:
Sec. 4. 12 MRSA §11109-A, sub-§3, ¶A, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 163, §1 and affected by §3, is amended to read:
Sec. 5. 12 MRSA §11401, sub-§1, ¶A, as amended by PL 2009, c. 134, §1, is further amended to read:
Sec. 6. 12 MRSA §11405 is enacted to read:
§ 11405. Special handgun deer hunting season
The commissioner may terminate this open season at any time in an area if, in the commissioner's opinion, an immediate emergency action is necessary due to adverse weather conditions or severe hunting pressure.
The commissioner shall establish by rule the length of the special handgun open season. The commissioner may establish seasons of different lengths in different regions of the State. The season may extend for no more than 12 hunting days in any part of the State.
This bill establishes a special handgun open season on deer that coincides with the special muzzle-loading season.