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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New Maine Law Allows More Disabled Veterans to Hunt, Fish For Free

picture  of a large white tailed deer buck with huge antlers standing on a Prairie of dried grasses. To the left and below it says, "Get information about hunting in Maine.."
Image from Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

Multiple news outlets reported earlier this week on a new state law that will allow more disabled veterans to hunt and fish for free. The bill was introduced by Rep. Wilson (R-Augusta) and was signed into law by Gov. LePage last week.

The law will allow Mainers will have a 50 percent or more disability rating from Veterans Affairs to hunt, fish, or trap without having to pay the license fee. Previously, only veterans with a 70 or 100 percent disability rating were able to obtain free licenses.

Veterans make up a disproportionately large number of both the state population and its population of people with disabilities, so this is likely to affect significant number of people.

This story was reported on by WCSH Channel 6, the Portland Press Herald, and WABI TV.

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