Hunting briefs

Lawmaker wants to change youth day

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A GOP lawmaker in Maine wants to allow adults to carry a firearm while hunting bears with kids.

Currently, licensed junior hunters can hunt bear with a firearm, bow and arrow or crossbow on Maine’s youth bear hunting day.

But parent, guardians and adult supervisors aren’t allowed to hold a firearm while accompanying the young hunter.

Republican Sen. Andre Cushing’s bill as published online would allow such adults to possess a firearm while supervising the young person.

Maine like dozens of other states doesn’t have a minimum age to purchase a junior hunting license.

Hunters under the age of 10 must be under the effective control of an adult supervisor who must remain very close.

The bill is scheduled for a Tuesday hearing.

North Dakota issues deer bow licenses

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department is making 502 any-deer bow licenses available to out-of-state hunters this year.

Applicants must apply online at the Game and Fish website. The deadline is March 1.

Up to five applicants can apply together as a party. A lottery will be held if more applications are received than licenses available.

Any remaining licenses after March 1 will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

The number of nonresident any-deer bow licenses is 15 percent of the previous year’s mule deer gun license allocation.

Game and Fish issued 3,350 mule deer licenses in last year’s deer gun license lottery.

Man may avoid hunting charges

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — A judge has approved the request of a man accused in the illegal killing of two bears in Connecticut to enroll in a program that could lead to the dismissal of his charges.

The Hour reports 28-year-old Antonio Lio, of Wilton, was granted accelerated rehabilitation Wednesday. Lio’s charges will be removed if he completes 40 hours of community service and is not arrested again during the next two years.

Lio was facing charges of fourth-degree illegal hunting and two counts of illegally taking a bear. Police say he used a bow and arrow to kill two bears in Wilton last September.

State environmental officials say Lio skinned one bear for a trophy mount.

However, Lio’s attorney argued the man shot the bears to protect his family.

Answers sought after beavers killed

BOWIE, Md. (AP) — Authorities are seeking answers after a father and son on a bird-spotting walk found four beavers shot dead with a bow and arrow.

The Capital reports that Bowie residents Matthew and Chris Perry were participating in an Audubon Society bird count on New Year’s Day when they came across the slain rodents on a frozen pond.

Matthew Perry speculated that someone from a nearby housing development became irritated that the beavers were gnawing away at the trees.

Officials with the Maryland Natural Resources Police say trapping of beavers is permitted this time of year, but killing a beaver by any means other than trapping is against the law.

Local police also expressed concern about the danger of bow-and-arrow hunting near a residential area.