Maine Revised Statutes

§12303-A. Time limits for registering bear, deer, moose or wild turkey

1. Time limits.  Except as provided in subsection 1-A, a person may not keep any of the following unregistered wild animals at home or any place of storage for more than 18 hours:
A. Bear; [2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §230 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
B. Deer; [2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §230 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
C. Moose; or [2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §230 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
D. Wild turkey. [2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §230 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
[ 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §230 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF) .]
1-A. Exceptions.  The following are exceptions to the time limitation for registering harvested wild animals established in subsection 1:
A. A person may keep a harvested animal in an official registration station for that animal or at the office of a game warden for more than 18 hours; [2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §230 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
B. A person may leave an unregistered animal harvested by that person in the woods if that person notifies a game warden within 18 hours as to the location of that animal and the circumstances necessitating leaving that animal in the woods; [2017, c. 226, §1 (AMD).]
C. A person on a hunting trip in an unorganized township and staying at a temporary place of lodging may keep an unregistered harvested animal at the temporary place of lodging for no more than 7 days or until that person leaves the woods, whichever comes first; and [2017, c. 226, §1 (AMD).]
D. A person may keep an unregistered animal harvested by that person if that person notifies a game warden within 18 hours as to the location of that animal and the circumstances preventing the person from registering the animal in accordance with subsection 1. [2017, c. 226, §2 (NEW).]
[ 2017, c. 226, §§1, 2 (AMD) .]
2. Penalty.  A person who violates this section commits a Class E crime.
[ 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §230 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2003, c. 655, §B230 (NEW). 2003, c. 655, §B422 (AFF). 2017, c. 226, §§1, 2 (AMD).