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Leadership Counts-Anti-Bear Referendum Coalition

In response to the recent announcement that the Humane Society of the United States is planning to gather signatures for another bear referendum to ban hounding, trapping and baiting, we have begun building a coalition to oppose the referendum. Many leaders and organizations are publicly opposing the bear referendum. If your legislator is on the list, please thank them. It takes a lot of courage to lead on such controversial issues, Democrats, Republicans and Un-enrolled alike are putting aside their political differences to support our hunting heritage. Thank you!

Organizations

Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine – SAM United States Sportsman’s Alliance
Maine Professional Guides Association Maine Bowhunter’s Association
Maine Trapper’s Association MTA National Rifle Association NRA
IAMAW District Lodge #4 Maine Farm Bureau
Safari Club International Maine Chapter Maine Forest Products Council
Downeast Houndsmen Maine Sporting Dogs Association
Maine Snowmobile Association Maine State Council of Machinists
Maine Council AFL-CIO Pine Tree Coon Cat and Bear Association
North Maine Woods Virginia Bear Hunters Association
Federation of Maine Dog Clubs and Responsible Owners Maine Tourism Association
Maine Woods Coalition Wisconsin Bear Hunter's Association
Maine Sporting Camp Association National Wild Turkey Federation
Vermont Bear Hound Association Northern Maine Development Commission
Pennsylvania Trappers Association Vermont Trappers Association
National Shooting Sports Foundation

 

Candidates for Governor

Governor Paul LePage Congressman Mike Michaud   Eliot Cutler

Candidates for Congress

Bruce Poliquin Kevin Raye Blaine Richardson
Richard Rosen Senator Troy Jackson Senator Emily Cain

Current State Senators and Representatives

Rep. Stacey Guerin (R-Glenburn) Rep. Jeffery Gifford (R-Lincoln)
Rep. Windol Weaver (R-York) Rep. Ricky Long (R-Sherman)
Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos (I-Friendship) Rep. Peter Johnson (R-Greenville)
Sen. Troy Jackson (D-District 35) Rep. Sheryl Briggs (D-Mexico)
Rep. Paul Gilbert (D-Jay) Rep. Larry Dunphy (R-Embden)
Rep. Stephen Wood (R-Sabattus) Rep. Peter Doak (R-Columbia Falls)
Sen. David Dutremble (D-District 4) Rep. Michael Shaw (D-Standish)
Rep. Raymond Wallace (R-Dexter) Rep. Joyce Maker (R-Calais)
Rep. Jarrod Crockett (R-Bethel) Rep. Jeffery Timberlake (R-Turner)
Rep. Walter Kumiega (D-Deer Isle) Rep. Brian Duprey (R-Hampden)
Rep. Thomas Tyler (R-Windham) Rep. Joyce Fitzpatrick (R-Houlton)
Sen. John Patrick (D-District 14) Rep. David Johnson (R-Eddington)
Rep. Ellen Winchenbach (R-Waldoboro) Rep. Tom Winsor (R-Norway)
Sen. Colleen Lachowicz (D-District 25) Rep. Tyler Clark (R-Easton)
Rep. H. David Cotta (R-China) Rep. Brian Jones (D-Freedom)
Rep. Dean Cray (R-Palmyra) Rep. Jethro Pease (R-Morrill)
Rep. Eleanor Espling (R-New Gloucester) Rep. James Gillway (R-Searsport)
Sen. David Burns (R-District 29) Rep. Corey Wilson (R-Augusta)
Rep. Deborah Sanderson (R-Chelsea) Sen. Roger Katz (R- District 24)
Rep. Dale Crafts (R-Lisbon) Sen. Anne Haskell (D-District 9)
Rep. Alexander Willette (R-Mapleton) Rep. Beth Turner (R-Burlington)
Rep. James Campbell (I-Newfield) Rep. Bob Nutting (R-Oakland)
Rep. Kenneth Fredette (R-Newport) Rep. Bill Noon (D-Sanford)
Rep. Robert Saucier (D-Presque Isle) Sen. James Hamper (R-District 13)
Rep. Carol McElwee (R-Caribou) Rep. Wayne Parry (R-Arundel)
Sen. Andre Cushing (R-District 33) Sen. Thomas Saviello (R-District 18)
Rep. Tim Marks (D-Pittston) Sen. Mike Thibodeau (R – District 23)
Rep. Stephen Stanley (D-Medway) Rep. Mike McClellan (R-Raymond)
Rep. Russell Black (R-Wilton) Rep. Joseph Brooks (U-Winterport)
Rep. Bernard Ayotte (R-Caswell) Rep. Richard Campbell (R-Orrington)
Rep. Paul Davis (R-Sangerville) Rep. Stanley Short (D-Pittsfield)
Sen. Rodney Whittemore (R-Skowhegan) Sen. Garrett Mason (R-Lisbon Falls)
Rep. Donald Marean (R-Hollis) Rep. Mathew Pouliot (R-Augusta)
Rep. Lance Harvell (R-Farmington) Sen. Edward Youngblood (R-Brewer)
Rep. Dennis Keschl (R-Belgrade) Rep. Roger Reed (R-Carmel)
Rep. Richard Malaby (R-Hancock)  Rep. Amy Volk (R-Scarborough)
Sen. Emily Cain (D-Orono)  Rep. Jeff McCabe (D-Skowhegan)
Sen. Roger Sherman (R-District 34)  Sen. John Tuttle (D-District 3)
Rep. Jonathan Kinney (R-Limington) Rep. Kathleen Chase (R-Wells)
Sen. Brian Langley (R-District 28) Sen. Doug Thomas (R-District 27)
Rep. Allen Michael Nadeau (R-Fort Kent) Rep. Jethro Pease (R-District 44)
Rep. Amy Volk (R-Scarborough) Rep. Terry Hayes (D-Buckfield)
Rep. Archie Verow (D-Brewer) Rep. Lisa Villa (D-Harrison)
**Bolded names indicate legislative leadership.

Outdoor Organizations

Presque Isle Fish and Game Club Penobscot Long Rifles
Penobscot County Conservation Association Phippsburg Sportsmen's Association
Wiscasset Rod and Gun Club Durham Rod and Gun Club
North Berwick Rod and Gun Club Black Bear Rod and Gun Club
Falmouth Rod and Gun Club Bucks Mills Rod and Gun Club
Norway-Paris Fish and Game Association Wilton Fish and Game Club
Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmen's Association New London/Windham County League of Sportsman's Clubs
Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club  Royal River Rod and Gun Club
Maine Elver Fisherman Association The Alewife Harvesters of Maine
York County Fish and Game Club Sullivan County Sportsmen
Fryeburg Fish and Game Association Skowhegan Sportsman's Club
Barre Fish and Game Club Pointer Fish and Game Club
Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs New Hampshire Wildlife Federation
Windham-Gorham Rod and Gun Club Northern York County Rod and Gun Club
Pinnacle Mountain Fish and Game Club Winnipesaukee Sportsmen's Club
Warner Fish and Game Club Boggestowe Fish and Game Club
Old #4 Rod Gun and Snowmobile Club Belknap County Sportsmen's Association
Massachusetts Chapter NWTF WV Bear Hunters Association
Kezar Falls Fish and Game Association South Berwick Rod and Gun Association
Lisbon Fish and Game Association Greencastle Sportsman's Club
Pine Tree Rod and Gun Club Kinnicum Fish and Game Club
SCI New York Metro Cobbosseecontee Snowmobile Club
Victory Sportsmen's Club Stump Jumpers
SCI New Hampshire Chapter NH Bear Hunters Association
SCI NY Tri-State Chapter Randolph Fish and Game Club
Pomfret Sportsman's Club Redfield Fish and Game Club
Vermont Bowhunter's Association Androscoggin County Fish and Game Assoc.
West Virginia Bowhunters Association
 
Paid for and Authorized by the Maine Wildlife Conservation Council. 205 Church Hill Road, Augusta, Maine 04330.
We encourage voters to oppose the referendum and allow our public, professional biologists to continue to manage Maine's bear population with our nationally recognized bear management program.