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slimer2425
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posted 11-04-2005 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for slimer2425     Edit/Delete Message
Clyde,
I have a few questions concerning the fines. How much will it cost the violater if he caught trespassing on posted land? Secondly, what is the fine for shooting a deer out of season (say a buck in youth season) or say a buck in August? I'm assuming that it isn't very much since we have so many repeat offenders. Who can we pressure to raise these fines so they are more of a punishment rather than a slap on the wrist?

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Officer Clyde
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posted 11-06-2005 12:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Officer Clyde     Edit/Delete Message
Talk to your local magistrates. They decide how much the fines are, we dont. But it is safe to say that in many cases, they are not high enough to make most serious offenders worry about it. Besides, they can usually get set up on a payment plan and then forget to pay it. They usually get their drivers/hunting/fishing licenses revoked for failure to pay the fines, but that is not much of a deterent either. Look at how many drivers are stopped every day and charged with driving while license revoked or suspended...........I do know that in the State of Maine the fine for the Illegal killing of one(1) deer, even a doe, is a minimum $1000.00 and three(3) days in jail. I would like to see our fines start at that level and go up from there ($20.00 here)
Good luck
Clyde

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