New Law Effective in 2018 For Moose Hunters

_____ H.P. 395 - L.D. 553
An Act To Offer Hunters 65 Years of Age or Older Who Have Accumulated at Least 30 Points a Guaranteed Moose Permit
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, current law allows a resident 70 years of age or older who has accumulated the necessary number of points to be awarded a moose hunting permit without participating in the public chance lottery for a moose permit; and
Whereas, many residents 70 years of age and older are unable to hunt moose at that age; and
Whereas, residents 65 years of age and older are better able to hunt moose if awarded a moose hunting permit; and
Whereas, this legislation must take effect before the end of the 90-day period so that it takes effect in time for the upcoming moose hunting season; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore, 
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows: 
Sec. 1.  12 MRSA §11154, sub-§9, as amended by PL 2013, c. 226, §1, is further amended to read: 
9.  Selection procedure. Permittees are selected by a public chance drawing, except that a permit must be issued to any resident who is 70 65 years of age or older or will attain 70 65 years of age during the calendar year in which the resident is applying for the permit, who has accumulated at least 30 points pursuant to subsection 8 and who applies for and is otherwise eligible to obtain the permit. 

Leo Kieffer Inducted into the MSA 2017 Hall of Fame

The MSA (Maine Snowmobile Assoc.) held its annual meeting on April 22, 2017.  Leo was one of two people inducted into the MSA Hall of Fame.   Here are some highlights of his life long affiliation with snowmobiling totaling 56 plus years of snowmobile memories.


          *Bought my first sled in December 1961


          *The machine was a Polaris Ranger, purchased over the phone, sight unseen, found in a  newspaper ad.  The engine was mounted in the rear.


          *Kept the sled until 1963, which I then traded to the Polaris dealer, Linwood Willard, the then Polaris dealer, for a Polaris Voyager.


          *I then sold the Polaris Voyager to a local ski area. The very next year both the sled and the storage building was destroyed by fire.  My next purchase was a used Ski-Doo double track.


          *In 1964, with my friend Leonel Plourde, we contacted Timberland Machines in Lancaster, NH and became the Bombardier dealer in the Caribou area known as Kieffer & Plourde.   We were the second Bombardier dealer in Northern Maine joining Lynds Machine Shop in Houlton as a dealer.


          *Our first order was for three 1965 ski doos', two 247cc engines and one 163cc engine. These machines sold for $595.00 for the 8hp and $695.00 for the 10hp.


         *Business was good and that year we sold 42 machines.  Our dealership was established.


         *Over the next three years racing was becoming popular and everyone wanted to have faster machines. As a result, the number of manufacturers increased, along with sled improvements and more powerful engines.


        *Through the 60's, in most local races the winners received trophies.  Then prize money became available and the distributors and manufacturers got involved.  I raced several sleds during this time, including a 494cc, one of only 25 available from Bombardier.  The 494cc was the first upright twin from Rotax.  I also raced a 600cc, a669cc, a 399 black dot, and a first year 1970 440cc Blizzard and others. For a short time, we also had on loan from Bombardier, a sled with two engines called an Eagle.  My sons, Rob and Scott also raced in the different youth classes


       *During the 1970"s, the quality of machines greatly improved, as did the prices.  Many new companies developed snowmobiles for the market.  Manufacturers were providing a greater variety of sleds to the public.


      * During this time snowmobile clubs began to form and organize.  Caribou had two clubs:  UniSleds, and Snow Drifters.  Both clubs later merged as the Caribou Snowmobile Club.  Our Insurance business strongly supported these clubs and still do today.


      *I sold my active interest in the business to my partner and his son and the business continues today as Plourde& Plourde.  I stay active in a variety of ways.


      *From 1992-2000 I served in the Maine State Senate.  I continued to support snowmobile issues including gas tax issues for funding the trails and antique snowmobile registrations.  I also served on the snowmobile safety task force and others.


      *Today my two sons, Scott and Rob, and I restore 1960 antique snowmobiles, and 1970 Blizzard racing machines.  It's a great hobby.

         CONGRATULATIONS LEO!!!!!!!!!