October 7, 2015.
Lawrence P. Bloom, Esq., Bloom & Bloom, Skowhegan, for
appellant Harvey Austin Jr.
Maloney, District Attorney, and Francis J. Griffin, Jr.,
Asst. Dist. Atty., Prosecutorial District IV, Augusta, for
appellee State of Maine.
P. Bloom, Esq., for appellant Harvey Austin Jr.
J. Griffin, Jr., Asst. Dist. Atty., for appellee State of
SAUFLEY, C.J., and ALEXANDER, MEAD, GORMAN, HJELM, and
[¶1] Harvey Austin Jr. appeals from a
judgment of conviction of abuse of property for failing to
label an observation stand (Class E), 12 M.R.S. §
10652(1)(B)(2) (2014), entered in the trial court (Somerset
County, Mullen, J. ) following a bench trial. Austin
contends that when he purchased his hunting license he was
given a magazine summarizing Maine hunting laws and rules,
endorsed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and
Wildlife (IF& W), that misstated the law concerning tree
stands, and for that reason the State was equitably estopped
from prosecuting him. We affirm the judgment.
[¶2] On January 21, 2014, two Maine game
wardens summonsed Austin for failing to label a tree stand
pursuant to 12 ...