October 22, 2019

Wisconsin Hunters Can Meet With DNR Officials And……….

Several meetings are scheduled across the state of Wisconsin to give hunters and any other concerned residents, the opportunity to bitch, moan, gripe, applaud, assault, well, maybe that wouldn’t be a good idea, and give lip service to the powers that be. The object of the meetings is to discuss 2006 deer hunt and deer management unit (DMU) deer harvest results, population estimates, proposed antlerless quotas for the units, and the likelihood of reaching those quotas with the regular nine-day hunting season framework.

For dates, times and locations, click this link for a pdf file(45kb).

Tom Remington

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Mississippi House Passes Deer Baiting Bill

The Mississippi House passed an amended bill, HB423, that will permit hunting over bait in 34 of the states counties. Most of these counties are in the southern half of the state. The bill will meet its next challenge in the Senate that hasn’t looked upon any previous bills of this nature with kindness.

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Safe Sex For Deer

Perhaps not exactly that but I got your attention. T.M. Lindsey at Political Fallout, has a different take on Iowa’s idea to spend up to $1,000 a deer for contraception to help reduce a blossoming deer herd. Here’s a sample of his ideas.

Implement faith-based initiatives which promote abstinence over promiscuity. Deer should be raised with the notion that it’s okay to wait for their destined fill of buck shot or their fated front end collision with an urban assault vehicle – both of which will take them one step closer to their Creator.

Tom Remington

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Colorado Wildlife Commission Recommends The Use Of Public Hunters For Elk Herd Reduction

Back on July 15, 2006 I briefly informed readers that the Colorado Wildlife Commission had unanimously passed a resolution in support of the use of public hunters to reduce over populated elk herds in areas in the Rocky Mountain National Park as well as in and around the Estes Park area. The Rocky Mountain National Park authorities have recommended using park employees and hired “sharpshooters” with silencers, to do the deed probably at night at a substantial cost to taxpayers.

The resolution was a very positive sign that wildlife managers in Colorado saw things much differently than Rocky Mountain National Park authorities. A complete copy of the resolution can be found here (pdf file, pages 49 &50). Here’s the brief version taken from the resolution.

Therefore, be it resolved that:

1. The Colorado Wildlife Commission supports the use of appropriately licensed public hunters to affect any necessary reduction in the elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park and the Estes Valley;

2. The Colorado Wildlife Commission encourages the National Park Service to seek whatever legislative or regulatory authority it requires to support use of public hunters to reduce the elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park and the Estes Valley;

3. The Colorado Wildlife Commission directs the Division of Wildlife to work with the Department of Natural Resources and the Governor’s Office on contacting members of Colorado’s congressional delegation and seeking their support for the use of public
hunters to reduce the elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park and the Estes Valley, and;

4. The Colorado Wildlife Commission directs the Division of Wildlife to provide assistance to Rocky Mountain National Park in developing a program and supporting the use of public hunters to reduce the elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park and
the Estes Valley.

On Thursday, February 8, 2007 in Estes Park at the Holiday Inn Rocky Mountain Park, 101 S. St. Vrain, the Colorado Wildlife Commission will meet at 9:00 a.m. in a workshop to discuss elk management for the Estes Park region as well as the Rocky Mountain National Park.

A representative of the RMNP will be on hand as well, according to a press release issued by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Vaughn Baker, the superintendent of Rocky Mountain National Park, will be there to give an update on the Park�s elk/vegetation management environmental impact study (EIS). The Park Service will make their decision on the alternatives presented in the EIS by May/June of this year.

While hunting is not allowed inside the RMNP, it is not prohibited in all National Parks. The Colorado Wildlife Commission, in their resolution concerning elk management, has instructed all parties within the DOW to work with state representatives in Washington, the Governor’s office and with Park Service personnel to begin the process needed to make hunting of elk possible should the park department change their mind on how elk will be reduced.

The Colorado Wildlife Commission directs the Division of Wildlife to work with the Department of Natural Resources and the Governor’s Office on contacting members of Colorado’s congressional delegation and seeking their support for the use of public hunters to reduce the elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park and the Estes Valley,

We can only hope that Colorado’s key players in this have enough support and clout, to assist in bringing the RMNP managers to their senses and follow the recommendations of the Commission. The workshop is open to the public but under normal procedures, public comment is not allowed.

I want to thank Paul Kaiser for the tip on this story. All had gone silent on this topic and I didn’t realize the workshop was coming up this week. Thanks, Paul.

Tom Remington

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Breaking News! Dogs Attack Gator

Extra! Extra! Read all about it. Florida dogs attack alligator!

*note*This isn’t my story and I’m not even going to tell you who sent it to me but here’s the story.

Dog Pack Attacks Gator In Florida

At times nature can be cruel; but there is also a raw beauty, and even a certain justice manifested within that cruelty.

The alligator, one of the oldest and ultimate predators, normally considered the “apex predator”, can still fall victim to implemented ‘team work’ strategy, made possible due to the tightly knit social structure and “survival of the pack mentality” bred into canines.

See the remarkable photograph below courtesy of Nature Magazine. Note that the Alpha dog has a muzzle hold on the gator, preventing it from breathing, while another dog has a hold on the tail to keep it from thrashing. The third dog attacks the soft underbelly of the gator.

Not for the squeamish! To avoid offending the squeamish, I opted not to put the picture on this page. Click here to view the photo!

Tom Remington

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News And Views For The Progressive Society

I have spoke often of the dangers facing hunting, fishing and trapping from our progressive society – one that rationalizes everything from the perspective that values change therefore so should the rules that govern us. Where I come from that’s called the dumbing down of society. The Bible says that God is the “alpha and omega” the beginning and end, that in the beginning there was God and that he is and always has been. I don’t think God changes his values as circumstances arise.

I stepped into a dark canyon this morning when I tripped and stumbled over a website called “CommonDreams.org”, subtitled, “Breaking News and Views for the Progressive Community”. In particular, I found an article by Paul M. Howey called, “If We Won’t Ban Hunting, at Least Let Animals Have the Sabbath as a Day of Rest”.

This typifies the progressive approach toward life in these United States but in particular hunting. Here’s a few samplings from the article.

Let me make certain I’ve heard you correctly, Mark. You say you’re standing beneath the snow-kissed pine branches soaking in all the beauty of God’s creation, and you get the sudden urge to pull the trigger of your steel extension of masculinity and kill one of his magnificent creatures?

Then we find an example of how the progressives create their own spin to fit their rationalizations while accusing other of doing the same. A “do as I say not as I do” approach.

Members of the Fellowship of Christian Hunters and others, I found, rely on the Bible for moral justification of their “sport.” Granted, it is written in Genesis that, after deciding to make mankind, God said they should have “dominion” over all the animals he’d created. Are hunters possibly twisting Bible verses to justify their blood sport?

The answer lies in the word “dominion,” which means “supreme authority.’’ Some interpret it to mean man has the universal, God-given right to kill animals. But supreme authority should also carry with it the responsibility for compassion and stewardship for all living things. To do less, in my opinion, would be, well — unGodly. And then there is that “thou shalt not kill” thing, too.

I never met a progressive who “twisted Bible verses to justify” their sometimes immoral and decedent lifestyles.

And finally, here’s a mouthful. The writer finds more ways to get in punches than a healthy and youthful Mohammad Ali.

I understand the vast majority of hunters do not shoot (okay, there was that unfortunate incident of Vice President Cheney shooting his pal Harry Whittington in the face) their fellow human beings. Still, with so much violence in our society and in the world at large, would it not be prudent to embrace more compassion, not less, for the animals with whom we share the planet?

He lets his Bush/Cheney hatred come shining through, then falls into the “let’s scare the readers” tactic claiming “so much violence in our society”, followed by a few stanzas of “Kumbaya” to better visualize his Utopian ideals.

What bugs me the most about this work of fiction is that much of what he is saying is right and most hunters would mostly agree. He just has a warped perspective of hunters. Howey wants his readers to think that hunters hunt with “their extensions of masculinity” because they want to defy God and kill one of his “magnificent creatures. He questions hunting as a sport, he even refers to it as “blood sport” and tries to convince his readers that hunters aren’t conservationists and we don’t see any beauty when we go to the woods to hunt.

Howey also portrays a hunter as some evil monster because hunters don’t “play on a level playing field” – like what is it he wants? Are we to run the game down and bite the jugular to bleed out our kill?

The writer says hunting is “counterintuitive” and that “nature seeks its own balance and gets out of whack when man interferes”.

Mr. Howey’s perceptions of hunters is so far out of whack, I’m not sure what planet he is living on, or in his own words, “in what alternate universe have you parked your brain?”

Hunters aren’t as Howey describes them as no more than if I said all progressives were “nut jobs”. Hunters fully understand God’s gift and are conservationists. If we weren’t, people like Mr. Howey wouldn’t have much of what he enjoys to experience. If we were to let nature take its course, we should then sit back and let countless people die from disease and animal/human encounters. Sorry, Mr. Howey, that “let nature take its course” went out the window back when you built your “log cabin in the woods of Leicester, North Carolina, with his wife Trish, four dogs, and five parrots”.

Hunting isn’t for everyone and obviously not for Mr. Howey but please sir, if you’re going to spend your time putting down hunting at least tell the truth about hunters.

Tom Remington

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Idaho Politicians Want To Lower Wolf Tag Price

About a week and a half ago, the Idaho Fish and Game announced that residents interested in purchasing a tag to hunt the gray wolf, if it is ever removed from the Endangered Species list, they would have to pay $26.50. At least two Idaho congressmen think that is too high.

Rep. Bert Stevenson, R-Rupert, and Rep. Fred Wood, R-Burley, presented the Senate Natural Resources Commission a bill that would reduce the price of a tag down to $9.75, the same price as a tag for a mountain lion and black bear.

The legislators said that after deliberations between the commission and lawmakers, it was agreed to keep the price at $9.75 for Idahoans. Nonresidents still would pay $150.

Both lawmakers said they juggled with raising tag prices for some animals and lowering them for others and, in the end, decided to leave everything as is.

“We realized we had to make some changes,” Stevenson told the committee. “There was some thought that we might treat them differently.”

The proposal heads for the House floor.

Tom Remington

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Me And Teddy Roosevelt Were Best Friends

Teddy Roosevelt

I bet you didn’t know that Teddy and I were tight. Oh, yeah. I was such good friends with him I could tell exactly what he was thinking and what was on his mind.

I’m sure by this point you are wondering if I have lost my mind. Well, I have always said that to lose something means that at one time you had to have possessed what you claim to have lost in order to have actually lost it. Yeah, Teddy and I were inseparable. Mind you we never met but that doesn’t matter. I still can tell you everything about the man because I read a lot, or well, I’ve heard many people talk about him and everything he stood for, well actually, I do recall the name. So, I feel like I really know him and if we had lived at a time together, I know we would have hung out together. Probably done some hunting together too. Teddy was a big hunter you know.

The truth is, I must confess, that Teddy Roosevelt wasn’t my best friend. Actually, I know very little about Teddy. I heard via the grapevine that teddy bears were named after him and that he was a nerdy kind of fellow who did a few things to help set an example of how we should protect our natural resources and make sure we had some wildlife left to enjoy. That’s about it.

If more people would be honest with themselves they too would admit that they don’t know Teddy Roosevelt and they should stop pretending that they know “what Teddy Roosevelt would have done”. Poor ole Teddy. I wonder what Teddy would say if he knew how many people dropped his name on a daily basis as a means for finding support for their agendas?

In Maine last year (follow this link and click on “Baxter Land Swap” category), supporters of an effort to trade off some of Maine’s public lands in order to acquire an additional 6,000 acres of restricted sanctuary land to be added to Baxter State Park, used the fact that Teddy Roosevelt visited the park therefore he would have wanted the land protected.

Last week in a debate in Montana over whether that state should outlaw hunting in so-called “high-fence” preserves, one opponent of the practice said that Teddy Roosevelt would roll over in his grave if he knew hunters were shooting game behind fences. A Montana senator replied that if we were to infringe on the hunting rights of individuals, “I think Teddy Roosevelt would crawl out of his grave and come get us.” Poor ole Teddy! Does he ever get any rest?

Just today, a member of the Humane Society of the United States, in an opinion piece in the Arizona Daily Star, chastises the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over a proposal to allow hunting mountain lions in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge near Yuma, Arizona. The author rants on as if she had been best friends with Teddy (I’m jealous).

The first National Wildlife Refuge was created by President Theodore Roosevelt on Pelican Island, Fla., in 1903 as a place where birds would be safe from the guns and snares of hunters. Today the National Wildlife Refuge System includes more than 93 million acres of wildlife habitat in all 50 states.
For a good portion of their history, the vast majority of these refuges were maintained as Roosevelt had intended they should be: safe havens where animals would be secure from hunters.

And I thought I was the only one who knew him well enough to know what he was thinking then and what he would be thinking today if he were alive. Poor ole Teddy!

Do any of us really know Teddy Roosevelt other than what we read in a few books and the “lore” that has been passed down from one story to the next? Not really, no more than we could say what Abe Lincoln would do, Thomas Jefferson or Fred Arbuckle (Fred was a neighbor of a friend living next door to a second cousin of my best buddy’s brother). I think Teddy did what Teddy thought was cool for his day. If Teddy were alive today, he might have had a chance in the last 88 years since his death, to have revisited some of his beliefs and pet projects. Maybe he would have made a few adjustments. Maybe not.

Do I have a right to say I know Stephen King because I read his books? Do I have a right to say I know what Ronald Reagan would do because he was our President? Do I have a right to say I know what Fred Arbuckle would do because he was a neighbor of a friend……….?

I wonder if any of these people could even make an argument without dropping names like poor ole Teddy Roosevelt?

But there’s one thing for sure that I know to be fact. If Teddy were alive today, he would agree with me!

Tom Remington

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Harnessing Useful Energy

*Updated 2/13/2007* For more on this story and other unusual uses for moose, click here.

Texas is noted for everything BIG, Idaho for their potatoes, Florida for Disney World, California for the “fruits and nuts” and most people relate lobsters to Maine. What most people don’t know about Maine is the fierce independence of the people and their resourceful “Yankee ingenuity” when it comes to making the best of every situation.

The northern Maine residents are tough people who most often rely on what Mother Nature provides them to get by. In the Allagash area God blessed them with trees and out of need the residence learned how to use those trees to support a livelihood. To get those trees out of the woods for use, those resourceful northern Maine people believe that you just use the tools God gave them.

The photo below depicts a longtime Allagash, Maine logger taking advantage of “natural resources” to harvest logs and bring them to the mill.

Moose Logging

*Note* Recently I asked our chief photographer, Milt Inman, for a good photo of a very large bull moose. This is what he sent. Thanks, Milt!

Tom Remington

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Disabled Deer Hunters Enjoy Outing In New Jersey

Via a news tip from Kelly Heyboer, comes this story and video from TV Jersey and the Star-Ledger about disabled hunters getting an opportunity to do some whitetail deer hunting in the Heron Glen Golf Course in Raritan Township. This was put on by the Hunterdon County Parks and Recreation Department and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Thanks Kelly!

Tom Remington

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