November 13, 2018

Open Thread – 9th Day, 11th Month, 2018

Bar Shooting: Timing Just a Coincidence?

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Open Thread – 8th Day, 11th Month, 2018

It Is Insanity To Think You Can Beat a Rigged System by Using The Rigged System

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The Fake Plea for Our Last Dollar

I have already received an email asking me to give money because “conservatives” got an ass whooping in last night’s election. Those asking for the money might want to consider whether their plans for the promotion of their so-called “conservative” approach to politics is worth the price of any paper it might be printed on.

Should you be giving money to any “conservative” organization that can do no better than receiving a good can of:

 

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My Eyes: Maybe They Do Look So Good Anymore

There’s an old Maine story sometimes told. I first heard it when being entertained by Maine humorist Joe Perham many years ago. Maine has always had a strong French Canadian influence. The transition from the Canadian French to Maine English sometimes leaves one amused or confused. The French tend, in their interpretations and implementation of the English language, to get the order or use of certain words mixed up. The old Maine story goes something like this.

Two farmers who lived on opposite ends of town seldom had the pleasure of meeting and visiting each other. But when they did, it often began a series of bartering and sometimes bickering and undoubtedly confusion, leading to anger.

One day the two men met near the center of town. They briefly exchanged pleasantries. One farmer, Les,  said to the farmer of French descent, “Say, Pierre. I’m looking for a mule to work my farm.”

Pierre replied, “Well, I got one but his eyes they no look so good anymore.”

Farmer Les said, “I don’t care what he looks like. What you gut to git for that mule?”

“I’ll trade you my mule for your mule,” offered Pierre.

So in a couple of days, they met and swapped mules. Les had a reputation for a bit of dishonest bartering. He knew his mule was old and tired and figured an even swap was a good deal, getting the better of the trade. However, after a couple of days, Les went looking for Pierre.

Say, Pierre, “That mule you swapped me for…the dang thing’s blind!”

“Yeah, I know,” replied Pierre. “I told you his eyes they no look so good anymore.”

During my hunting trip to Hunting Camp, I came away with a bit of reassurance that my eyesight wasn’t failing worse than I thought in my advancing years. Three events took place that reassured me that for 66 years in age, my eyes they do look so good anymore.

The first event happened the day we arrived at Hunting Camp. As is tradition, we target shoot. From the sitting rest that somebody once built, to the target is approximately 30 yards or about 90 to 100 feet. I don’t know that any of us have ever measured exactly.

I stood behind the shooters and I could most often tell the shooter where his bullet hit the target – even the .223 caliber rounds. Most shooters doubted my ability to see that well at that distance, but upon examination of the target, more than not I was right.

As a side note, just before I got out of the U.S. Navy in 1976, I decided to have my teeth fixed and my eyes checked to at least get me taken care of for a while. I’ll spare the details but the eye doctor became fascinated with my seeing ability and gave me a thorough examination, determining that my eyesight was 20/8. Normal vision is 20/20. 20/8 vision means that what “normal” eyes can see at 8 feet, I could see at 20. The doctor told me Ted Williams, the all-time great baseball slugger, had 20/10 vision and that’s why he could hit the baseball so well.

I know I no longer have 20/8 vision. I need glasses to read by. Needless to say, I am a typical far-sighted person.

The following day, which was opening day of the regular firearms season for deer, at precisely 2 minutes after legal hunting, a fellow hunter and I were getting ready to drive out of the woods on our ATV. At a distance of approximately 300 yards, I made out two does’ silhouette at the top of a hill on the power line. I pointed them out to my buddy who took a while to pick them up…through his binoculars I might add.

The third event was a couple days later when I was still hunting in some small beeches that still had not shed their leaves. Scanning the landscape, I spotted a “brown” spot that seemed a bit out of place. I guessed what I was seeing was about 75 yards away. I continued to study the object until I focused in on a deer’s face staring directly at me. I swear the deer had a look on her face that said what the heck is that?

She continued to stare as I slowly raised my gun to see what she looked like in my scope. I wanted desparately to place a set of antlers on her head. Seeing none at 3x power, I brought the gun down and turned the power up to 7x. Still no antlers. I knew the chances were pretty good that if I was seeing a nice buck…well, I wouldn’t be seeing a nice buck hanging around wondering what I was up to.

She turned her head 90 degrees away from me and straight ahead as she was facing. I knew what was next. She bounded away, but lazily. I did spy her again watching me as I continued to still hunt.

In the past few years, mostly because I haven’t been able to even see deer in the woods, I have resorted to sitting in places in the woods or in a ground blind. I don’t like getting into tree stands anymore. I wondered if not seeing deer was solely attributed to lack of deer to spot or if it was my failing eyesight.

It was comforting and reassuring to know that my eyes “look good enough” to still be able to pick out a deer perhaps a little better than the average hunter.

 

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Open Thread – 7th Day, 11th Month, 2018

There Is No Hope in Man-God Creations!!

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Animals Are NOT People

Recently, an animal protectionist voiced concern about the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Maine. We all should be concerned about the spread of this deadly to animal disease (it has of yet not proven that it can jump over and infect humans). But, animals, as much as we care about their welfare, even those animals given to us by our Creator as a natural resource to enjoy from viewing to table fare, are not people and should not be treated as such. In doing so, lines of priority in the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of all get blurred even to a point of perversion.

The article begins by making an association of equality or even preference of the animal over that of man by stating: “If we had a chance to help a human or an animal, why wouldn’t we do it? If we knew that the situation could easily get worse — in some cases, far worse — why wouldn’t we do what we could now instead of waiting?”

The first priority, in a natural setting of existence understanding, should always be that of man. Because Man was granted “dominion” over all the plants and animals by our Creator, the first concern is with people. Animals become secondary and of concern in this case because man’s existence is directly affected.

The perversion shows when the author uses the relative pronoun “who” in reference to a deer or deer collectively: “I would have thought that the DIFW biologist’s primary concern would have been the suffering and death of the animals who might contract CWD.” and, “…the feeding of deer who might have been exposed to CWD…”

The importance of this misuse of pronouns isn’t so much that the writing is grammatically incorrect, something a “published author from Bristol” should know, it is the exposure of the indoctrination that has perverted the minds of millions who insist on categorizing animals at the same existence level as that of man. How sick is that….really?

It is impossible to rightly attack any problem or establish any kind of rule or regulation in the management of any animal when the animal is not placed in the correct hierarchy according to relative importance based on the existence of Man. Because our animal-perverse society has muddied the differences between man and animal, such distinctions of utmost importance are lost and decisions rendered ended up being acts of perversion in their own right.

This misguided perversion shows when the author takes issue with comments made by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) about the concerns of the hunting industry should CWD have a devasting effect on the deer and moose. The author chooses to disregard the common sense association that their concerns over the health and welfare of the animals exist in unspoken words from the quotes that were handpicked.

Perhaps the upside of this is that the MDIFW sees the potential risks of the spread of disease as being first and foremost a concern for that of the people and their welfare and secondly to the animals and their health…or maybe not.

But, make no mistake about it, CWD is extremely problematic and the author does bring up some good points to consider.

It is impossible to stop the spread of the disease but steps can be taken to slow it down. The MDIFW already has mandatory regulations in place to help in that regard. Some of those steps may need to be strengthened if the disease shows signs of actually making its way into Maine.

Because CWD prions can find their way into the commercial marketing of urine-based scents and lures, I agree with the author that they should be banned.

I think the jury is still out on feeding of deer as to whether or not congregated feeding actually causes the spread of disease any more than in a natural setting due to the make-up of the disease itself. There are some trade-off issues that need to be considered when it comes to feeding deer, but the bottom line is that CWD will destroy the deer and moose herds and thus destroy the hunting industry as well as wildlife viewing.

As might be spoken by any avid totalitarian, animal rights activist, the following statement should be of concern to all: “It needs nothing less than the force of law.” 

As our collectivist society works harder and harder at destroying their own free existence, avidly calling on a fascist government (force of law) to rule with an iron fist should be of concern for all…but isn’t.

As with any of this talk, based on utter ignorance of facts, media echo chambers will continue to repeat misguided claims and false information without actually doing any real research to understand the creation and history of CWD. It’s a shame really but nothing more than a reflection of the automatonic existence that has been created for all of us.

As a brilliant man recently shared, with Collectivism comes collective ignorance and stupidity. Collectivism ensures like existence. How frightfully boring!

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Open Thread – 6th Day, 11th Month, 2018

FARCE DAY: “a comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay and typically including crude characterization and ludicrously improbable situations.”

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Maine Deer Hunting Season: Not Much Has Changed

Saturday afternoon I returned from my annual deer hunting trip to a remote hunting camp in Western Maine. The verdict, from my perspective, is that very little has changed to improve the deer hunting there. Maybe even global warming – with two days of snow (snicker, snicker) – hasn’t made many improvements.

If you believe the hype the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) is putting out about how Maine has so many deer now you’ll be tripping over them, then I have a bridge in New York City I would like to sell you at a fair price. How does one keep a straight face to be able to, in one breath, speak of how the new deer management scheme will consist of reducing the deer population in Maine to around 230,000 deer (down from around 350,000) and then send out press releases stating more deer than you can shake a stick at?

And speaking of press releases…One full week into the regular deer firearms season and the MDIFW armed with their hi-tech digital deer tagging system, and all we hear from the department is about a fish netting project. IMPRESSIVE!!!!

But back to my week at deer camp.

The weather was horrible for the week but I hunted faithfully every day. I thought that perhaps things had improved when on Monday, two minutes past legal hunting, two does emerge from the deep woods onto the powerline where I had been sitting in my blind for two hours.

On Wednesday, I was still hunting a section of heavy beech, where the leaves still have a death grip on the trees, when I spotted a nice doe, about thirty yards away staring me down. We exchanged stares and I tried my best to grow a set of antlers on her head. For the next hour, she stayed just ahead of me trying to figure out what I was doing.

And that was it!

There were six hunters covering the woods every day from sun up until sun down and those three deer were the only deer sighted. The general consensus was that there seemed to be more indications of more deer but sighting them was impossible.

Maybe there are spots in the state where deer numbers are up but not everywhere. It was my 32nd year at Hunting Camp and there have been many, many, changes to the habitat in that time. In that time, there has been nothing that an honest assessment would uncover that might lead one to think the climate is changing. Some think the climate is warming causing all sorts of weird things in the woods and yet at the same time of year every year, we seldom have snow to hunt on. However, in the past 5 years, we have had snow to hunt on the first week of deer season twice. Global warming? No more than it is global cooling.

When MDIFW decided to lower the deer population management goals by more than 100,000, it wasn’t due to anything scientific. It is political and a form of outcome-based Scientism. In other words, the department is mostly incapable of growing the population of anything unless it happens by chance. Similar to lowering the standards of education in order to improve graduation rates, to lower the deer population goal this drastically is a means of dishonest deception.

Why do we tolerate this?

I still have three weeks to hunt deer. I am in hopes that during part of that time I will move to areas where there seems to be more success at tagging deer and hopefully my odds improve.

I sure would like some venison to munch on this winter

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Open Thread – 5th Day, 11th Month, 2018

Perhaps the Biggest Con Job of Them All?

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MDIFW News — Deer Season Set To Start Saturday

Press Release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife:

Deer Season Continues With Opening Of Firearm Season

AUGUSTA, Maine – This Monday, October 29, marks the beginning of the regular firearm season for deer, an eagerly anticipated event for tens of thousands of hunters across the state. Saturday, October 27 is opening day for residents and qualifying non-residents.

“With a growing deer population in central and southern Maine, we expect to see even more successful hunters this year,” said Nathan Bieber, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife deer biologist. “Last year was the most successful year in ten years, but this year has the potential to be even better for deer hunters.”

The regular firearm season for deer opens on Monday, October 29 for nonresidents, Saturday, October 27 for residents, and the regular firearms season for deer concludes on Saturday, November 24. “With cool weather for the start of season, and even fresh snow up north for the big woods trackers, we expect to see many successful hunters this weekend,” said Bieber. “Even if the rain materializes in the southern part of the state, it will remain cool and leave the woods quiet for hunting.”

Maine has over 215,000 licensed hunters, and hunting continues to be an economic catalyst in much of Maine, supporting over 3,400 jobs with an economic output of over $338 million.

Deer hunting in Maine provides many families with wild game meat that is high in nutrition, sustainable, free range, and organic. On average, a 150-pound field dressed deer will provide close to 70 pounds of meat. Last year’s deer kill provided over 1.5 million pounds of meat to hunters and their families.

This year’s deer season has the potential to be even better than 2017, when Deer hunters in Maine harvested 27,233 deer in 2017, the highest total in the last ten years and an increase of 15% from 2016.

For this coming deer season, a total 84,745 any-deer permits are proposed for 22 of the state’s 29 wildlife management districts, an increase of 28%. Last year, there were 66,050 permits available to hunters. Hunters who do not receive an Any Deer permit are only allowed to shoot an antlered deer (with some exceptions during archery season and on youth day).

Permit numbers increased in nine southern and central wildlife management districts, decreased in 11 WMDs and stayed the same in nine WMDS. You can find the complete numbers at https://www.maine.gov/ifw/hunting-trapping/any-deer-permit.html. One reason for the permit increase is that the 2017-18 winter was more moderate in central and southern Maine, while up north the winter was a little more severe than years past.

The department manages white-tailed deer through regulated hunting, and manages the deer population in parts of the state to limit vehicle crashes, reduce incidence of lyme disease and reduce property damage complaints. In other areas of the state, the department manages the deer population to increase opportunities for hunting and viewing.

Maine’s framework of deer seasons begin the Saturday after Labor Day and continues into mid-December. These structured seasons, along with controlling the harvest of female deer in the 29 wildlife management districts across the state through the Any Deer permit system, allows biologists to manage population trends.

If you plan on hunting this year, experienced hunters are encouraged to introduce someone new to the sport. An apprentice license is available to both residents and non-residents, and sales of the license have increased by nearly 50% since they were first introduced in 2008. An apprentice license allows someone to hunt in the presence of an experienced hunter. For more information, please visit https://www.maine.gov/ifw/hunting-trapping/licenses-permits/hunting-license.html#apprenticeship.

And remember; please seek landowner permission on the land you want to hunt. Asking for permission only takes a minute, and the time that it takes benefits both you and the future of hunting. Over 90% of Maine is privately owned, and the overwhelming majority of Maine’s outdoor recreational activities take place on private land, so please treat the land as if it were your own.

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