February 21, 2018

Successful Maine Moose Hunt

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Maine Buck Bagged in Rangeley Area

I received some photos of a 9-point, 189-pound buck taken by a hunter in the Rangeley, Maine area. I have no other details to share.

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Open Thread – November 12, 2012

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I’m Back!

I returned from my Maine hunting trip late last night, so I’m sort of back at the grind. Will update readers with photos, perhaps some videos and very few stories to tell.

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Open Thread – October 25, 2012

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Wile, Wild, While – Are All Found in Maine

I am meaning not to ridicule the author of a piece found in the Gloucester Times about the upcoming deer hunting seasons across New England. I have been a writer and blogger for going on ten years now and I’ve had my share of typos, misspells and outright wrong use of a word and it’s definition. But then again, 99% of what I write I am my own editor and things do get by me.

In the above referenced article, the author writes:

No matter where you hunt, in the wiles of Maine or the tight woods of the North Shore, the same basic question has to be asked. Where are the deer?

I think the author meant the “wilds” of Maine but then again, perhaps he was talking about going to Augusta and hunting. The dictionary tells us that wiles is defined as:

1. a trick, artifice, or stratagem meant to fool, trap, or entice; device.
2. wiles, artful or beguiling behavior.
3. deceitful cunning; trickery.

Now doesn’t that more accurately describe what goes on in Augusta in the Halls of the Legislature, roaming office buildings and at the Blaine House?

But then again, maybe the author meant “while”. If he has hunted Maine in the last decade or so, he must be familiar with sitting or stalking the woods “while” you try to have some patience because there are no deer. Or you sit in your favorite tree stand and do what a famous outdoor writer for the Bangor Daily News did and write a book, “WHILE” you hope a deer might pass by. And then there’s the “while” of the average Maine hunter, who sits patiently at home, reading my blog and waiting “while” the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife bobs and weaves over doing nothing constructive about saving a deer herd; themselves hoping “while” they wait patiently for more global warming.

Maine has all three; wild forests (not so much wild life), wiles that go on in Augusta and whiling away time, wishing and wanting.

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UK’s “Environment” Issues Seem to Mirror Those of US

Or maybe it’s the other way around. Perhaps the environmental industry, combined with efforts by the animal rights brainwashed, useful idiots of both the United Kingdom and the United States are crafted by the same people/persons/entity.

Read what’s going on in the UK over too many badgers, the spreading of disease and any efforts to do something about it. Appears to be a matter of animals over humans. Now where have we seen this before?

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Open Thread – October 24, 2012

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Moneyless Maine Fish and Game Investigating Car Crashes

I’m sure we could hear every stinking, rotten excuse in the book but it seems to me that when a department, like the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in Maine, incessantly complains and uses as an excuse that they have no money, and then we read where the Maine Warden Service is out investigating car accidents, it’s reason enough to create little white balls of spit on the outer part of your bottom lip.

The Maine Warden Service, of which I have few complaints and this certainly is not one of them, is a division of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW). At nearly every turn of the page, sportsmen hear the excuse that MDIFW is broke. Some are out beating the bully pulpit to throw control of the MDIFW into the hands of environmentalists because the department is just so desperate for money. We even hear how certain poaching or general fish and game law enforcement can’t be carried out in the manner it should because the MDIFW is broke.

I want the Warden Service to do their job but I seriously question whether reconstructing automobile accidents is part of what I pay taxes to the department for.

With all this pleading for money, not once, by this current governor or any that have come before him, have they asked for an accounting of the money being spent. Never! But yet they plead for more of it. Hasn’t this become the American way – just throw money at it? No accounting. No transparency. Just demand and get more money.

And then we pick up the newspaper and we read about a tragic automobile accident, in which a woman loses her life. It appears there was a two-vehicle collision in which one vehicle caught fire. My sincere sympathies go out to the family.

At the very end of the news account we read this:

Wells Police and an accident reconstructionist from the Maine Warden’s Service are investigating the crash. As is usually the case in such accidents, the investigation could take months

Perhaps it was not mentioned in this report about wildlife being involved in this accident and death. Was there a moose that caused it, or a deer? Why are sportsmen’s tax dollars being used for accident investigations while at the same time there’s whining and complaining that the department is broke and the Maine Warden Service can’t do a “proper” job because of lack of funds? And please notice the report says this investigation could last for months.

And forget about the money! Why is a wildlife enforcement agency reconstructing accident scenes even if the Warden Service was flooded with money? We just finished the annual moose hunts and now are heading into deer hunting season, with archery season already underway. How many deer will get poached this fall because one of our wardens is stuck investigating a traffic accident?

Governor LePage, Chandler Woodcock and Maine sportsmen need to wake up and start making demands for answers and actions to correct these kinds of problems. Without doing so, you have no right to bitch and complain about how poorly you think the department is being run.

If the Maine Warden Service is going to be used for this kind of work, then there needs to be some kind of reimbursement program to take money from taxpayer funds, i.e. law enforcement, to give back to the Warden Service in ample enough funds where additional wardens can be hired to replace the lost work to the fish and game department.

Hey! I have an idea! Why doesn’t law enforcement just go and fund and hire their own reconstruction/instigation team?

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Open Thread – October 22, 2012

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