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Open Thread – July 20, 2012

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Open Thread – July 19, 2012

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Hunting in Maine Circa 1975

Check out this older photo of me some time around 1975. I was around 23 at the time I suppose. I had lots of dark brown hair, sideburns and I think that’s supposed to be a mustache dirtying up my upper lip. Looks like brand new hunting jacket and hat. Pressed pants? What’s up with that? And where’s the double chin?

Also check out the 1894 Winchester 4-shot lever action 30-30 saddle rifle. A sure collector’s item today. Still have it. It was my Daddy’s.

Photo is courtesy of Milton Inman.


Milt Inman Photo

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Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to Host Trapping Workshop

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Open Thread – July 18, 2012

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Maine Hunting Camp Circa 1975

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Deadline Approaching for Maine “Any-Deer” Permit Application Process

PERMITS: This year the Department is issuing 34,160 Any-Deer Permits for Wildlife Management Districts 12-13, 15-17, 20-26 and 29. It is Bucks Only in all other Wildlife Management Districts.

PAPER DEADLINE: Paper applications may be submitted in person or by mail no later than July 27.

ONLINE DEADLINE: Online applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on August 15, 2012.

SEASON DATES: Deer hunting season (firearms) begins with Youth Deer Hunting Day on Saturday, Oct. 20. Youth may take a buck statewide or an antlerless deer only in wildlife management districts where any-deer permits will be issued this fall.

This year, Maine Residents Only Day is Saturday, Oct. 27, and deer season (firearms) runs Oct. 29 through Nov. 24.

For more any-deer lottery information, please select this link: http://www.maine.gov/ifw/licenses_permits/lotteries/anydeer/index.htm.

APPLY NOW! The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and InforME, its licensing partner, have made it easier to enter the Any-Deer permit lottery online.

Here’s how it works:

To apply now, please select this link http://www5.informe.org/online/nedeer/.

If you applied for an Any-Deer permit last year, all of your information is pre-filled into this year’s online application. To start, type in your first name, last name and date of birth as you printed it on last year’s application. We’ll look up your information. Please review your personal data and make any necessary changes. It’s easy!

If you fill out an application this year – and happen to move or change your phone number before the application deadline – you can go online and edit your previously submitted Any-Deer permit application.

Once you’ve filled out your application, you’ll be able to print out a confirmation page. Also, a confirmation will be e-mailed to you. (If you do not see it in your email, check your spam box.) This way you have a printed record of the day/time of your application as well as all of the information you provided to us.

Thank you for your interest! GOOD LUCK! If you need further information, please visit www.mefishwildlife.com or call (207) 287-8000.

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Open Thread – July 17, 2012

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When MDIFW Stopped Managing Whitetail Deer, the Herd Began to Die Off

In a recent report filed by George Smith on his blog, he stated that Wildlife Management Section Supervisor from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW), John Pratt, “encouraged me to write something positive about the program” [speaking in reference to the miserably and embarrassingly failed Maine Land Owner Relations Project].

What a joke! Pratt’s comment states that, “when tools and/or funding is provided for the deer effort, good things do happen”. Perhaps sportsmen like myself could muster up something positive to say had MDIFW actually been managing the deer herd over the past 30 years or so instead of stroking the golden goose and hoping against all hope that magic, a dash of global warming and continued lawsuits filed by environmentalists and animal perverts, would take care of any problems that might show up before anyone realized all the time and money, of which MDIFW claims they have no more of, was spent on search and rescue, non-game programs, piping plovers, studying and protecting bears, bowing down to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and permitting a non endangered or non threatened Canada lynx to take away the only tool left to control coyotes from killing deer. Alas, but to MDIFW, that’s really not a problem is it? Nor is the fact that there are an ungodly number of black bears and so many moose they’ve all been infected with disease and are dying off. Evidently dragging bears out of their dens in the winter does nothing to help know how many there are and that they are contributing to the absent deer herd.

Gasp! Had actual deer management been taking place, MDIFW would know that wouldn’t they? Somebody tell me they would.

So, now that MDIFW has failed miserably in their jobs to manage whitetail deer in Maine, it has become the fault of “there is no money”, “the economy is in really tough shape”, “those evil landowners cut down trees”, and/or “it’s not my fault” (equivalent to the dog ate my homework.)

I think George Smith is trying to write something positive and somehow justify fantasy, hands-off deer management by saying that he thinks it’s “disappointing” that in trying to strong arm landowners to stop cutting a hunter’s favorite hunting ground to save the deer herd, “sportsmen are unable or unwilling to put up the money necessary to get the job done.” Really, George? I think me and about a few hundred thousand other license buyers have been footing the damned bill for decades and decades believing actual deer management was taking place. Now that the proverbial excrement has hit the fan, some believe it’s a shame that sportsmen can’t enable the drunken sailors and give the dysfunctional department more money.

If MDIFW needs money to put up some kind of charade they are trying to convince Maine citizens is necessary to save the deer herd, being they aren’t using any biologists and resources to manage deer and haven’t for a long time, perhaps it’s time to cut the MDIFW staff and budget by the same percentage as all other game species hunting and fishing activities contribute to the economy of the state of Maine?

MIDFW, needs to give it a rest on the pity partying of “we ain’t got no money!”

Please give us something good to write about and don’t ask me to lie to do it!

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Open Thread – July 16, 2012

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