February 21, 2019

Did You Know Maine Bears Went to School?

Actually, this is not true but when you read an article in the CBC News, online, titled, “Education, monitoring, key to getting rid of black bears, says biologist”, and read the opening paragraph, readers could take what it written at face value.

A wildlife biologist in Maine says public education and a careful monitoring program helped communities in his area get rid of a black bear problem similar to the one facing the Glovertown area.

I’m curious as to whether the bears are segregated from the rest of the public education participants and if so, is this legal?……and racial considering the bears are black?


Open Thread – September 18, 2012

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Farmington Angler Wins the Upper Andro 2–Fly Contest

Pete Smith of Farmington, Maine won the trophy for the biggest trout caught during the annual Upper Andro 2-Fly Contest in Bethel held Saturday, September 15. Pete netted a 15” brook trout in the river near Gilead. Second place went to Jerry Miller of Marblehead, MA with a 14 1/8th inch brook trout and third place to Sean Libbey of Deerfield, MA who caught two 14” rainbow trout.

The award for the largest catch went to Dan Reader of Rochester, NH who caught six rainbows and a brook trout. Second place went to Todd Richard of Farmington, ME who caught five rainbows and a brown trout and third place went to Amy Grant-Trefethen of Mt. Vernon, Maine who caught 3 rainbows, a brook trout and a brown trout.

The Rocky Freda Turtle Water Trophy presented to the oarsman of the team who caught the most fish was shared between the teams from Schiavi Homes/Northern Lights, Scott Stone from Norway, ME as oarsman, and Skinny Moose Media’s Western Maine Drifters team rowed by Brian Reader of Cornish, ME.

Maineflyfish.com’s “Big ol’ Chub” trophy went to Stoo Mason of Bethel who caught a 15 ½ inch chub and a total of fifteen of these “mountain” trout.

Thirteen teams of two anglers and an oarsman fished the Upper Androscoggin River from Shelburne, NH to Rumford Center, Maine. The anglers were restricted to using only two flies to catch the biggest and the most trout for an eight hour time period from 6 am to 2 pm.

In Friday afternoon’s Northeast Drift Boat Championship, testing the rowing skills of the oarsmen over a ¼ mile course, first place honors went to Sam Lambert of Bath, ME, Second place to Kate Farnham of Bath, ME and third place to Scott Stone of Norway, Maine.

Awards were presented at the Bethel Inn Resort immediately following a drift boat parade up Bethel’s Main Street and around the Harvest fest on the town common. Along with trophies, winners received merchandise prizes from Sun Valley Sports, L.L. Bean, Kittery Trading Post, Patagonia, Setters Point Inc., and Cabela’s.

Anglers interested in participating in the 2013 Drift Boat Championships and 2-Fly Contest should contact the Upper Andro Anglers Alliance at fish@upperandro.com.

Photo by Mike Mayo

Photo by Mike Mayo

Photo by Mike Mayo

In addition, Terry Karkos of the Sun Journal has stories here and here and his video is embedded below.


Lee Kantar: “Talk of a Declining Deer Herd is Old News”

I have used as an analogy many times over the years a story of my nephew, when at the age of perhaps 4 years, got me to laughing. I was visiting my brother one day and when I arrived he was struggling to get his son to eat his lunch. My brother and I retired to the living but only after he had told his son that he was to stay in the kitchen and eat his lunch and only then could he be free to play.

After about 5 minutes, my nephew walked into the living room and said to his dad, “Dad, I ate all my lunch….but don’t go look!”

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) deer biologist, Lee Kantar, told Mark Latti in an interview published in the Portland Press Herald yesterday, that concerning the state’s whitetail deer population, “(It’s) 150,000-200,000, but things are definitely towards the higher end (and) talk of a ‘declining’ deer herd is old news. We are trending up.”


There are two issues worth discussing here. First, it is easy to say that the number of deer in Maine is “trending up” when there really is no other direction to go in. And from that perspective one could not be talking of a continuing decline in the population. However, calling it old news is pushing it just a bit. Sportsmen still want answers and action.

Secondly, Latti’s column is about game population estimates. He writes about black bears, turkey, woodcock, moose and grouse. According to what is written in the article, Maine has 31,000 black bears, 60,000 turkeys and 76,000 moose. The deer population is somewhere between 150,000 and 200,000 but Kantar believes the actual number to be more towards the 200,000.

Why isn’t there a specific number for the deer? Maine announced it was going to spend $100,000 to aerial survey the whitetail deer population and while they were at it would do some moose counting as well. So, where’s the results of the deer count?

It seems it didn’t take very long to whip out a number for moose, being that everyone was making comments about how many there were and perhaps so many that the winter tick infestation is very high. Has all the complaining and grumbling about the deer herd scared the biologists away from publishing a more exact count of deer or are they trying to hide from sportsmen something?

They flew with helicopters to count moose and have determined there are 76,000 of them. They flew with helicopters to count deer and have determined that there are somewhere between 150,000 and 200,000 deer and maybe it’s closer to 200,000. Or maybe there’s 50,000 or 350,000? Why don’t we know?

If the deer population in Maine is trending upwards, which I believe it is in places, it comes as the result of nothing MDIFW has done. The article linked to attributes the increases to, “After severe winters in 2008 and ’09, Maine’s deer herd was blessed with a relatively short winter in 2010, and then two mild winters in 2011 and ’12.” Lee Kantar takes credit for helping that increase by reducing the number of “Any-Deer” permits for a couple of years. This probably did help grow the population in zones where the herd isn’t in serious danger. In those zones where deer are in the most threat, there are no “Any-Deer” permits issued.

I would think that if MDIFW can state that there are 76,000 moose, then I think they can do a better job of informing sportsmen of what the real deer population is rather than a +/- 25% guess.


Open Thread – September 17, 2012

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Open Thread – September 14, 2012

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Obama: Grabbing Guns and Other Property Without Due Process

The Obama administration is making it easier for bureaucrats to take away guns without offering the accused any realistic due process. In a final rule published last week, the Justice Department granted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) authority to “seize and administratively forfeit property involved in controlled-substance abuses.” That means government can grab firearms and other property from someone who has never been convicted or even charged with any crime.<<<Read More>>>


3 friends rat shooting on a farm in Oxfordshire


Open Thread – September 12, 2012

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Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to Host Coyote Hunting/Trapping Convention

Saturday, September 29, 2012


8:30 to 9:00 am. —- Registration ($15) Includes lunch & breaks
9:00 to 9:15 am. — Opening remarks. David Trahan, Gerry Lavigne
9:15 to 9:45 am. — Landowners, Laws &Ethics. MDIFW Wdn. Sgt. David Craven
9:45 to 10:15 am. — Firearms Choices & Ballistics. Everett Salisbury
10:15 to 10:30 am. — Break
10:30 to 11:00 am. — Calling Coyotes. Dick Drysdale
11:00 to 11:30 am. — Dogging Coyotes. Galen Harkins
11:30 to 12:00 pm. — Baiting/Shooting Shacks/ Night Hunting. Bob Howe
12:00 to 12:30 pm. — Lunch Catered by WhiteFlour Catering, Augusta
12:30 to 1:30 pm. — Panel Discussion/ Open Forum [All Speakers]
1:30 to 2:00 pm. — Trapping History & Basics. Dave Miller
2:00 to 4:00 pm. — DEMOS Coyote Dogs. Galen Harkins and Ray Gushee

Shooting Shack Design. Bob Howe
Gadgets & Gear. Ron Weeks & Gerry Lavigne
Coyote Calling. Dick Drysdale
Coyote Fur Handling. Jerry Brayley
Trapping Gear. Bob Noonan
Trap Setting for Coyote. Al Pinkham & Dave Miller

Location: SAM Headquarters, 205 Church Hill Rd., Augusta, ME
For Directions: see: www.sportsmansallianceofmaine.org
or call Becky @ (207)623-4589