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Open Thread – February 8, 2013

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Minnesota Moose Dreamin’

By Jim Beers (republished on this website with permission from the author)


The following article (Minnesota moose.. hunt suspended)[Link provided above to referred to article] from the front page of today’s St. Paul Paper is worth reading to either make your blood boil or, if you’ve been following the demise of big game hunting in the US, give you a good excuse to shake your head with a wry smile.

There is a reward of a 50-cent coupon to the Wacky Minnesota Gift Store if you can find the word – WOLF – in the article. There is a 25-cent coupon to JoAnns Fabric Store if you can find the words – Echinococcus granulosis or tapeworms spread by wolves (the generic word “parasite” doesn’t count) – in the article.

So, to all you former Montana and Idaho elk hunters now playing violent video games on your kid’s smart phones while they are at school; take note that the Minnesota elk hunt this year (for two isolated and small herds in isolated woods in NW Minnesota where they should be vulnerable to hunting) was a bust. An expected harvest of 23 elk could do no better than 9; calling Sherlock Holmes and Watson. These same DNR/Outdoor Writer Worthies are also mystified about what is going on with the elk as well as the moose.

To all you Yellowstone Park Visitors, this Minnesota moose/elk disappearance practically overnight is credited to unspecified diseases and habitat changes due to global warming just like the missing Yellowstone moose and elk. I refrain from the other reason given by the nicely-uniformed National Park Service “experts” that the moose and elk are mysteriously “staying in the backcountry” since Minnesota “backcountry” is both inhabited and hunted thoroughly so such lies are hard to make. Of course wolves are blameless to all these government wolf-manipulators for their no longer hidden agendas from killing hunting to making gun ownership more problematic.

Why no less an authority than the “head biologist for the fish and wildlife department of the Grand Portage band of Lake Superior Chippewa” is quoted as saying, “Parasites, disease and habitat are all potential factors” (i.e. in the demise of moose). I refrain at this point from using another quote from the article that would be out-of-place and unfair –“That’s insane”.

Since I moved to Minnesota 5 years ago I have spoken and written about how Minnesota wolves are at their highest populations and densities in the past century for the past 20 years since the federal government ripped state (and therefore state resident) wolf management from a compliant state wildlife agency over 40 years ago. I have made pen pals of the outdoor writers to their great amusement and created a reputation with the paper as an hilarious old crank. The high wolf populations being maintained by livestock, dog, deer, moose and elk meat in Minnesota is having the SAME effect that it has in Montana, Idaho, Ontario, Alberta, Alaska, British Columbia, Siberia, Kazakhstan, etc. etc.

The primary Minnesota wolf habitat is and was EXACTLY where the moose and elk lived (note the past tense). The graph of wolf population increase over the past 20 years coincides with the moose/elk population estimate/hunting success rates for the same period. Duh!

Every news article about the missing moose only mentions wolves by way of vilifying those that even suspect wolf depredation as a factor (much less THE factor) as troglodytes that should be locked in the attic with the old uncle that slobbers and passes gas around genteel folks. This writer has been so designated.

So, the rest of the world take note: Alaska abandon your wolf control to maintain moose; Siberia abandon your wolf control to save reindeer; Kazakhstan and Russia abandon your wolf control to save livestock and the old ladies and kids that tend them – All of you look to Minnesota bureaucrats where such losses (except for the old ladies and kids that are too hard to deny) these losses are due to GLOBAL WARMING AND UNDEFINED DISEASES. Stop all that wolf control, until Minnesota determines the REAL REASONS and (along with uniformed US National Park Service Storytellers) reveals the deep dark secrets you have been too dumb to figure out. Keep up your anti-wolf-hunt lawsuits Michiganders and shut down your power plants – Global Warming and Diseases are the enemy, certainly not wolves! Wisconsinites stay cold and in the dark all winter to reduce your carbon footprint to save moose, elk and deer meat for higher wolf population densities to replace hunters and armed citizens while moving rural folks into cities!

Note how an esteemed Minnesota “wildlife research manager for the DNR” “thinks” Ontario is “seeing the same thing”. Thinks? Doesn’t he have a phone? Doesn’t he “think” those are the same woods (albeit measured in kilometers), wolves and moose in the contiguous wolf/moose habitat from central Minnesota to Hudson Bay? Two weeks ago my wife and I had lunch with a great retired Canadian law enforcement officer and his wife. His Ontario hunting camp (a dozen plus guys) was not good at all last year for either moose or deer. His (and his neighbor a retired Ontario wildlife guy) reason? There were wolf tracks and wolves everywhere but they are now killing wolves and coyotes year-around with complete expectation if they kill enough of them and keep killing them the moose and deer hunting will recover hopefully in a few years.

Finally, back in the 1990’s I testified before the US Congress about how US Fish and Wildlife Service hacks stole $45 to 60 Million dollars from the Hunting and Fishing Excise Taxes intended only for State agencies to manage State Fish and Wildlife Resources. This was after Congress had denied USFWS funding for this hair-brained scheme. But undeterred by lawful authority and on a mission for “Gaia” they stole millions from hunters and game management so that federal bureaucrats could capture Canadian wolves, import them illegally and release them without any state concurrence in Yellowstone Park to eliminate ranching, elk, moose and hunting/rural safety in the Upper Rockies states. I was shocked, angered and disgusted at the time as a hunter who still believed that at least the State agencies were still on the hunters’ side but how naive I was for a guy in his fifties. If this Minnesota “Moosegate” debacle is how they are using the excise taxes, USFWS might as well steal it all and if there is any left over after paying themselves bonuses, give it to Garrison Keillor to do a skit on The Prairie Home Companion explaining where all the Minnesota moose and elk and deer and pheasants have gone. At least it will boost the sale of those biscuits in the oil-stained bags and maybe create another non-government job or two to slow the slide in the Minnesota economy.

Jim Beers
7 February 2013

Jim Beers is a retired US Fish & Wildlife Service Wildlife Biologist, Special Agent, Refuge Manager, Wetlands Biologist, and Congressional Fellow. He was stationed in North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York City, and Washington DC. He also served as a US Navy Line Officer in the western Pacific and on Adak, Alaska in the Aleutian Islands. He has worked for the Utah Fish & Game, Minneapolis Police Department, and as a Security Supervisor in Washington, DC. He testified three times before Congress; twice regarding the theft by the US Fish & Wildlife Service of $45 to 60 Million from State fish and wildlife funds and once in opposition to expanding Federal Invasive Species authority. He resides in Eagan, Minnesota with his wife of many decades.

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Environmentalism, Tyrannical Government Destroys Business and Family Lives


Here’s the story of a family that finally gave up trying to fight the government-backed environmental movement and will lose their business, family farm and put 31 working people out of jobs, etc.

As Americans we often turn a blind eye to this sort of totalitarian government-backed events, passing them off for unknown reasons mostly. It’s very unfortunate that people don’t wake up and realize that when it happens to them, and it will, it’s too late.


DHS 1.87 Billion Rounds in Stock

The Department of Homeland Security is set to purchase a further 21.6 million rounds of ammunition to add to the 1.6 billion bullets it has already obtained over the course of the last 10 months alone, figures which have stoked concerns that the federal agency is preparing for civil unrest.<<<Read the Rest at Infowars>>>



TR.com Opinion Poll – Obama Nominee Sec. of Interior

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A Wack, Wack, Wacky World for Coyotes



Day 23 – No Executive Orders


I climbed a high mountain to see what I could see, and behold, I saw absolutely nothing! No 23 executive orders on gun control written and posted at the White House website.

Brainwashing displayed in living color! Among others, iconic singer Tony Bennett said that if the United States didn’t stop the violence, meaning more gun control, we might end up like Nazi Germany. You can’t make this stuff up.



Open Thread – February 7, 2013

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Claiming “Backfire” in Gun Control Debate is Premature and Misleading

I was just reading a rousing rendition from Michael Adams at Natural News, about how “The push for gun control, however, has spectacularly backfired.” Adams’ long list of events that he believes are the result of backfiring against, “people like Biden, Bloomberg, Cuomo, Feinstein and Obama,” is impressive and on the surface one can easily be drawn into the ticker tape victory parade and exclaim, “We showed them!”

I have no intention of trying to prove facts wrong. I’ll leave that up to the liberals and “True Believers.” What I would like to caution readers about are two things that are openly present in this article. Let’s address the first one.

As Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over til it’s over”, the same can be said in this Second Amendment battle. How do we measure success and failure or winning and losing?” Isn’t the bottom line here, that when all the dust settles, there is no further destruction in the Second Amendment? While we may claim more people went out and bought guns, and more people joined the NRA, etc., etc. the deaf and out of touch tyrants on Capital Hill are still agog about writing gun control legislation and the republicans have indicated they are willing to sit down and talk about expanding and enhancing background checks on guns. Should this or any other anti Second Amendment bill pass, where’s the victory in that?

Oh, yes! I will be called an idealist, a Second Amendment purist, a radical and God forbid, one of those not willing to compromise away my right to defend and protect myself and my family. Can I honestly do that when the very government that wants me disarmed is the same government that is going to approve my “background” check? After all, I’m probably on the Government’s terror watch list because of my activism and outspokenness against a tyrannical government.

Why is it that people are eager to systematically erode the Second Amendment to a point where it is useless? Why? The cry goes out for public safety and yet, history shows any imbecile that taking away gun rights increases violent crime and lessens public safety. Why do we do this?

The Second Amendment is simple really – “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” It took 217 years for the United States Supreme Court to affirm that the Second Amendment is an individual right, but in his majority opinion, Justice Scalia made sure that the world understood that the Second Amendment in no way guaranteed there wouldn’t be “reasonable” limits placed on this Bill of Right. This of course left the door wide open, rendering the actual decision as not having much grip at all. The same can be said in NRA v Chicago. People have a right to have a gun but the courts refuse to apply the pure rights intended by the founding fathers.

One can argue that the First Amendment rights of the press do more damage, emotionally and psychologically than any gun violence does, but do we see the same emotional clap trap taking place of placing limits on the First Amendment? Why is it then that Americans, including the self absorbed egoists in Washington, are so wanting to limit Second Amendment rights but it’s taboo to touch freedom of the press or freedom of speech?

The second issue I want to bring up that’s discussed in this article is the claim that it’s a backfire, a victory for gun rights advocates that, gun rights are threatening to use violence if necessary to push back. This is not a victory for gun rights but would be a huge victory for the Marxist regime of President Obama. I have contended all along that it is the goal of this administration to piss off enough people, to do whatever it takes, to get them into the streets displaying violence. Just including this kind of violent threats in any gun rights discussion, incites anger and plays right into the hands of the despots.

While it is grand to rally the troops with thoughts of the things that did happen as a result of the attempt at grabbing our guns, let’s not forget that many of the things that took place were done to test the reactions of the people so the government and those who control the government, get a better sense as to how far and how quickly they need to move to accomplish their goals.

We should not be so quick to wave the victory flag when it ain’t over til it’s over!


Milt’s Corner Photography – Water Skiing Pelican

The photo captures a brown pelican standing on the back of an anhinga, making it look like he’s either going water skiing or hitching a ride.

Milt Inman Photo