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Open Thread – November 29, 2012

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When Hunting, Look Out for Flesh Eating Deer and Other Ungulates

As a hunter, one’s approach at stalking prey certainly depends upon the characteristics of the sought after prey. For that matter, what a hunter does in the woods and what he or she pays attention to is dependent upon what other large predators might be skulking about seeking whom they may devour.

As an example, if a hunter was stalking grey wolves, there’s always the thought of what could happen if a wolf or a pack of wolves turned on the hunter. Therefore, the methods of the hunt will vary considerably from that of hunting a whitetail deer in forests where few, if any, other large man-eating predators roam.

But what if that whitetail deer, or elk, or moose, we discovered, had turned from being a vegan to a meat eater? Normally hunters sneak quietly through the hardwoods, the swamps and thickets, moving as little as possible and limited in making noise as can possibly be done. This is because the deer is easily spooked and will often be gone before the hunter is even aware they were there from the beginning. Would that tactic change if deer stalked man?

Don’t laugh. First of all, some deer do stalk people. I’ve had it happen to me several times, especially on snow. It isn’t that the deer was stalking me to kill me, or at least that’s what I’ve always thought, I believe it is done more out of curiosity, as well as a clever avoidance tactic; i.e. hey, hunter, turn around and look behind you once in awhile.

Deer are herbivores right? – Meaning they eat only plants. It seems that’s not exactly true.

If deer are interested in eating fresh market beef, how soon before those same deer will be learning how to effectively stalk man, not out of curiosity, but for want of a hot fleshy meal? Not soon I hope.

In the article linked to above, we learn that many herbivores do enjoy an occasional high-protein diet, mostly from leftovers from others kills, but some have been known to do their own killing for the meat.

I suggest looking behind you more than occasionally while stalking about the woods. You never know what hungry beast waits you in the brush.


Open Thread – November 28, 2012

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3 Generations of Women Tag Out on Deer on Same Day in Maine

It must be because of Maine’s high rolling, super active, “Plan” to save and rebuild the disgustingly poor deer population in Maine, that 3 women in Maine, all from the same family involving 3 distinct generations, bagged a deer on the same day. What other reason can there be? We know bad winters kill all the deer but do good winters bring the deer back? Inquiring minds want to know.

According to a short article I read in the Maine Public Broadcasting Network news, 12-year-old Katelyn Carlow of Peru, shot and killed a 125-pound doe on Friday. Her mother shot a 120-pound doe that same day as well. And if that wasn’t enough, grandma, Brenda Gammon, took a nice 150-pound, six-point buck.

All on the same day!

But, there now must be soooooooo many deer in Maine, to rub salt in your wound, grandpa Gammon tagged out with an 8-pointer earlier in the season.


Black Friday Gun Sales Hit New Record High

Paul Joseph Watson
November 27, 2012

Black Friday gun sales hit an all time record high last week with demand for new firearms so overwhelming that it caused outages at the FBI background check center on two separate occasions.

Fueled by fears that the Obama administration will go after gun rights during a lame duck term, the FBI reported 154,873 background check requests on Friday – a 20 per cent increase on last year’s record total of 129,166 checks.<<<Read More from Inforwars.com>>>


Open Thread – November 27, 2012

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Maine IFW’s Kantar on Review Board for Wildlife Society About Management of Large Carnivores

I thought readers might be interested in having the link to a “technical review” done by an ad hoc committee of the Wildlife Society called, “Management of Large Mammalian Carnivores in North America“, in which the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s former head deer biologist and now head moose biologist was a member of.

Please feel free to read and study this, for what it’s worth, while I do the same. I may or may not offer some comments or information to the contents of this review.


If Saving The Environment Were Real

In my opinion, there exists two paradigms concerning the environment and environMENTALism. There’s the apocryphal myth that the actual movement of environmentalism is about protecting resources, clean air and water, etc. This comprises the overwhelming and shallow debates about the environment as if it mattered.

And then there’s the real intent of environmentalism, which, in one word, is control.

If you subscribe to the divisive, right/left, conservative/liberal mantra about what environmentalism is, then you probably would appreciate the article written by Roger Scruton, the Imaginative Conservative.


Open Thread – November 26, 2012

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