May 27, 2016

Hateful Spite and Wanton Waste

The attending photo, shows a pile of dead deer killed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to control the ungulate (deer) population at a U.S. military base on the island of Guam. According to the brief report I saw, the killing was done legally, however, disposal of the dead deer wasn’t carried out the way […]

Maine’s Mangled Moose Management

Most every morning I get up and somewhere along the line I end up asking myself why I see things differently than others. I don’t know half the time if it’s a curse or a blessing. Once I had confidence that when Maine finished their moose study program, they would be able to come up […]

5 Months for Maine IFW to Count 20,000 Deer

And then blame the poor harvest on “winter severity?” What to hell happened to global warming? We are all waiting for global warming to happen so there will be more deer….right? However, this time around it’s winter severity. I also have another question for which I can’t substantiate an answer. In this report (link below) are listed […]

GPS Radio Collars Tracking Maine Deer – WHY?

“In use since 1950s, Maine’s deer allocation system has worked very successfully; however, with a changing climate, changing landscapes, and perhaps, missing data for the 2 extremes of our winter weather – the very mild and the very severe – it was time for the WSI system to be re-evaluated. Kyle Ravana, the lead MDIFW […]

It Must Be The “New Way” We Are to Talk About Wildlife Management

First, let’s dispense with what we are told are the reasons we shouldn’t react to the increase or decrease in the number permits issued for lottery, to harvest deer and/or moose. An article in the Portland Press Herald informs readers that, according to Maine’s expert deer biologist, hunters should look at how the permit increase for […]

The Future of Deer and Deer Management in Maine is NOW

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The Hocus-Pocus of Estimating Deer Harvest….or Something

I recall at a very young age learning the true meaning of the word “assume.” For those not fortunate to have had such a high degree of education, let me help you out – ASSUME = ASS(out of)U(and)ME. Yup! That’s what often happens. I was reading an article just a few minutes ago by someone […]

Reproduction and Nutrition of Desert Mule Deer With and Without Predation

Abstract Desert mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus eremicus) in central Arizona declined from 11 deer/km2in the early 1960s to 2 deer/km2 in 2006. We had the opportunity to examine the causes of desert mule deer population fluctuations in Arizona from 1960 to 2006 by contrasting deer density, body condition, productivity, and diet quality inside and outside […]

How Many Biologists Does It Take to Count to 20,000?

Evidently a whole bunch of them and taking a long, long time. I suppose the biolo”jests” are very busy pawing through outcome-based survey results and getting advice from members of the Humane Society of the United States, while hiding deer harvest information, so they can figure out how to make Maine deer hunters think they are […]

Does Maine Fish and Game Dept. Really Need a Marketing Program?

George Smith has his undies in a bunch over one of his apparently failed bill proposals that would have forced the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) to establish a marketing position. Why? Is it really the responsibility of MDIFW to “market” its programs? Is the idea to market MDIFW so as to […]