September 2, 2014

Sold-Out Sportsmen’s Banquet Shows Determination of Maine Sportsmen to Win in November

On Saturday, August 9th, sportsmen from across New England gathered in Augusta to raise money to defeat an anti-bear hunting initiative set for the November ballot. In all, 1,100 people packed the Augusta Civic Center to raise money to defeat Question 1, which would ban bear hunting using bait, dogs, and traps.

Nick Pinizzotto, president and CEO of U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA), knew the night was going to be special when he saw the size of the crowd waiting for the doors to open. Scheduled to be a featured speaker at the Save Maine’s Bear Hunt Super Banquet, Pinizzotto saw hundreds of men and women eager to get inside the hall to save their right to hunt.<<<Read More>>>

Sportman’s Alliance of Maine Will Match Donations for Save Maine’s Bear Hunt

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine has announced it will match donations to the Save Maine’s Bear Hunt from now until October 15, 2014. <<<Read More>>>

The Realities of Limiting Bear Management Tools

Driving down the freeway in the wrong direction, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and most of their non thinking, brainwashed followers, are working feverishly to stop hunting. In Maine they’ve chosen another attempt at ending hunting bears with bait, hounds and traps. And in their campaign to deceitfully convince the Maine voter that bears shouldn’t be baited, hounded or trapped, the radicals continue to present wrong information that in states where they have banned these hunting methods, bear populations have remained stable. HSUS will never convince voters about THEIR idea of ethics and hunting. HSUS is moving toward a head-on collision.

Once headed in the wrong direction, some states are looking to reverse the trend from when they banned baiting or hounding or trapping bears as they cannot control the bear populations in their states.

Let’s peek into what’s going on in other places now having to deal with bear problems.

In British Columbia officials there have been forced to kill 240 black bears between April and August of this year alone.

Since April 2014 there have been 7,314 calls to Officers about black bears and they have attended 1,062 of those calls. That number is much higher than the number received for grizzly bear sightings in the province, there were 229 calls made over the past four months, with 46 of them attended by officers.

In Wisconsin, officials there have stepped up the number of bear permits to issue all in an effort to reduce bear populations in hopes of mitigating conflicts between bears and humans.

The DNR says the bear population continues to rise in northwestern Wisconsin. That means more conflicts between bears and people in areas that become increasingly residential. Now the DNR is increasing the number of bear hunting permits to decrease those conflicts.

We also discover from a report filed by Deirdre Fleming, in Maine’s Portland Press Herald, that in at least two states that banned or limited the methods of hunting bears, not only has the bear populations risen, in Massachusetts the population has gone through the roof.

In Oregon, where voters approved a measure to ban the use of baits and hounds in bear hunting in 1994, the black bear population has increased by 40 percent. In Massachusetts, where a ballot measure to ban hounds and traps in bear hunts passed in 1996, the bear population has skyrocketed by 700 percent.

As traffic passes by HSUS going the wrong way, it doesn’t deter them and their followers of spewing false information. In a report I filed a couple of days ago, we saw where one follower condemned the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) because they didn’t have a specific study to prove that baiting bears plays no role in the health and habits of black bears. As was pointed out in comments left by readers, MDIFW has been studying bears in Maine for 40 years. During that time they have collected perhaps more data on bears than any other entity. One would think that in 40 years biologists would have taken notice of changes in population growth and average bear weights that don’t coincide with proven science of weight and reproduction variances due to natural conditions.

The fact is now very clear to voters. HSUS has no data to support their claims about black bear management. And now, the realities of what is taking place in state after state across this nation, where limits were put on methods of harvesting bears, is hitting home destroying the claims made by HSUS and their blind mice followers. All HSUS has left is arguing hunting ethics and that has never been a successful argument to end hunting.

Perhaps if HSUS wants to discuss ethics, they should look in the mirror and see themselves as being extremely unethical in the methods of conning the public out of money to pay the inflated salaries and benefit packages going to HSUS staff and administration.

Odd “Critter” Spotted Along Maine Roadside

RoadsideCritter

Politics & Other Mistakes: Bear with me

It’s the fall of 2015. A bear walks into a doughnut shop in Portland and says, “Give me two dozen assorted to go.”

“Sorry,” says the bakery’s proprietor. “Ever since that referendum backed by the Humane Society of the United States passed last year, it’s been illegal to feed doughnuts to bears. It’s really cutting into my business.”

“I understand,” replies the bear. “It’s not your fault voters made such a shortsighted decision. Unfortunately, though, you’ll have to – forgive the pun – bear the consequences.”

Whereupon, the beast leaps the counter, mauls the baker and trashes his store.<<<Read More>>>

Bear Population Needs Management

Given the difficulties the government of Newfoundland currently faces with a class action suit surrounding their management of the moose herd and highway deaths involving moose you would expect a heightened sense of the importance of getting management issues right. While there is little chance of bear and human interactions reaching the levels of those of moose and humans the potential liabilities need to be recognized. Government sets not only forest harvest regulations but regulations around disposal of organic materials. The necessity of foreseeing unintended consequences has become a hallmark of our age.<<<Read More>>>

One Person’s Dispute Over Scientific Fact Does Not a Scientific Fact Make

God, I’m confused this morning. Thank God, we can still submit letters to editors of local and national newspapers. And, thank God, he gave me a brain to understand nonsense and avoid it.

In another letter to the editor of the Bangor Daily News, a writer states that a statement made by representatives of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) that baiting bears for short periods of time over many years in a row, has no measurable impact on bear populations. The writer claims the statement was, “nothing more than an untested hypothesis.” And to prove that this is an “untested hypothesis”, the writer uses an untested hypothesis and states that if a department that most believe operates under the pretext of scientific approach can’t produce a scientific “study” the claim is no good. There! That’s settled.

Let’s not consider a 40-year ongoing bear study by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries as a “scientific study.” What nonsense!

Confused Man Hates on Humans, Adores Bears

In what can only be described as the ramblings of a confused man, a letter to the editor in Maine Environmental News, describes the human being as anything but…..well, human, even going to the point of saying there are just too many humans. And yet, he chooses to live and add to his perceived problem.

Dare I say, though, that while the writer of this letter points out many truths in what has become of our society, he becomes confused in his thinking that bears and humans need to live “harmoniously.” I think, if you listen closely while reading his creation, you can hear in the background, “I’d like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony.”

And so what’s really wrong? What’s wrong is, mostly what Mark Twain said about being successful; “You need two things: ignorance and confidence.” While this person exudes the confidence to express his beliefs, he somehow thinks he can find his answer by living “harmoniously” with bears (ignorance).

Nope! Nothing wrong here. Move along now. Move along.

GettingAlong

Maine’s Bear Season Open August 25, 2014

Press Release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife:

AUGUSTA, Maine – Bear hunting season begins on Monday, August 25 at 5:19 a.m. throughout the State of Maine. Last year, with over 10,000 hunters purchased permits to hunt bear, and 2,845 bears were killed.

Black bear populations are growing throughout North America, and due to Maine’s heavily forested landscape, Maine boasts one of the largest bear populations in the United States at over 30,000 bears. As a result, Maine has one of the longest hunting seasons in the country, stretching from the end of August to after Thanksgiving.

“Hunting is the Department’s tool for managing this thriving bear population,” says Jennifer Vashon, one of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s bear biologists. “And due to Maine’s dense forest, bear hunting with dogs and with bait are essential for controlling Maine’s bear population.”

Department bear biologists expect bait hunters to do well this year as the availability of many natural foods has been delayed or are in low supply due to the cool, wet spring. Over a span of 40 years, Maine’s bear study has shown that not only does the availability of natural foods drive bear cub survival and bear birth rates, but it also directly influences when bears den for the winter, as well as hunter success rates. In poor natural food years, hunter success is higher than in years when natural food is abundant.

Availability of natural foods also fuels nuisance bear complaints. In 2013, when there was a good natural food crop, nuisance complaints dropped to 311, well under the five-year average of approximately 500 complaints per year. This year, due to poor natural foods, nuisance complaints have increased to over 600.

Maine’s bear hunting season is divided into three segments. Hunters can hunt bears with bait from August 25 to September 20; hunters can hunt bears with dogs from September 8 through October 31; and hunters can still hunt or stalk from August 25 through November 29. The trapping season runs from September 1 through October 31. You are allowed to take up to two bears during the year; one by hunting and one by trapping. Over 90% of the bear harvest occurs during the first four weeks of the season when hunters can use the traditional methods of hunting with dogs and baiting.

Maine is one of 32 states that allow bear hunting. In the 32 states that allow bear hunting, nearly three-quarters of the states (23) allow either hunting with dogs, bait or both.

Since 2004, Maine’s bear population has increased by over 30% and is estimated at more than 30,000 animals. Bear/human conflicts have also increased in frequency in the past 10 years, with the department responding to an average of 500 nuisance bear calls a year.

Even with the lengthy bear season, only about 25% of all bear hunters are successful. By contrast, 72% of moose hunters, and 32% of turkey hunters were successful last year. Deer hunters who hunted last year with an Any Deer permit had a 58% success rate according to surveys; while without an any-deer permit, deer hunters had an 18% success rate. Historically, deer hunters success rates are in the 15% range.

Maine’s black bear population is closely monitored by Department biologists through one of the most extensive, longest-running biological studies in the U.S. The study began in 1975 and continues today. Over nearly 40 years, Department biologists have captured and tracked over 3,000 bears to determine the health and condition of Maine’s bears and estimate how many cubs are born each year.

Successful bear hunters are reminded that it is mandatory to submit a tooth from their bear when registering. Tagging agents will provide envelopes and instructions to hunters as to how to remove the tooth. Biologists age the tooth, and the biological data collected help biologists adjust season lengths and bag limits for bears.

Hunters must have a bear permit in addition to a big game hunting license to hunt bear in Maine. Bear hunting is most popular and bear populations are the densest in the northern and downeast regions of the state.

The bear season is carefully regulated. Maine Game Wardens will be patrolling the woods of Maine ensuring that bait areas, hunting stands and blinds are labeled properly, and they will be enforcing all other laws pertaining to the hunting of bears.

Polls Show HSUS is Losing Ground in War Against Hunters

While there are some obvious differences in the two polls by comparison below, one has to wonder if more and more Mainers are finally beginning to understand that the efforts by The Humane Society of the United States to interfere with life in Maine in order to dictate their perverted way of life onto others. is being discover and lacking in want.

The two polls, shown below from the Bangor Daily News, shows polls taken one year apart. The question is in reference to whether or not Maine people want to ban bear baiting, trapping and hounding. One year ago it was a split. The most recent poll, taking place this month, shows a decided difference.

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Poll2013