June 24, 2018

Two Maine Men Arrested – One Other Charged

Two Washington County men were arrested and one other charged in various illegal activities involving poaching, illegal possession of wild game, snaring deer, you name it they did it and it appears they bragged about it.

Kevin Farley, age 44 of Edmunds was arrested and charged with five counts of
night hunting, one count of exceeding the bag limit on bear and one count of
hunting bear without a license. Travis Stevens, 35, of Pembroke was arrested on one count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Also charged last night was Dennis Stevens, age 39, of Pembroke on five different counts. More charges assessed to Farley will follow, and others could be charged as well.

Evidence seized in the search included one mounted deer head with snare marks on the antlers, ten firearms, two different bows, arrows, bear meat, moose meat and deer meat, spotlights, snares that were used illegally for deer and bear, and meat and bones saws used to process the wild game.

Below is a summary of charges. You can read the entire article at our Maine Hunting Today news section.

SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS

KEVIN S. FARLEY DOB 01/14/61
Ht. 5″10″; wt. 260; Hr. Br. Eyes, Br.
56 Harrison Rd., Edmunds Me. 04628

All violations occurred in Washington County, Maine.

Five counts of night hunting
One count of exceed the bag limit on bear
One count of hunting bear without a license

Travis L. Stevens DOB 07/24/70
Ht. 6′ Wt. 160; Hr. Br. Eyes, Br.
290 Brickyard Rd. Pembroke, Me. 04666

All violations occurred in Washington County, Maine.
One count of possession of prohibited implement; deer Snare
One count of night hunting
One count of possession of deer killed in the night time

Dennis L. Stevens DOB 12/08/66
Ht. 5′ 9″; wt. 170; Hr. Br. Eyes, Br.
247 US rt.1, Pembroke, Me. 04666-4631

All violations occurred in Washington County, Maine.

One count of false registration of bear
One count of hunting migratory waterfowl w/out permit
One count of possession of a deer killed in the night
One count of possession of unlabeled gift deer
One count of a Loaded gun in a motor vehicle

Tom Remington

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Maine Sportsmen Have a Chance to Air Their Concerns

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine held its annual conference, gathering hunters, fishermen, representatives from the fish and game, private landowners, developers and the Governor, all to voice their concerns, share ideas and tell of future plans.

Much of the focus seemed to lie with a topic that generates much conversation and controversy – Sunday hunting. Advocates are still pushing to open up the woods in Maine to Sunday hunting, while landowners are threatening to post their lands if it happens. No real new proposals were presented although George Smith of SAM suggested we start slowly by allowing a youth hunt on Sundays.

Other topics discussed, many with no hard plans to carry them out were:

1. New trout fishing regulations
2. A moose hunt in Southern Maine
3. Debate over protecting the Canada lynx
4. Introducing wild turkeys into the northern counties of Maine
5. The ban on coyote snaring
6. Expanding the fall fishing season
7. The Maine Warden service is creating a new position to work with landowners and sportsmen
8. Expansion of the rainbow trout stocking program
9. The loss of deer yards in northern Maine
10. Chronic Wasting Disease
11. Plum Creek Timber Co. gave an overview of their plans in the Moosehead Region
12. Governor Baldacci talked about expanding snowmobile and ATV trails, working more closely with private fish hatcheries, and trying to find new ways to fund the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife – with no specifics presented.

The Bangor Daily News has more on this event.
Read Dave Sherwood’s take on the meeting as well.

Tom Remington

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Gander Mountain Looking at Maine

Another retailer of outdoor sporting goods is looking at opening stores in Maine. Gander Mountain, based in Minnesota is hoping to have a store in the Portland area open this year or early in 2007 and are considering a store in Bangor sometime down the road.

This announcement, coupled with a previous revelation that Cabela’s is considering a move into Scarborough, would bring some serious competition to L.L. Beans and Kittery Trading Post. Competition among retailers usually means lower prices for consumers.

Update: 15:15 The Boston Globe has more details on this story.

Tom Remington

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An 84 Year Old Gunsmith from Bradford, Maine

You must go to the Bangor Daily News and read this article about Carl “Bill” Morrison, gunsmith in the area for 65 years. He is most noted for two things – his gunsmithing and lying…. errr, I mean storytelling. Here’s a teaser.

“He can swear for 20 minutes and never repeat the same word,” said Don DeLuck of Bangor, a longtime customer and friend. “He’s also the best storyteller I’ve ever heard in my life. My wife could never understand why I could spend so much time out there and get home so late, until she went with me.”

Oh, ayuh! And there’s more where that came from.

Tom Remington

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Public Hearing Set For Comments on Changes to Maine Guide Standards

We brought you this notice a while back about changes proposed for licensing of Registered Maine Guides. As a requirement by law to provide safety standards for the protection of clients of Maine Guides, what is being proposed is for all Registered Maine Guides to undergo a criminal background check.

With that said, a public meeting has been scheduled. Here are the details.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 12 MRSA Section 12851

PUBLIC HEARING: January 24, 2006 – Bangor Auditorium/Civic Center, 100 Dutton Street, Bangor

DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: February 3, 2006

AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Andrea Erskine
AGENCY NAME: Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
ADDRESS: 284 State St., 41 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333-0041
TELEPHONE: 287-5201

For more information, follow this link to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Game.

Tom Remington

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Baiting Deer on the Rise in Maine

Many people who don’t live in Maine don’t realize it is illegal to bait deer – period. When hunting, it is illegal to use anything that a deer can ingest to lure the animal toward your stand. A decoy is legal to use but few do.

Officials in Maine are saying that this abuse is on the increase. They say that partly because of the ease of finding items used for baiting in stores and on the Internet has contributed to this act.

It is extremely difficult to prove when somebody has been baiting deer but Maine officials are on the lookout.

Baiting deer in Maine has a negative effect on all hunters. Deer management practices in the state track this kind of activity and it is factored into the decisions of any deer permits issued and length of season to hunt. No matter what we do legally or illegally, Game Officials are going to work to regulate and maintain a deer herd of a certain size. If baiters continue to kill deer illegally, number of deer killed will rise and number of hunting days for the legal hunter will be decreased or some other method to counter the rise in deer mortality.

So, if you are baiting, I urge you to stop. If you know someone who is, turn them in. As always, it is the honest hunter who has to bear the brunt of expenses for enforcement and sacrifice their own hunting opportunities because of a handful of selfish idiots.

Tom Remington

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Press Conference With The Maine Warden Service

What: Press Conference with Maine Warden Service Colonel Tom Santaguida and Bob Meyers of the Maine Snowmobile Association

When: 11:00 a.m., December 29, 2005

Where: Second Floor Conference Room
Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Headquarters
284 State Street
Augusta, ME 04333

Directions: Route 95, Exit 109 (Western Ave.) Head towards city. At rotary, exit onto State Street (Route 27 south). Follow State Street south towards Hallowell. Look for the large white building on the right with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife logo about ¾ mile past Capitol Building. We are on the corner of King and State Street, next to Pat’s Pizza.

For More Information, Contact Mark Latti, 287-6008 or Bob Meyers, 622-
6983

The focus of this press conference is to draw attention to snowmobile safety. With snow on the ground, many are out and about with their machines and the Maine Warden Service, in conjunction with the Maine Snowmobile Association, wants to let everyone know about new laws in affect and to promote a safe snowmobile season.

Last year there were 241 snowmobile accidents of which 7 resulted in deaths. There will be stricter enforcement of operating a snowmobile under the influence of alcohol.

At this press conference, Bob Myers of the Maine Snowmobile Assn. will talk about the new “Left of Center” law that the MSA sponsored. The new law makes it unlawful to ride to the left of the center of a trail when cornering or entering places where the view is blinded. This new law is intended to decrease the number of collisions.

Tom Remington

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Cabela's Still Eyeing Maine For New Store Location

Cabela’s has been looking for new store locations in the New England area. So far they seemed to have settled on opening up a store in East Hartford, Connecticut in the fall of 2007. Aside from that, no decisions have been made on another site or if there will be another site, according to Jim Aterburn, spokesman for the Nebraska based company Cabela’s.Aterburn says they base their decisions on where a good market is for stand alone stores and Internet buyers as well. Cabela’s has shown an interest in the southern Maine town of Scarborough.

Here is a link to Jamie McLeod’s article in the Forcaster about Cabela’s strategies.

Here are a few highlights of the story.

Jim Arterburn, spokesman for the Sidney, Neb.-based company, said he is not certain when a decision will be made, but said Cabela’s has a strong interest in southern Maine.

That should be an exciting prospect for Mainers and in particular southern Mainers but will it be? Here’s more.

“There are a lot of good Cabela’s customers in Maine. That’s how we site our stores, by looking at where our core catalog and Internet customers are,” Arterburn said.

Oh, yes! More good news.

He said he is not personally familiar with the proposed site for the store and won’t have more details until an official decision is made. Town Manager Ron Owen confirmed that the company has identified a specific site, but said he is not at liberty to reveal the location.

Hmmm! A bit iffy? Not familiar with the site? Town Manager is not at liberty? What kind of liberties does he have?

He acknowledged Cabela’s reputation for aggressively seeking tax incentives when it builds a new store, but said the company has placed stores in areas where no tax incentives were offered and would likely do so again, given the right location.

“We like to get tax incentives when we can, absolutely,” Arterburn said.

But Owen said the town has no intention of offering Cabela’s any kind of tax incentives.

“We do not currently offer tax incentives to anyone,” Owen said.

Well, now, that is certainly encouraging! And the Town Manager’s attitude seems to come shining through just a tad more here.

Owen said he can think of only one instance in which lack of tax incentives may have cost the town a commercial development

Seems like reason enough for me to sit smugly by and watch what could be a few nice jobs go to some other town – or state.

Owen said Scarborough remains an attractive area for development mainly due to its location, easy access to major highways and its low overall tax rate, which can serve, over time, to balance the benefits of a tax incentive elsewhere.

Owen also said he recently received correspondence from a national competitor of Cabela’s, also based in the Midwest, urging the town not to offer the store a tax break.

Now this sounds like sound business practices. I’m sure the Town Manager didn’t heed the advice of a “national competitor”. Yikes!

Arterburn said Cabela’s hasn’t given much thought to L.L. Bean’s presence in Maine.

“We make our retail siting decisions based on the facts before us and our marketing resources. We don’t worry too much about competition. Each store has its own customer base and traditions, and I think we’ll coexist fine,” he said.

This has to be the telltale sign of what is to come. Aterburn says he hasn’t given much thought to L.L. Beans being nearby. Are you kidding me? Beans isn’t Cabela’s but it isn’t Joe’s Bait Shop either.

This all pretty much tells me that Aterburn is politicking with the public and stroking them pretty good to make sure Mainers will continue to be good Cabela’s customers when they locate a new store in southern New Hampshire – or somewhere else where there are better tax incentives. Then what will be Town Manager Ron Owen’s excuse?

Maine is one of those states that has a pretty high unemployment rate compared to other states and provides few jobs with chances for promotion and benefits. But I guess where Scarborough hasn’t given any tax breaks before, that’s reason enough for the rest of the residents of Scarborough to keep on paying those taxes.

I guess it isn’t really that far a drive from Scarborough over to Concord or Manchester, New Hampshire.

Tom Remington

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Maine's Outdoor Report for December 21, 2005

This week’s outdoor report from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is a bit different than ones we have had of recent. This report details the successes they have had with the protection and management of endangered species of wildlife including non-game wildlife. I found it extraordinarily interesting.

Tom Remington

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