October 17, 2018

2018 Maine Any-Deer Permit Lottery Results

Follow this link, click on the letter that begins the last name of the interested party and then search for your name.

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Political Militancy No Way To Govern

David Trahan, executive director for the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine pens an article in the September 2018 edition of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine News, called, “Political Militancy No Way to Govern.” I applaud his words and his effort. However…

The article mostly focuses on the efforts of three Maine legislators who have chosen to target the Kittery Trading Post to force them to stop selling “assault-style” weapons and to raise the age to 21 to be able to purchase what is called a “long gun.”

Of these three legislators and others nationally, Trahan writes: “For many reasons these Legislators, and others at the national level, like Maxine Waters, have stepped over a serious ethical line. As a past State Senator and Representative, I understand elected Legislators have exceptional power to change laws that could negatively impact a business or organization they don’t agree with – like Kittery Trading Post.

“When three Maine lawmakers and their followers decided to target one company, instead of introducing a policy change through legislation (a Legislator’s job) that would have rightly affected all similar Maine companies, they become “political militants”, not policy makers.”

Let’s turn the clock back just a wee bit shall we?

Last year Maine passed LD 557, a law that inequitably targets hunters and fishermen if they are caught destroying property. No other group or individuals are included in this doling out of unjustifiable increased punishment. I believe the correct terminology that represents such unlawful targeting of one group or individual over another is “unconstitutional animus.”

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine was a major promoter of this law which makes little sense when you consider the words of David Trahan against the three Maine legislators who he feels have “crossed a serious ethical line” by targeting Kittery Trading Post.

Perhaps Trahan, the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, and the Maine Legislature went further in the destruction of due process than the three Maine legislators targeting Kittery Trading Post. What the three legislators did may have crossed a perceived ethical boundary, what Maine and the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine did was, in my opinion, a direct violation of individual rights and that of due process.

Simply taking the action of “policy change” have never guaranteed that passed laws are not in violation of a person’s rights. Such is the case involving LD 557.

My call is to the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to seek to repeal LD 557, especially in view of the facts of the statement made in the article written by the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.

Passage of and the promotion of LD 557 was nothing more than just another form of political militancy, which we have read is “no way to govern.” SAM should practice what they preach.

 

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Maine: Landowner Appreciation Day Is Sunday, September 9th, 2018!

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

It’s that time of year again! The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife & the Maine Forest Service will be hosting a statewide clean-up event Sunday, September 9th 2018.  This event will be the day when you can show the private landowners of Maine just how much you really appreciate them. We want to thank Kittery Trading Post, Waste Management and BDS Waste Disposal, our generous sponsors for this year’s Landowner Appreciation Day!

Your club or organization can still enter the event by calling 287-5240 speak with Virginia Vincent, or e-mail her at Virginia.Vincent@maine.gov.

Please provide the following info:

  • Club /organization name, (amount in group that will be participating)
  • Area of the state where you will be willing to help
  • Contact person & phone number, e-mail address
  • Clean up sites that you will be working on such as towns, locations, landowners, etc.

Kittery Trading Post has graciously agreed to sponsor the following prizes again this year!

  • 1st place prize $1000.00 gift card to KTP
  • 2nd place prize $750.00 gift card to KTP
  • 3rd place prize $500.00 gift card to KTP
  • 4th place prized $250.00 gift card to KTP

Maine Warden Service and Maine Forest Service staff will have sites available as well (via e-mail).

For contest purposes: All loads of trash will be measured by pick-up truck load, at one of the designated drop off spots by Warden Service or Forest Service personnel.

We will be sending more info periodically. Become an Outdoor Partner today and visit our website under Landowner Relations. For more information about the Outdoor Partners Program, please contact Landowner Relations Specialist Corporal Rick LaFlamme at rick.laflamme@maine.gov .

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Totalitarians Without a Clue

Rebels Totalitarians Without a Clue are alive and well anywhere in the Corporate United States – Maine is no exception.

First, we see where there will be on the ballot in Maine in November, Question 1:

“Do you want to create the Universal Home Care Program to provide home-based assistance to people with disabilities and senior citizens, regardless of income, funded by a new 3.8 percent tax on individuals and families with Maine wage and adjusted gross income above the amount subject to Social Security taxes, which is $128,400 in 2018?”

I have known for some time that it was only a matter of time before the majority of citizen-serfs would eagerly and willingly come around to living the communist life. History, and there are almost NONE who read it anymore, has repeatedly shown us that the road the U.S. has taken will eventually lead to communistic rule. It always does. But we are totalitarians without a clue, as were those who came before us.

Of course, none of us really know what passage of such a communist mandate will actually mean. The finer details are never revealed and are written in such a way that lawyers and the lawmakers are the ones who benefit.

There have been many tests to see if the braindead masses in this country are ready for communist rule under a dictator. We certainly have fallen head over heels for fascist rule – Fascism ALWAYS leads to communist dictatorship. But

Don’t Go Look! Truth is Too Scary for you! You Can’t Handle the Truth!

As near as I can tell, the passage of this ballot initiative is a government mandate – meaning that you and I would have no choice in the matter (land of the free and home of the brave?). Much like the fascist rule of Obamacare – NO CHOICE. GOVERNMENT FORCES IT ON YOU BECAUSE THEY CAN! and you like it.

There is never a consideration that some of us don’t want government health care. As a matter of fact, some of us don’t want any of the BIG PHARMA murdering unHEALTHy care thrust upon us now. The government and all the totalitarians doing the bidding for the lifetime crooked politicians can go stick it where the sun don’t shine.

Slaves in this country are incapable of understanding that these initiatives aren’t about health care, no more than Obamacare was about health care. It’s about controlling you and making sure you always remain needy, oppressed, and in desperate need of corrupt government.

And who is pushing this communist manifesto of mandated universal government controlled unhealthy care? A group called the Maine People’s Alliance (might as well be the People’s Republic of China Maine). Check them out. See what they are and what they support. The problem is, most people, not just in Maine, are primed and ready for communist rule. Bernie Sanders was and is a test pilot. More and more fake, political candidates are posing as communists.

Another exemplification of communist influence in Maine comes as we discover that a group called beaherofund.com are asking you to donate $20.20 (get the number?) to fund ANY CANDIDATE except Susan Collins if she votes for Trump’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court.

But that’s okay. Brainwashed into believing that a democracy is a good thing and when it’s convenient the fascist government allows the totalitarians to take action against a candidate, even if it involves severe ridicule and disparagement, groups can do this sort of thing.

However, take a look at who is behind this movement. It shouldn’t surprise you that it’s communists.

BUT DON’T GO LOOK!

And for those who really don’t have a clue, Susan Collins out to retire into a potato barn someplace in northern Maine and never be heard of again. So don’t tell me that I am biased because I support Susan Collins. Nothing could be further from the truth.

A friend of mine says that Maine has to deal with two kinds of ticks – the deer tick that carries Lyme disease and infects humans, and a lunatic named Susan Collins who also infects humans with her political viruses and parasites.

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Gun Protest: Who Said Totalitarians Had to Be Intelligent?

Protesters targeted the Kittery Trading Post in Kittery, Maine over the weekend seeking to get the store to stop selling “assault rifles” (whatever those are) and to limit the age of those wishing to purchase a rifle. As gutless totalitarians, many of the protesters don’t know which end of a rifle a bullet goes in and comes out but that didn’t stop them from displaying not only their ignorance of guns but of the Second Amendment – another example of people eager and willing to destroy all their remaining government-appropriated rights.

According to Maine Public, one protester said the Second Amendment was intended to protect muskets – uh huh! And another said, “I think if everyone wants to be entitled to a musket — fine.”

That’s about as brilliant as Susan Collins stating that Roe v. Wade was settled law but by her actions tells us the Second Amendment is not. BRILLIANT!!

If we were to use the same misguided totalitarian logic then: Everyone is “entitled” to say whatever they want so long as it is only those restricted words I want them to speak; How about everyone is limited to owning just a Toyota Prius – after all, you don’t NEED a bigger, better, car with more features, etc.; And we are protected from illegal searches and seizures unless the government decides otherwise or a group of protesters demand something else. This nonsense can go on forever but it is impossible to reason with misguided nuts who refuse to understand the truth about guns – or the truth about rights for that matter.

Recently we learned from a new study that in countries where guns are common, the rate of violent crime goes down and that guns are NOT the cause of violence – a lost society is. So then, why are we not protesting in support of a change in our society? Why are we not protesting to stop the violent music and video games? Why do we promote decadence in our society, dragging members of this culture into a cesspool of immoral behavior, lying, cheating, stealing, anger, hatred, etc.?

The answer is easy. These protesters have been brainwashed, propagandized, and made void of common sense reasoning (by design) and they actually believe what they are doing and saying regardless of truth. And if you talk with them, they will angrily tell you they hold the real truth – everything else is a lie.

A bit of A Clockwork Orange going on.

 

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Avoiding Accountability in Deer Management

In the recent past, I have written quite a bit about my concern for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s (MDIFW) change of direction in their new deer management plans. Those plans seem to include a shift from bothering much about counting deer to a non-accountable waste of time concerning themselves with a general good health of game animals – and that Agenda 21 term of “sustainable” that everybody is in love with. (You can find some of my articles that cover this environmentalist-shift to game management here, here, here, here.)

V. Paul Reynolds says that MDIFW is “falling short of goals” when it comes to deer management and cites the previous 15-year plan that set as a goal a population of deer at 384,000 – cough, choke, spit, laugh. Reynolds sobering words remind us of the realities of the actual estimated deer population – “less than half that.”

Reynolds doesn’t think a management plan void of counting is worth much either. He asks, “in the end isn’t it the number of deer that we have or don’t have that is at the core of professional whitetail management?”

It has appeared to me right from the get-go that this new deer management plan is a better way to avoid responsibility and accountability when deer management goals call for 384,000 animals and the failure in that is so great less than half that number exist.

According to Reynolds, the new management plan targets a “healthy” deer population of around 210,000 by 2033. All MDIFW has to do is hope like hell their prized “Climate Change” allows them to somehow maintain the terrible number of deer now. At the rate things have gone, we can expect a deer population of around 105,000 by 2033.

In reality, I think what is reported that an assistant wildlife director said if more than a mouthful and an honest assessment tells the real story: “The goals for deer population management outlined in the updated 2017 Big Game plan are to maintain a healthy and sustainable deer population, rather than limiting a particular WMD to a hard target density objective — like in the past couple of plans. This allows for greater flexibility in management actions to adapt to changing landscapes, climate fluctuations, social issues, etc.”

Whenever any government leader/employee uses the term “flexibility” you should know by now that that means we’re all about the get taken to the cleaners with no accounting on their part. In other words, this new plan allows MDIFW to do just about anything or nothing at all, and because they have issued themselves “flexibility” they have not failed at their job – a well-defined recipe for FAILURE.

Along with this flexibility, they have ensured that there are scapegoats (the dog ate my homework) – “changing landscapes, climate fluctuations, social issues..” And the big one here is the last – “etc.” Evidently “etc” means they just fill in the blank.

Environmentalism sucks!! Its purpose and plan is to manage for scarcity so that nobody benefits in any way and the wage earner and retirement pension seeker is not held accountable in any way. Oh, America! Land of the free…loader.

The last nail is driven in the coffin and as the death of deer hunting and other game animals falls upon our society, the government agency in charge can say, we were just following the 15-year management plan.

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West Nile Virus: We’re All Gonna Die…Ruffed Grouse Too

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says a mosquito pool tested positive for West Nile virus in York County.

Maine’s Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory confirmed the presence of West Nile virus in a single mosquito pool, which is a collection that contains between 1-50 mosquitoes, last Tuesday in Kittery.<<<Read More>>>

The Ruffed grouse is in trouble all across the nation as a result of the spread of the West Nile Virus. It has infected birds from Wyoming to Maine to such a degree that many states have or are considering drastically reducing hunting seasons. <<<Read More>>>

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Emergency Rule In Effect Limiting Some Bear Trapping Methods in Maine

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

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has adopted an emergency rule that limits some methods used to trap bear which may accidentally capture the federally threatened Canada Lynx in Maine. This emergency rule adopts measures that would prevent further lynx fatalities as outlined in the Department’s “2014 Final Incidental Take Plan for Maine’s Trapping Program.” This emergency rule is effective for 90 days and will cover the 2018 bear trapping season only.

This 90 day emergency rule has been adopted to address only how a trap is set for bear. More specifically, a foot snare designed to capture a bear when it reaches into the snare or a device to obtain bait or lure is prohibited. The Department will develop a permanent rule proposal to be put in place before the 2019 bear trapping season that will address the issue long term.

Read the Rule here.

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Disrupted Economics From a Spring Bear Hunt? I Have My Doubts

Bob Humphrey writes in his column that if Maine offered a Spring bear hunt – something suggested in order to find ways of reducing the bear population – it “…could have an effect on the fall hunt.” He further explains that “…fall bear hunting supports a substantial industry of guides, outfitters, lodges and ancillary service providers in more remote areas of the state. With deer numbers, and demand for deer hunting services at historical lows, guided bear hunts take on added importance to local economies.”

While it is important to understand the economics associated with all hunting, fishing, and recreational activities, we shouldn’t allow this to upend the scientific and public safety reasons that should be associated with bear management. I often lament over the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s (MDIFW) decision to allow social demands to drive their management decisions. Allowing the demands of guides and outfitters to direct management decisions is no different.

In addition, I’m not so sure that offering a Spring bear hunt would be so potentially devastating to the bear guiding and outfitter businesses as well as lodges and “ancillary service providers.” Are these businesses so inflexible and mired in the way they’ve always done things that adjustments can’t be made – perhaps even adjustments to pad the bank accounts a bit more?

It reminds me of people I know whose business was struggling. They voiced concern that they didn’t know what they were going to do to stay in business. When I asked questions about what things they had tried to improve business and offered some suggestions, their comment was, “we’ve never done that before.” End of discussion.

The end result in all of this is that MDIFW continues to express their wish to increase bear harvest in order to better stabilize the bear population. They boast of how long the season is and the different opportunities bear hunters have, while at the same time telling us the low success rate of taking a bear and how that rate fluctuates depending on demographics of the existing season, i.e. food availability, etc.

Perhaps an attempt at offering bonus tags or simply a two-bear bag limit that does not include taking one by trapping. It may sound generous to offer a two-bear limit, one by hunting and one by trapping, but bear trapping is, at least has been so far, a negligible part of the bear harvest with little hope of increased interest.

Is it more cost effective to increase the bag limit during the existing bear season or to have a second complete bear hunting season? Don’t bear hunters want to tag two bears? Time to hunt is limited for most. If during that time a hunter has the chance to take two bears…why not?

It just seems that although concerns are being expressed about how to further reduce and stabilize the bear population, little is being done to accomplish that – just cheap talk. Maybe it’s because there is so much focus on babysitting the guide and outfitting businesses responsible decisions aren’t being made that are in the best interest of bear management.

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New Study? “Zoning” Ineffective Way to Protect Deer Wintering Habitat

Personally, I think these so-called studies should be either banned or categorized for what they are – modeling fiction.

Little in this report about a “new study” at the University of Maine makes sense and determines nothing except a suggestion that the only way we can protect those deer wintering areas that researchers seem to think deer can only survive in is to lock up the land with regulations that prohibit the use of any kind. How wonderful.

The report shares such brilliance as this: “The researchers found that zoning was effective at protecting winter habitat within zoned areas, but that ‘the zoning protections, which have exclusively targeted core use areas, have contributed little to reducing fragmentation or maintaining habitat connectivity region-wide in northern Maine.'”

And that means…?

And when it is all said and done, we are left with information few will read and even fewer will understand: “The study emphasized that monitoring is needed to understand the long-term benefits of zoning in wildlife habitat conservation, and that remote sensing can be a way to overcome the difficulty of monitoring protected forest areas.” (emphasis added) (sounds like more money is needed…wink, wink)

But we were just told there are no benefits to zoning…no, no, wait a minute we were told that there is a benefit in zoning but there isn’t a benefit in zoning. Zoning within zones zoned for zoning might do the trick. Got that?

And while their study SUGGESTS many things, it determines nothing and this is further substantiated by their emphasis that “monitoring” is needed in order to understand something about what it is they just spent time “studying.”

I wonder who paid for this and why it qualifies for publication?

 

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