August 1, 2014

Maine Game Wardens responded to two different Search and Rescue calls in northern and southern Maine on Wednesday, July 23.

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

DEBOULLIE TOWNSHIP – JULY 23, 2014: Mark Nadeau, 46 of Gorham, ME, was camping near Deboullie Lake with his son Nathaniel Nadeau age 16, and a friend Garrick Brown age 15 also from Gorham. The two young men hiked to the Deboullie Mountain Fire Tower at about 1:30pm. A storm came in and the two headed down the mountain on the wrong trail ending up about 3.1 miles further west in the wrong direction. This put them on the west end of Gardner Pond, a very remote location. At about 8:15pm, three game wardens responded to the call and headed to Deboullie Township for the search. At about 1:00am voice contact was made, but it was on the other side of the lake. After a 2 ½ hour hike up over Gardner Mountain and down to the lake the two young men were found at about 3:30am in cool but good condition. Game Warden Pilot Jeff Spencer was called in at dawn, to taxi the party out of the rugged country with the plane across Gardner and Deboullie Lake. Red River Sporting Camps owner Jen Brophy spent the entire night in the woods assisting wardens with her knowledge of the trails and was a huge reason the search was successful.

Nathaniel Nadeau, Garrick Brown and Jen Brophy with responding game wardens at Gardner Pond – Courtesy of MWS

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CASCO – JULY 23, 2014: David Crocker, 86 of Portland was located yesterday along Meadow Brook in need of medical attention. While out fishing on along Meadow Brook on Monday, Mr. Crocker suffered a severe medical event. On Wednesday he received a phone call which awoke him and he was able to convey that he needed assistance. Four game wardens and a Cumberland County Deputy responded to the area and were able to locate Mr. Crocker after conducting a hasty search along Meadow Brook. Mr. Crocker was transported to Brighton Hospital after being outside for over 2 days.

No further information is available at this time.

“Natural Foods Drive The State’s Bear Population

“Our biologists have conducted four decades of field research and have intensively monitored more than 3,000 individual bears. We monitor cub and yearling survival and weights, adult survival and health, age when females give birth and litter size, and the size and weight of all bears.

The research shows that natural foods drive the state’s bear population. Maine’s population is increasing because of several years of low hunter harvest and improving habitat that provides more natural foods.

Our studies show that in years of low natural food availability, bears enter their dens earlier, fewer cubs survive and yearling bears put on significantly less weight, although bait is still present on the landscape. Some bears even enter their dens during the baiting season because of the lack of natural foods.”<<<Read More>>>

Our Resident Deer and Fawn

Since arriving at camp, I had taken notice of what appeared to be a lack of much wildlife. Early on I had heard the local fox barking during the night, caught the flash of a hawk swooping through the thick forest, often being pestered by some other smaller bird more than likely in protecting their nest. But overall, it seemed quiet.

I put up a bird feeder in hopes of attracting a few forest birds to watch but so far natural food is highly abundant and no birds to the feeder; although one or two gray squirrels are keeping a close eye on that high hanging object. Oh, yeah, and yesterday, with a handful of rocks, I managed to chase a woodchuck back in the direction he/she came from. Hopefully it will stay away.

Over the years I have learned where our resident doe fawns, or at least where she leaves her fawn in hiding in the early days of life. I’ve also discovered that the coyotes learned where the same place was and more often than not the deer loses one or both fawns to those wretched, wily varmints.

Upon arriving to town this spring, one of the first things I noticed was that the 6-8 foot tall grass at the edge of the dense pine trees, where the deer historically has hidden her fawn, had been mowed down. I wondered where mother deer would choose to hide her little one.

One day, while taking a rest from working around camp, my brother and I looked down the trail that leads out to the West and there we spotted mom, standing at the top of a small crest and watching us as closely as we were watching her. Once she had determined that we were friends not foes, she began to move a bit to her right heading into the thicker undergrowth. Almost immediately, almost tripping over the heals of the doe, clumsily, a new-born fawn followed mom’s every move. They slowly disappeared into a small area of thick vegetation; not large and very close to camp. I wondered if this was where she would hide her package when it became necessary for her to move about for nourishment.

Over the next few days we would spot momma sneaking back into that same area. We stayed clear so as not to disturb anybody. Life, I figured, is tough enough for these two and I didn’t want to contribute to it.

The other day, once again while taking a break and sitting on the deck, my brother says in a low voice, “There’s your deer, Tom.” I turned slowly to see the doe standing in just about the same identical spot where I had first seen her. She appeared to be alone. (Note: I apologize for the blurry photos. It was a bit dark that day and some distance away with many objects between camera and target.)

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Photo by Al Remington

The deer stared motionless at the two of us and once again deciding we were not a threat, looked to her right, in the direction she had taken her little one that first day. As near as I could tell, she didn’t make a sound, only to stare intently into the forest.

My brother moved slowly to retrieve his camera. His movement startled the mom and she quickly turned her head toward us. After a few moments, again determining the coast to be clear, she began to stare back in the same direction. Within moments that little fawn came bounding out of the thick vegetation and immediately began suckling on mom’s nourishment.

This lasted perhaps a minute or so, as both seemed delighted to see each other. We were also delighted to have been fortunate enough to see the wonders of the forest.

Soon, mom turned to her left and slowly walked away, the little one still struggling to get hold of one of mom’s nipples. She led her fawn back into the forest and we have not seen her since. I assume the fawn is now big enough to remain with mom at all times.

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Photo by Al Remington

Maine Gubernatorial Candidates Receive SAM Survey

*Editor’s Note* – The below is information found on George Smith’s blog at Bangor Daily News. This editor’s views to the questions highlighted in this article are as follows:

1. Do you support efforts to maximize the deer population’s potential and to also make use of hunting and trapping opportunities to control predators like the Eastern coyote? – My answer: Absolutely. Maine’s deer population will never be sustainable without continued and more predator control. In short, Maine must stop predator protection.

2. Will you support funding the Land for Maine’s Future Program and vote to maintain this important habitat protection and investment provision? Answer: This is a difficult question to answer in an easy yes or no format. Taking land out of the tax rolls and putting it in the control of government is never a good thing. Demanding private land owners lose property rights for the purpose of managing a deer herd, or any other wildlife, is never a good thing. Any funding for Land for Maine’s Future Program must be carefully considered on a case by case basis.

3. Do you support efforts to enhance sporting opportunities on public lands? Answer: Smith says that without any specific information about such a plan, it would be difficult to answer this question and I agree. Public lands should always remain open to all taxpayers for multi-use.

4. If they would sign a bill to expand background checks to private firearm sales? Answer: Never. The U.S. and Maine constitutions do not include the right to keep and bear arms provided an individual passes a government derived background check. The Second Amendment acknowledges the right to keep and bear arms and is NOT granted to the people by government…..with restrictions.

5. There are also questions about reverse posting, the introduction of wolves, and the establishment of a new national park. Answers: Reverse posting (assuming that to mean if you post your land you cannot hunt on other people’s land.) Ridiculous, when you stop and think about it. A land owner has limited rights as it is. This is just another form of Totalitarianism.

Introducing wolves would be the biggest mistake Maine could ever make, but I suspect, like the rest of the nation, fully controlled by the commu-fascist environmentalists, Maine will have “introduced” wolves, if they don’t already.

And a National Park should be off the radar screen. The Federal Government cannot manage the land it has, and have proven that what they do with such lands is not in the best interest of anyone except corporate fascists in government. Any effort to create a National Park on Roxanne Quimby land is nothing more than political cronyism because Quimby sits on the Board of Directors for the National Park system.

6. If they would support a constitutional amendment to dedicate a portion of the sales tax to fund outdoor conservation. Answer: This should NEVER happen. Environmentalist, who are historically opposed to hunting and resource consumption, have enough power and control over game management now. Giving them monetary power, entitling them to a higher degree of a position as a “stake holder” would be nearly as big a mistake as it would to “introduce” wolves to the Pine Tree State.

“Maine’s three candidates for governor recently received their 2014 Questionnaire from the Sportsmen’s Alliance of Maine. There are also questions about reverse posting, the introduction of wolves, and the establishment of a new national park. The most important question, in my mind, asks if they would support a constitutional amendment to dedicate a portion of the sales tax to fund outdoor conservation. Given that he broke the most important promise he made to SAM four years ago, I don’t see how SAM can give any credibility to Governor LePage’s 2014 Questionnaire answers.”<<<Read More>>>

Anti Human Bear Banning Referendum Wording Decided

“Do you want to ban the use of bait, dogs or traps in bear hunting except to protect property, public safety, or for research?”

This will be the wording of the referendum question on the Maine ballot in November.

Vote “NO” On Question One

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USFWS Proposed Lynx Assessment: Increase Critical Habitat in Northern Maine/Wyoming on Private Land

“The lynx was protected under the ESA in 2000, when it was listed as threatened throughout its range in the contiguous United States, due to the inadequacy, at that time, of existing regulatory mechanisms. The Service designated critical habitat for the species in 2006 and revised the designation in 2009 to include habitat in six northern states. The current proposal includes most of the areas designated in 2009, as well as additional private timber lands in northern Maine, and Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service lands in northwestern Wyoming.”<<<Read More>>>

Maine IFW Recaptures Bear “Big John”

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife(MDIFW) captured a black bear for study purposes. It turned out to be “Big John” a big bear that had been captured for study before about 4 years ago. He now weighs in at over 400 pounds. You can read the story on the Bangor Daily News website.

But what I wanted to take a minute or two to share with readers here is that the MDIFW bear biologists captured “Big John” in a foot-hold snare trap, the same kind of foot-hold snare trap that trappers use when trapping bears. “Big John” was captured and safely released. Trappers who snare bears, can, if they choose, also safely release a captured bear. Readers should not listen to the misleading rhetoric being put out by the animal rights groups attempting to ban bear hunting, baiting, trapping and hounding.

Maine Bears: “Passage Will Doom Bears to a Miserable Existence”

An opinion found in the Bangor Daily News:

“What people need to think about are the bears! If you’re truly an animal rights advocate, don’t let this pass and create a huge overpopulation of our bears. Passage will doom bears to a miserable existence.”<<<Read More>>>(Note: You may have to scroll down the page a short distance to find the opinion piece titled, “Masters of the Woods”)

“Black Bears Happen to be Very Dangerous”

““Bears come out of hibernation looking for food. This one didn’t seem too scared of any of the individuals there,” Summers said Friday, adding that the bear eventually moved on.”<<<Read More>>>