August 28, 2015

Rare “Piebald” Deer Seen on Deer Isle, Maine

Scientifically called a piebald deer, the rare white deer with brown spots was noticed by a resident of Little Deer Isle over the weekend.

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Wildlife groups sue to stop Maine’s trapping season to protect Canada lynx

Three nonprofit groups file a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for allowing Maine to issue trapping permits.

Source: Wildlife groups sue to stop Maine’s trapping season to protect Canada lynx – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Answer to Maine’s Imagined “Wildlife Management Corruption”: More Taxes

In what can only be recognized as a typical, left wing, nationalist/socialist, totalitarian response to wanting control over Maine’s wildlife management programs, one man proposes levying more taxes on the citizens in order that he can have control. The Bangor Daily News carries the opinion.

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, the one organization the haters of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation seem to target, responds to the opinion piece.

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The opinion piece carries the worn out talking points laced with nonsense, along with sour grapes and brattiness for not getting one’s way on an issue. Let’s peek at a couple issues mentioned.

First is the reference toward “democracy.” Over my years, I have discovered that people see democracy as a good thing so long as they are not the sheep among wolves voting on what’s for lunch. In this case, the writer is angry because democracy allowed for the election of certain state legislators, as well as members of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. With those democratically elected people, laws were passed and/or blocked, as has been the case in American politics since even before the constitution was formulated. However, the author chooses to state that, “Under the guise of democracy, anti-democratic legislation,” passed that he doesn’t like. I fail to see his point.

Democracy stinks! However, it is what has become the way of doing business because it has provided an avenue in which power brokers can morph the system into a nationalist, socialist form of rule. In reality, the writer, while attempting to convince readers that SAM and Maine legislators are disguising their efforts as a form of democracy, it is the writer and his followers who are attempting to disguise their work as democratic, when in fact it more of a leftist approach of levying taxes in order to gain more control over the people and forcing one’s idealistic lifestyle onto the masses. There is a name for that and it’s not democracy.

The writer chooses to use the results of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Survey in order to prop up his claim that there are more “wildlife watchers” who spend more money than hunters, fishermen, etc. therefore they deserve to rule over all others. It should be pointed out, and has been shown for several years now, that one of the major problems with this survey, as with all polls and surveys, is the questions and how they are worded and administered.

In this survey, pollsters asked people if they observed wildlife at anytime while traveling about the state. If the answer was “yes” then they are categorized as “wildlife watchers.” It’s a dishonest way of padding the survey to show things that just are not reality. Even in this opinion piece, the writer frames all of these observers of wildlife as some kind of organized entity being left out of all things wildlife.

Twice anti-bear hunting advocates have attempted to put a stop to the practice and twice they have failed. These were the results of democracy in action. Neither referendum was a commentary on whether Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife(MDIFW), nor the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, are corrupt organizations.

If the writer so much loves HIS democracy, then he must surely realize that democracy requires the convincing of a majority of voters to his way of doing things in order to get what he wants. When people use utter nonsense, among ignorant statements that cannot be substantiated, the people catch on quickly, credibility is vanquished and one quickly falls into the loser’s bracket.

For now, the people don’t want non consumptive wildlife management in Maine; a system based on flawed “natural balance.” It just doesn’t work and has proven to create scarcity for all. How is that advantageous to anybody or anything?

Wildlife Action Plan Fails to Meet Minimum Standards

“The 2015 Maine Wildlife Action Plan is Fatally Flawed in that the “relative condition of key habitats and community types” as contained in Required Component 2 of a CWCS was not assessed. This should have been done by including measures of relative condition such as forest Canopy Cover and forest development stage.”<<<Read the entire report>>>

SAM Resolution Opposing National Park

From the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine’s Facebook page:

The SAM Board of Directors has passed this Resolution in opposition to a new National Park as proposed by Roxanne Quimby adjacent to Baxter State Park. Feel free to share it. It will also appear in the next SAM News.

RESOLUTION OF THE SPORTSMAN’S ALLIANCE OF MAINE REGARDING A PROPOSED NATIONAL PARK AND RECREATIONAL AREA IN NORTHERN MAINE

WE, The 10,000 members of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, assembled for the purpose of advocating for conservation of our natural resources and for the defense of our sporting heritage believe that the proposed National Park and Recreational Area plan is flawed in that it excludes a range of vital economic, cultural and traditional recreational uses such as hunting, trapping and snowmobiling; in addition; Maine’s public access and forestry policies have historically ensured a productive industrial forest which over many generations has provided high paying jobs for Maine citizens and contributed to Maine’s tax base while providing a rich range of recreational opportunities which are not allowed under National Park Service policies.

Further, the proposed park is not a Maine idea but quite the opposite. It threatens established land management practices, robust forestry-related economic activity, and the varied traditional recreational uses which Maine citizens hold dear. Additionally, the so-called “Recreational Area” proposal rests in very large part on the future acquisition (by unspecified means) of tens of thousands of acres to which the park’s proponents have neither rights nor title. And,

WHEREAS, the forests of Maine provide thousands of proud Mainers with good jobs and sporting opportunities to recreate; and

WHEREAS, the creation of a National Park would prohibit economic activity such as logging, operation of sporting camps, and retail activities to support the businesses there; and

WHEREAS, management of Maine’s historic fisheries would be thrown into question, possibly stifling opportunities to seek native brook trout and landlocked salmon; and

WHEREAS, sustainable forest practices enhance wildlife habitat and prevent fire danger; and

WHEREAS, hunting, trapping, snowmobiling, and other traditional outdoor activities would be severely limited or banned in a National Park, obliterating hundreds of years of traditional access; and

WHEREAS, the so-called Recreational Area is mostly owned by private landowners and proponents of the Park and Recreation would have to acquire the property and that acquisition is in question, and

WHEREAS, hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling are worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Maine’s rural economy every year, and would be negatively affected; and

WHEREAS, “eco-tourism” around a National Park can be defined as seasonal tee-shirt shops, water slides, and miniature golf courses as found in the approaches to Acadia National Park in areas that were once abundant farmland; and

WHEREAS, our sporting tradition and heritage is what makes Maine truly a special place and world-class destination that would be impossible to maintain in or around a National Park; and

WHEREAS, the discussion of a National Park creates divisions within our communities when we should be working together, therefore The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, as the state’s largest conservation organization, resolve that:

1. We stand in strong opposition to the creation of a National Park and Recreational Area and further, and,

2. We stand in firm defense of our sporting heritage, in order to bestow and endow future generations with the same blessings that have been bestowed to us.

Card Carrying Moose?

“The only place in Maine where moose arrive right on schedule for nature shoots is at Baxter State Park. The reason? Those moose are considered state employees and their activities are strictly governed by their 80-page union contract. At other well-known “moose venues” like Rangeley and Moosehead, the moose schedules are much more casual and seeing one is hit or miss, so good luck.”<<<Read More>>>

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Puckerbrush Primitive Festival boasts bushcraft in eastern Maine 

*Editor’s Note* – Let me make sure I get this right. An event, hosted by a “fish and game” club, is seeking a more diverse membership and in so doing banned anybody from have a gun at this event. What kind of diversity is this club seeking?

Arrows fletched with red feathers arced through the air at the moving target, a disk of foam hurtling across the shooting range. Every arrow missed and plummeted to spear the grass-covered ground. Sounds of disappointment came from the line of archers, yet all of them smiled. The game was addictive. […]

Source: Puckerbrush Primitive Festival boasts bushcraft in eastern Maine — Outdoors — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

Blaming Numbers of Deer on Lyme Tick Increase is Dishonest

An online news article states that Vermont now leads the nation in reported cases of Lyme disease. The same report blames this on an “overabundant deer population.” The same report claims that the ideal deer per square mile, in order to “control” ticks, would be 20 per square mile. Other than a few isolated areas, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont don’t have that many deer.

We understand that deer are a source of a “last blood meal” for the ticks’ survival and perpetuation, it is not the only source. Surely, reducing actual “overabundance” of deer populations would contribute to the reduction in tick prevalence and thus Lyme disease infection rates, it appears as though, with information being given that shows low density deer populations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, the deer is becoming a convenient scapegoat. Perhaps there are other agendas at work here.

If the intent is to reduce the prevalence of Lyme disease, how about providing some honesty in scientific research.

Poll: Sportsmen Support New Clean Water Protections

*Editor’s Note* – For those who understand that polls are nonsense and meaningless, designed for outcome-based results to support agendas, this information in the below news article is pure BS.

The survey, conducted by the National Wildlife Federation, polled 1,000 registered voters across the political spectrum who identify as hunters, anglers or both. More than four-fifths of them supported the revised Act.

Source: Poll: Sportsmen Support New Clean Water Protections | Maine Public Broadcasting

Maine Sportsmen, Retailers, and Business Leaders Join Forces on Hunting Economics Agenda

AUGUSTA, Maine, July 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A group of local and regional leaders representing sporting organizations, small businesses and retailers announced a new partnership called Hunting Works For Maine today. The group formed to highlight the many benefits of hunting and shooting to Maine’s economy, noting that sportsmen and women are crucial drivers of in-state commerce. Speakers at the press conference pledged a more unified voice in support of Maine’s hunting and shooting heritage through this new partnership.

Source: Maine Sportsmen, Retailers, and Business Leaders Join Forces on Hunting Economics Agenda – Yahoo News