October 17, 2017

Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine Forms New Legislative Action Group

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (SAM) recently announced that it is forming the Institute for Legislative Action. This is not a new concept as many organizations have done this. However, it should help SAM when it comes to legislative work that needs to be done. Time will tell.

In the meantime, I would like to offer SAM some advice. Sometimes SAM becomes a bit provincial, catering to members only. An example of this is in my request for email notifications from SAM but can’t get them unless I am a member. This makes no sense at all.

To be forthcoming, I am not a member of SAM and have no intention to become a member of SAM, mostly because I am not a member of anything and am not beholding to anything or anyone except myself. I do, however, have interest in what SAM is doing and often write about it.

Which leads me to the other issue. I understand SAM having a Facebook presence. Yet, the entire world does not revolve around Facebook, although many in the world seem to think so. I do not “do” Facebook, nor do I ever intend to go back there. Facebook has it’s good points, although I am at a loss to think of any. I am not alone in this denial and refusal to be a part of another fascist, dictatorial entity controlling and spying on everything I do.

When SAM makes announcements and releases letters, news, etc., and posts it on Facebook, non members of Facebook are prohibited from viewing it. In the past, I have published some information I get from SAM members who forward the information.

As an outdoor writer, I cannot visit SAM’s Facebook page to glean for news and events. I am relegated to their website page, which brings me to another issue. SAM’s website has relevant and good information on it but is lacking in the same bits of activity and announcements that can be found on Facebook.

Having once been a part of Facebook and having a website of my own, it’s a simple task to set up your website to do all the things you want to appear on Facebook. This requires establishing an area on the website (a simple blog page would work) where all of this information is entered. Settings in Facebook allow a member to automatically publish whatever appears on this website page, on the organization’s Facebook page.

This way, I and thousands more of us that choose not to be a part of Facebook or members of SAM, can visit the website and read information SAM has made available only on Facebook. This is a big win for everybody and should be done immediately. SAM should understand that by not excluding non members from obtaining relevant and live information can only lead to more membership and better public relations.

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Maine IFW’s “New Communication” Void of All Things, Hunting, Fishing and Trapping

The other day I was highly critical of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s (MDIFW) new approach to “getting their message out” by hiring a professional actor to make “funny videos” to “educate” people about “hiking preparedness, birding and invasive species.

It appears more and more likely that my critique of what appears to be an outward (as opposed to covert) new direction for MDIFW is accurate. In my article I wrote: “It appears to me that the message MDIFW wants to get out is void of deer and moose studies, or anything to do with hunting, trapping or fishing…”

If you haven’t been to MDIFW’s new website, maybe you are unaware that the site is, for all intent and purposes, void of anything to do with hunting, trapping and fishing, other than some generic species information – and, of course, where you can buy a license.

I understand a little bit about websites and website development as I’ve done some of that over the years. Perhaps MDIFW has released their new website a bit prematurely in hopes of tying in all their previous pages of information in time. Or then again, maybe not.

I did my share of bitching and complaining to MDIFW because it took nearly a year for them to get some of their game harvest data reports published Online. It appears that the “new direction” and in MDIFW’s effort to better communicate with the public, they have solved the relentless problem of publishing harvest data for deer, moose, bear, and turkeys. To solve that problem, they’ve simply scrubbed all those pages from the website.

So, if you are interested to get some information about harvest data, like comparing one year to the next, etc. you’ll have to rely on making a phone call and or trying your luck at sending an email. Just for your information, emails will often never get answered….depending, of course, on who you are and what history you might have, good or bad, with the department.

Phone calls might give you some answers but should someone, like me, decide to quote something said in a conversation, it only becomes a matter of “he-said, she-said.” There is no paper trail. I like paper trails. It creates honesty.

In the past 15 years or so, I have amassed quite a collection of web page links to data and information from the MDIFW, that I use in my research, studies and writings. In going down the list this morning, it appears none of the links are any longer operable. And this presents another entire set of difficulties for my readers and I’m sure other media outlets, who, over the years, have published countless articles with links to MDIFW website information. I know I have done that for years. It’s the only way to provide interested readers with credible information. This kind of education is critical to the future of hunting, trapping and fishing. With this information now, effectively censored, MDIFW can go about their business better hidden behind a shield that prevents openness and accountability. Fascism always leads to communism.

It appears that now, unless I see changes forthcoming from MDIFW and their “environmentalist-friendly” website about, “hiking preparedness, birding and invasive species,” and let’s not forget “funny” videos (I want to be a rock star), I will seriously consider if I want to continue buying a license in Maine for hunting and fishing, or any other expenditures that prop up environmentalism and animal rights. If my license fees are going to support this obvious communistic, totalitarian regime of environmentalism, I’m sure I do not want to be a part of that. There are many other places to hunt and fish….well, at least until they all have gone the way of animal rights and environmental perverted ways.

I have asked the question before – Does MDIFW have plans on how they intend to fund their fascist department after they have driven all the hunters, trappers and fishermen from the state? And let’s not forget the snowmobile riders and ATV riders. So long as Maine wants to promote national monuments and all other ways to shut down access to land, funding for MDIFW and the Maine Warden Service will dry up. Then what?

Having said all this, I will keep watch. Either MDIFW has hired a terrible web designer and all those pages of information, now missing, will slowly begin to reappear, or the intention is, in fact, to become like all the rest, catering to the perverted environmentalists. Soon MDIFW will be changing it’s name, once again, to Maine Department of Natural Resources (and piping plovers).

I’m tired and fed up listening to other “sportsmen” exclaim the tremendous work of MDIFW, when the result of that work is being revealed on a daily basis. Is this really what you want MDIFW to be? I hope not.

Added note: If you visit the MDIFW website, click on “Site Map” in the upper right hand corner. This can give you an overview of all pages available to readers. It becomes quite clear what the message is intended to be.

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Buzzing Baby Bumble Bee Tosses Stinger Into Congressional Race For Maine 2nd District

“You can be anything you want to be,” said momma Bumble Bee. And so, baby Bumble Bee has decided to become a politician. Lucas St. Claire, the son of Burt’s Bees founder, Roxanne Quimby, after buzzing around for a few years to burden Maine with a senseless national monument of land donated by his mother, is taking the advice handed down from generation to generation – “you can be anything you want” – and has decided he wants to be a politician.

Some might say he isn’t qualified, but then in an honest assessment one would have to ask just what it takes to be a politician. Many have come before him and many will follow. Certainly the first and foremost qualifications would have to be an egoist/narcissist, a liar, a crook, a thief, a pervert, a child molester, a sex addict, a hypocrite, etc. etc. And those are the best qualities. It will be up to the voters to decide if St. Claire has any of those necessary qualities to become a lifetime politician, sucking off the teet of the hardworking, taxpaying voter.

St. Claire, one of a turnip truck load of slime seeking to bilk the taxpayer, as all politicians do, wants to become the democratic challenger to incumbent republican slime ball politician, Bruce Poliquin. The Poliquin camp, acknowledging St. Claire’s announcement of intent to run, made the following statement:

“From being an attempted gourmet chef through his college training in London, to a wine expert in Seattle, to spending his family’s money ignoring the will of local voters, he has moved on to thinking he should be a politician.”

Perhaps it was St. Claire’s mother’s deal she struck with Barack Obama, that if she gave land for a national monument, a move that would piss off the majority of Maine residents (divide and conquer), he would, as he is still very active at being a crook after his job as puppet-in-chief, see to it that her son got a free ride into Washington, where all the sick-ass perverted, cohorts hang out.

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The Left, The Right, Reality and Zinke’s Proposed Forest Management Practices

From the Left all we ever hear is “We’re all gonna die!” From the Right all we ever hear is “It’s about time we’re gonna get it right!” The reality is nothing ever changes. But, don’t go look. The Left/Right paradigm is fake but exists only in echoed rhetoric and that is exactly what we are seeing when Trump’s new Secretary of the Interior announced changes in forest management practices.

The West is burning up, as one report this morning stated. Forest fires are popping up everywhere and as is usually the case, the Left blames is on Global Warming, and the Right blames it on poor forest management practices that result in the creation of tinder boxes.

Another example of the emotional reactions of brainwashed and blinded people is that immediately fear mongering began about the possibility that a tree might now be cut on Maine’s new and mostly unwanted national monument, Katahdin Woods and Waters.

The Right claims that their intent is “a healthy forest through active timber management,” with never a definition of the intent – and that is for a reason. The Left threatens a lawsuit if Zinke tries to cut down one tree in Katahdin Woods and Waters.

St. Clair, the original owner’s son, who is now the front man, without having a clue what Zinke meant by changing forest management practices, said, “We didn’t donate this land to be used as a commercial timbering operation.”

And this is business as usual here in the U.S. of A. While nothing changes in the Federal Government, except that which the ruling establishment wants to change and Congress just does as they are told, a part of what never changes, which is the reason the Federal Government gets away with what they do, is that the Left and Right continue their reactions and responses in the usual manner. In this case, the Left says we’re all gonna die and the Right says it’s about time to get it right. And then it’s on to the next round of fake announcements and none of these mouthy people ever go back to examine exactly what took place.

I think James Beers, former member of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says it quite well as to why nothing will change – except the emotional rhetoric that always accompanies false political announcement. The Left controls every aspect of government, as well as every non-governmental agency. Because of the infiltration and successful years of brainwashing and mind control throughout our indoctrination factories, even those, like Sec. Zinke, who, to the Left, appears to be a Rightist intent on destroying the forests, cannot help but do anything except what the Left desires – protect the forests and create the tinder boxes. Only politics calls for the political rhetoric to satisfy the voters of each perspective party.

Beers points out much the same when he says that the only way anything could change is through serious changes and/or repeals of certain draconian federal laws that prohibit change of any kind. And we know that will NEVER happen because it is not intended to happen. And so we keep on keeping on.

Beers writes in a recent email:

All of these above mentioned reasons for fuel accumulation and many, many other dwindling public land benefits that are slated for elimination by fiats, regulations and unjust law authorities granted federal bureaucrats in the past 40 to 50 years have a common taproot..  Past Administrations, their appointees and the bureaucrat “scientists” they have hired, all have this land closure and sustainable natural resource management elimination  as their ultimate goal.  Unless and until that “legal” (?) authorization for federal bureaucrats in federal laws like the ESA and Wilderness Act is either repealed or severely and specifically controlled in the specific federal laws authorizing such tyranny I don’t believe these somewhat generic and feel-good directives amount to anything.  The next Administration (look to all the Obama directives and letters, etc. on a wide variety of subjects) will simply issue their own directives (and probably in less than 9 months) and just drop the government truck into high gear and truck on down the road from where they left off on 19 January, 2017.

Because we cannot see, with each announced or “leaked” (that’s funny) change to anything, we will always keep hearing, we’re all gonna die, and it’s about time to get it right, but the truth is nothing ever changes, because “We the People” call all the shots and “we the people” have nothing to say about it – but we are trained to think we do.

Yep, somethings never change. Just more talk.

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Two Lynx Share Brief Conversation on Road Near Kokadjo

Read More here, but I think the statements that indicate there aren’t enough Canada lynx around is just typical propaganda.

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Should Maine Licensed Hunters and Fisherman Help Landowners Clean Up After Being Targeted for Undue Process?

So, let’s get this straight. I just received a press release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife seeking volunteers to help clean up trash, etc. on land owned by private individuals “to secure access to private land for recreational use and show your appreciation for Maine’s landowners.” Maybe licensed hunters and fishermen should seriously consider whether helping out the landowner who just screwed them over is in everyone’s best interest.

The Maine Legislature recently passed a bill, which unjustly targets licensed hunters and fishermen for extra punishment if caught harming signs and other private property. If you create the same damage and are not a licensed hunter or fishermen, there is no extra penalty for said crime.

One can understand the frustration of a landowner who is tired of replacing damaged signs or other property, but to specifically target one group is unlawful and until attention is brought to this travesty passed by the Maine Legislature, why should any licensed hunter or fisherman help out a landowner who just saw to it that you would get doubly screwed over for breaking the same law as an unlicensed person?

Sorry, landowners. I have always supported the rights of landowners and will continue to do so. I will not stand ignorantly by while I am unjustly targeted for extra criminal penalties for committing the same crime as an unlicensed person. Until that law is changed, and intelligent landowners step forward to change this law, licensed hunters should send a message.

But, they won’t!

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Mixed Messages About Bears and Nuisance Wildlife And the Words of a Totalitarian

Not that most people actually care or are even positioned in any way to think for themselves anymore, but how can you expect people to “learn to live with wild animals” and other such nonsense when the messages being delivered by the indoctrinated authorities is all over the board?

Let’s look at some of the messages being delivered to the public by the Press from members of the so-called expert and authoritarian crowd, including government agencies.

In an article by an “expert” on bears, the expert addresses the fact that recently a professional runner (whatever that is) in Maine was attacked and chased by two bears. He wields the theory that the reason the bear chased the runner was for the same reason a dog chases a car…unknown. The runner decided, because he was a runner, I suppose, to attempt to outrun the bear. He did and ran into a building and hid behind a screen door. The expert says of this event: “Clearly if the bears wanted to get to him and all they had to do was lean into this flimsy screen door,” he says. “At that point the separation of this screen door was enough to say ‘the chase is over.’ Whatever signaled the chase to shutoff at that point indicating that this wasn’t a predatory attack. The initial event was over when there was a structure involved.”

The expert assumes, in his theory, that the bear is only motivated by the urge to chase something that is moving, a la the dog chasing a car theory. One thing wrong with this theory is that, according to the article, when the runner first encountered the bears, “…he encountered two charging black bears.” The two bears were charging not chasing.

What if the bears were actually looking for a meal? If I were to attempt to rationalized a bear’s behavior, as most people do, failing to accept the fact that an animal is an animal and a man is a man, I could say that the bears decided they weren’t that hungry and less effort would be expended by visiting a nearby garbage can or two. Animal behavior is unpredictable….period!

In this incident the authorities give the following advice: “Wardens advise people who encounter black bears to make themselves appear big, make noise and back away slowly. But they recommend people stand their ground if a black bear charges and say if the bear attacks, then fight back.”

A Maine wildlife biologist, whose job is to deal with encounters and interactions between people and wild animals says that he thinks the best thing to do is to find ways in which people can….wait for it…..here it comes….”learn to live with the bear…” or any other animal that is creating a problem.

I wrote recently about my thoughts on anyone trying to tell me to learn to live with wild animals.

Maine’s wildlife biologist suggests, instead of killing the nuisance animal: “would rather move the bear to somewhere else in the neighborhood and then “haze” it a bit, with noise, hit it with some rubber bullets, fire off some pyrotechnics and maybe even “some hound dogs barking nearby.” (Note: Authorities can legally harass and deliberately abuse a wild animal, hoping it teaches them to fear people. It is against the law for you and I to harass wildlife in this manner.)

According to the expert, relocating a wild animal, “About 50 to even 75 percent of them might die” anyways.

In Maine Government News we get a different story. Here we learn that the State of Maine has brought in the Federal Government agency APHIS (Animal Plant Health Inspection Service) who will distribute rabies bait vaccines in efforts to counter the prevalence of rabies in the Pine Tree State.

In the Release an attempt is being made to educate the public about how to deal with wildlife and especially wildlife that may be infected with rabies. The Government advises against relocating animals, even though they tell us in other media outlets that they prefer moving problem animals to other locations.

“Do not relocate wildlife because this can spread rabies into new areas.”

The last thing I need is some heavily indoctrinated totalitarian animal lover telling me to learn to live with predators and nuisance animals. If I, my family, or my property is being damaged or is in danger of harm or damage, killing the problem animal is about the only sensible solution to the problem. More than likely the reason any animal is intruding on you or your property is because there are too many of them.

Time to do a little house cleaning.

You do what you want to do to deal with such animal issues but don’t tell me I have to learn to live with it when I don’t.

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VooDoo Science, Social Demands and Lyme Disease Drive Any-Deer Permit Allocations

So, let me get this straight! According to John Holyoke’s report in the Bangor Daily News, the excuses the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) give for increasing the allotment of “Any-Deer Permits” (ADP) to over 66,000 is because of 10 consecutive years of mild winters. I can say they were mild for me because I was in Florida, but record breaking snowfall evidently doesn’t account for any part of the Winter Severity Index.

We hear also that most of those ADPs are being handed out in Wildlife Management Districts (WMD) in Central and Southern Maine where populations of deer are the highest, and yet ADPs are being issued in zones where there haven’t been any for a few years and where record deep snowfalls occurred.

And if that isn’t enough to start your blood boiling just a tad, read what Lee Kantar, acting deer biologist(?) said (because the former deer biologist quit and moved on): “Kantar said that as the DIF&W continues to work on its next generation of long-range management plans, a subtle shift is emerging. In past years, it was common for biologists to issue population estimates for various big game animals. When asked for a statewide estimate on deer, Kantar said biologists are focusing more on the health of the population than sheer numbers.

“We’re not abandoning the thought of ‘How many critters are there out there?’ but the means for us doing that, we do as part of monitoring health, as well,” Kantar said.”

This “subtle shift” is a convenient new tool that is part of a continued reduction in accountability for wildlife managers. The ONLY way a biologist can honestly determine how many ADPs to issue to meet population goals is to know how many deer are within a WMD. To somehow approach things from the perspective of “I think the herd is healthy in WMD 27, therefore I will increase ADPs,” is a step backwards of about 40 years.

Now, it appears, the convenient excuse will be that managers don’t really have a handle on deer populations and will, with the onset of a new Romance Biological deer management plan, sense the condition of the herd and make excuses from there. In case you hadn’t figured it out yet, this is right in line with the convenience of Climate Change (CC = 33). With Climate Change and managing deer for “health” is there really any reason Maine needs any wildlife biologists?

The third excuse of convenience is now emerging where the issuance of 66,000-plus ADPs is Lyme Disease. Deer are carriers of ticks that spread Lyme disease. With the perpetual effort to scare the living hell out of people over Lyme disease, social pressures will demand that MDIFW kill more deer. Historically when those demands are made, the deer get killed and licensed sportsmen are not allowed to do the job and residents are not allowed to benefit from the resource. Also, understand that where Lyme disease is said to be most prevalent is in areas where land is heavily posted to prevent access for hunting those deer. As with any Totalitarian society, the problem is created by the totalitarians who in turn demand that government solve their problems. And we know what kind of job government does at anything they do.

Maine residents and sportsmen should look of a “subtle shift,” or maybe not so subtle shift, toward a new movement of Romance Biology and Voodoo Science to guide the wildlife managers to wallow in their own brilliance of disease creation and scarcity because they are fully engaged in the effort to “change the way we look at and discuss wildlife management.”

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What Is SAM’S Agenda?

Gerry Lavigne, former Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist, writes a column for the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine about wolves, coyotes and coywolves – a hybrid, admixture of several wild and domestic dogs. At the conclusion of the well-written, truthful and informative column that should mostly set the record straight as to the realities of wild dogs and the agendas of those promoting the protection of the wild mongrel dogs at the expense of destroying the species of wild canines they claim to be protecting, the editor of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine magazine writes: “The conclusions expressed in this column are solely those of the author. They do not reflect those of SAM’s Board of Directors. David Trahan.”

Perhaps it is time for the SAM Board of Directors to come out and share with the rest of Maine’s sportsmen, and the public in general, exactly what their conclusions are when it comes to perpetuating mongrel wild dogs. Generally when organizations waffle over issues such as this one, an issue that seems to be the hotbed of some journalists and animal rights activists in Maine of late, they are testing the wind to see what direction they should go in order to see what stance they should take.

So, what will it be?

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The Roads To Katahdin Woods and Waters

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