September 21, 2018

It’s the Antlers, Stupid!

Ha, ha! I’m laughing this morning because of mostly opposite perspectives on what is important to deer hunters. Just nine days ago I posted a story entitled, “It’s the Meat Stupid” where surveys conducted by Responsive Management showed that more hunters hunted for meat rather than for antlers.

Today, we have a story that’s all about the antlers and how every hunter dreams of bagging a big set of antlers. Bob Humphrey, outdoor writer in Maine, while presenting an excellent piece about the whys and wherefores of antler growth in deer, I’m not sure actually how many hunters might dream of that mighty rack but the reality is they want meat.

In fairness to Humphrey, he doesn’t present the desire for big-antlered deer as generally some obsession and makes the statement, “There’s little question that every hunter’s dream is to one day bag a trophy buck…” I will agree that it is a dream but how many obsess on obtaining that dream? Even Humphrey says that few hunters will pass up meat: “most hunters are satisfied with shooting any antlered deer.”

It’s the meat, stupid! And should a hunter take a buck with heavy body weight and/or a large brush pile on top of its head, what a bonus.

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Comment Period on Mex. Wolves Extended, New Hearing Dates Set

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Gavin Shire
(703) 358-2649
gavin_shire@fws.gov

*Service Extends Comment Periods for Gray and Mexican Wolf Proposals, Reschedules Public Hearings, Adds Hearing in Arizona *

As a result of delays caused by the lapse in federal appropriations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced rescheduled dates for the remainder of a series of public hearings on two proposed rules—one to list the Mexican wolf as an endangered subspecies and delist the gray wolf elsewhere, and the other to improve recovery efforts for the Mexican wolf in the Southwest. Comment period deadlines also are extended until December 17 to allow these hearings to take place within the public comment periods on the proposed rules.

The hearings will take place on November 19 in Denver, Colorado, November 20 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and November 22 in Sacramento, California. Each will include a short informational presentation. The Service has also added a public information meeting and hearing in Pinetop, Arizona, on December 3. The hearings are part of the Service’s continuing efforts to provide an open, comprehensive public process for the two proposed wolf rules and will provide the public a forum by which to register their views.

A formal notice of these hearings and the extension of the comment period will appear in *the Federal Register* on October 28.

To learn more about the proposed rules, view the draft *Federal Register*notice with the details of the public hearings, and for links to submit comments to the public record, visit www.fws.gov/home/wolfrecovery.

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Larry Benoit, ‘Babe Ruth for Hunters,’ Is Dead at 89

Larry Benoit, who tracked whitetail deer through the snowy woods of northern New England and southern Canada for more than seven decades, shooting at least 200 of the biggest and most prized specimens, known as trophy bucks, while becoming one of the nation’s most revered deer hunters, died on Oct. 8 at his home in Duxbury, Vt. He was 89. <<<Read the Rest>>>

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Stay Out You Peasant Filth

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How Science Goes Wrong

Scientific research has changed the world. Now it needs to change itself

A SIMPLE idea underpins science: “trust, but verify”. Results should always be subject to challenge from experiment. That simple but powerful idea has generated a vast body of knowledge. Since its birth in the 17th century, modern science has changed the world beyond recognition, and overwhelmingly for the better.

But success can breed complacency. Modern scientists are doing too much trusting and not enough verifying—to the detriment of the whole of science, and of humanity.

Too many of the findings that fill the academic ether are the result of shoddy experiments or poor analysis (see article). A rule of thumb among biotechnology venture-capitalists is that half of published research cannot be replicated. Even that may be optimistic. Last year researchers at one biotech firm, Amgen, found they could reproduce just six of 53 “landmark” studies in cancer research. Earlier, a group at Bayer, a drug company, managed to repeat just a quarter of 67 similarly important papers. A leading computer scientist frets that three-quarters of papers in his subfield are bunk. In 2000-10 roughly 80,000 patients took part in clinical trials based on research that was later retracted because of mistakes or improprieties.<<<Read the Rest>>>

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The Joke About Red Wolves

People first must understand that North Carolina’s population of “red wolves” are fake. In other words they are a hybrid concoction that some dweeb in government labeled a pure red wolf for political reasons and nothing to do with science. Then they took this hybrid mutt, with a fake name and created in captivity, and dumped it into the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. They then set up a management zone, declared the “Heinz 57” mutt an Endangered Species and wolf worshipers everywhere soaked their bibs in drool.

However, North Carolina has changed they hunting rules for coyotes and now allow coyotes to be hunted and this is putting the undies of wolf perverts in a bunch. Hybrid red wolves and hybrid coyotes, interbreeding and have been for the most part, look a lot alike. Who’d a thought it?

The real Joke of the Day, however, is found in an article sent to me online at Courthouse News Service.

They claim the hunting harms and harasses red wolves by disrupting population dynamics and breeding habits of red wolves and coyotes, and increasing interbreeding between the species.
To prevent wolves interbreeding with coyotes – another threat to the wolf population – the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sterilizes coyotes that have territories in red wolf habitat. Shooting of sterilized coyotes also harms the native red wolf population by undermining coyote population control efforts, according to the lawsuit.

You can’t make this stuff up. First the claim is that hunting increases interbreeding between coyotes and fake red wolves. And then it’s really, fall out of your chair funny, that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is wasting your tax dollars sterilizing coyotes so they won’t breed with a hybrid, half-tame mutt. One would think that if you didn’t want a coyote breeding with a fake wolf, kill the damned coyote….Ok, ok! Kill the damned fake wolf.

Isn’t this really more about plain old predator protection? Rational thinking would tell us that if there ever was to be a snowball’s chance in hell of recovering red wolves, you have to find a way to kill off the invasive species, i.e. the coyotes.

This is also a sample of what’s to come in those places the wolf perverts want to dump their nasty, disease-infested dogs and where coyotes now roam.

What a typical governmental joke…..just like everything else governmental. What’s next affordable care for animals? Give me a break!

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Wolves In Every Back Yard

Undeterred by reality and the growing hatred being shown nationwide in that people may think it nice for wolves to exist in wilderness areas, they don’t want them in their back yards, killing livestock, pets and endangering the lives of people with attacks and the spread of disease, Defenders of Wildlife (DOW) is pimping for more wolves. See the map below.

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*Note* – As additional proof that wolf pimps like DOW use fraudulent outcome-based “science” and/or are simply perverted wolf lovers who worship their disease ridden varmints, take note of the map above. This map has a shaded area in the northern two-thirds of the State of Maine. Real science would have determined facts on the ground in this area. There is nothing that lives in this region to feed wolves with. The existing coyote/wolf hybrid has done a pretty good job of destroying the deer herd, moose are seriously on the decline and there are too many bears killing fawns and calves. In short, it’s a predator pit.

The last time when actual wolves roamed the State of Maine was well over 100 years ago when caribou were plentiful. When the caribou left for Canada, the wolves followed and “officially” have never returned. Maine attempted to reintroduce caribou about 30 or 40 years ago and that was a huge failure.

In addition, it has been determined that Maine’s moose are now infected with hydatid cysts, the result of the spread of disease by the existing wild canines. More wolves? Give me a break!

I believe I read yesterday a reader’s comment about this stating that it would seem rational to make sure that an area has all the resources necessary for long term sustainability for predator, prey and suitable habitat BEFORE introducing wolves. It appears this is not the case as I can testify that there is no sustainable prey species in the area of Maine DOW wants their nasty dogs living in. There exists enough damage from the hybrid dogs that are there now. If DOW and others don’t want real science, what are they hiding?

If this is true for Maine, what about all the other fake regions they intend to pimp their wolves?

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EPA Redefining “Water” To Get Your Land

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In another effort to grab land, steal away humans rights, anger the subjects, while hoping they will take violently to the streets, the fascist Environmental Protection Agency, in order to circumvent law and order, is redefining the term “water” as it pertains to what they believe is within their power to further oppress the people.

As I understand it, the Clean Water Act never defined water. Over a period of time the fascist government doesn’t want to simply throw people off their land and so they are devising to do it through back door, corrupt, circumvention of the legislative process, as secretly as possible.

You might recall that the U.S. Supreme Court was needed (clearing my throat here) in order to define “water” so that the EPA had a better understanding of whose lives they could legally and without opposition, destroy. And now the EPA has decided to implement fake science, that is outcome-based scientific fraud, to claim that water everywhere on earth comes from the same source and is interconnected. Therefore they believe they will have the power to “control” and “regulate” it.

This act by the EPA is reminiscent of the overreaching power of the Vatican. Perhaps a Papal Bull can written to give the EPA jurisdiction over all the land and water of the world in order to control it. Oh wait! Hasn’t that already happened?

I am at a loss anymore as to why the subjects of this country don’t get it…..at all. As a Maine humorist once said, “Not only don’t this guy have a clue, he doesn’t even suspect.” I don’t think the serfs suspect a thing.

One piece at a time, and it never cost me a dime!

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The Deer Didn’t Get The King’s Message

The king spoke and so he shut down that part of government that he thought would piss off the subjects the most. It seems to have worked. He targeted the military veterans and outdoor people, most of whom he couldn’t get to vote for him if he was actually Hillary Clinton’s illegitimate son.

But, did the lordship’s animals get the message? Apparently not.

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RMEF Grants to Benefit Idaho’s Elk Population, Habitat and Wolf Management

MISSOULA, Mont.–Grants and funding provided by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will go toward the reestablishment of healthy elk habitat and populations, and directly bolster wolf management practices in Idaho.

The RMEF grants and additional funding total $223,943 and directly affect Bear Lake, Blaine, Bonneville, Boundary, Caribou, Clearwater, Idaho, Latah and Shoshone Counties. There are also several projects of statewide interest.

“It’s no secret elk populations and habitat declined over the last few decades in north-central Idaho. RMEF is stepping up funding and research efforts and working with our partners to address improvements,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “We are also increasing our efforts to assist and strengthen the state’s wolf management program.”

Allen also thanked RMEF’s Idaho volunteers for their dedication with banquet activities and membership fundraising drives for raising the grant funding which stays on the ground in their home state.

RMEF grants will help fund the following 2013 projects, listed by county:

Bear Lake—Treatments to prevent the expansion of noxious weeds within two areas covering 150 acres on the Montpelier and Soda Springs Ranger Districts of the Caribou National Forest (also affects Caribou and Bonneville counties).

Blaine County—Prescribed burning on 2,400 acres in the Upper Little Wood River area of the Sawtooth National Forest to improve elk winter range by reducing the density and competition from smaller trees and promoting the growth of large Douglas fir trees, expanding and regenerating aspen stands, and providing a more diverse sagebrush community.

Bonneville County—Provide funding for a video highlighting the importance of the Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area (TCWMA) for elk and other species that will be used as part of effort to secure a TCWMA mitigation trust fund in perpetuity. To see the video, visit the URL below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=byuLuyhThV4

Boundary County—Prescribed burning on 800 acres within the Deer Creek drainage, a tributary of the Moyle River, on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest to improve habitat and winter and summer elk range as part of a multi-year project that also benefits mule and whitetail deer, moose and grizzly bears.

Clearwater County—Provide extensive landscape restoration of early-seral habitat in north-central Idaho’s Clearwater Basin to restore healthy forage and elk populations (also affects Idaho County); and implementation of a monitoring program in the Clearwater Basin to increase habitat and elk populations by establishing a land use habitat matrix to be used as the foundation for management and monitoring of elk, applying the new OR-WA elk nutrition and habitat models, and capturing and collaring wild elk (also affects Idaho County). The project includes funding from the Torstenson Family Endowment, which is used solely to further RMEF’s core mission programs of permanent land protection, habitat stewardship, elk restoration and hunting heritage.

Idaho County—Prescribed burning to improve forage quality on 800 acres of Bureau of Land Management land within the Bally Mountain Vegetation Management Project area; and provide funding for noxious weed treatment on 160 acres to enhance forage for elk on private land protected with an RMEF-held conservation easement above Clear Creek.

Latah County—Provide funding for the RMEF Palouse Whitepine Chapter to host an Outdoor Dream Foundation moose hunt for a 12-year-old boy from Utah born without a left ventricle in his heart.

Shoshone County—Prescribed burning to create or enhance 2,000 acres of winter and summer habitat in the Upper Coeur d’Alene River Basin on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest as part of a multi-year effort positively affecting nearly 13,000 acres.

Statewide—Provide funding to the Idaho Sportsmen’s Caucus Advisory Council –an association of approximately 30 hunting, fishing and trapping organizations in Idaho– which reviews issues in the legislature, Idaho Game and Fish, IDGF Commission and other agencies that affect sportsmen and women while dealing with Chronic Wasting Disease, game farms, habitat concerns, fishing and hunting access, big game tag availability and other issues; offer $50,000 in funding assistance to IDGF for Idaho’s wolf management efforts, and provide funding for the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts which is a group of 19 separate nonprofit land trust organizations and two local and state government-sponsored programs working on private land conservation and voluntary conservation agreements throughout Idaho.

Conservation projects are selected for grants using science-based criteria and a committee of RMEF volunteers and staff along with representatives from partnering agencies.

Partners for the 2013 projects include the Caribou, Idaho Panhandle and Sawtooth national forests, as well as the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts, various sportsmen’s organizations and a private landowner.

Since 1985, RMEF and its partners completed 425 different conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Idaho with a combined value of more than $52 million.

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