December 11, 2019

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”)


Protecting Bears Causes Restricted Access to Forest

It appears that the idiots bent on the protection of bears, i.e. the Humane Society of the United States wanting to ban bear hunting in Maine, through their efforts to make sure there are millions of bears to attack and harm people, are also causing the restriction of use and access to the same forests their protected bears live.

In this article about “How to Avoid a Bear Attack,” we read:

Stay away from bear feeding areas such as berry patches, fresh burns, lake shores, alpine meadows, streams full of spawning fish or avalanche slopes when possible. If you see bear scat, tracks or claw marks on trees, move elsewhere. Also leave if you encounter a fresh kill or places where leaves and branches have been piled up, possibly over a carcass. A bear could be lurking nearby.

Avoid walking after dark in bear country and do not travel alone. Studies show that groups of four or more people are seldom attacked. Make noise by talking, singing or playing music, anything to alert bears to your presence. Most will move away if they hear you and are not taken by surprise.

Always sleep inside a tent, but keep your cooking and food storage area 50-75 yards away when possible. Wear a hat while cooking so food odors don’t concentrate in your hair. Leave the hat at the cooking area. Avoid greasy or smelly foods such as bacon, sausage or fish. Store leftovers in airtight containers far away and wash dishes carefully to avoid leaving scent or grease on them.

A friend, who sent me the link to this story along with the pictures that follow, made the following comment which pretty well sums up what’s going on.

In other woods stay the hell out of the woods… at the same time the folks are building trails galore (with taxpayers money) and encouraging more outdoor activities (promoted with taxpayers money) the animal rights folks want to increase (quickly double?) the Maine bear population with hunting restrictions. And it looks like we will need more LAWS (not just warnings or encouragement) to keep us out of the way of any critter that wants to use the area.



Maine’s Upcoming Bear Referendum Not About Bear Hunting or Fair Chase

By David Trahan – Don’t be fooled by the group calling itself, “Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting” when they tell you this November’s referendum is an attempt to end baiting, trapping and the use of dogs for hunting bears. This ballot initiative has nothing to do with bears.

Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting is a front for a well-known national an anti-hunting organization: The Humane Society of the United States, or HSUS.<<<Read More>>>


Who Moved My Hunting Opportunities?

“We here at WON have always supported wildlife management based on science and we always will. But are all of these reductions truly based on science, animal head counts, on-the-ground studies and facts? Or are part of them based on pressure from the animal-rights, anti-hunting groups that are now part of the everyday life of the Fish and Game Commission and the DFW?

We all know that the long term plan to eliminate hunting is “species-by-species”, and incrementally, as the anti-hunting Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has said time and time again. And now that HSUS is breaking bread with the Fish and Game Commissioners and high-ranking officials in the DFW, is this just another “incremental” loss to hunters?”<<<Read More>>>



Is There an Overpopulation Exit Strategy in Place?



Oklahoma AG Issues Consumer Alert For HSUS

“In a statement issued March 12, AG Scott Pruitt issued a warning to Oklahomans regarding solicitations and advertisements by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), an organization known well by hunting groups and animal farming interests. Pruitt said he was concerned HSUS gave Oklahomans the mistaken impression their donations are assisting Oklahoma animal shelters, when in fact the donations of Oklahomans may go toward unrelated efforts like lobbying in other states or at the federal level. 

Archery Wire readers may recall our feature appearing earlier this month, “Ballot Measure Threatens Black Bear Archery Hunting in Maine,” in which we detailed the effort to prohibit the hunting of bears using bait, hounds or traps through the voter initiative process. The primary organization bankrolling the issue is – you guessed it – HSUS.

It marks the second attempt to ban bear hunting in Maine – the most bear-rich state in the lower 48 – in the past ten years using the ballot box and an emotion-driven campaign. For its ultimately unsuccessful 2004 effort, Washington DC-based HSUS ponied up nearly a half-million dollars.

In Oklahoma, the Attorney General said he is specifically looking into concerns over fundraising advertisements in the wake of the devastating and deadly May 2013 tornadoes that struck the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore. Pruitt contends HSUS advertising and public relations gave Oklahomans the deceptive impression their donations would help pets and other animals displaced by the storm, as well as support local shelters impacted by the storm.

But that was not the case, Pruitt’s office discovered.”<<<


Maine Woman Member of ASPCA Not Happy About Anti Hunting Stance

From the Bangor Daily News, a woman, a member of the local ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is not happy to learn that the ASPCA is supporting the Humane Society of the United State’s anti-bear hunting referendum that, if passed, would stop bear hunting with bait, with dogs and also ban trapping.

Recently, I discovered a percentage of my donations are also applied to another cause ASPCA endorses. This cause is anti-hunting.

ASPCA endorses laws to stop hunting of bear, moose, coyotes, etc. This is not what I expected my donation to support. I support structured hunting 100 percent. Without it, animal control would be out of control. The bear referendum currently on the table is endorsed by ASPCA.


Outdoor Life Explains HSUS’ Slimy Tactics of Fraud Against Hunting Interests

“First, HSUS will identify an area of vulnerability. Usually, this comes in the form of a newly-created hunting season or the hunting of a new species that hunters have not yet developed an allegiance to.

It then follows up by creating a “citizen’s” group that includes the name of the state in it to make it appear as if local residents are the ones behind the actions. HSUS will seek out local “hunters” willing to speak out against the hunting of the new species.

Then it spends money. The group will flood the airwaves and mailboxes with propaganda that contains very little truth. As an example, during a fight over dove hunting in Michigan a few years ago, HSUS spent millions on TV ads that made the following claims: No one hunts doves. Hunters don’t eat the doves that they kill.

The above formula is the precise path the group is taking in Maine where HSUS is funding a front called “Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting.”

Despite the home-grown title, the group’s mandatory campaign finance reports show that of the $85,000 reported in the group’s 2013 report, all but $881 of that came directly from Washington-based HSUS.

It’s the same story in my home state of Michigan.”<<<Read More>>>


There is Little to No Credibility Concerning the Debate of Maine’s Anti-Hunting Referendum

Not everyone is stupid and gullible. Unfortunately, radical, dirty-money-fed, environmentalists and their filthy organizations have no scruples when it comes to presenting some form of credibility in the bile fomented as letters to the editor and/or opinion pieces. Also unfortunate, is that some people seem eager to believe what is written because, well, it’s in print somewhere.

Maine, more than likely, will be facing another anti-hunting referendum next fall and as I precisely predicted, the nonsensical drivel has been oozing with stench for some time. Let’s look at one fine example of such.

The Portland Press Herald (Maine) carries an opinion piece for John Glowa, a man seemingly more in love with animals than humans and his obsession clouds his thinking. In addition it also seems to force him to state untruths (lies in case you need to know) about bears and what people say and do. In short, his entire piece is nothing short of emotional drivel, spiced up a bit with a dash or two of psychobabble.

The opening paragraph, not only sets the stage for the remainder of the regurgitation bought and paid for by the environmentalist, but pretty much defines the foundation by which the environmentalists want to force their way of life and their perverted values onto others.

The LePage administration and bear-baiting proponents would have us believe that the cessation of bear baiting would be a public safety catastrophe of epic proportions.

Rational speaking and thinking humans are quick to realize how ridiculous such a statement is. I have never once, in the many years I have been writing about wildlife management and outdoor issues nationwide, heard anybody speak of a “catastrophe of epic proportions” should bear baiting be halted. I would challenge this person to please provide the facts to back up this claim……but don’t hold your breath.

As I said, this sets the stage for the rest of the opinion piece, which means it is worthless balderdash saturated in emotion.

In addition, Mr. Glowa states that Maine needs a paradigm shift in order to convince (lie to, brainwash, indoctrinate, propagandize) people that bears will be dangerous if hunters are allowed to continue baiting them. And herein lies the rub. Wildlife management should not be based on paradigms and emotional poppycock.

Before assuming the crap sandwich that’s on special in your local newspaper, do some honest research and you’ll discover the unsubstantiated, emotional clap-trap found in this opinion piece, is worthless.

If baiting bears, as Glowa and others have falsely claimed, makes for more and bigger bears, then those states that do not allow bear baiting should not have very big bears, and fewer of them. According to Boone and Crockett (found on Peterson’s), the keepers of game animal trophy records, 11 of the top 20 all-time biggest black bears harvested came from Pennsylvania. Last time I checked, the Keystone State didn’t allow baiting, nor was there a shortage of bear to hunt. Do we need a paradigm shift there as well? And, by the way, none were from Maine.

Dang! Facts seem to be getting in the way of a good attempt at propaganda!




Bob Duchesne’s Wild Maine: Bear Hunting Referendum [AUDIO]

“Maine is the only state that allows bears to be hunted with bait, dogs and traps. If the Humane Society of the United States gets its way, Maine will the only state that doesn’t allow any of it.”

Listen to a five-part radio interview about an upcoming anti hunting referendum in Maine sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States. Learn the facts about Maine black bears and the importance of proper and proven management.

Click this link to find the audio.