December 3, 2021

If You Can’t Destroy Hunting at the Ballot Box, Try it This Way

New Hampshire’s proposal to ban all chocolate as hunting bait after four bears died last year has stirred intense debate between hunters who say the ban is an overreaction and those who say the risk of chocolate poisoning is too great.<<<Read More>>>

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Eeyore’s Distant Bear Relative – Brer Bear

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Death By Chocolate

It appears as though wildlife officials are discovering that bear baiting sites that use mostly chocolate and chocolate candy bars as bait, may cause the death of bears due to an overdose of theobromine, a naturally occurring toxin found in cocoa.

The Bangor Daily News has a story of four bears found dead in New Hampshire and that changes would probably be forthcoming to mitigate this problem.

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If It’s So Easy to See and Hunt Bears Why Do Poachers Bait Them?

As a rule I do not cover game poaching stories. I’ll let you figure out why. Unless of course the poaching involves some extreme or extenuating circumstances of interest other than a bunch of brain dead morons killing game for money or perhaps other perverse reasons.

There’s an opinion piece published in the Montana Standard about the need for harsher penalties for poaching but in that article, as was brought to my attention, is an interesting bit of unintended(?) commentary.

Three men are being charged with poaching at least nine black bears. However, all the killing took place as the men allegedly used “bait” to lure the bears in and make the kill. In Maine, as we have seen in many other places in the United States, perverted animal rights mental midgets claim that it is just as easy to hunt bears without bait as with bait. Understanding that poachers are a breed just slightly above that of any politician and of anyone who thinks animals have rights, and who probably couldn’t care less about whether they had their hunting licenses taken away or not (like making a law believed to stop criminals from having a gun), are more or less inclined to be lazy, good for nothings. Therefore, the bait?

But then again, if a poacher actually had a brain (remember, poachers are a cut just above politicians and animal rights scum but certainly does not qualify them to be smart) they would understand that leaving bait scattered all over the landscape might be more apt to direct somebody to their crime of poaching. But that all assumes a poacher has a brain.

The point to all this nonsense is that if it’s so easy to shoot a damned bear in the woods, as the perverts of animal rights claim, then why would poachers go to the effort, and there would be a lot of it, to bait bears?

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Baiting Bears Does Not Produce Large Bears or Welfare Bears

I have said before and will state again, one can only hope that when voters go to the polls to vote on any issue, they are at least afforded the opportunity to get the truth as it pertains to the issue. Maine will face a referendum next November on whether or not to ban bear baiting, trapping and hunting bears with hound dogs. And as one might expect, the rhetoric is already running a bit rampant.

In an opinion piece found in the Bangor Daily News, one citizen wrote about bear baiting and was misleading the people by referring to it as a, “massive bear feeding program.” In addition, this person states that baiting bears is done, “to produce more and larger bears in order that they may be killed for sport and trophies.”

Let’s look at these two issues a bit closer. Baiting bear in Maine for the purpose of harvesting a bear has been around for awhile but never really became a popular method of hunting until the mid to late 1980s. Fish and game experts manipulated the bear hunt for many years. Bounties on bear were available from as early as 1770 but statewide bounties were implemented on a regular basis between 1880 and 1957. The first official “bear hunting season” occurred in 1931.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife(MDIFW) completed a reassessment of bear management goals in 1999 to ensure proper management techniques, seasons and science were being used to maintain a healthy population of bears. After all, that is their legislatively mandated job. By 2010 the bear population was estimated at between 24,000 and 36,000 and thus, it is my guess, that the rounded off figure of 30,000 bears is rightly used.

To describe the tactic of baiting bears as a “massive bear feeding program” is a bit of a stretch, is misleading and rooted in emotionally charge rhetoric in hopes of influencing public opinion. So, what else is new?

It is clear, from information about bear harvests provided by MDIFW, that in 2012, of the 3,207 bears harvested, the majority were taken over bait. MDIFW states that for the first time bears were taken in 28 of 29 Wildlife Management Districts(WMD), however the majority of bears registered happened in the northern half of the state. From that demographic alone, a “massive bear feeding program” becomes a silly overstatement.

According to MDIFW information, of the 3,207 bears killed by all legal methods in 2012, 2,613 were taken over bait. If we utilize the population estimate of 30,000 bears and less than 10% were taken over bait, no matter how liberal one might determine how many bait sites there were, baiting in areas where MDIFW says the highest harvest percentages were 21 bears per 100 square miles and the state average 11 bears per square 100 miles (.21 and .11 bears per square mile), you simply could not come up with supportable data that shows a “massive bear feeding program.” It’s just not that wide spread and effects far too few bears.

The author of this referenced opinion piece says that this “massive bear feeding program”, which we’ve determined does not exist, is, “to produce more and larger bears in order that they may be killed for sport and trophies.” There are two distinct issues brought up here. First the claim is that baiting bears produces more bears. The author argues that higher production rates exist because females now have higher fat reserves and thus produce more offspring. By a stretch this might apply to one specific area where regular feeding of bears, not just baiting, has taken place but I don’t buy it. Bears are intelligent, fear humans and can smell something 7 times better than a blood hound. I doubt that momma bears are teaching her cubs to become dependent on human food.

By such emotional, nonsensical rhetoric being spread like the plague, I think people have come to believe that this baiting thing is easy to do, brings bears in to the feeding trough like hogs at feeding time, at which time a hunter sits in a recliner chair and slaughters defenseless animals. In talking with experienced bear baiting hunters, if a hunter doesn’t take every precaution to ensure his scent is not left behind, bears just won’t come into a site.

In addition, this claim of producing more bears is based on the false premise that Maine is implementing a “massive bear feeding program.” It’s time to get real over this crap sandwich, regurgitation being printed in our newspapers.

The second part of this claim states that this “massive bear feeding program” is to produce, “larger bears in order that they may be killed for sport and trophies.” If that were actually the case, then records should indicate that in more recent years, harvested bears should be bigger and bigger and more “trophy” bears harvested and registered with the Maine Antler and Skull Trophy Club.

An examination of data provided shows that the 10 largest (trophy) bears, taken by gun, occurred between 1962 and 2000. What happened to the production of larger bears due to a “massive bear feeding program?”

The truth is the bear baiting period of about 7 weeks is but a drop in the bucket of time bears spend feeding and affects a very small percentage of the statewide bear population and most often in very remote locations. What makes bear baiting effective, as a tool of MDIFW to control bear populations, is that it comes during a time of year when bears are foraging heavily in order to build up fat reserves. Biologists at MDIFW tell us regularly that the success rate of bear hunting over bait will be determined by the availability of natural food. This tells us that bears are not addicted to human food as the anti bear hunters suggest and much more prefer their own natural sources.

Contrary to what some in Maine might be reading, there are not “Millions of Pounds of Doughnuts to Bait Bear.” Nor is there a “massive bear feeding program” that is causing bears to become addicted to junk food, produce more offspring and/or grow bigger and become trophies. Using bait as a tool is determined by bear scientists to be necessary in order to control bear populations. This control and management produces a healthy bear population along with trickle down effects of other wildlife.

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Millions of Pounds of Doughnuts to Bait Bear?

I’m thinking of all the maxims in existence that can be used to describe this story: It’s better to be thought of as stupid than to open your mouth and remove all doubt, perhaps fits best.

It’s certainly not profound on my part, or anyone else’s, that when it comes to discussions on animal welfare, often rational discourse is tossed out the window. How can you take a person serious at all when they open their mouth and say really absurd things?

Maine is in the beginning stages of another battle with environmental and animal rights perverts that want to shut down essentially all bear hunting and trapping in Maine. I’ve written several articles already about this absurdity and I’m sure there will be plenty more to come. Much of my focus has been on exposing the lies, mostly geared to play on emotions, perpetuated by the mentally ill people who promote animal welfare over human welfare.

Some of the worst actors become those who sell themselves as hunters and trappers and yet run to the side of the animal perverts pushing their progressive, totalitarian agendas on the majority of the citizenry. The mere act of taking the side of anti human organizations disqualifies anyone claiming to be a hunter and/or trapper. And if they don’t agree, it’s only more proof they have their heads buried someplace where the sun doesn’t shine.

The pile of sticks at the Humane Society of the United States, the major promoter and financier of the anti rights campaign in Maine, wants to stop the use of bait in harvesting a bear. I suppose credit should be given to the animal perverts for mounting a false campaign to convince people that the bait used by bear hunters is mostly made up of doughnuts. But is it really? I don’t think so.

Those who bait bear, use an assortment of things. I have talked with guides, who probably are the ones who mostly set up bait stations for their clients, who refuse to tell me one item they use in their concoction to lure bears. I know of several bear baiters that have never used doughnuts.

But for some reason, the image that gets conjured up in the minds of non thinking people, is that the landscape in Maine is littered with boxes of Dunkin’ Donuts. I feel bad for DD that they are being dragged through this slime hole that belongs to the animal rights mental midgets.

In a recent Times Record, an editorial that got it all wrong about the truth of bear hunting, included a handful of comments left by readers. One such person is notorious around Maine as fitting the description I’ve provided above of the person who claims to be a hunter and yet jumps in bed at every opportunity with the environmentalists and animal rights extremists.

And why should we take seriously people like Cecil Gray? Here’s his comment:

Millions of pounds of doughnuts and such are dumped in the north woods every year.

I don’t now what “and such” refers to in this person’s mind but I do know what doughnuts are. Millions of pounds he says. Really? That’s a lot of doughnuts. How many doughnuts is that?

I can’t define what Mr. Gray has on his mind when he says, “millions”, i.e. plural of one million. Usually when such a broad undefined number is used it’s only to embellish a story and prompt emotional responses. When emotions enter an equation, such as whether to ban the only population control strategy used by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife(MDIFW), any amount of common sense suddenly vanishes and we are left shaking our collective heads.

I got wondering about “millions of pounds of doughnuts and such.” Let’s work with one million pounds and then you can multiply the information as many times as you think is enough. I didn’t go to Dunkin’ Donuts and get a dozen doughnuts to weigh but an educated guess was that a dozen doughnuts, excluding the box or container they might come in (after all I don’t think bear hunters bait with cardboard or paper), weighed approximately 2 pounds. If I’m way off on this, please weigh your own box of doughnuts and then do the simple math.

One million pounds of doughnuts then would comprise 6 million doughnuts. I wonder if collectively the state of Maine produces 6 million doughnuts in one year and still have enough left over to feed the people? According to the 2012 bear hunting harvest information found on the MDIFW website, last year a total of 3,207 black bears were taken by all methods of harvest. Of those 3,207, 2,613 were taken over bait; clearly the majority of the harvest and there’s a reason for that, but that’s another story.

That works out to having 382 pounds of doughnuts at every successful bait site. Maybe Mr. Gray sees millions more pounds of “and such” and I don’t know how much “and such” weighs but I bet it weighs more than doughnuts.

It’s all very laughable because even if this man’s statement was true, what difference does it make? Is he insinuating that this is just millions of pounds of “doughnuts and such” of illegal litter scattered willy-nilly across the forests? I wonder if this man would think it alright if hunters could bait bear with tofu?

But do you understand the last part of this guy’s comment?

Hunting is not in the equation at all. It’s time for the general populace, hunters and non hunters alike, to stop these ridiculous money making scams.

Huh?………….Huh?………….Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

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Me And Teddy Bear Are Best Friends

Odd title for this article wouldn’t you say? I chose this title because of a similar title I placed on an article I wrote back in February of 2007. It was titled, “Me and Teddy Roosevelt Were Best Friends.”

What prompted the title invoking the name of Teddy Roosevelt, was because I was tired of people making statements about Teddy Roosevelt much because they believed they understand what was on Roosevelt’s mind over a century ago. In addition, untold quantities of uninformed mouth pieces, yap about Teddy this and Teddy that, when they know nothing about the man and their abuse of poor Teddy comes from quoting him, mostly out of context, or fabricating thoughts Mr. Roosevelt must have had that would support one’s agenda.

Evidently, the pickings have reached the bottom of the barrel and some people are not even adept enough to lie about dead people to promote their agendas. No, they have to pick on animals. After all, like knowing what Teddy Roosevelt was really thinking, these clowns actually think they know what animals think and how they feel.

For purposes of this discussion most any animal could be front and center but let me pick on the black bear for a moment.

Say what you will about mentally retarded environmentalists but they sure know how to pick a tool that will put money in their bank accounts to pay those big salaries. After all, there are lawsuits to be won.

In the State of Maine, Washington, D.C.-based totalitarian environmentalists, specifically the Humane Society of the United States, have waged another war on the citizens of Maine in an attempt to stop bear hunting and trapping. In addition, it appears that I have discovered one such person that must be best friends with a bear and is therefore more qualified to tell the voters of the Pine Tree State about bears than bear scientists.

I have done my share of dumping on wildlife scientists but as bear biologists go, the ones up in Maine do a better than average job of studying and understanding about bears. They just don’t want to believe that bears are eating up too many deer fawns and moose calves. But that’s another story.

The problem with this soul mate of the black bears, is she was caught telling stories about bears that just don’t seem to agree with other people’s information about bears. Fortunately, Cathy DeMerchant, a board member of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine took the time to challenge Connie McCabe of her claims and provide the evidence disproving those claims.

Bear (sorry) in mind, that it is difficult to dispute McCabe’s bear findings, being one with the bear and all and rumors have it that recently Spock appeared to administer a “mind meld” with the bear. Therefore, it is up to readers to decided whether information about bears is more reliable from bear scientists or from Spock’s mind meld.

All joking aside…….well, I doubt that very seriously. Despite the humor I’ve injected into this inane debate of Teddy Roosevelt and black bears being my best friends, it is no joke that environmentalists from away want to destroy a nationally recognized bear management program in order to pimp their anti human, perverted love affair with having lots of stolen money in their bank accounts.

These gangsters and thugs will go to any extreme for that money. The bear’s best friend’s commentary is an example of what, in comparison, would be considered stretching the truth to influence opinion. Don’t be fooled. It is a pretty good rule of thumb when anyone is offering up all sorts of claims about bears or any other animal, without any kind of substantiating resources, it’s probably just lies…..er, I mean stretching the truth.

To further that discussion consider that one of the excuses these environmentalists are using to argue against using bait to lure a bear into a shooting area, is that the food stuffs being used for bait is not good for the bears. Some of what is being used is junk food. Environmentalists love to pick on doughnuts as being a really nasty food for bears (they say this while sipping Starbucks and gumming a glazed doughnut).

I have even heard and read claims from people that bears become addicted to this bait food and that the bears are storming down the doors of Nurtisystem, Weight Watchers and Overeaters Anonymous. The only hope for these bears is to ban bear hunting and trapping. It is important that we get bears onto a strict natural diet and NO 24-oz. soft drinks. Thank God for animal rights activists like Michael Bloomberg!

To help with getting bears onto healthy diets (don’t forget. People know this because they are best friends with bears…and mind melds), more and more towns like Tallahassee, Florida are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to make and distribute bear-proof garbage cans. Hundreds of thousands of dollars when a $1.00 bullet would be a long term solution to an unnecessary problem.

With all this focus on man’s best friend, the bear, to lock them out of garbage cans and break them of their honey-dipped doughnuts addiction, I’m afraid of what will happen to hungry bears with the DTs!

Oh, we’ve become such a foolish society. God help us.

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Black Bear Sense of Smell Tips the Odds in Hide and Seek Hunting Games

Ignorant environmentalists and animal rights supporters are trying to convince voters in Maine that there is no need for any harvest tactics for hunting black bears other than hide and seek…..well, the sissies call it “spot and stalk.” A coalition of misguided fringe groups and individuals, i.e. the Humane Society of the United States and the Wildlife Alliance of Maine, are spreading lies about black bears and black bear management faster than Barack Obama can create division and strife among Americans and the rest of the world. So, do any of these uninformed groups have any idea about wildlife in general and black bears specifically? I don’t think so.

“Spot and stalk” hunting, or more accurately should be called hide and seek (and never find), is generally referred to by real hunters as still hunting. Still hunting is a tactic used by some hunters in which they move at excruciatingly slow speed, employing as much stealth as possible, utilizing scent covers, wind and terrain to their advantage, all the while hoping to sneak up on their prey. The odds are extremely slim regardless of the prey being sought.

While some would call this “fair chase” hunting, by one’s perspective it can be but it does very little to help in reducing a game specie population where needed. For this reason, wildlife managers adjust rules for hunting according to what is necessary to control populations with serious consideration given to public and hunter safety.

This misguided coalition, called the Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting (MFBH), intend to strip the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) of all the tools that are needed to try to keep black bear numbers at desired levels. Baiting bears is the only tactic that even comes close providing MDIFW the means to keep bear populations at healthy levels and MFBH wants a referendum to ask voters to outlaw all forms of bear hunting, with the only exception being still hunting, or in this case it more accurately would resemble hide, seek and never find, which of course is the intent of the environmental extremists in the first place.

So, if these whackos are successful in shutting down bear management as we know it today, what are the odds that, first, a sufficient number of hunters will “spot and stalk” black bears? And, secondly, what are the odds of being successful at bagging a black bear?

Bear hunting is not nearly as popular a hunt as say deer or elk. Even in Maine, where black bear populations are at perhaps their highest ever, it is difficult to get hunters to take up bear hunting. It doesn’t take too many brains to understand that if you take away hunters’ tactics and reduce their odds to basically zero, nobody is going to want to spend the money for a license and bear tag. The result would be no bear hunters and no bear hunting. And as I’ve already said, this is the real agenda of these perverted groups like the Humane Society of the United States and the Wildlife Alliance of Maine.

What happens to the odds of a successful hunt if all that is left is still hunting? With still hunting, a hunter has to get close enough to a bear to get off a killing shot. Even though an experienced still hunter is very quiet, by human standards, they still make noise and are creating movement, both easily detected by a bear. In addition there is the sense of smell of a black bear. I doubt very seriously that any of these brain dead liars of the MFBH have any clue as to the sense of smell possessed by a black bear.

According to The American Bear Association, a black bear has a sense of smell 7 times greater than a bloodhound.

There is perhaps no other animal with a keener sense of smell. Bears rely on their sense of smell to locate mates, detect and avoid danger in the form of other bears and humans, identify cubs, and FIND FOOD. Although the region of the brain devoted to the sense of smell is average in size, the area of nasal mucous membrane in a bear’s head is one hundred times larger than in a human’s. This gives a bear a sense of smell that is 7 times greater than a bloodhound’s. In addition, they have an organ called a Jacobson’s organ, in the roof of the mouth, that further enhances their sense of smell.

To help put that in an enhanced perspective to better understand what that means, let’s look at what Wikipedia (yeah I know) has to say about a bloodhound’s sense of smell.

The Bloodhound’s physical characteristics account for its ability to follow a scent trail left several days in the past. Under optimal conditions, a Bloodhound can detect as few as one or two cells. The Bloodhound’s nasal chambers (where scents are identified) are larger than those of most other breeds. The number of olfactory receptor cells are 4 billion in a bloodhound, compared to just 5 million in a human and 100 million in a rabbit[42] The surface area of bloodhound olfactory epithelium is 59 sq.in. compared to human’s 1.55 sq.in. (10 sq.cm.)

Hunting conditions would have to be perfectly in favor of the “spot and stalk” bear hunter in order that that hunter would have even a remote opportunity to get close enough to even see a bear, let alone have a chance at a killing shot. (And again isn’t this the intent of the whackos?)

Maine’s black bear population is too big, by some people’s estimates. While the carrying capacity for bears may not be met or exceeded in many places, the fact that bears are seriously contributing to the demise of the whitetail deer herd, is problematic. I have been calling for an increase in bear harvest in order to reduce deer fawn mortality while the state tries to figure out how it is going to rebuild a dismal herd. If idiots take away MDIFW’s ability to do this, then the MFBH and all those who would vote in favor of this outright bear hunting ban, would be responsible for the further depletion of the whitetail deer and in some places in the state, threatening extirpation.

It should be understood that this proposed citizens’ initiative, due to come up for a vote in 2014, would seriously hamper the MDIFW’s ability to responsibly manage black bear populations. That, in and of itself, would be a real crime.

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Hearing Scheduled for Maine HSUS-Sponsored Anti Bear Hunting Bill

LD 1474, sponsored by Representative Denise Patricia Harlow (D-Portland) and supported by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), would mostly do away with the tactics of bear hunting and trapping in Maine that aid and assist in proper black bear management. LD 1474, if it were to pass, would:

*Ban bear trapping and bear hunting with dogs. Under the bill, government officials would only be allowed to trap or use dogs on “specific offending” bears or for scientific studies
*Ban using a leashed dog to track a wounded bear
*Place a permanent prohibition on hunting bears between January 1st and July 31st
*Reduce the bear bag limit from two to one bear for all hunters.

With a loss of these tools, an already overblown population of black bears, many of which are contributing to a whitetail deer herd going extinct in much of Maine, would balloon out of proportion and further exacerbate the problems, not to mention increased encounters between the bear and humans.

Not included in this bill is a ban on bear baiting. This bill is very unlikely to make it through the legislative process, in which HSUS has already promised they intend another citizens’ referendum in 2014 and in that proposal it will also include a ban on baiting.

George Smith, who was executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine in 2004 when the last bear referendum was defeated, is indicating he may support a move to pass LD 1474 in order to save bear baiting. One has to ask whether Smith has learned anything about these sort of things over the years. Does he really think if HSUS won LD 1474, they would quietly go away and never bother Maine again? Me thinks he’s been hanging out with the environmentalists too much.

The hearing on this bill will be held on Friday, May 10th, with the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Wildlife. The hearing is scheduled for 10 A.M. in Room 206 in the Cross Office Building in Augusta.

Please attend or contact members of the Joint Standing Committee. This bill should never make it out of the hearing alive.

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Dave Miller on Predator Workshop: “First Real Positive Efforts”

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and Gerry LaVigne, sponsor and put on Maine’s first Predator Control Workshop. Below is a summation of that workshop by David Miller, who attended the workshop and was a presenter for the function.

PREDATOR CONTROL WORKSHOP

On Saturday, September 29th, The Sportsman Alliance of Maine sponsored the first workshop addressing the need for and the methods required to control predators, which is one of several key factors causing the decline of the deer herds in the Western Mountains, Aroostook County, and Down East portions of Maine. The loss of these deer herds has resulted in a tremendous impact on the state’s rural economies. Deer hunting has for generations brought in millions of dollars annually to the state’s economy and been a welcomed addition of healthy meat to the family dinner table.

This work shop is one of the first real positive efforts to reverse the situation. The Maine sportsmen have not had much in the way of constructive support in stopping the downward spiral of the deer within the state. This workshop was the first big step in a statewide effort.

This day long work shop was the result of efforts by Dave Trahan of the SAM, Gerry Lavigne and the dedication and professionalism of the guest speakers and demonstrators from a cross section of well known “working outdoorsmen”, not the normal outdoor writers and politicians seen at many events like this. These keynote speakers were the hands on experts in their respective fields which included two MIF&W [Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife] personnel who addressed land owner relations and ethics, a firearms specialist who addressed firearms and ballistics commonly used in predator control work, and experts in their respective fields of predator calling, coyote hounding, coyote baiting/shooting shacks/and night hunting, and coyote trapping.

The SAM facility was packed with over one hundred concerned outdoorsmen who are fully supportive of efforts to reduce the predation of deer to a level where the herds will be able to recover. With the excellent results of this first step it is hopeful that this effort will continue at larger facilities across the state to stimulate the public in participating in these efforts.

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