April 30, 2016

How Many Biologists Does It Take to Count to 20,000?

Evidently a whole bunch of them and taking a long, long time. I suppose the biolo”jests” are very busy pawing through outcome-based survey results and getting advice from members of the Humane Society of the United States, while hiding deer harvest information, so they can figure out how to make Maine deer hunters think they are […]

Maine Deer Harvest Dismal – Why Are Sportsmen Happy With Management

Over the weekend I received a Maine map that showed the deer harvest for the 2015 Maine deer hunting season. As I write this morning, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) has not posted the harvest data on their website for public viewing. The deer harvest was a dismal 20,348. The chart […]

Hunters Sometimes Might Be Stupid and Lazy

Very early on in my writing career, I was told by veteran writers never to talk badly about your reading audience. That is probably true. However, if my reading audience doesn’t change their ways at certain things, I won’t have an audience left. So, here goes! If you believe that collecting data on harvested deer […]

How Long Does it Take to Count 22,490 Dead, Registered Deer?

I’ll go out on a limb here, but mind you I’m quite conservative, unbrave and often resort to just laughter, and say that 99% of Maine deer hunters are pretty much only interested in how many deer get tagged each deer season. All deer that are shot and handled legally, are tagged at a volunteer […]

Maine Deer Harvest Slightly Above Abysmal

Press Release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife: Deer harvest second highest in the past six years AUGUSTA, Maine – Deer hunters in Maine harvested 22,490 deer in 2014, the second-highest total in the past six years. “Hunters had an unusual year with heavy snow hitting much of the state on opening […]

Quality Deer Management Association Ranks Pennsylvania Deer Harvest High

In the meantime, the Quality Deer Management Association recently released its 2015 Whitetail Report, which is based on 2013-14 season numbers. There are 37 states that provide data to QDMA for its annual report. Basically, it’s every state but those in the West. For Pennsylvania, the non-profit organization uses data submitted by the PA Game […]

Percentage of Maine’s “Big Bucks” Continues to Decline

Below is s copy of a chart that is created each year by a good friend of mine. Since 1999 it shows the annual deer harvest, as provided by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The chart makes several comparisons, as you can see. Once the deer harvest numbers are official, this chart […]

But, What About Predators?

Here we go! Whining and complaining about how whitetail deer harvests in many “deer hunting” states continues to drop. Complain and complain, have meetings and do some more complaining and yet? Not one stinking word spoken about predators. Not one. If I keep saying the same thing over and over and over, maybe the problem […]

Finally, Maine Releases 2013 Deer Harvest Data

It won’t be long now before hunters in Maine will begin getting prepared for the 2014 white-tailed deer hunting season and to help get you “pumped up” the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has released the deer harvest results for the 1947 2013 deer hunting season. What’s the hold up on the bear […]

Maine’s Number One Game Animal Getting No Attention

Below is a graphic that shows the length of time it has taken the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) to release deer harvest data to the public over the past nine years. This includes this year, of which the harvest data has not been released as of this posting. The graphic was […]