August 3, 2015

Blaming Numbers of Deer on Lyme Tick Increase is Dishonest

An online news article states that Vermont now leads the nation in reported cases of Lyme disease. The same report blames this on an “overabundant deer population.” The same report claims that the ideal deer per square mile, in order to “control” ticks, would be 20 per square mile. Other than a few isolated areas, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont don’t have that many deer.

We understand that deer are a source of a “last blood meal” for the ticks’ survival and perpetuation, it is not the only source. Surely, reducing actual “overabundance” of deer populations would contribute to the reduction in tick prevalence and thus Lyme disease infection rates, it appears as though, with information being given that shows low density deer populations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, the deer is becoming a convenient scapegoat. Perhaps there are other agendas at work here.

If the intent is to reduce the prevalence of Lyme disease, how about providing some honesty in scientific research.

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Maine’s Bear Hunting Season Approaching. Biologists Have Yet to Post Last Year’s Harvest Data

According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) website, bear hunting season begins in just about a month and hunters can begin setting out their baits on August 1. I would imagine excitement is building and plans are being made. HOWEVER….

I wonder if hunters actually care about the effort that is supposed to go into compiling data and crafting a report for bear hunting, as well as deer and moose? Does anyone else bitch, moan and complain that it’s been nearly ONE YEAR and the Department has failed to make available last year’s bear hunting harvest data?

Getting any data from MDIFW is like looking for hens’ teeth, so essentially when there is nothing to review and compare except one annual harvest report, it is important to have that information. Some of us want to know the effects of the bear, deer and moose harvest. We just are not getting this information in any kind of timely manner.

We live in an age of instant information and yet, as we progress through this age, it certainly appears that MDIFW is headed in the other direction. I would like to know why. Are biologists so busy counting bats, bees and piping plovers they are not allotting time to compile harvest data? Maybe MDIFW believes they deserve a pass on this one because they worked so hard last year fighting the environmentalist freaks who want to end bear hunting?

Many things happen when there are failures like this. One thing is that sportsmen become suspicious. When sportsmen become suspicious they think terrible things and soon begin talking terrible things. Of course this does not bode well for the Department and in particular the head biologists from each game department. And let’s not forget the commissioner.

Another issue is that while the negative talk is going on, writers, like myself and serious hunters and “watch dogs” do not have the data to make comparisons in order to form opinions as to direction the managers are going in taking care of bears, deer and moose to protect our investments.

The reality of it is, the only explanation there is for the failure to do the job is that they have failed to do their job. I don’t want to hear about lack of funds. That’s BS. The department is scurrying around writing reports so they can be held hostage to the Federals at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and obtain grant monies to keep biologists counting bees and bats, as well as pay salaries and retirement benefits. If they have time to pimp for prostituted money, certainly they should be making time to compile a report and get it out to Maine citizens.

MDIFW can look so great at times, like they did during the bear referendum, and then appear as incompetent slobs when it takes a year to post a harvest report.

I think MDIFW and the leadership there, need to take a deep breath for a minute and once again try to realize where their money comes from. It makes little sense to me that the majority of their means of making a living comes from license buyers and yet their actions appear to be focused on taking care of the environmentalists, some of whom are offering extortion money in order to play on their playing field. Perhaps the paying sportsmen are being taken advantage of?

This is a recipe for failure and a looming disaster that all sportsmen should not be supportive of.

Totalitarian Nurses Against Guns

Recently the State of Maine passed legislation that did away with the requirement of submission to the State and the payment of another tax in order to carry a concealed weapon. Mental midgets, programmed to live in fear, while controlling all others and stealing their right to choose, are in a state of panic telling others we are all going to die.

One such example of this can be found in a recent opinion piece found in the Bangor Daily News, written by three totalitarian nurses who believe it is their job and responsibility to force others to live the lifestyle they want and believing their murderous ways should go overlooked.

The nurses, as members of some nurses association, state what their totalitarian association advocates for you and I: “to participate in the development … [and] implementation of policies that protect patient health and safety … and establish a culture of safety.” Who died and left these idiots in charge? This is a clear example of power going to the heads of people who think it’s their right and duty to dictate to me their wants. What happened to the days when it was a nurse’s job to “nurse?” A nurse once was someone trained to care for the sick and infirm. Today, evidently that job is to intrude into the rights of human beings to live the way they choose, and that includes the right to self-protection.

The entire opinion piece is opinion, supported by fake statistics and data that is all nothing more than balderdash and biased, outcome-based studies containing lie after lie. However, I would like to point out one more thing that needs to be brought to light, although the majority of people will not agree with me.

The article states: “guns kill 30,000 people and injure 60,000 each year.” Perhaps the nurses should also include how many people they and their medical field kill each year due to malpractice and neglect, along with the slaughtering of people by administering chemicals and drugs designed to kill people.

According to information made available on NPR, the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services, reports that as many as 180,000 people die each year at the hands of piss poor doctors and nurses. Shocking? That number is for MEDICARE PATIENTS ONLY! A more recent study by the Journal of Patient Safety says that number is more than likely around 210,000 to 440,000.

Perhaps these nurses should turn their attention toward improving their own profession. Certainly they kill far more people than any guns do, and all under the guise of “protect[ing] health and safety.” I still retain the right to tell the doctors and nurses to keep their murdering ways to themselves. I choose not to partake of their witchcraft and voodoo ways. At the same time I want to be able to choose how, when and where I can protect myself and my family when I FEEL THE NEED, not when some nurse deems it so while at the wheel of a murdering system called Health Care.

Poll: Sportsmen Support New Clean Water Protections

*Editor’s Note* – For those who understand that polls are nonsense and meaningless, designed for outcome-based results to support agendas, this information in the below news article is pure BS.

The survey, conducted by the National Wildlife Federation, polled 1,000 registered voters across the political spectrum who identify as hunters, anglers or both. More than four-fifths of them supported the revised Act.

Source: Poll: Sportsmen Support New Clean Water Protections | Maine Public Broadcasting

Maine Sportsmen, Retailers, and Business Leaders Join Forces on Hunting Economics Agenda

AUGUSTA, Maine, July 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A group of local and regional leaders representing sporting organizations, small businesses and retailers announced a new partnership called Hunting Works For Maine today. The group formed to highlight the many benefits of hunting and shooting to Maine’s economy, noting that sportsmen and women are crucial drivers of in-state commerce. Speakers at the press conference pledged a more unified voice in support of Maine’s hunting and shooting heritage through this new partnership.

Source: Maine Sportsmen, Retailers, and Business Leaders Join Forces on Hunting Economics Agenda – Yahoo News

Outdoors: Luck of the draw for Maine moose hunters 

Unless you get a coveted lottery permit, moose hunting is largely a rich man’s sport. To bring home a 60-inch Alaska-Yukon moose rack will cost about $20,000 or more. That’s why the recent Maine auction for permits brought such high sealed bids and local hunters flock to Newfoundland, where the most affordable hunts can still be booked.

Ten lucky Maine winners spent between $11,000 and $13,000 for the privilege, while contributing $122,000 earmarked for scholarships (why wasn’t that money used for wildlife habitat acquisition and improvement or wildlife management?).

Source: Outdoors: Luck of the draw for Maine moose hunters – Sports – telegram.com – Worcester, MA

Reminder: Deadline to Apply for the Any-Deer Permit Lottery is Approaching

Press Release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife:

Hello-
Just a quick reminder that the deadline to apply for the 2015 Any-Deer Permit Lottery is quickly approaching!

Paper applications must be submitted in person or by mail no later than 5 P.M. on July 27, 2015. Applications will be accepted online until 11:59 p.m. on August 17, 2015. To apply online, visit www.mefishwildlife.com

It is free to apply for the any-deer permit lottery. The drawing will be held on September 9, 2015 and results will be posted on the Department’s website.

The department uses the any-deer permit system to manage the white-tailed deer population in the state. By controlling the harvest of female deer in the 29 regional wildlife management districts throughout the state, biologists can manage population trends.

A total of 28,770 any-deer permits will be issued in 15 of the state’s 29 wildlife management districts. This is a decrease from last year when there were 37,185 permits available to hunters. The permit allocation is: 7,196 for landowners; 7,196 for juniors; and 398 for Superpack holders and 13,980 for all other hunters.

This past winter was of above-average severity in some parts of the state, which may have resulted in increased winter mortality rates for our over-wintering deer. Therefore, IFW wildlife biologists have recommended decreasing the number of any-deer permits in much of the state.

The 15 wildlife management districts where any-deer (antlerless) permits will be issued are 3, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 and 29. This year, permits have been allocated to districts 3, 6, 14, and 18 as biological data collected and field observations by staff suggest that these WMD’s have experienced population growth.

Deer hunting season (firearms) begins with Youth Deer Hunting Day on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Youth may take a buck statewide or an antlerless deer only in the wildlife management districts where any-deer permits will be issued this fall.

This year, Maine Residents Only Day is on Saturday, October 31, 2015, and regular firearms season for deer runs November 2 through November 28, 2015.

For more information, visit www.mefishwildlife.com

More than half of Maine counties are at high risk for Lyme

Lyme disease has tightened its grasp on the Northeast and Midwest, with a dramatic rise in the number of counties considered at high risk, a new government study finds.

The number of Northeast counties where the risk of Lyme disease is at least twice the national average skyrocketed from 43 in 1993-1997 to 182 in 2008-2012, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. That’s an alarming jump of 323 percent.

In Maine, more than half of all counties are at high risk for the disease, spread by the bite of the eight-legged deer tick.

Source: More than half of Maine counties are at high risk for Lyme | Vital Signs

Maine’s Moose Population Cut in Half?

*Editor’s Note* – Estimates are there are between 60,000 and 70,000 moose in Maine. A Maine biologists once told the Joint Standing Committee that her estimate was 90,000 moose. We have linked to below a Maine Guide who says “confidently” that the moose population is “down about half.” I don’t know by what number this person is using in making the claim of a population reduction of half.

However, whether it is 90,000 or 60,000 to 70,000, half any of those numbers, in my opinion, is more realistic as to where the moose population in Maine ought to be. If this reduction exists in those numbers, then perhaps we will begin to see healthier moose due to a reduction also of the dreaded, deadly and tortuous winter tick.

“We are easily,and I say this confidently, we are down about half our moose population, Lambert said.

Source: Maine moose facing uptick in parasitic predator | Local News – WMTW Home

Anti-Park Group Sends Letter Asking Quimby Family to Drop Idea 

*Editor’s Comment* – If you kick a dog enough times, eventually the dog will turn on you.

“Despite all your efforts and expenditures, the people of Medway and East Millinocket have now joined the Millinocket Town Council in resoundingly rejecting your plan for a national park,” the open letter continues. “The opposition in these towns is even more striking given the economic devastation the region has experienced with the demise of Great Northern Paper. Yet, as much as the Katahdin Region desperately needs investment and new jobs, the people in the towns that would be most impacted by your plans have told you ‘no.’ ”

Source: Anti-Park Group Sends Letter Asking Quimby Family to Drop Idea | Maine Public Broadcasting