November 29, 2021

Cut hunting permits 24 percent so public sees more Maine moose, plan urges

*Editor’s Note* – I can hear the nonsensical comments from the environmentalist-trained game managers that they must manage wildlife according to social demands. I think in the circles I grew up in and the research that I conduct on a daily basis, the effect is called communism. It was the Roman writer Marcus Tullius Cicero who wrote after the fall of the Roman Republic, which was replaced by the Roman Empire, that: “The evil was not in bread and circuses, per se, but in the willingness of the people to sell their rights as free men for full bellies and the excitement of the games which would serve to distract them from the other human hungers which bread and circuses can never appease.”

I guess we are supposed to ignore the schizophrenic actions and reactions of moose managers from the past 4 or 5 years who one day tell Maine citizens there’s at least 90,000 moose, to they’ve all died from winter ticks, and now a population of 60,000 to 70,000 and the head moose biologist is, “so giddy about” the number of moose he is seeing in his aerial surveys.

Some thought that the head moose biologist’s decision to cut moose permits over concern of a dwindling moose population was a hasty move. I’m not sure I would describe it as much hasty as I would wrong. I would have gone in the opposite direction in order to reduce the numbers of moose to mitigate the infestation of winter ticks – evidently the number one killer of Maine moose. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) insists on grasping desperately to global warming as the answer and perhaps they shouldn’t be.

If MDIFW believe in global warming, which that seems to be their number one excuse for everything, then why react in the way they are because they believe last winter the weather was harsh enough to kill off a few ticks and suddenly the herd is healthy again? Surely, global warming will return (in their minds?) and along with it will be more winter ticks – according to their own conclusions as to why there are so many ticks.

Evidently, we are to ignore any scientific evidence as it might pertain to decisions made on how moose should be managed. We read in the article linked to below, that MDIFW is proposing a reduction of moose permits for the upcoming moose hunting season in order to provide more moose for viewing opportunities so that, “We can meet our objectives.” And MDIFW admits, as they always have, that this decision is based solely on “management” reasons [social demands] and is not scientific.

If wildlife viewing is becoming such an important central government decision to feed and entertain the servitude with “bread and circuses” then perhaps it is time to give the Motherland what she wants. Maine sportsmen spend millions of dollars each year that is meant to go toward wildlife/game management. As the pot boils and slowly kills the frog, few recognize that soon those valuable “hunting opportunities” will be replaced with the “bread and circuses” of “wildlife viewing.” Those demanding the entertainment don’t understand that managing game at numbers high enough to see from their cushy SUV’s and tour buses is seldom healthy and responsible for neither man nor beast. Evidently MDIFW doesn’t understand that either and/or are driven by totalitarian influences and out of fear of losing their handsome pensions they must appease the environmentalist gODs.

Maine is in the middle of a moose study – the reasons given because they don’t know enough about moose to understand what causes the changes in moose populations etc. If that’s true, then the study is a waste of time and money. What’s the point of collecting scientific evidence if it is to be trumped by pacifying the environmental-socialists by giving them their bread and circuses?

So why the reduction in permits?

“We want to meet our objective (for what the public wants as far as viewing). So it’s for management reasons rather than biological,” she said.

Source: Cut hunting permits 24 percent so public sees more Maine moose, plan urges – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram


Moose Hunter Wearing “Falsies”




Moose Hunting: A Blast From the Past

*Editor’s Note* – A friend of mine sent me the following information which I thought interesting and worth of posting here. I hope you enjoy it.

Big Smoosa – a long, long time ago.




Just Imagine….




Moose hunter v national parks: federal overreach case headed to supreme court

In a remote corner of the wild north, just south of the Arctic Circle, an Alaskan moose hunter and the national park service have set the stage for a legal battle now headed to the US supreme court.

What started nine years ago as a debate over whether a hovercraft (a water vessel that rides on a cushion of air) is the same as a boat (which rides on a hull in the water) has turned into a monster legal battle that has raised questions – and hackles – about state sovereignty and federal overreach.

Source: Moose hunter v national parks: federal overreach case headed to supreme court | US news | The Guardian


Tallies from hunting show that deer, bear and turkeys are doing well in N.H. – moose, not so much

…although it may seem counterintuitive, hunting seasons are one of the best ways to determine the size and health of wild animal populations. A popular hunting season can send thousands – tens of thousands in the case of deer season – into the woods looking for specific species.

Because hunters must register their kills for major game animals such as deer, bear, turkey and moose at stations, their season provides data about age, weight and general health of individuals and sex ratios of populations. For example, samples taken at deer check-stations let biologists know that chronic wasting disease, often called the deer version of mad cow disease, has not shown up in New Hampshire.

Source: Tallies from hunting show that deer, bear and turkeys are doing well in N.H. – moose, not so much | Concord Monitor



Traditional Hunting Practices Replaced With “Everyone’s a Participant” Mentality

I never thought the day would come when I would become a cantankerous old bastard, but here it is I guess. What’s the world coming to…except a rapid end?

Growing up in Maine and being a part of a deer hunting family, the goal was to bag the big buck. Second to that was to hear about someone who did and, yes, see if your buck was bigger than there buck. It was a healthy competition as most competitions are. But that has all changed, it seems. (Note: Without counting and measuring the big one, there will never be any stories to embellish and pass down. What’s the point in living?)

Yesterday, I discovered a news article where the writer, evidently on “assignment” from his boss, seeks to find out, “Why are people so interested in big deer?” If you are of the generation that I grew up with, you might ask, “Are you kidding me?” If you’re of the younger generation, probably you will ask, “Yeah, what the heck does anybody care about big deer or big bear or HOW MANY DEER OR BEAR WERE TAKEN THIS SEASON? I “participated.” Isn’t that enough?

I guess living in an age where everyone gets a “trophy” the idea of being in any kind of competition for biggest deer, biggest bear, biggest moose, seems, well, unfair to some. Everybody is a winner, right?

To continue my harp on the subject of why the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) fails miserably in making available game animal’s harvest data, without discovering a better explanation, perhaps the reason is rooted in the same new age nonsense of “everybody’s a wiener.” (not a typo) Maybe MDIFW is afraid of offending someone if they published in newspapers, on a timely and regular basis, harvest information. Maybe they fear promoting competition among sportsmen and sportswomen. GASP!


Here is an example of the State of Michigan reporting deer harvest numbers as the days progress throughout the deer hunting season. It seems they are not afraid of offending somebody and perhaps they might even understand that deer hunters want to know how many and how big.

Pennsylvania is telling their people how many bears were taken on the first day of bear hunting season. But wait! What does Pennsylvania think it’s doing also letting people know how big the biggest bear tagged, so far, is? That might offend somebody.


Yup, things they are a changing. When it is normal that a news editor would assign someone to discover what the fascination is about big dear, or any large-game animal, what future is there for the sport? And as is pointed out in the above photograph, “Do ya think the anti-hunting, anti-trophy folks got a hand in this?”




NH Moose Hunt: So What’s the Plan?

*Editor’s Note* – In this press release from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, it says that 105 moose permits were issued for this year’s moose hunt out of 9,500 applicants.

Looking at the additional information provided, we see that the first moose hunt, in 1988, allotted 75 permits when the state estimated there were 1,600 moose. Today that estimate is 4,000 moose, with 105 permits allotted. Moose numbers have increased about 250% in that time while permits have increased around 70%.

One might wonder why so few permits for 4,000 moose. I would imagine there is a myriad of excuses but one question I have, which is the same question I’ve had for Maine, is if the fish and wildlife departments are trying to grow too many moose? I don’t attribute tick increase and moose mortality to global warming. I attribute it to too many moose.

I think it is time for all departments to reconsider their moose population goals. Stop fussing over whether or not people want to “view” more moose and do what’s best for a healthy moose herd.

The moose hunt has been an annual event in New Hampshire for more than twenty years. The state’s first modern-day moose hunt took place in 1988, with 75 permits issued in the North Country.  At that time, New Hampshire was home to about 1,600 moose. Today, New Hampshire has about 4,000 moose.

Source: NH Moose Hunt Is October 17-25, 2015


One Successful Maine Moose Hunt

I’ve received a report from the field from one family of moose hunters. While not the “trophy” they had visions of dancing in their heads for the past few weeks, as always, an adventure of a lifetime.





It was also reported that the drive from where the moose was killed to the “highway” was a “torturous” 300+ miles over dirt roads.

As the moose hunter wrote, “…we have excellent table fare.” And that should never be forgotten.

Thanks for sharing and congratulations!


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 – – Worcester, MA


Bethel to Host Maine Moose Lottery Festival June 12-14

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

The 2015 Moose Permit Drawing will take place on Saturday, June 13 as part of the Bethel Maine Moose Festival. The weekend-long event is highlighted by the moose lottery drawing at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Bethel Common, when the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will announce the names of those drawn for one of the 2,740 moose hunting permits.

On Friday evening, June 12, the Moose Festival gets started with a qualifying round of the Maine Moose Calling Championship at Gould Academy’s Bingham Auditorium. Maine’s nationally touring alt-country rock band, The Mallett Brothers, will also perform that night at The Bethel Inn Resort.

In addition to the moose permit lottery on Saturday, June 13, the schedule for the day also includes the finals of the Moose Calling Championship, appearances from the cast of North Woods Law, kids’ activities, hunting- and fishing-related demonstrations, the L.L. Bean Bootmobile, an ATV safety course, raffles and vendors, including guides, outdoor products, non-profits, crafts and food. After the lottery, Team Zespy will show off their exhibition shooting skills.

Sunday’s events include Youth Field Day at the UMaine 4-H Camp & Learning Center in Bryant Pond and a golf tournament at The Bethel Inn Resort to benefit camp scholarships.

For those prospective moose hunters who can’t make it to the lottery drawing, the names of permit winners will be posted on the Department’s website starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Visit to access the list once it has been posted.

For more information on moose hunting in Maine, visit

To see the complete schedule of events for the 2015 Moose Lottery Festival, go to