June 17, 2019

Moose Socialism: More Special Interest Allotment of Moose Permits

It appears that where once there was a “lottery” to decide who gets a limited number of moose permits for the annual Maine moose hunt, it is now a process of doling out certain numbers of permits to a wide variety of special interest groups, all the while further screwing over the people and the process of “randomly” selecting recipients for a moose permit, some of whom have been waiting for decades.

Now it appears that if you are 65 years old and have accrued 30 Moose Lottery Points – another crooked process that benefits the wealthy and puts the screws to everyone else – you can automatically be awarded a moose permit when you apply. Theoretically that could use up all that is left (which isn’t much) of moose permits that haven’t already been handed out to crony, special interest groups already.

Nonresidents will, once again get the shaft, as the allotment of moose permits given to nonresidents will be cut from 10% to 8%. One would think that the extra 2% of moose permits would revert back to the general (fake) lottery, so Maine resident hunters can have a better chance to bag a moose. But, NO! Those 2% will be “sold” to hunting outfitters to “subsidize” the hunting outfitter industry – socialized moose hunting.

Another brain child of some wealthy hoarder of moose permits (also known as a crooked politician with the ability to bullshit his way through the Legislature with such perverted nonsense), proposed and it has passed, another bill that will provide kids 10 years of age to begin paying taxes to hunt moose but aren’t allowed to do so until they get old enough. The bill is typically worded with deception saying that a 10-year-old can begin “accruing points” so that when they are old enough to hunt, they think their chances of winning are going to be higher. In truth, it’s another way for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) to make money off a golden goose that is about to go extinct.

How many times have people and groups, such as the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, stood up to defend those brazen enough to dare claim that MDIFW and game management use game animals and their management practices to promote trophy hunting? And yet here we see an example of how, where once, after a little proper management, Maine was able to rebuild a seriously diminished moose herd to a point where it was decided that the herd could sustain a limited harvest. A lottery was devised and the process has gone to hell since that time, thanks mostly to ignorant and corrupt politicians looking to beef up their constituency as they look forward to reelection. Of course if you have been a beneficiary of the elitism and cronyism of the special interest groups, along with the subsidizing of your private enterprise, you think I’m an old spoil-sport, whiner.

Think what you will. But this is all truth. It’s a damned shame!

Those same people who are often chastised by the “hunting” community often say that all wildlife is for everyone. What a bunch of horse manure that has turned out to be. Hunters and license buyers pay the majority of the cost to “manage wildlife” so everyone can enjoy it, and generally speaking we don’t mind. Now, people like me and tens of thousands of other licensed outdoor sportsmen, are paying our share toward the system, to grow and maintain a moose herd, and the state’s socialists are seeing fit to take the rewards of that investment and doling it out to every special interest group in the state as well as helping to subsidize private businesses.

Every allotment of moose permits to any and all special interest groups and private enterprise, should be repealed immediately.

What B.S.

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Analysis of a News Release

By James Beers:

I just received the following news release from a knowledgeable and trustworthy friend in Washington, DC. I long ago lost all trust in the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) in DC; the National Wild Turkey Foundation and Trout Unlimited (TU). The Outdoor Writers Association of America is a sort of union of outdoor writers whose interests lie in sponsorship and payments for writing to outdoor writers and, sad to say, this goal lies today with political hidden agendas: therefore their interest in American values and their fellow citizens are akin to the West Coast Longshoremen’s Union’s membership and leadership’s concern for rural South Dakotans.

Titles like “Backcountry Hunters and Anglers” are purposeful misnomers on the scale of “People’s Republic of…” and “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”.. This info burst below could well have been written recently by some Russian newsperson about how a handful of brave Ukrainian freedom fighters have liberated much of their homeland recently against tremendous odds and despite all the military supplies and reinforcements that could be provided by Europe and the USA. Look no further in this propaganda masterpiece than all the references to hunting and fishing to be reserved for “athletes” that will eventually be unavailable to all as wildlife and fishery management thanks to these guys goes the way of Dodo birds; and the identification of the Democrat operative nowhere as a Democrat but rather as having worked for “Republican Legislators” much as all the anti-hunters I have listened to over the years that began their speech with “I am a hunter” or “I grew up hunting”.

Note the underlines below and you will recognize that quasi-religious nature worship that despises humans of certain types, similar to eugenicists and population controllers whose real motives and future plans must remain hidden until, like the 1939 Blitzkrieg into Poland, it is too late to resist.

Finally consider today’s political date: there is an upcoming Presidential Election that is already underway. First, these sorts of outfits will be grinding out national political publicity and environmental extremism disguised as news from the Montana (environmental holy land-like) backcountry in an orchestrated and quickly responsive way as the election process proceeds; and second, in case of a loss in the Presidential election, this “Backcountry seminary” will serve as a refuge for political hacks and ne’er-do-wells (as NWF and TU have each done often in the past) as either a roost until the political trumpet sounds the next campaign or until they can retire, whichever comes first.

Jim Beers
23 February 2015

The News Release:

Subject: BACKCOUNTRY HUNTERS AND ANGLERS: (This is a Democrat Party front group based in Missoula, MT with serious cash behind it.) – This underlined remark in parentheses is from my friend in Washington,,, Jim)

PUBLIC LANDS:

Backcountry sportsmen’s group beefs up policy, outreach team

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter

Published: Monday, February 23, 2015

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, a national sportsmen’s advocacy group based in Missoula, Mont., has hired two new staff members to strengthen its policy and communications work.

John Gale is the group’s new conservation director after serving nearly a decade at the National Wildlife Federation, where he supported sportsmen campaigns and public lands policy.

Katie McKalip is BHA’s new communications director after several years with the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, where she led media outreach and other communications work.

Both joined BHA’s national staff this month.

“John’s background and appetite for engagement in the policy arena combined with Katie’s expertise in communicating these issues to the media and sportsmen in general will be instrumental to our continued and increasing success,” Land Tawney, BHA’s executive director, said in a statement.

“They’re joining BHA at a pivotal moment, and I couldn’t be more excited to have them be part of our team.”

The hires come at a time of fast growth for BHA, a decade-old group whose membership numbers have doubled over the past 18 months, the group said. It had six staffers and ran on a $582,000 budget in 2013, according to its most recent filing to the IRS.

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BHA now has 13 staffers and is hiring a 14th, it said.

BHA works to preserve non-motorized access to backcountry hunting and fishing grounds and protect wildlife habitats from incompatible off-highway vehicle use and energy development. It has ramped up efforts to oppose bids for states to take over federal lands, which it argues would reduce access to quality wildlife habitat.

Gale, who hails from Idaho, cut his political teeth after high school working for Republicans in the Gem State Legislature. He later was a whitewater river guide and ranger while studying natural resources at the University of Idaho. Currently a resident of suburban Denver, Gale said he considers elk season “a spiritual time of the year.”

“The backcountry is where wildlife populations are healthiest,” he said in an interview. “If you’re willing to work for it, the rewards are tremendous.

It’s getting more difficult to experience solitude and get away from it all.”

Gale, who has served on BHA’s board, said the group appeals to a younger generation of hunters and anglers.

“We’re attracting backcountry athletes who invest more in their hiking boots than their beer bellies,” he said. “There’s an ecumenical set of hunters who want to go deeper into the forest. The hike in is worth the pack out.”

Gale spent the past couple of years directing NWF’s national sportsmen’s policy effort, organizing hunters and anglers as advocates in public lands and energy policy. Before joining NWF, Gale worked for three years at Trout Unlimited in Washington, D.C.

McKalip cited BHA’s work to protect Americans’ ownership and access to public lands, as well as the enthusiasm of its members.

“Communicating the importance of policy and legislative issues to rank-and-file sportsmen can be a challenging task at best,” McKalip said in a statement. “I’m eager to put my experience to work in support of BHA’s mission and in service of the millions of citizens who cherish the solitude, solace and physical challenges found in America’s backcountry.”

McKalip has worked with the board of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, where she previously directed communications. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary and a master’s degree from the University of Montana.

TRCP last month announced that it and more than a dozen other sporting and conservation groups — including BHA, the National Wild Turkey Federation and Trout Unlimited — were forming a grass-roots coalition of sportsmen to persuade lawmakers not to transfer federal lands to the states.

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Maine’s Moose Permit Allocation Proposals for 2014

The following charts were sent to me by a reader. In discussions that have been ongoing in Maine about the condition of the moose herd, some, including myself, wondered what, if any, adjustments would be made to next year’s allocation of moose permits.

Some in Maine have been stating that for at least the past 2 or 3 years, there are not as many moose that can be seen as some have come to expect, even though there doesn’t appear to be any noticeable indications of this in the 2013 moose harvest data.

For the 2013 moose hunting season, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) authorities issued a total of 4,110 moose permits, most of which were doled out by lottery drawing.

The proposal sent to me, suggests lowering the number of permits by 25 (twenty-five), so essentially no change in number of permits. The differences in permit allocation can be found in a decrease in moose permits for Wildlife Management Districts (WMD) 1, 2, 3 and bigger increases for WMD 7 and 9.

*Note: Due to the passage of LD738/S304, which became law by default because Governor LePage would not sign nor veto the legislation, 94/95 moose permits will be taken away from the proposed 4,085 because the law states that 10% of moose permit allocations above 3,140 will be sold to special interest groups, cheating Maine residents out of opportunity to bag a moose.

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Complaints of Maine Allotting Deer Permits to Special Interest Groups

George Smith today says fewer adult Maine resident deer hunters will have fewer chances at being drawn for an “Any-Deer Permit” because the Maine Legislature decided that 25% of those permits be set aside specifically for junior hunters.

According to Smith:

Twenty five percent of the any-deer permits currently go to landowners, 15 percent to nonresidents, and 2.5 percent to Superpack licensees. With the new requirement that 25 percent go to junior hunters, only a third of the permits will be available for resident adult hunters.

Not unlike the continued allocation of moose permits to special interest, why is Mr. Smith seemingly upset by this announcement and yet hasn’t said much about the announcement to take a percentage of moose permits away from Maine resident hunters and give them to another special interest group; one established mostly by a person’s ability to pay more money while subsidizing private business?

Here’s a damned novel idea! Being that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) states that the utilization of an “Any-Deer Permit” system is for the purpose of manipulating the deer populations within Wildlife Management Districts (WMD), then make the number of permits necessary to achieve the population management goals available to any licensed hunter….period. No special interest, nothing. PERIOD! Whether you are a senior, a junior, cross-eyed or bowl-legged; whether you hunt with a rifle, a pistol, black powder, or throw rocks, all licensed hunters should have the same odds of being drawn for an Any-Deer Permit as the next guy. PERIOD!

Next year I’m proposing special treatment for blue-eyed, overweight, gray-haired, crabby old men. We deserve a percentage of those permits…….right?

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Maine Now Offers Elitist, Privileged Moose Hunting Opportunities

Here I go again about to make more enemies within the hunting community. Due to Maine Governor Paul LePage’s failure to veto a very bad hunting bill, “An Act To Promote the Maine Economy and Support Maine’s Sporting Camp Tradition” went into effect on January 12, 2014. The governor did not sign the bill either. By default, it became law.

The bill began as LD738 and then was amended, actually replaced by S-304.

It creates a new moose hunting permit lottery system for hunting outfitters, who may sell or transfer the permits as part of an eating, lodging and hunting package. The permits made available for this lottery, if any, will come from 10% of the number of permits that exceed 3,140, which is the total number of moose hunting permits issued in 2010. Individuals hunting with permits issued under this system must hunt with a licensed Maine guide. Proceeds of the new lottery system will be allocated to youth conservation education programs under certain conditions and any remainder will be allocated to the Moose Research and Management Fund.

This is wrong on many levels. First, this action steals away from Maine residents, the same opportunity as anyone else to have the opportunity to hunt a moose. Whether it is one permit or 1,000, any number of permits that are allocated to specific special interest or those only with the ability to pay more money than anyone else, is wrong.

Second, this is nothing more than government subsidizing of private business. What makes it doubly worse is that it is the conservation-minded hunters’ tax dollars, from fees paid for licenses, that provides for the management of moose herds in the State of Maine. Is it right then that those tax payers have their moose hunting opportunities taken away from them for the purpose of subsidizing Maine guides and outfitters, who, according to the stipulations of the bill, provides for the sale of moose permits to wealthy “sports” who can afford them.

Third, there exists a number of people in Maine who have never had the opportunity to hunt moose. Some have tried every year since the moose hunt was reimplemented. Think now how these few will feel? Many hunters each season lament the problems with the moose lottery in that with its design, some have obtained several permits while others have never received one. These hunters have demanded changes to a more fair system.

Fourth, none of the money generated from these moose permits that will go to the privileged will do anything to enhance moose hunting in Maine. One might be able to argue that the increased revenues would be used to improve the moose herd and overall bettering moose hunting opportunities, but it’s not set up that way.

Singling out sporting camps and in addition singling out only those sporting camps that meet certain requirements, perhaps above beyond even the majority of camps and outfitters, is doubling down on commonality while promoting privilege and elitism in the hunting community. Are these moose now property of the king?

I am all for enhancing hunting opportunities when the science dictates those harvest requirements. But those opportunities must be made available to ALL those who buy a license to hunt. Setting aside advantages to targeted groups is wrong.

The bill is designed to take advantage of a growing number of moose permits being made available because of a robust moose population. Should the number of permits drop below the 3,140, no specialized and privileged moose permits would be available. However, this last moose season, moose permits totaled 4,100 or 960 more than the 3,140. No matter what kind of spin you want to put on this, that’s 96 moose opportunities taken away from the residents of Maine, some who have been trying since the very first moose lottery system to get a permit. This just isn’t right.

Governor LePage should have stiffened his spine and vetoed a very bad bill designed to enhance the privileged while doubling down on the regular hunters of the state, stealing away their deserving opportunities to hunt moose.

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John Deere May Be in the Hot Seat at Today’s Shareholder Meeting

From the National Center for Public Policy Research:

John Deere Executives Face Backlash for Helping to Brand Conservatives as Racist

International Farming Giant Criticized for Kowtowing to Tiny Leftist Pressure Group

Shareholder Activist to Ask “What’s Next?”

Moline, IL/Washington, DC – Today at the annual meeting of John Deere shareholders in Moline, Illinois, a representative of the National Center for Public Policy Research plans to ask Deere CEO Samuel Allen why his company caved in to a tiny left-wing pressure group when the leftists demanded that Deere stop working with a respected, 40-year-old national organization of conservative state legislators.

Deere caved in to Color of Change after Color of Change demanded Deere stop working with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) because ALEC, like more than 70 percent of the American people, supported voter ID.

John Deere had been working with ALEC’s Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force when Deere Senior Vice President and General Counsel James R. Jenkins sent a letter to Color of Change announcing Deere was leaving ALEC.

“Color of Change is a tiny organization co-founded by ‘9/11 truther’ and admitted communist Van Jones. It operates as a race bully for the organized left as they collect online petitions and threaten to run commercials in black community media against targeted corporations,” said National Center Free Enterprise Project Director Justin Danhof, Esq. “John Deere is a Fortune 500 company. It is incomprehensible that this multinational corporation would capitulate to a tiny group that trades on race and accepts donations through a retail mailbox store in Oakland, California.”

Color of Change primarily objected to ALEC’s work on state-level voter ID measures aimed at curbing voter fraud, and falsely and maliciously claimed these safeguards are racist to target businesses that fund ALEC. The Color of Change website charged that “These companies have helped pass discriminatory voter ID legislation by funding a right wing policy group called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC’s voter ID laws are undemocratic, unjust and part of a longstanding right wing agenda to weaken the Black vote.” Using this racial rhetoric, Color of Change managed to intimidate John Deere and many other corporations into dropping their ALEC memberships, despite the fact that the racism charge is ludicrous.

“The U.S. Supreme Court declared that state-level voter ID laws are constitutional in 2008, and a majority of Americans support such laws,” said Danhof. “In fact, a comprehensive Washington Post poll found that 74 percent of Americans support voter ID laws – including a majority of Republicans, Democrats, independents, Hispanics and African Americans. It appears Color of Change’s true agenda is to demonize free-market advocates and defund their causes. In vociferously opposing voter identification laws, they have themselves become enablers of voter fraud just like the Brennan Center for Justice and the NAACP,” said Danhof.

In response to John Deere and others dropping their memberships, ALEC stopped working on voter ID measures, but the National Center for Public Policy Research announced a Voter Identification Task Force in part to pick up the slack.

National Center Chairman Amy Ridenour explained at the time: “Corporate CEOs who cower in the face of liberal boycott threats need to understand that the left never gives up… If these corporations do not reverse course and immediately grow enough of a backbone to say no when the left tells them what to do, conservatives may as well consider them part of the organized left. It doesn’t matter if corporate executives have free-market sentiments hidden deep inside them if they continually surrender to the left’s Trotskyite strategy of making relentless demand after demand in public.”

In less than a year, the National Center has become a leading national voice for common-sense voter integrity laws. In fact, today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a pivotal voting rights case on the same day as the John Deere shareholder meeting. The National Center’s Project 21 black leadership network submitted an amicus curiae brief that asks the Court to treat all states and localities fairly and equally under the Voting Rights Act.

“In the end, John Deere’s true sin was not just dropping support for ALEC, but in lending corporate clout to race-hustlers and helping them to further demonize those who want to protect law-abiding citizens of all races from having their votes stolen. I hope that Deere’s leadership will see the error of its ways and rejoin ALEC, because – even though it no longer works on voter integrity – ALEC’s work toward free-market reforms is still badly needed in these times of burdensome government regulations and increased taxes.”

A copy of Justin Danhof’s question at the shareholder meeting, as prepared for delivery, can be found here.

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