December 14, 2019

Maine IFW Website Now Has Game Harvest Data Published

I have written in recent past of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s (MDIFW) appearing to have scrubbed of a lot of hunting, fishing and trapping information from their website. At the time of the first writing, I wrote: “Perhaps MDIFW has released their new website a bit prematurely in hopes of tying in all their previous pages of information in time.”

Evidently, that has been part of the scenario taking place. Just today, I returned to the MDIFW website and found links to harvest data for game animals. This is good news. I doubt that the revamping of the website will be a reason to think harvest data will be published in a more timely manner.

However, and there are a few, finding that data isn’t an easy task due to poor navigation. Landing on the “Home Page,” one can see a typical menu bar near the top of the page. One of those menu titles is “Hunting and Trapping,” where one might expect to find harvest data.

If you hover your cursor over the drop-down menu, the options include, Hunting Rules & Laws, Trapping Rules & Laws, Licenses & Permits, Safety Course, Accessing Private Land, Wildlife Management Areas, Opportunities for People With Disabilities, Commercial Shooting Area, and Safety Tips. There is no headline to find “Harvest Information” and there should be.

If you click on the menu icon in that menu bar and scroll down the landing page, eventually you will find a link to game harvest information.

The good news is, there is now some of the information that was on the old website available once again on the new site. However, there are still some pages that I have links to that the links are no good and I can’t find the data.

Maybe in time.

 

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Just a Random Thought

I understand the need or want of media outlets trying to find ways of making money. Nobody wants to buy their crap newspapers. Thinking that the change is the age of electronics and not the crap content of their news items, most media outlets have begun putting more effort into monetizing their websites. The result is that readers must spend the first 1 or 2 minutes, in some cases more, waiting for advertisements, most forced upon the reader, to load making it impossible to read. Combine this with the fact that anytime a user clicks their mouse or scrolls, a pop-up, pop-under, or new page of advertisement loads – sometimes multiple page, readers are stuck in some kind of cyber maze with no way out except to cancel the entire browser page. How is there profit in this?

When I first began a news oriented website, one of the first things I learned was that readers have short attention spans combined with zero patience waiting for pages to load. Did that disappear? Why do advertisers waste their money on these sites? Surely their return on investment has to be poor, at best.

For me, I am fed up. I’m almost at a point of never visiting or creating links to a lot of website because I don’t want to be associated with the bombardment of ads, the majority of which I have no control over.

Therefore, I am going to begin, at least for the most egregious of the offenders, to state the name of the site where something of potential interest exists, and let the reader decide if they want to spend the time and effort to read something that is probably fake anyways.

I once believed that for me to post a “teaser” and a link to a website where the entire content could be found, was doing the owner of that other site a favor. Perhaps I was and still am but if my readers get frustrated by following the links I provide, in the long run they will associate my site with that crap.

I have never loaded down my website with ads and try very hard to make sure that any videos I may post have to be activated by the reader. I refuse to force my readers to have to wait while unwanted advertisements load.

At present I pay for everything for this website out of pocket. I have no paid advertisers and will not do so. I am repeatedly turning down requests to run ads on my website. I know it costs me money but I feel that it is more important to educate readers than take advantage of them for profit. When the day comes that I am forced to do as the big guns in media are, I’ll quit. However, I doubt seriously that it will come to that because Internet censorship will be here soon, at even a grander scale than at present, I will be long gone by then.

So, I hope readers enjoy that they can come to this website and quickly and cleanly navigate the site and find information that is valuable to them.

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U.S. Senate Webpage Wrong on 2A

According to an article found on Breitbart, the U.S. Senate website, on information about the U.S. Bill of Rights, specifically the Second Amendment, has it all wrong; probably at least 5 years out of date.

The page in question, found here, says:

Whether this provision protects the individual’s right to own firearms or whether it deals only with the collective right of the people to arm and maintain a militia has long been debated.

And as the author points out, the District of Columbia v. Heller, Supreme Court case, resolved the question of individual vs. collective and McDonald v. City of Chicago, Supreme Court case, reaffirmed that ruling.

Hmmm! Must be sequestration preventing updating of the website.

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New Website Serves All Sportsmen

(Columbus) – To help and educate all hunters, anglers, trappers, recreational shooters, and persons with an interest in the great outdoors and conservation, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance has launched “The Sportsmen’s Daily”—a new website covering all things outdoors. The new site focuses on issues and news around the nation and is updated frequently.

The site focuses on legislative issues insight and reports which sportsmen and women nationwide expect from the USSA. The site also includes information on USSA collaborative projects and programs (such as Trailblazer and Families Afield), and features cutting-edge news in the shooting sports and angling industries.

Visitors can also search the website for blogs that provide perspectives on Protecting What’s Right, and insider views on where legislation is—or could be headed—in the nation’s and states’ capitals. From time to time the website features special deals on gear and keen insight from the pro staff and manufacturers who comprise the important USSA Outdoor Business Council.

But it also includes many useful features to help you enter the field. An interactive map will take visitors to active and current weather reports, game laws, and regional information. Short videos will entertain and educate visitors on a wide variety of outdoors topics. The new website also provides a quick link to sign up for the USSA’s popular Sentry program and makes getting involved with USSA watchdog efforts easier.

“The Sportsmen’s Daily” offers a searchable database where you can determine what has been happening in your state. The popular “Eye-on-the Antis” articles continue to expose the methods and tactics of radical anti-hunting and anti-trapping groups.

The best news is that The Sportsmen’s Daily can be delivered to your computer each morning much like the newspapers of yesteryear landed on your door step. Use your mouse to make this your home page and to help you make accurate decisions on what action to take—or what to pursue that day.

Take a tour at www.ussportsmen.org.

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