February 5, 2023

Maine’s Constitutional Amendment to Hunt and Fish Given a Thumbs Down

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According to George Smith’s article in the Bangor Daily News, the Maine Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee for Inland Fisheries and Wildlife turned their noses up at a proposed constitutional amendment sold as something that would guarantee Maine residents a right to hunt and fish. The biggest reasons, as expressed in the article, is that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW), who said they were neither for nor against the amendment while showing their disdain for it, might hinder their ability to carry out their management practices. One might ask if that was necessarily a bad thing. The other issue seemed to be that some lawmakers were afraid that if the initiative went to the voters and was rejected it would cast a negative image on MDIFW and sportsmen.

No really! That’s what is written. Check this out. “Rep. Bob Duchesne, the House chair of the IFW Committee, stated that the majority of the committee agrees that we do have the right to hunt and fish. But he also expressed… that voters might reject the amendment which would have a seriously negative impact.”

Here is an organization that seems to go out of its way to keep important information from sportsmen, pissing a lot of us off, and they are worried about whether allowing the people of Maine to make a decision on a constitutional amendment might have negative effects? Whatever! Buy the emperor some new clothes!

It doesn’t really matter. It’s probably a good thing this proposal is dead in the water. One has to ask whether it would have been worth the time, effort and expense to push this amendment when you consider the amendment didn’t go far enough to guarantee anything. Like just about all legislation, it would be worthless and crafted in such a way that lawyers would have a field day with it.

And besides, isn’t this proposed amendment coming about a decade or two too late? Somebody has been sleeping.

The entire effort reminds me of the Biblical parable of the ten virgins. Ten virgins were told to go and wait for the bridegroom to return. Five took lamps with oil in them and five took lamps with no oil. When the bridegroom returned, five virgins lit their lamps and followed him while the other five were lost and left behind. I’ll let you figure out who had the oil.

I suggested a constitutional amendment for Maine at least ten years ago. As a matter of fact, I also posed such a question to Maine’s gubernatorial candidates in 2006. Two of the three candidates supported an amendment or would support it if the people desired one. But, there was no mention of negative embarrassments if such a proposal failed before the voters. Where are we headed anyway? Perhaps back then, if lamps had been trimmed and ready for action, an amendment might have been more easily accepted.

As time wears on, the activity of hunting, trapping, and fishing is falling by the wayside being overtaken by the movements of Environmentalists. Environmentalism, a disease that has deliberately been spread throughout the nation to upend the time-proven heritage and science of wildlife management according to the North American Model of Wildlife Management, and replaced with non-consumptive, Romance Scientism, has infiltrated every aspect at every level of wildlife management. Because of this, there are few left who see what is happening and the reception of such things as constitutional amendments to guarantee the right to hunt, trap, and fish is, in and of itself, negative.

This infiltration is seen within the proposed amendment itself – a proposal that guarantees no more than the propaganda that MDIFW lists on their website as a mission statement.

From this point on, any effort to even suggest a constitutional amendment would be nothing more than a waste of time. Chaulk another up for the animal rights/environmentalists. They are winning the battle one small step at a time while the rest of us dither.

The day rapidly approaches when someone might ask, “Didn’t there used to be hunting in Maine?”