August 22, 2019

Maine: New Law One Step Closer to All-Out Ban on Wildlife Feeding

LD 1818, a bill that is supported (and written by) the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW), gives authority to the commissioner of MDIFW to limit and/or stop the feeding of deer, bear, moose, and wild turkey, if the commissioner “has reason to believe that the type or location of feed may create a public safety hazard or may have a detrimental effect on deer, bear, moose and wild turkey…”

Hiding behind the threat of Chronic Wasting Disease, LD 1818, goes too far, in my opinion, in granting authority to the commissioner to exercise personal judgement based on their own perspective (a weighted measure) to limit or stop wildlife feeding. LD 1818 was presented as an emergency measure. Unfortunately, the idea of giving the commissioner authority to stop feeding wildlife outside of the presence of Chronic Wasting Disease, does not meet any standards of necessary emergency ruling. This one got away from the legislators…or did it?

It is no secret that the MDIFW has fought against the feeding of wildlife, particularly deer. This newly enacted bill now gives authority to the commissioner to do just that based on the commissioner’s perspective of what constitutes a “public safety hazard.”

Playing around with laws and authority in hopes of preventing or limiting the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease is one thing, but giving a commissioner pretty much Carte Blanche authority to make such determinations exceeds the boundaries of democratic checks and balances as well as a call for “emergency” establishment of law.

Commissioners come and commissioners go and with each successive commissioner, they bring with them political agendas and ideology that may be out of step with the wishes of the majority.

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Deer Baiting Should Be Used Like Bear Baiting

George Smith in the Bangor Daily News, posted testimony from Rep. Paul Stearns arguing in favor of a bill that would allow for deer baiting. It appears not many people are in favor of such.

Stearns gives several reasons baiting of deer should be allowed, the most of which I disagree with. I have voiced opinion in the past that it seems ridiculous that it is legal to grow a crop specifically for deer to eat and then, while you can’t directly hunt “over” that crop you can hunt “near” it.

Maine allows for baiting of bear. The reason is that it is believed that baiting bear increases the success rate of harvesting a bear. This, at the current bear management strategy, is a desirable thing as the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) has too many bears and management wants numbers reduced. This should be understandable but that is not always the case.

Does Maine have too many deer? Not by a long shot. However, there are some places in Maine that do have far too many deer. Many of these places do not get hunted and in some cases won’t get hunted for various reasons. It would seem that in such cases, allowing baiting of deer, to draw them to a shooting zone, would be an appropriate use of the tactic. Isn’t this what so-called “sharp shooters” do when hired to cull deer?

It makes sense that if the MDIFW retains as a management tool the authority to allow bear baiting, then shouldn’t they also retain the authority to allow deer baiting, or any other species, when the demands of responsible control and management of a species is necessary?

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SAM’s Red Flag Gun Control “Compromise” is a BIG FASCIST JOKE!

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (SAM) should be embarrassed and SAM members should be angry that this organization worked on and apparently is supporting an LD 1811 “compromise” red flag, anti-Second Amendment, anti-Due Process proposed bill.

It is a constant battle in attempts to protect, as much as is actually possible within a rigged system that treats the Federal and State constitutions as pieces of toilet paper, the rights and freedoms we have left (very few if any). Despite the truth that law makers, at both the Federal and State level pay no attention to a constitution, falsely believed by most as written for them, groups/organizations like the SAM, NRA, etc. think they are doing somebody a favor by working on and rewriting a “compromise” gun control and anti-right to due process bill fantastically thought to be something of value.

It just blows my mind that a fascist-style government proposes to take away freedoms enjoyed by many people and groups like SAM, NRA, etc. rush in with a “compromise” as though that is satisfactory. Either a right should be protected or not. Giving it away one compromise at a time has a very bad ending. Can’t people see this? Evidently not.

When did such ignorant people begin thinking compromising our rights away was a good thing. Stupid is as stupid does.

If people actually support the Second Amendment, why do they willing work to “compromise” it away? If people actually support a person’s right to due process of the law, why then do they willingly work to “compromise” it away? Is that ALL that is left of one’s perceived value of these things? Evidently there is no value left to rights and freedom regardless as to whether such rights and freedoms are unalienable or meted out by a fascist government and supported by totalitarian members of our society such as the SAM, NRA, GOMA, etc.

The intent of LD 1811, regardless of what people attempt to tell you, is about doing just exactly what idiot President Donald Trump (who hates guns and gun owners until he needs their votes) said after the Florida school shooting, that we should go take away the guns that belong to anyone “WE” THINK might be “dangerous” and then worry about Due Process later. Heil, mein Fuhrer!

Well, welcome LD 1811. It’s intent is to give some uneducated “medical practitioner” full power to decide whether any person brought before them by “law enforcement” (that is the same law enforcement who gun down unarmed people and are justified for their actions) might pose a threat to themselves or other people.

It appears that SAM’s compromise is to demand that a person is given back their right to due process within 14 days…as though somehow this is what was intended by due process?

Note: I began watching a video that SAM put on their Farcebook (right word) page. I could only stomach it up to the point where Trahan said that this “group” (together in the video) brought in a lawyer to make sure that everything they did would not disrupt a person’s right to due process. If anyone in this group, represented by SAM, NRA, and GOMA, and the lawyer they hired, believes that the work they did on LD 1811 is not a disruption of one’s right to due process, one has to wonder from whence they received their brainwashing. It is obvious the brainwashing is well-entrenched.

But unseen and perhaps blindly ignorant of, is the fact that within this 14 days, the “court” must decide whether the “evidence” given them is reason enough to behead a man or let him go and return his confiscated weapons. Tell me that you really don’t believe that a rush to “judgement” by any “court” would render a proper decision and in most cases the judge will simply rule that a person is guilty until proven innocent, i.e. that, like the 14 days, no person is entitled to protection under the piece of crap CONstitution because some “medical practitioner” and lazy judge have taken it upon themselves to be gOD. No court wants to become responsible for anyone who now has been brought before the public and accused of being a nut job – defined as someone who might be a threat to themselves and/or others. It then becomes easier to simply say a full hearing must be heard and in the meantime this accused person has had their rights taken from them (life destroyed)…all in the name of saving the world from deranged mass murderers, which can’t be done anyway.

Talk about a very bad precedent that can trickle down to every aspect of our lives; an act that men have died for believing it was the backbone of the “freedom” they were giving their life for – innocent until proven guilty and due process. WHAT ARE WE DOING? Hasn’t it become obvious that the CONstitution, including the Bill of Rights, was not written for or intended for you and I. All governments, protected by their constitutions, only mete out freedoms as it becomes in the governments best interest.

Nothing is perfect in this crazy upside down world we have created. No law can stop the insanity this society has created. Living in a world where once we enjoyed seemingly countless freedoms and granting a person innocent until proven guilty, sometimes caused troubles. It’s not perfect. Taking away those freedoms only amounts to fascist rule and oppression. This approach has never worked throughout history, and yet, here we are with well-intentioned people willingly ceding their freedoms and believing they are doing the right thing.

And now, groups like SAM, and most of the really stupid, non thinking public, can’t see their own destruction by “compromising” any rights they once thought they had away and flushing them, willingly, down the toilet drain.

Regardless of any and all other window dressing that might be applied in this fascist “compromise” bill, the proposal should be an embarrassment to the name of SAM being attached to it and said to have eagerly participated in.

It appears too late for SAM to back out of this and so, I would hope that regardless of the Legislatures’ vote on this bill, members of SAM (unless they are blinded by their own ignorance) should demand the resignation of David Trahan (executive director of SAM) and any member of the Board of Directors who actively worked on this bill and/or support it. The same should be demanded from the NRA and Gun Owners of Maine.

If the majority membership of SAM believes this bill is a good thing, then SAM is no friend of sportsmen who own and use guns, and is absolutely no friend of anyone wishing to retain their right to the due process of law.

Fascist countries are those who operate exactly as this “compromise” bill is suggesting – strong arm the public and worry about whether a person any longer has a right to the “old-fashioned” due process.

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Maine’s So-Called “Red Flag” Gun Bill Proposals

On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, Maine’s Legislative Subcommittee, Criminal Justice and Public Safety, will discuss 5 so-called “red flag” gun control bills. Here they are, including my comments, with links so readers can go read the proposals instead of listening to the B.S. always associated with controversial law proposals.

LD 379 – An act to protect children by requiring the safe storage of loaded firearms.

As will all bill proposals the title often is misleading or leaves out tons of important information. This proposal is of no exception.

It’s a terrible bill and will do very little, if anything, to protect a child. The proposal, as written, should be an embarrassment to whoever is responsible for crafting it. It includes all of these very gray areas that leave decisions about determining whether a person is in violation of law up to someone’s perspective and whether or not it can be “perceived” to perhaps cause a safety issue.

For example, it reads that a person is guilty of unsafe storage of a firearm if: “The person knows or REASONABLY SHOULD KNOW that a child is LIKELY to gain access to the loaded firearm without the permission…..” (emphasis added)

The majority of the bill is utter nonsense that does nothing to protect children and everything to UNREASONABLY prohibit the exercise of a person’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

The only part of this bill that should perhaps be considered is punishment for any adult who stupidly leaves a loaded gun laying around unattended.

LD 533 – An act to eliminate the statutory duty to retreat and affirm the right of self defense.

Such a bill proposal would not be necessary if there was actually a constitutional right or a natural right to self defense. States that have similar laws, sometimes called “castle doctrines” have all sorts of trouble with this law, mainly because, once again, the courts evidently can’t or don’t want to make a determination from evidence obtained whether a person was justified in killing or causing bodily harm to someone attacking, threatening, etc.

LD 810 – An act that would require background checks for all private firearm sales or transfers except family members.

Another bill that is of utter nonsense. This is a blatant and 100% disregard of a person’s right to keep and bear arms and a right to buy and sell one’s property as they see fit. Any person who owns a firearm should be able to sell that firearm to anyone they wish. What a person does with a firearm after purchasing that firearm, is not the responsibility of the seller.

This requirement will do absolutely nothing to stop anyone wishing to commit a violent crime. There are laws against committing violent crimes and those laws do nothing to stop a criminal or a person with criminal intent. Add this proposal to all the others that are nothing more than a total disregard and in disrespect of the Second Amendment and a person’s unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

LD 1099 – An act to reduce suicides and violent crimes by requiring a 72-hour waiting period after the sale of a firearm.

No where in the Second Amendment or for any other “right” guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, is there a 72-hour waiting period in order to exercise that right. Such a requirement does not reduce suicides or prevent violent crimes. This is nothing more than totalitarians forcing their desired way of life onto others.

LD 1569 – An act to prohibit untraceable and undetectable firearms.

LD 1569 is hogwash!! In the proposal it states that the Legislature determines that untraceable and undetectable firearms pose a “danger to the residents of the state.” The question should be, in what way are they a danger? Guns don’t and never have been responsible for killing anyone or causing them harm. There is ALWAYS somebody on the other end of a gun that does the act. That person, if their intent is to harm or kill someone, is a mentally deranged person – made that way by a perverse, immoral society. What are we doing about that? Oh, I thought so.

Banning guns that do not contain a traceable serial number and/or are made from a material that cannot be detected by metal detectors does nothing to alter the mental deficiency of anyone bent on killing or harming other people.

This proposal will only enhance the already unlawful act of firearm registration.

There are a couple of comments I wish to add to this entire slate of totalitarian gun proposals. The first is that there has never been any discussion or bill proposals that would address why a person or group of persons are of the mindset to harm other people. This will never happen because it would interfere with the immoral, decadent lifestyles these totalitarians want to live. They like it and don’t want to lose it.

Secondly, in some of these proposals there are exceptions to the prohibition of gun rights handed out to licensed firearm dealers and law enforcement personnel, including some private security guards. I want to know why the legislators think that law enforcement personnel and licensed gun dealers are above committing violent crimes against the citizenry? We know cops will gun down innocent people all in the line of duty. Should we then, if we want to be a society that measures and restricts every act of freedom and liberty, be giving carte blanche to law enforcement and licensed gun dealers who are equally susceptible to carrying out violent crimes as the next person?

I am shocked at the ignorance on display in the written words of these gun control bills. It is a reflection of the poor and manipulated “education” (brainwashing) taking place in our institutions and within society as a whole. All that is left is doom. We happily dig our own graves.

Hang on!

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Maine Conservation Bond Issue: Stop Whining For Crying Out Loud

There is a proposal in the Maine Legislature to issue a bond to buy land for conservation. This proposal (only a proposal) is LD911. If this proposal passes the Legislature (two-thirds of BOTH Houses) it will then go before the VOTERS in the following November general election. There is nothing new here. This is the legislative procedure for ALL bond issuance elections.

Because there are whiners who hate hunting, trapping, and fishing, they take issue with this bond claiming it usurps local control, along with bitching and complaining that hunters and trappers are the most vocal groups in the state and always get what they want, blah, blah, blah.

The writer of the piece linked to above claims that the wording of the proposed bond issue is deliberately misleading the public by not telling voters that if the Land For Maine’s Future buys land to protect and conserve, the land will have to be open to the public for all access, including hunting, trapping, fishing.

The wording of the proposed bond issue (which can be changed during the Legislative debate process) is as follows: “Do you favor a $95,000,000 bond issue to invest in state parks and historic sites, land conservation, water access, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation opportunities, including hunting and fishing, farmlands and working waterfronts to be matched by at least $75,000,000 in private and public contributions?” (emboldening added)

It’s not as though the emboldened words were not included in the bond proposal. However, any whiner could object to this bond being used “unfairly” for state parks, historic sites, water access and any other State of Maine requirement stated in law. Sometimes we have to be grownups and deal with such things as sharing the land and not opening it up to preferred ideological uses.

I fail to see how there is any attempt at concealing from the public that public money used to buy public lands is open to hunting, trapping, and fishing…along with a myriad of other uses (no complaints about that?)

There is a process in place and the issuance of bonds is no new thing. Nothing is hidden, and in this case, LD 911 is rightly available for any voter to read…all the “fine print” that to the writer of the commentary seems to be misleading or hiding information from the public.

Or maybe the writer is hoping all readers will just believe his words and not bother to go read the entire proposal (It takes about 10 minutes if you are slow reader like me.)

Because, if you go read the proposed bond wording you’ll discover such things as, “Hunting, fishing, trapping and public access may not be prohibited on land acquired with bond proceeds, except to the extent of applicable state, local or federal laws, rules and regulations…” (emboldening added)

Oh, oops! Seems that local governments do have rights and some control as it may pertain to “dodging bullets.” But, there is no more local control than a voter going to the polls and actually casting a ballot that would, as a democratic collective, decide whether any purchase of public land MIGHT negatively affect them. You love your democracy, now live with it!

State law requires that when, through Land for Maine’s Future purchases, certain percentages of that money and purchase must be used for such things as protecting working waterfronts, protecting farmland, and public access to water, among others. The writer also forgot to tell his readers that in this particular bond issue the state MUST give preferential treatment to the purchase of deer wintering habitat to protect deer. Listening to the writer one would think that this money was only going to be used so hunters can kill more deer.

Like with any election and voting process, the onus of knowing what you are voting on should fall into the lap of the voter. As I said, nothing is completely hidden and anyone who actually cares will read the “fine print” and make their decisions on that and not on some anti-hunting activist.

Now that you have heard the truth of the issue and have been given a link to the bond proposal to read, you now have to decide whether it is a good thing to give the state more land to control, thus controlling you, while removing that land from the tax rolls and placing a larger burden of taxes on you the voter.

Think about that one for awhile.

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SAM’s Compromise Gun Bill That Isn’t a Compromise That is a Compromise

Nonsense is coming from David Trahan in a notice sent to Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine members that although he is working on a compromise to a proposed “Red Flag” gun control bill that will determine whether somebody ought to be denied access to guns because of someone else’s perspectives on their behavior, he is not compromising our rights given in the Second Amendment. The bill is question is LD 1312.

In his notice sent to members, Trahan says that he has been working with Governor Mills administration to “…determine whether there was a way we could improve Maine law to better identify individuals in crisis and honor our individual liberties as it relates to due process and the constitution.”

Perhaps the best way to “improve” Maine’s law in regards to making a determination as to whether a person is in “crisis” is to stop pretending to act like a god. Whether a person is in “crisis” becomes a value-weighted determination based upon somebody’s perception determined by perverted, post-normal societal values. What could possibly go wrong. When somebody, living in La La Land thinks that a “LAW” can be created or amended that would “honor our individual liberties”, etc, reveals the ignorance of what freedom is all about. Any LAW is a direct restriction on any and all freedoms and cannot coexist with thoughts of “honoring” individual liberties.

Trahan somehow finds comfort to know other false gun rights groups have joined in the discussion to further restrict and water down gun rights.

Trahan assures members his efforts at a “compromise” is not a compromise to a “Red Flag Law.” What’s the difference. Anyone wishing to compromise any portion of the Second Amendment is not a friend of the rights of any individual.

The executive director of SAM is asking members to trust him: “…that your leaders are protecting firearm owner’s rights and your best interests,” and that when he is finished with his compromise that isn’t a compromise, “Maine people will be pleased.”

I have little confidence that he or any others working to compromise my gun rights away are looking out for my best interest. To think that any person or group of persons can equitably determine whether another person is in “crisis” and do it in any fashion that is within the scope of a person’s rights, not just gun rights, is unrealistic and fanciful thinking. It is, perhaps, the greatest tragedy of a person’s rights when others, equipped with political and personal ideologies, attempts to determine the condition in which another person is capable of exercising rights or should be removed from the normal activities of society.

Who in the hell do we think we have become?

Is it that we now believe that employing the evils of democracy we can, while instituting our own twisted, post-normal societal values, determine the fate of others while claiming we are protecting our rights?

Geez!

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The Socialist State Driven By Criminal Politicians – Dirty Dealings Within Maine’s Moose/Deer Permitting System

On April 30, 2019, President Donald Trump, through Executive Proclamation, declared, “Loyalty Day, 2019.” In that farcical proclamation the president stated: “We also remember those who have protected our values, and we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.” It is your choice to continue to bury your head in the sand in denial that the United States Corporation “will never be a socialist country.” It is a socialist state and has been for a very long time. Perhaps the degree to which it exists is deepening as we speak, eventually reaching a point of no return and a destination of which few will even be aware of.

Part of what drives this spiraling downward toward oppressive socialism is the actions of criminal politicians, which essentially entails every last stinking one of them. There are many, many, examples of how this works. I am going to give you just one example and then you can attempt to extrapolate this illustration to fit nearly every act of a criminal government and those who perpetuate it.

The State of Maine runs a lottery each year to hunt moose. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) has other lotteries as well, including a lottery for the allocation of “Any-Deer Permits.”

There is money involved, of course, in this entire process which opens it up to corruption. In the example of the permits handed out for deer hunting, the majority of all those permits (this past deer hunting season there were nearly 85,000 permits issued) went to special interest groups. The criminal enterprise of the government politicians comes into play when a special interest group lobbies a crooked politician to take a piece of a pie – a pie once intended to be equally accessible by all taxpayers – and get special treatment to support and enable their wants and desires. The number of people effected by this immoral act of partisanship directly translates into votes for the politician, along with money payouts, that benefit the politician. So, what else is new…right?

The moose lottery is a bit different but utilizing the same crooked actions. In this case, moose permits, of which there are far fewer than for deer, are given out according to who has the most money and persistence to game the system. There are far fewer moose permits than for deer and thus the value increases exponentially, which in turn drives the corruption. In addition to the unfair lottery system used to decide who gets a permit, crooked politicians and special interest groups have lobbied the Maine Legislature to get a piece of the moose pie.

Hiding behind a socialist bit of totalitarian nonsense, someone convinced the Legislature that a certain number of moose permits should be given over to the “lodging and outfitters” (wink-wink) because their business sucks and they need the government to prop them up. If you don’t understand what this means, maybe I can help you. It means, a crooked politician or a group of them (in this case the Maine Legislature) uses the authority they have garnered to promote the socialism (oppression and more need for government assistance which spells job security for the politician) of a simple moose lottery to pay off, indirectly, potential voters and any reaping the rewards of a greased hand through financial support for campaigns and other sinister actions.

It’s easy to hide behind lies about how the “extra” (wink-wink) money will go into funds to pay for moose management, etc. but the fact remains, even if it is hidden by the crooked politicians as best they can, that any permit, whether deer or moose, that is given (even sold) to a special interest group, places the average Joe Citizen at a direct disadvantage (more oppression) when it comes to obtaining a permit of which they have paid their share in taxes to support and, once again, nothing to show for it.

Because politics cannot exist without corruption, the best method of sustaining their existence is through corrupt actions driven by socialistic behavior (funding failing businesses) such as giving preferential treatment to one group of businesses or people over another.

This is wrong on every level but because of the corrupt system of government that we willfully support, wrong on every level will continue unabated.

And these same clowns can’t understand why interest in applying for a chance to win is shrinking.

On a related note: Here is an example of the Maine Government lending a “hand” to “help out” those businesses of guiding and outfitting that struggle. A moose permit bought and paid for, thanks to the crooked Legislature, for, I think $1,500, is now for sale to anyone willing to pay $25,000.

Drinks are on me!

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Too Many Bears, Too Little Effort, Too Much Fear

Rome may be burning to the ground and those charged with the authority to stop it dither and doddle. Maine is swimming in bears and even though the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) expresses their “concerns” over a bear population that needs to be reduced, one effort that would have given the commission of the MDIFW authority to make adjustments to bear hunting, trapping seasons, and bag limits, was set aside until next year’s legislative session. I wonder if these clowns on the left and clowns on the right will feel any guilt when someone gets killed by a hungry bear?

Not likely, you might say. And last evening I glimpsed a video someone took while riding up the chair lift at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. On the ski trail that ran under their lift, a mother bear and her two cubs meandered about the packed trail, I suppose fresh out of hibernation and looking for a quick meal. Anyone interested in testing that hypothesis? I didn’t think so.

Perhaps it’s time for education courses on how to “Look Big” in case you are attacked by a hungry bear. And now we must add to that instruction now to “Look Big” while schussing down the ski trails. What next?

According to George Smith, Maine outdoor writer, discussion on the proposed bill that would have given the commissioner authority to manipulate seasons and bag limits, was lengthy but ended in tabling any decisions until next year.

MDIFW’s new commissioner said, “…the agency is concerned about the growing population of bears, and their goal would be to stabilize that population.” We can only assume that means it’s time to do something besides talk about it…or maybe not. If there is “concern” does that mean the bear population hasn’t risen to levels that threaten public safety…like bears running around the middle of a ski resort?

And here’s the chicken, environmentalist answer to the problem when Maine Rep. John Martin said, “…if the committee gave the department this authority, including the possibility that bear trapping would be expanded, it would provoke another ballot measure to ban bear trapping.”

With comments such as this one, I have to ask myself a few questions and I hope you do too. I want to know if members of the Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife are there to do the bidding for the environmentalists and their cohort animal rights activists? I also want to know if there is more value put on the threatening of lawsuits than on the welfare of a human life? There is no intelligent thought that remains anymore.

By now any politician, voter, or commissioner of the MDIFW should know and understand that because they exist is reason enough for radical animal rights groups and environmentalists to bring a lawsuit in order to force the rest of us to cave in and follow their perverse lifestyle. Here we see members of the Committee giving them what they want and it’s cheaper than a lawsuit or another referendum vote. It is for reasons of comments such as this one that the MDIFW has resorted to making wildlife management decisions based on social demands…which include the threat of lawsuits.

In the meantime, what are we to tell the families of those who get injured or killed from marauding bears, driven by hunger and emboldened by loss of fear of humans? Sorry, but we were afraid of a lawsuit from environmentalists. It’s not my fault.

Now the Maine Legislature must concern themselves with lawsuits from families of injured and dead members due to malpractice and negligence. I suppose that’s better than pissing off an environmentalist who wants to stop the world from doing most things the rest of us enjoy doing. It’s no wonder interest in hunting, fishing, and trapping is dwindling away to nothing.

Maybe it’s time that these mostly useless politicians made decisions based on science (not scientism), or social demands and threats of lawsuits, and did what was RIGHT for a change. And while they are at it, how about making those RIGHT decisions based upon something other than the demands of guides and outfitters.

There is little hope.

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Progress On Maine Bear Bill LD1118

WildWatchMaine (WWM), an obviously dishonest “animal advocate” organization that opposes any hunting, trapping, and fishing legislation, is once again appealing for your MONEY to fight LD1118, a proposed bill that would give the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) commissioner authority to manipulate bear hunting/trapping seasons as those adjustments become necessary (in the opinion of the commissioner) to meet management goals.

This is how WWM worded their appeal for money: “This is the bill we OPPOSE for many reasons, not the least of which is that it would EXTEND THE BEAR TRAPPING SEASON…to nearly 20 weeks.”

This is NOT what LD1118 would do if it should pass the Maine Legislature. LD1118 says, “The commissioner shall by rule establish a bear trapping season beginning no earlier than August 1st and ending no later than December 15th annually.”

Conveniently, and dishonestly in my opinion, left out of the WWM’s appeal for MONEY is the Part A and Part B of the bill proposal: “A. The commissioner may shorten the open season on bear trapping in any part of the State as long as: (1) The demarcation of the areas with a shortened season follows recognizable physical boundaries such as rivers and railroad rights-of-way; and
(2) The decision is made and published prior to February 1st of any year.
B. The commissioner may terminate the open season on bear trapping at any time in any part of the State if, in the commissioner’s opinion, an immediate emergency action is necessary due to adverse weather conditions or severe hunting or trapping pressure.”

Don’t be fooled by dishonest anti-hunting groups who are, first and foremost, after your MONEY, and secondly, whose only intention is to stop hunting and trapping. This bill DOES NOT lengthen the season on bear for hunting or trapping. What it does do is give authority to the MDIFW Commissioner to adjust the length of those seasons pursuant to the needs of established management goals.

Also don’t be fooled by this bill proposal in that this bill gives the authority to the commissioner to shut down all bear hunting, baiting, trapping, etc. at the discretion of that commissioner. Hmmmm!

It is vitally important to understand who and how we are being screwed over by Environmental groups and government. Support or oppose this bill as you wish but understand the truth before you do.

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Maine Bill Proposal Would Provide Authority to Commissioner to Manipulate Bear Hunting/Trapping Seasons and Bag Limits

Maine bill proposal LD 1118 is a provision that grants authority to the commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife power to set and manipulate bear hunting and trapping seasons according to the management needs Wildlife Management Districts (WMD). Contrary to the misleading information being spread around by some anti-hunting groups, LD 1118 is NOT a bill that necessarily lengthens a bear season nor does it necessarily increase the seasonal bag limit.

According to the WildWatch Maine FARCEbook page, they are misleading their readers by presenting information contained in this bill proposal that simply is not necessarily true. The information is being presented as though this bill establishes a bear hunting season that begins August 1st and ends December 31st. The actual bill proposal amendment reads: “The commissioner shall by rule establish a bear hunting season beginning no earlier than August 1st and ending no later than December 15th annually.” Nothing more…nothing less. This simply authorizes the MDIFW commissioner flexibility to be able to adjust seasons according to management needs established under the reigning commissioner’s administration – whatever those needs might be perceived as.

Absent from the hunting haters’ misrepresentation is that this new authority given the commissioner also hands over the power to control how, if, and when bait can be used for bear hunting. This authority provides the commissioner the means to end bear baiting. Think about that for a moment.

About the only thing the group relayed that was completely accurate is that the license fees for bear hunting would be reduced.

Some might automatically assume that hunters would be eager to support this bill proposal. Not necessarily. I personally think that the MDIFW should make changes to all hunting, trapping, and fishing rules and regulations as they become necessary for the proper scientific management and control of all game species. I am not keen on handing over a blank, signed check of authority to any commissioner. This may be giving this unelected official too much power and control over the legislative mandate to provide a harvestable resource.

It has always been my bone of contention that use of the term “opportunity” when it comes to hunting, trapping, and fishing is not much for giving anyone any sort of real assurance that there will ever be sufficient game to hunt or fish. It merely provides “opportunity.”

With power given to the MDIFW commissioner, in the wrong hands harvest may become a thing of the past with emphasis put more on opportunity.

Before you support or reject LD 1118, please take 10 minutes out of your life to read the proposal and try to think beyond the moment and consider possibilities and potential abuses that might happen. Remember also, you and I did NOT vote for the commissioner. Do you want that position to have that much power?

Maybe, or maybe not!

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