October 17, 2021

“Spot and Stalk” Bear Hunting as a Management Tool

I have to keep asking myself what in the hell is “spot and stalk.” I guess even the sissies who think animals think, feel and have rights like humans, have co opted even terminology of hunting methods carried down throughout hunting history in order to reinvent and put pretty pink lipstick on a pig.

I assume “spot and stalk” is some wuss’ devised locution meaning to “still hunt.” “Still hunting” is a term that’s been used for generations to describe when a hunter actually sneaks through the woods in search of his or her game. It is often the choice of hunters not adept at sitting on their behinds for hours on end and better desire to take up the challenge of outwitting the crafty instincts of a seasoned game animal.

Regardless, the same sissies and wusses, want to do away with all forms of hunting bears with the exception of their momma’s boy game of spot and stalk. The liars are saying all forms of hunting bears, with the exception of spot and stalk are unnecessary for black bear population management but don’t pay any attention to those trying to find ways of keeping an exploding bear population in check before they kill off all the deer and moose.

If you are willing to accept even what the biologists at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) are saying that all methods are necessary to keep the number of bears in check, then consider how effective a “spot and stalk” bear campaign will be to curb bear population growth.

According to the Bangor Daily News, a bear has been spotted numerous times in people’s back yards, etc. in the town of Newport, Maine. The reporter says, “but Newport police and Maine game wardens were unable to find the bear.” If Maine wardens and the local police are unable to find one bear, how many hunters employing the namby-pamby “spot and stalk” are going to be able to find and kill a bear? Have any of these idiots ever considered why baiting and running bears with dogs is still used as a tool to manage the black hairy pig-like creatures?

It’s easy to share with uninformed people of all the places that have outlawed baiting and hounding bears with dogs that don’t have any bears, or enough to even matter. The states that still allow baiting actually have black bears and it is a recognized necessity to control bear populations.

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HSUS Trolling for Idiots With New Anti Bear Referendum

The crooked, radical and misleading Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) (not to be confused with your local humane society in which HSUS gives no money), along with another fringe, lying, group called Wildlife Alliance of Maine, are collecting signatures in the beginning process of establishing a citizens’ referendum come November of 2014. The coalition is called the Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting. They need 57,000 signatures and intend to get 80,000. When these crooks come asking for your signature, tell them no.

Maine has a very serious deer management problem and a record number of bears are part of the problem. Bears kill new deer fawns in the spring and early summer. Too many bears are killing too many deer. The only way this can be stopped, in order to save a deer herd, and the herd does need saving, is to kill bears and kill bears in whatever fashion is needed to accomplish the task of population management.

Should a referendum to end baiting, trapping and hounding for bears pass, there will virtually be no more bear harvesting. The result will, more than likely, be a huge bear population, an extinct deer herd and increased human/bear encounters, among other ecosystem problems.

HSUS and Wildlife Alliance of Maine are lying and misleading the public when they say baiting, hounding and trapping are not needed to manage the bear population.

While such citizen initiatives are a legal part of the governing process, this is the second time groups have tried to end bear hunting. This is a complete waste of time and resources. The money and human effort could be much better spent with actual wildlife management and enhancement of habitat.

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Maine Sen. Mazurek Will Sponsor HSUS’ Anti Bear Hunting Bill

Two weeks ago I reported that the Humane Society of the United States, was looking for someone in the Maine Legislature willing to sponsor their ridiculous anti bear hunting and trapping bill. It appears they have found their marionette in Maine Senator Edward Mazurek, D-Rockland.

The Sun Journal report is mostly a copy and paste effort from the Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) website, so it fails to present any other opinion, position, or facts from people who have them. HSUS does not!

This bill should NEVER make it out of committee. We will see just where the Legislature, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the governor stand on this. Ironic in a way that MDIFW and the Legislature tend to tip-toe around scared to death of offending someone or causing some insane animal rights con artists, like HSUS, to file a lawsuit like the one in 2004. And what do we have? Not a lawsuit but what good did tip-toeing do except send out a red flag that Maine is weak on game management.

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Dave Miller on Predator Workshop: “First Real Positive Efforts”

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and Gerry LaVigne, sponsor and put on Maine’s first Predator Control Workshop. Below is a summation of that workshop by David Miller, who attended the workshop and was a presenter for the function.

PREDATOR CONTROL WORKSHOP

On Saturday, September 29th, The Sportsman Alliance of Maine sponsored the first workshop addressing the need for and the methods required to control predators, which is one of several key factors causing the decline of the deer herds in the Western Mountains, Aroostook County, and Down East portions of Maine. The loss of these deer herds has resulted in a tremendous impact on the state’s rural economies. Deer hunting has for generations brought in millions of dollars annually to the state’s economy and been a welcomed addition of healthy meat to the family dinner table.

This work shop is one of the first real positive efforts to reverse the situation. The Maine sportsmen have not had much in the way of constructive support in stopping the downward spiral of the deer within the state. This workshop was the first big step in a statewide effort.

This day long work shop was the result of efforts by Dave Trahan of the SAM, Gerry Lavigne and the dedication and professionalism of the guest speakers and demonstrators from a cross section of well known “working outdoorsmen”, not the normal outdoor writers and politicians seen at many events like this. These keynote speakers were the hands on experts in their respective fields which included two MIF&W [Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife] personnel who addressed land owner relations and ethics, a firearms specialist who addressed firearms and ballistics commonly used in predator control work, and experts in their respective fields of predator calling, coyote hounding, coyote baiting/shooting shacks/and night hunting, and coyote trapping.

The SAM facility was packed with over one hundred concerned outdoorsmen who are fully supportive of efforts to reduce the predation of deer to a level where the herds will be able to recover. With the excellent results of this first step it is hopeful that this effort will continue at larger facilities across the state to stimulate the public in participating in these efforts.

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