July 2, 2020

Maine Buck Bagged in Rangeley Area

I received some photos of a 9-point, 189-pound buck taken by a hunter in the Rangeley, Maine area. I have no other details to share.


Wile, Wild, While – Are All Found in Maine

I am meaning not to ridicule the author of a piece found in the Gloucester Times about the upcoming deer hunting seasons across New England. I have been a writer and blogger for going on ten years now and I’ve had my share of typos, misspells and outright wrong use of a word and it’s definition. But then again, 99% of what I write I am my own editor and things do get by me.

In the above referenced article, the author writes:

No matter where you hunt, in the wiles of Maine or the tight woods of the North Shore, the same basic question has to be asked. Where are the deer?

I think the author meant the “wilds” of Maine but then again, perhaps he was talking about going to Augusta and hunting. The dictionary tells us that wiles is defined as:

1. a trick, artifice, or stratagem meant to fool, trap, or entice; device.
2. wiles, artful or beguiling behavior.
3. deceitful cunning; trickery.

Now doesn’t that more accurately describe what goes on in Augusta in the Halls of the Legislature, roaming office buildings and at the Blaine House?

But then again, maybe the author meant “while”. If he has hunted Maine in the last decade or so, he must be familiar with sitting or stalking the woods “while” you try to have some patience because there are no deer. Or you sit in your favorite tree stand and do what a famous outdoor writer for the Bangor Daily News did and write a book, “WHILE” you hope a deer might pass by. And then there’s the “while” of the average Maine hunter, who sits patiently at home, reading my blog and waiting “while” the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife bobs and weaves over doing nothing constructive about saving a deer herd; themselves hoping “while” they wait patiently for more global warming.

Maine has all three; wild forests (not so much wild life), wiles that go on in Augusta and whiling away time, wishing and wanting.


Evolution of a Hunter

Ok! I just got this email and decided I would go ahead and post it and see how readers respond. Personally, I’m not sure if this is at all serious or not. It looks and sounds more like a project of stereotyping with little good to say about hunting. But maybe I’m too sensitive. What do you think?

Evolution of a Hunter


Costa Rica Bans Hunting

*Editor’s Note* – Most of the links provided for information into the background of Costa Rica’s president, Laura Chinchilla, comes from Wikipedia. Please consider this source while reading and researching the information provided.

Costa Rica, located in Central America, has become the first country in the Americas to ban hunting. According to one news report, “President Laura Chinchilla, who supports the measure, is expected to sign it into law in the next days.” But nobody is asking the real question as to why this is happening. Let’s take a look.

Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla was elected in 2010. She is a member of the National Liberation Party and her party holds a very clear majority in the Costa Rican Legislature, of at least a 2 to 1 margin. The National Liberation Party is a member of Socialist International.

Laura Chinchilla graduated from the University of Costa Rica and then went on to receive her master’s degree in public policy from Jesuit-run Georgetown University. She has opposed any efforts to change the country’s labeling of being a Roman Catholic nation; in other words she opposes any kind of separation of church and state.

Socialist International is a group of over 100 countries striving toward what they call, “democratic socialism”. Currently the president of Socialist International, hails from Greece, if that tells you anything.

Of utmost importance to Chinchilla are, “[e]nvironmental protection and sustainability”; those famous and recognizable words from the Vatican-controlled United Nations and Agenda 21. She advocates for the brainwashing of Costa Rican children in promoting “Odyssey 2050“, an animated film that, “motivates and educates young people from around the world into taking action on climate change.”

The linked-to news account of this ban on hunting, comes from France24, a news agency out of France, whose stated mission is to, “cover international current events from a French perspective and to convey French values throughout the world.” So, we know that the report is biased and written in such a way as to promote socialism; a “value” of France. France is currently a member of Socialist International.

However, the news report states that the idea of banning recreational hunting in Costa Rica is a “popular measure”, it is obvious that it is popular in Chinchilla’s National Liberation Party, which, even though in the last election won enough votes, it fell short of 50% of the vote. We really don’t know how the people feel about banning hunting – only the National Liberation Party.

It should not be forgotten that that is one of the outcomes of socialism. As socialism grows, even the faux title of democratic socialism, the people have no say in how their government is run. It is run by the rulers of the government, in this case the Roman Catholic Church, i.e. the Vatican.

If you do your research and studying on how the Vatican controls aspects of the United Nations, you will see that they actively promote Agenda 21, along with programs that promote that the state governments, or more accurately a one world government, will own all the land and will dictate to the people what they can and can’t do and how, if at all, resources will be used. Most of the United Nations programs support preservation, which can easily be defined as anti-hunting/anti-consumption and anti-ownership.

So, now you know why Costa Rica banned hunting. How far are you willing to allow your government to go before hunting is banned in this country? I know. It will never happen here, right?


Baiting Wild Game With Sugary Substances Will Cause Bad Teeth…Before You Kill Them

Honest to God! You can’t make this stuff up….or can you?

A reader sent me a link to a bizarre and unbelievable claim coming out of Sweden that it is a bad practice to feed wild hogs sugary substances for bait because it will give them bad teeth. From the link, I tried several times to open the web page where the entire article supposedly is found but was unsuccessful in doing that. Here is that link. Perhaps it will work later.

According to Waznmentobe.com, the original piece said: “But local officials warn that the practice, while increasing the chances of a successful hunt, it increases the risk that the boar suffer from weight problems and poor dental hygiene.”

Evidently, in Sweden, hunters put out “sticky buns” to lure the hogs in in order to kill them. I guess that’s cheaper than a helicopter and paid snipers.

In Maine, hunters use bait in the same fashion for killing black bears. Often the bait for black bears is mostly junk food, i.e. donuts, candy, etc.

The same reader who sent me the link to this illogically reasoned display of mental incapacity, also sent along a picture of a sow bear he shot two years ago. The bear was later discovered to be 23 years old. The picture shows the condition of the bear’s teeth. Do you suppose this bear had been feasting on sugary treats for 23 years and perhaps would have lived to be 103 if she had practiced good dental hygiene?


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.


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.


3 friends rat shooting on a farm in Oxfordshire


Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to Host Coyote Hunting/Trapping Convention

Saturday, September 29, 2012


8:30 to 9:00 am. —- Registration ($15) Includes lunch & breaks
9:00 to 9:15 am. — Opening remarks. David Trahan, Gerry Lavigne
9:15 to 9:45 am. — Landowners, Laws &Ethics. MDIFW Wdn. Sgt. David Craven
9:45 to 10:15 am. — Firearms Choices & Ballistics. Everett Salisbury
10:15 to 10:30 am. — Break
10:30 to 11:00 am. — Calling Coyotes. Dick Drysdale
11:00 to 11:30 am. — Dogging Coyotes. Galen Harkins
11:30 to 12:00 pm. — Baiting/Shooting Shacks/ Night Hunting. Bob Howe
12:00 to 12:30 pm. — Lunch Catered by WhiteFlour Catering, Augusta
12:30 to 1:30 pm. — Panel Discussion/ Open Forum [All Speakers]
1:30 to 2:00 pm. — Trapping History & Basics. Dave Miller
2:00 to 4:00 pm. — DEMOS Coyote Dogs. Galen Harkins and Ray Gushee

Shooting Shack Design. Bob Howe
Gadgets & Gear. Ron Weeks & Gerry Lavigne
Coyote Calling. Dick Drysdale
Coyote Fur Handling. Jerry Brayley
Trapping Gear. Bob Noonan
Trap Setting for Coyote. Al Pinkham & Dave Miller

Location: SAM Headquarters, 205 Church Hill Rd., Augusta, ME
For Directions: see: www.sportsmansallianceofmaine.org
or call Becky @ (207)623-4589


Maine’s Bear Hunting Season Outlook a Shell Game

When I was perhaps 8 years old, I got one of my first lessons, through joke telling, of how sometimes the milkman delivered more than just milk….wink, wink! The joke goes something like this. A very young boy, with a very distinct speech impediment, came to his mother one day and asked, “Mom, why do I talk this way?” The mother did not want to address the issue and so told her son to go ask his father.

And so he did. “Dad, why do I talk this way?” The father also shirking his responsibilities told his son to go ask his brother, which he did and was told to go ask the milkman.

Waiting patiently for the milkman to arrive on the front steps, upon arrival the boy ran to the milkman and asked, “Mr. Milkman, why do I talk this way?” To which the milkman responded in an identical and very distinct speech impediment, “Gee, I don’t know son!”

In Maine, the hunting season on black bears is in full swing. I saved many of the news articles and press releases prior to the bear season telling hunters what they can expect this season. In addition to these news accounts, there also included stories of bears interacting with humans and some of the excuses given by officials as to why. And now with the bear season in progress, we are left wondering if anything we were told about the bear situation was even true at all. I suppose it’s time to go and ask the milkman.

In August the debates were numerous around the state of humans encountering bears as reports were doubled from a year ago. On August 28, the Portland Press Herald (PPH) carried a story of how bears were “on the prowl”. As was typical in just about every account I read and heard about, the selected excuse to pass on to the press was that there is no natural food for bears to eat.

Jennifer Vashon, a bear biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said of the bears, “There is a lot of opportunity for bear. The drought means natural food is low. And our bear season is really tied to the natural food crop.” The lack of natural food gets the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) off the hook to explain that the reason for so many bear encounters with humans is tied to food and not too many bears.

And of course in attempts to promote the upcoming bear hunt, explaining that bears are hungry and on the move and will be easier to bait and bag.

On the 27th of August, I received a press release in my email from MDIFW announcing the beginning of bear hunting season. I posted it on this same blog for readers. In that presser, MDIFW, once again, explained that the reason for such a lousy bear hunting season last year was because of too much food. And, just as was repeated in the PPH piece, MDIFW says there is no natural food and hunters should have a good season. Just to recap. Last year – poor hunting season = too much food. Expected this year – good hunting season = no natural food. Got it!

With no natural food, as MDIFW has blown their horn about, hunters probably shouldn’t expect to find big, fat bears as they would when there was ample food, even though they might not see so many. However, on September 7, 2012, John Holyoke, at the Bangor Daily News, gave us an informational article of one hunter who bagged a 600-pound bear on the second day of his hunt. An anomaly I guess? Or perhaps not.

Randy Cross, another biologist at MDIFW, said usually large black bears harvested in Maine, are taken later in the season, I assume meaning the bears have had more time to fatten up. Part of this assumption comes because the article spends a fair amount of time, quoting Randy Cross on how quickly bears can fatten up in the late fall readying themselves for hibernation. Cross relays two instances to note: one was a bear gaining 210 pounds in 12 weeks and another fattening up 65 pounds in 16 days. (Note to self: Lay off the Dunkin’ Donuts)

This one 600 pound bear was obviously not a lean mean fighting machine due to lack of eating. Perhaps he had been feasting on the bait set out by the guides prior to the opening of hunting season. But none of this explains what Randy Cross meant in this comment:

And while food is still available, bears are still growing rapidly during the early part of the season, Cross said.

Wait! “While food is still available?” We have been told all summer long that there was very little natural food. So where did this “available” food come from? Are there that many bait stations?

And if that isn’t enough to make sportsmen wonder just what the heck, the Portland Press Herald rushes in to save the day by publishing an article all about how the bear harvest is so low all due to a bad economy.

Mr. Milkman! Why do I talk this way?”


Maine Releases Results of “Any-Deer Permit” Drawing

Follow this link for a complete list of the recipients of “Any-Deer Permits”.