July 2, 2020

Survey of Recreational Activities on Private Land in Maine

Promoted as, “The goal is to help address landowner and land user issues throughout the state”, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) is sending out a survey to a “random” selection of license and registration holders. According to MDIFW a similar survey was sent out to landowners. The two will be compared in hopes of making some sort of sense of what are called “issues” between users and landowners.

Being the eternal skeptic, with good reason these days, I look for this event to cause more problems than it will solve and I believe that to be the intent. Let’s watch carefully in the days ahead to see what becomes of this.

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New Report Shows Hunter Participation Increasing

MISSOULA, Mont. – ?A new report that shows more people are hunting is good news for conservation, according to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

The just-released 2011 National Survey of Hunting, Fishing, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation shows 13.7 million people, or 6 percent of the U.S. population age 16 and older, went hunting last year. That marks a 9 percent increase over 2006, reversing a previous downward trend.

?”This is great news for everyone in the hunting and conservation community,”? said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. ?”But it?s even better news for our conservation efforts to protect and improve habitat for elk and other wildlife. We strongly believe that hunting is conservation. This is also a reflection of the importance of our hunting legacy of the past and our hunting heritage as we look to the future.”?

Thanks to hunter-generated dollars, RMEF protected or enhanced more than 6.1 million acres of wildlife habitat. RMEF also recently added ?hunting heritage? to its mission statement, reaffirming a commitment to ensuring a future for wildlife conservation through hunter-based support.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service data show hunters spent $34 billion last year on equipment, licenses, trips and other items to support their hunting activities. If you break down the numbers, sportsmen and women spent $10.4 billion on trip-related expenditures, $14 billion on equipment such as guns, camping items and 4-wheel drives, and $9.6 billion on licenses, land leasing and ownership and stamps.

?”The more hunters spend on firearms, ammunition, bows, arrows and hunting licenses and permits, the more money is generated to provide the necessary funding for successful science-based wildlife management across the United States,?” added Allen.

Here are some brief highlights from the report:

? 13.7 million hunters in 2011 compared to 12.5 million in 2006 (9 percent increase)
? Hunters spent an average of 21 days in the field
? 1.8 million 6 to 15 year olds hunted in 2011
? Big game attracted 11.6 million hunters (8 percent increase since 2006)
? Hunting-related expense increased 30 percent since 2006
? The overall participation of hunters increased more than 5 percent since 2001
? Total hunter expenditures increased 27 percent since 2001
? Expenditures by hunters, anglers & wildlife-recreationists were $145 billion or 1 percent of gross domestic product

The 2011 FWS report contains preliminary numbers. Read it in its entirety at the link below:

http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/upload/FWS-National-Preliminary-Report-2011.pdf

The final report is due in November. An FWS preliminary report containing data from the states is due out later this month.

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Hunters Are Losing Access to Hunting Land at Incredible Rate

According to a report from the Spokesman Review and HunterSurvey.com, 23 percent of hunters surveyed said their usual hunting lands had been closed and this resulted in a 7 percent decrease in the amount of time spent in the woods hunting.

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Maine Fish and Game Will Train….Butterfly Surveyors?

I think the title speaks for itself but if you want a bit more detail, see the Bangor Daily News.

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