May 29, 2009
It would be naive to think that no president ever considered his appointments to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court as a way to help protect or promote his ideals. How far is a president willing to go to intentionally attempt to manipulate the system in order to achieve personal agendas?
When Senator Barack Hussein Obama was a candidate for president of the United States, I spent a great deal of time writing about his history when it comes to Second Amendment issues. This also included multiple articles on the most prominent Second Amendment case the Supreme Court ruled on in recent history – District of Columbia vs. Heller. Read more
May 28, 2009
I would suppose that it is time to cut to the chase on this issue of Maine’s deer management problems. There are some cold and hard facts that have to be acted upon. Maine can no longer keep doing what it’s doing. It’s just not working very well is it? We can’t sit back and wait for the weather to break.
In Part IIIof, “Does Maine Have a Deer Management Problem?”, I promised that I would return to Part IV with a list of things that we, as hunters, can do to help replenish our deer herds in places where they need the attention. I apologize for taking so long on this but I have written and rewritten this article far too many times, each time closing out my browser and walking away because I knew I was going to incite too many people to anger. Part of what has encouraged me to rewrite it one more time, came from a reader who told me people were waiting for some help. I appreciate the support and the encouragement. Read more
May 27, 2009
Last week I reported that the Idaho Elk Breeders Association was requesting from Safari Club International clarification as to whether they supported the efforts of Mark Bell, a representative of the Idaho Sportsmen’s Caucus Advisory Council, to destroy the state’s domestic elk industry.
Bell and others have been on a bent for several years now to put an end to the Idaho domestic elk industry, so far with little success. Kristy Sternes, president of the Idaho Elk Breeders Association, sent a letter to representatives of Safari Club International asking them to verify if they supported Mark Bell and his efforts. Sternes asserted that when Bell made public appearances aimed at garnering support to abolish the elk industry, he used their name claiming their support. Read more
May 22, 2009
Since 2006 I have spent countless hours researching and writing, seeking the truth behind efforts in Idaho to destroy a perfectly good domestic elk industry. The effort is ongoing and very unfortunate.
There have been two issues used by those determined to end raising elk for livestock – high-fence hunting and disease. One thing is for sure. There is never a resolve when a discussion comes up about fair chase and hunting ethics. There are those who have determined that hunting inside a fenced-in area, regardless of its size, is wrong and violates their standards of fair chase hunting ethics. On the other side, there are those who take no issue with it, whether they do it themselves or not. Is this reason to destroy an industry? Some think so.
Disease is the second issue. In Idaho’s case, it’s really a non issue because in the 20 years the domestic elk industry has been in existence, there has never been a diseased animal. Guidelines are stringent as well as testing and the practices employed seem to have an incredible track record. Read more
May 21, 2009
Many of you probably are already familiar with Gary Marbut. Mr. Marbut, in his capacity as President of the Montana Shooting Sports Association is responsible for the promotion of several bills brought before the Montana Legislature over the course of the legislative season.
Perhaps the highest profile bill that recently wound its way through the Montana Congress and onto the desk of Gov. Brian Schweitzer, of which was signed into law, was HB246, the Montana-Made Gun Bill. This bill challenges the power of the federal government to impose gun restrictions on the citizens of the state of Montana. HB246 declares that any gun or gun product manufactured in Montana and remains in Montana cannot be regulated by the federal government. Read more
May 18, 2009
Mark your calendars! June 18th, 2009 will be the annual drawing for the Maine Moose Lottery. This year 3,015 permits will be drawn and as is usually the case thousands of applicants keep their fingers crossed in hopes of being one of the lucky ones.
This year’s event will be held at the University of Maine at Fort Kent and as last year, Skinny Moose Media, in conjunction with U.S. Hunting Today and Maine Hunting Today, will live-stream the video and audio of the event.
Tom Remington, Vice President of Skinny Moose Media, LLC, author of the Black Bear Blog and Managing Editor of U.S. Hunting Today and Maine Hunting Today, will be on hand at the show to conduct interviews and do the filming of the event. He will have his long time friend and Chief Photographer for Skinny Moose Media, Milt Inman with him to assist and grab tons of candid shots throughout the day and evening. Read more
May 14, 2009
The following is a guest article. I asked Marshall Sage for permission to publish his response to a discussion on state sovereignty and the decimation of the United States Constitution by progressives.
Marshall Sage is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel who has enjoyed the freedom to hunt and fish throughout much of the free world. Most recently radio host for “Outdoor Life” a hunting and fishing program in Southwestern Idaho. A life member of SCI and the NRA. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our founding fathers gave our nation a blueprint on how to avoid a centralized, authoritarian government from taking away our individual freedoms (endowed by our Creator) and rights (Bill of Rights). This blueprint was our Constitution. It’s no accident that in less than 200 years of following this blueprint the United States of America became the most prosperous and industrious nation on earth. Read more
May 13, 2009
If we are to believe the conclusions reached by compiled data at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, we can determine that the deer herd in Maine is healthy. The same data show us that in Northern Maine, most of Eastern Maine and parts of the Western Mountains of Maine have deer densities that are far below management targets and in some cases nearing unsustainable levels.
In Part I, I examined some charts that clearly showed that the number of big-bodied deer and trophy-antlered deer had dropped significantly in Maine since 2002. When Lee Kantar, head deer and moose biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife examined and compared those charts with his own deer harvest and population data, he concluded that the descending registration of trophy deer was in direct proportion to a reduction in deer population and annual deer harvest. Read more
May 13, 2009
Yesterday I reported that Montana’s “Montana-Made Gun Bill” has gone viral and that states are jumping on the opportunity to follow suit. Montana’s bill states that any gun, gun accessory or ammunition manufactured in Montana and stays in Montana cannot be regulated by the Federal Government. Not only is this a bold attempt at protecting the Second Amendment rights of Montanans it all sends a message to the U.S. Government that Montana is a sovereign state and will not be controlled by the feds.
May 12, 2009
Gary Marbut, president of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, one of the lead organizations to push through and get passed Montana’s Montana-made firearms bill, HB246, announced today that South Carolina is introducing a similar bill. The other day I told you that the news about HB246 was catching on quickly around the nation and had gone viral.
Senator Lee Bright just introduced another clone of Montana’s HB 246 as the “South Carolina Firearms Freedom Act,” S. 794.
Below is a list of the other states that have similar bills and the links to information about those bills. Read more