Maine’s Vanished Deer Herd: “Fact Finding”

December 29, 2009

This is another in a series of responses to George Smith’s email about the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine’s (SAM) commitment to seek action in stopping the further demise of Maine’s deer herd and attempts to restore it back to something sustainable. Smith is the Executive Director of SAM.

Please find the entire email of Smith’s at this link. I will also attempt to provide all the links to all the articles pertaining to this debate at each of the sites where posted. Yesterday’s response can be found here. Read more

Stepping Up To Help Maine’s Deer Herd Could Get Bogged Down In Politics

December 28, 2009

I recently posted the thoughts and ideas of George Smith, Executive Director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, in his quest to save and/or rebuild a large portion of Maine’s whitetail deer population that is dismal and described as some as beyond rebuilding.

While the debate on that subject is young and in need of “help” from “everyone”, I thought as one of every I would offer up my own thoughts in response to Smith’s.

There’s a big rub that exists when talking about the deer herd in Maine. That rub is the dissatisfaction of the Maine hunter who buys the license. Hunters want action not another effort of gathering together stakeholders to rehash what most already know. They don’t see any of the previous efforts put forth as amounting to anything. Why would it be different now? Read more

Everyone Must Step Up To Help Maine’s Deer Herd

December 28, 2009

The other day I received an email from a reader and concerned deer hunter. I was told that it was alright to release the information in that email. Below is a draft of thoughts and ideas on how to move forward on restoring Maine’s depleted deer herd. It was authored by George Smith, Executive Director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.

The draft it appears was emailed to the Board of Directors of SAM and Smith indicates that his board instructed him to prioritize the deer problem. I will copy the proposal below and save comment for a separate post. Once that post is completed, I’ll come back and provide a link to it from here.

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A Warning To Outdoor Users About Echinococcus, From Worms

December 13, 2009

Tom Remington

This is a warning to outdoor users about a potentially deadly biological event that could result from one’s curiosity to poke at and kick through scat from wolves, coyotes and foxes. Of course not everyone knowingly does this but many hunters, trappers and simply the curious, want to know what these animals have been eating.
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Wolf Litigation Continues; Elk Foundation Files New Brief

December 9, 2009

MISSOULA, Mont.- Responding to the latest legal wrangling by environmental groups, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation again has entered into federal court an amicus curiae brief supporting wolf population management via state-regulated hunting in Idaho and Montana.

The move means U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy will consider RMEF positions against the environmental groups’ request for summary judgment in a lawsuit seeking to stop the hunts and return gray wolves to the endangered species list.

A summary judgment is a determination made by a court without a full trial. Read more

Bowhunting Grand Slam Oklahoma 2007

December 4, 2009

By Mac Moad

The first week of October was finally here. The first three days were spent in my favorite stand watching 3 raccoons in which I had named Larry, Curly, and Moe. The mother raccoon was slightly bigger than the two younger ones, and seemed curious to every movement surrounding them.
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