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The Aftermath Of The Bear Hunting Referendum

By V. Paul Reynolds Well, we can heave a sigh of relief. Maine bear hunting, as we know it, survived Round Two of another well-­funded and well-­organized assault from the anti­hunting factions of this country. Who is “we”? Bear guides and outfitters? Yes, they make up part of the “we.” But there is more to[.....]


Sportsmen Prevail In Maine Bear Hunting Ban

In a ballot initiative with national repercussions, Maine voters once again sent an unmistakable message to animal-rights extremists: stay out of our state. For the second time in 10 years, Maine voters resoundingly rejected a ballot initiative backed and bankrolled by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)[.....]


Where Voters Came Down On Science-related Ballot Items

In Maine, voters rejected a measure that would have barred the use of food baits to attract bears, by a vote of 52.7% to 47.3%. Bear biologists had come out against the measure, arguing that baiting was an important tool for managing problem bears and research[.....]


Maine Voters Reject Ban On Bear Hunting Practices For Second Time

The outcome was apparent for most of election night, as the vote tally on Question 1 — which reads: “Do you want to ban the use of bait, dogs or traps in bear hunting except to protect property, public safety, or for research?” — leaned decidedly toward no… “They’ve thrown everything at us, and it looks like tonight, we prevailed in this,” said James Cote, manager for the No on 1 campaign, who waited until nearly 1 a.m. Wednesday morning until accepting victory in the tight race. “We’ve run a campaign that we’re proud of.”[.....]


Yes On 1 Spokesman Charged With Shooting A Weapon From A Vehicle While Hunting Grouse

A Maine hunter featured on Yes on 1 ads in support of the bear referendum has been accused of using non-fair chase tactics while hunting ruffed grouse. Joel Gibbs, 56, of Lowell, was charged with shooting a firearm from a motor vehicle on Oct. 17 in Masardis, a small town in Aroostook County, after game wardens allegedly witnessed Gibbs shoot at a ruffed grouse through the open window of a vehicle, according to Lt. Dan Scott of the Maine Warden Service[.....]


An Outfitter’s Take On Hunting With Hounds

For Maine hunters and outfitters, it could mean the loss of tradition and the houndsmen culture. Earlier this week I had a chance to experience this culture first hand through a hunt with Bob Parker of Stony Brook Outfitters. For a few days I got to run dogs with Bob and his buddies and eventually shoot a treed bear at the top of a rainy Maine mountain… here are some takeaways: Hunting with hounds is hard, it’s really fun, and it’s not something that should be banned[.....]


Nuisance Bear Killed In Medway

The first time the Stanleys actually saw the bear was when it was on the roof, eating apples. “My husband came back inside and got his gun. The bear had gone down the tree, but was still there in the yard,” she said. “[The bear] showed no fear but did eventually wander off. My husband yelled at it several times, but he didn’t run off. He just wandered off.” Tiffany Stanley said the couple have two small children, ages 3 and 9, and the episode frightened her[.....]


Black Bears Brawl In Quiet New Jersey Suburb

Two massive black bears were caught on camera in a knock-down, drag-out brawl on a quiet residential street in New Jersey… Even after landing at the bottom of the hill and into the streets, the bears wouldn’t stop brawling, biting and wrestling each other[.....]


We Can’t Afford To Vote Yes On 1

People should make up their own minds with informed decisions. Listen to the experts. Go to mefishwildlife.com and read why the Maine Fish and Game Department is against this bill. For the good of the bears and the people living with them, vote NO on Question 1[.....]


The Truth About Bear Trapping

To start with, the steel-jawed foothold trap is not legal in Maine. Only foot snares or cage traps are allowed… Foot-snared bears do not chew their feet off. That is a deliberate fabrication. The foot snare is very humane, and does not damage the bear’s foot… The foot snares the Bear Study program uses are exactly the same traps used by recreational bear trappers. These traps do not cause pain or injury to the bear[....]


Stop Trying To Silence Actual Mainers

It seems “Mainers” for Fair Bear Bear Hunting will stop at no lengths to silence actual Mainers. You have failed to convince a judge to muzzle the state’s bear experts from telling the truth about the impact of Question 1. So now, you attempt to twist words, take comments out of context and to convince the Maine Wildlife Conservation Council to remove our advertising from the public airwaves[.....]


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