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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[…..]


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