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    HOLLABACK

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    Under attack again.....

    Post  HOLLABACK on Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:47 am


    Sportsman's Alliance of Maine
    205 Church Hill Road, Suite 1, Augusta, ME 04330
    ALERT - BEAR REFERENDUM

    Dear SAM Members: Our Hunting Heritage is Under Attack

    Today, the Humane Society of the United States announced their intentions to launch a citizen initiated signature gathering effort to ban bear hounding, trapping and baiting, a do-over of the 2003 bear referendum that Mainer's rejected. They have not officially filed their paperwork with the Secretary of State's office. We have no question yet or a petition, but as they proceed and more information is available we will do future alerts to keep you informed. They plan to gather the signatures and propose the question for November 2014.

    In the last ten years, the black bear population has increased by 67% to over 30,000 bears. Just last year nuisance bear complaints increased from 396 in 2011 to 828 in 2012. There is not a problem!

    Bear Biologists at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife are doing a tremendous job managing bear in a sustainable manner, we do not need an out of state animal rights group to come here and tell us how to manage our wildlife. We must organize and prepare for a long drawn out and expensive campaign. Get involved! Visit the SAM Website to donate or call the office to sign up to volunteer.

    Help us by volunteering, raising money. When the petitions are made available and circulated, please encourage your friends to Not Sign Their Petition!

    Sincerely,

    David Trahan


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    Re: Under attack again.....

    Post  blue_ridge on Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:29 am

    Yep. Been reading all about it. "Mainers for fair bear hunting" i think it is. Theres a poll on the wabi.tv website right now to vote yes or no if folks think maine should continue hounding, baiting and trapping. Yes was loosing 46 to 53 about 10 minutes ago!!!! I think this times for real everyone. Says there working on getting it on the 2014 ballots!!! Start by voting on the pole. WWW.wabi.tv.com
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    Re: Under attack again.....

    Post  blue_ridge on Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:33 am

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    Re: Under attack again.....

    Post  J.R. on Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:49 am

    Its a damn shame.....


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    Not good

    Post  Oakhillhounds on Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:52 am

    It's not good at all that's for sure!! We barely won back in 03 we need all the help we can get on this one!
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    Re: Under attack again.....

    Post  Oakhillhounds on Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:54 am

    I wish the bastards would mine their business! And let our own gov police how we control the bear population!
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    Re: Under attack again.....

    Post  HOLLABACK on Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:35 am

    Had a huge page all written out and some how erased it all.....Damn computers.. Mad  To sum it all up quickly my approach is to inform the un-informed and wherever ya spend money let them know how it will affect them as well......Join a club that supports the sport and spread the word.....This will surely be a huge battle again.....Also let folks know about the added cost to the state for nusience calls and biologist studies without the help of licence fees anymore.....As well as the lost income to the local economy.....Mention fawn fatality, and starvation due to over population.......Then mention bear encounters.....To all non-bear hunters exspect to pay extra to pick up the slack on all outdoor activities to help IF&W.....The loss of the lic. fees will have to be made up somewhere......If HSUS don't get your sport first.....Because they'll target your sport next........We all know the economical impact from gas stations to camp owners taxes.......Let them all know!.....If we all talk with folks and exsplain these issues now, we can hopefully gain ground......Let these folks know that the HSUS is under investigation on a ton of issues and if they do their own research they'll find out how crooked they really are.....Being on the top 10 list of most dangerous by deception....Our biologist are the best in the country and stand behind us bear hunters and allowed us to take a extra by trap to gain numbers under control.....The biologist know best and that's who we need to listen to......They work hand and hand with us to keep these animals healthy and populations in check....Some folks just don't know due to their lack of outdoor experience.....with some guidance and facts they might listen to us.....


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    Re: Under attack again.....

    Post  J.R. on Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:41 pm

    Bill 1st of all what is a man your age doing up at midnite. Shocked 
    Ok anyways how about a news letter u or lauren could write up that we could print off and hand out to people that need that little extra info.i have a few local stores around here that i could leave a bunch to the public.


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    Good idea

    Post  Oakhillhounds on Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:00 pm

    That's real good idea jr flyers I think could help inform people!
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    Re: Under attack again.....

    Post  houndsman13 on Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:17 pm

    That fool talks about wanting to to keep a traditional way of hunting,
    Well he should do more research, hunting with dogs was a way to put food on the table.
    Why does he think there are so many breeds, Every breed had a purpose
    A thousand years ago im sure they didnt just have a dog for a pet.
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    Food companies

    Post  Oakhillhounds on Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:29 pm

    Big commercial dog food company's should get involved on this bill, just think about the amount money we all spend a year feeding hounds, you take away hounding for bears in Maine guys will not have nearly as many dogs to feed, to the commercial dog food companies they see $$$$$ thousands of dollars in revenue gone in just Maine. And if these guys keep going to other states and do the something it could be in the millions in dog food sales lost! Vets as well, should be involved, I know I give my fair share of money to the vets lol Just a thought, Darren
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    Re: Under attack again.....

    Post  HOLLABACK on Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:23 pm

    JR,
    What a sense of humor! "Man my age".....change'n my depends.....lol......lol! 


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    Re: Under attack again.....

    Post  HOLLABACK on Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:26 pm

    The flyers are a great idea! maybe a fact sheet of some sort......will try to get something written up......


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    Post  atssmitty on Sat Jul 13, 2013 3:28 am

    Who's are best ally in this SAM? I guess my real question is where to send money. I am thinking of fundraising some bucks some how. Gun raffles or something. We need to get on the stick now!
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    Re: Under attack again.....

    Post  J.R. on Sat Jul 13, 2013 6:20 am

    Bill I think a newsletter would be a  good way to inform the uninformed.think it should include some sort of how the HSUS are after all hunting not just bear.Include some quotes from the HSUS about them being anti well everything.


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    Post  HOLLABACK on Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:13 am

    I agree we'll try and get something written up asap.


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