V. Paul Reynolds endorses LePage

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V. Paul Reynolds endorses LePage

V. Paul Reynolds, a most respected Maine outdoorsman and Maine Guide, and editor of the Northwoods Sporting Journal, has endorsed Paul LePage for governor.

http://www.sunjournal.com/local-sports/story/931021

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Good news - "V" for Victory!!

Good news - "V" for Victory!!

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When did he write this

When did he write this article? Clearly, there aren't just two choices. Cutler has been polling as good or better than Mitchell this week.
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I believe it was just last year that Reynolds wrote an article stating that blueback trout--whose state population you can just about count with all of your digits--are great table fare. Maine will have a hard time building its "brand" if it thinks hatcheries (LePage seems to think they are a cure-all) are the way to do so. And it's kind of tough to build the northern deer herd back when you don't even have the stones to protect yards. (Given LePage's forest products background, property rights stance, and the fact he doesn't even hunt, I can't see this changing in his administration.) "Come hunt in Maine's big woods! We've got 2 deer per square mile! And the angling for rubber fish is top-notch!"

I'd think that Bucky Owen's endorsement of Cutler would mean more for sportsmen, if they are interested in thinking beyond the goal of limiting out.

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Bucky "In Perpetuity

Bucky "In Perpetuity Conservation Easement" Owens? One more reason to NOT vote for Eliot Cutler.

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Yah, conservation easements

Yah, conservation easements that guarantee access and provide habitat for the stuff we shoot and hook are the bane of sportsmen.

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Maybe not - but, given the

Maybe not - but, given the choice between loss of rights to sportsmen vs. those of private landowners, I'll side with the landowners, every time.

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I have great respect for V.

I have great respect for V. Paul Reynolds. He's a straight shooter. He knows deer and trout. Maine has allowed many of its hatcheries to deteriorate. When is the last time we reclaimed a pond for trout habitat? Deer yards move over time. The DEP and LURC made landowners who wanted to subdivide their land depict deer yards on their subdivision plans. Those plans are recorded in Registries of Deeds. Today's owners still can't make efficient use of those areas even though the deer have moved on.

Everybody likes clean air and clean water. Those are not issues. Paul LePage will rein in rogue radicals in state agencies that create useless regulations that hurt Maine's economy.

And don't listen to Matt or Bucky Owen about access. Most of the LMF ground I have seen soon sprouts gates with small parking areas outside the gate. How far can you drag a moose Matt?

The North Woods Sporting Journal comes out tomorrow. I hope to see the endorsement right on the cover.

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"I'd think that Bucky Owen's

"I'd think that Bucky Owen's endorsement of Cutler would mean more for sportsmen, if they are interested in thinking beyond the goal of limiting out."

Bucky Owen is a big government landgrabber who helped push the Vernal pool rules that prohibit development with 250 feet of one. Bucky Owen has been sucked into the dark side of conservation, if you can't buy it, than steal it from your neighbor through regulations. He and Cutler are two peas

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Roger, The Ed. mentioned

Roger,

The Ed. mentioned conservation easements in general, not LMF. A lot of the important easements, as far as sporting access goes, have come on BIG parcels of what are still working forest. I don't particularly care for companies being paid millions for what amounts to business as usual, but I do like the fact that these easement purchases guarantee access.

The irony, Naran, is that most of the north woods is privately owned. Sportsmen don't have "rights," but privileges--as it should be, for the most part. But if these landowners chose to exercise certain rights, they could basically shut out the public, if they so chose. (If this were the case, I suspect you'd see a lot of Maine sportsmen who own a quarter acre lot and consider themselves property rights defenders become a little more, uh, ambivalent when it comes to such matters.) But these landowners also know that there are benefits to letting the public shoot grouse and moose on their land--or, more to the point, there would be drawbacks to NOT letting the public recreate on their land.

It's no simple matter--I'm not sure where the answers lie. And there are good reasons to consider LePage for governor that don't have anything to do with hunting and fishing. But his backing of the second amendment (duh!) and an interest in hatcheries are not the best ones, in this SPORTSMAN's opinion.

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I can tell you with extreme

I can tell you with extreme certainty that Paul LePage has some magnificant ideas for working with DIFW as well as plenty of support. He is very open minded and forward thinking in the outdoor issues and I hope to see some common sense moves bringing DIFW, sportsmen, guides, and outdoor oriented business owners back into the "partnership" arena and away from all the "Us vs Them" foolishness that's festered over the years. I know SEVERAL people involved in DIFW, ADC, Biology, etc, who have very high hopes for a successful LePage campaign. All I know of Cutler and his "outdoor experience is his financial association with several anti-gun people. That speaks volumes to me too.

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Bigshooter, What "forward

Bigshooter,

What "forward thinking" ideas are you referring to? This is an honest question. LePage didn't give me much hope with his answers to the questionnaire, as well as other remarks/comments I've read regarding stocking.

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Hard to imagine Cutler

Hard to imagine Cutler hunting or fishing.

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Dan - think "carp." lol
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The chinese stuff w/Cutler is

The chinese stuff w/Cutler is tedious, and hypocritical. No one's taking the R candidate to task for encouraging the consumption of and profiting himself from cheap crap made overseas.

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Definately a valid question

Definately a valid question Matt. DIFW has been neglected in a bad way for a LONG time. The people employeed there are spread so thin its crazy. When you think of the money our outdoor resources BRING IN to the State and the potential we are not even utilizing, its amazing they are so under funded. Many Wardens feel they have been reduced to "ticket writers", sitting in wait for someone to break the law. They should be (and many have told me they would love to be" partners in our stewardship in the outdoor recreation areas. As I mentioned above, there is a big "Us vs Them" feeling with people and Wardens and it should be a situation where we are all working in unison. Most become Wardens because they have a passion for the outdoors and managing our game properly instead of waiting for someone to shoot a deer over a caried-in apple for a small fine. They have been under utilized for multiple reasons and Paul has his ear to the ground to get them funded properly and on a "partnership" track. He has some super insight in helping people enjoy the outdoors without needing a law degree to read the numerous regulations. He has people who understand game management and have a desire to get more people interested in our heritage and traditions with less hassle. There is a lot of our outdoors going unused now compared to years past and he wants to reverse that trend. For specifics, I'll let him handle that himself. The number of "outdoors people" who are backing him speaks loudly and many are far from traditional Republican supporters, to say the least. As someone involved in MANY areas of outdoor activities I feel very confident in his abilities and I am very hopeful he will have the opportunity to step to the plate. I am far from a single-issue guy, and participate in numerous activities. Just speaking for myself, I am an avid shooter, hunter, fisherman, a Master Guide, an ADC Agent, a landowner, an ATV'er, a Scout Leader, etc and I fully support him. I know that only equates to my own 1 vote, but it is representative of people in many areas. I hope this helps.

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Both wardens and biologists

Both wardens and biologists have way too much on their plate, no doubt about it. The regions that the latter are in charge of are huge, to the point of being a joke, and the former have to waste time citing tickets to snowmobilers and boaters without life preservers--as you noted, prolly not what they had in mind when they got into the game protection business. There aren't many state agencies that are self-funded, but this is one of them. We should get a little more for our money. Just getting rid of the stuff that has nothing do with fisheries, wildlife and habitat would go a long way toward stretching our dollars. And I hope LePage thinks long and hard about opening the door to general fund money. I don't want johnny come lately non-hunters and anglers throwing a few bucks on the table, and then thinking they are entitled to dictate what the department does.

If LePage is elected, I hope you're faith in him proves well-placed.

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I'm glad to hear that Matt

I'm glad to hear that Matt and it sounds like were on the same page as your last post indicated. They are actually self funded and not a "money pit" like many other agencies. Good hit. I have not heard Paul mention anything about "General Fund Openings" and I fully understand the perils of that. What I have heard is a desire to lend an ear to people who really know the outdoors, and are active and have an interest in getting things done because they are the right thing to do instead of the "This is how we do it, and that's that" attitude. The outdoor heritage of our State is something under utilized, over regulated and VERY important to many of us for our future generations.

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I'd like to know how our

I'd like to know how our "outdoor heritage" (what is that, exactly) is under-utilized and over-regulated. Specifics please.

I personally, would like the IF&W Dept offering representation for all ilks of outdoorsmen...not just hunters and fishermen. There are horseback riders, kayakers, birdwatchers, hikers, mountain-climbers, wildlife photographers, etc that would appreiciate a voice as well...not to mention the all important LANDOWNER.
I'm concerned when sound biological data such as that which has been done on coyotes and their valuable role as a keystone predator in a healthy ecosystem, is ignored completely for some god-only-knows reason that has to do with keeping the rabid and ignorant coyote killers happy. To the point of no closed season on them, increased night hunting.... and now... allowing the
dumping of animal guts and entrails on frozen lakes ...anywhere ! Something that is strictly forbidden...except to BAIT and lure a coyote out of the woods and onto a LAKE for Gods Sake !! Or hound dogs running rampant across posted land without any landowner's right to prevent it. It's disgracefull. THAT, I would like to see the IF&W Dept get some balls on. The deer problem in the North Woods and Eastern Maine may be a seperate consideration....but my thinking is that habitat is the key there. So whose fault is that?
As far as the rest goes...I don't know what the gripe is...but I'm willing to hear it. I'm not anti-hunting and support good wildlife management laws that favors both hunter and the hunted.
I've probably made a lot of you mad now. Maybe not. That's honestly where I am on the IF&W Dept. issue.

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If you listen to the real

If you listen to the real biologists we need to bring back coyote snaring near deer yards.

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".but my thinking is that

".but my thinking is that habitat is the key there. So whose fault is that?"

I don't know who's fault is That? Nature, the roll of the dice? us humans? Is there not enough regulations on the books now, did someone MISS something?

Micromanagement, that is what government does to both humans and wildlife, and the idea that this is done for the betterment of either is a farce. It is done for the betterment of the bureaucrats and their idea that they know what is best, and it's a crap shoot whether they are right. Happenstance often times would do as well if not better

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"I personally, would like the

"I personally, would like the IF&W Dept offering representation for all ilks of outdoorsmen...not just hunters and fishermen. "

These people pay the bills, along with ATVers, boaters, snowmobilers, and others who buy a license or permit.

"There are horseback riders, kayakers, birdwatchers, hikers, mountain-climbers, wildlife photographers, etc that would appreiciate a voice as well..."

These people don't, and drain funds away from those who do.

Any questions?

This should be a no brainer, and suggesting otherwise is a perfect example as to why MDIFW should NOT accept general fund money.

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BTW, how does, "rabid and

BTW, how does, "rabid and ignorant coyote killers" fit into the same post with, "I'm not anti-hunting" and make any sense?

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"I personally, would like the

"I personally, would like the IF&W Dept offering representation for all ilks of outdoorsmen...not just hunters and fishermen. There are horseback riders, kayakers, birdwatchers, hikers, mountain-climbers, wildlife photographers, etc that would appreiciate a voice as well...not to mention the all important LANDOWNER."

APond, less you forget, none of your extended list pay one red cent to support the IFW. The day there is a license or permit required for horseyriders, and kayaks being registered, hikers and mountain climbers needing trip permits, and a fee collected for every picture taken, then and only then should any consideration be given, right now all mentioned are free-loaders getting services paid for by licensed sportsmen.
You've guzzled a bit to much of that cool-ade found in vernal pools, I would guess!

As for the coyotes, BANG!

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"Snick." That's the sound a

"Snick." That's the sound a snare makes.

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Posted: November 1 LePage

Posted: November 1
LePage makes Jay stop
By Scott Monroe smonroe@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

JAY -- "It's time to finish the job!"

Sounding hoarse but animated, Paul LePage drew applause from 130 supporters and other local candidates Sunday afternoon as he talked about the importance of getting people out to vote to support not only him, but for Republicans across the ballot.

LePage told the crowd. "I will give every ounce of my energy to creating jobs in this state. It's a long time overdue."

http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/lepage-makesjay-stop_2010-10-31.html

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Just two more days to

Just two more days to campaign. Yes, TWO days. I'll be working today and all day tomorrow to get out the vote and contact undecideds. So far I have two that have never voted before and these are not kids. Don't let up now folks. The grass roots have never been this energized. It's our last chance.

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Roger Ek thinks that: "If

Roger Ek thinks that: "If you listen to the real biologists we need to bring back coyote snaring near deer yards."

Try listening to the ones who don't have a personal stake in Hunting Camp Revenues or buddies that do (or those whose salary isn't paid by the government). GMAB ! Sound wildlife management practices consider all wildlife species; not just a favorite few. AND...every single biologist and game warden I have spoken to thus far, tell me personally that the lack of hunting regulations on the Maine coyote is unfortunate and inexcusalbe. All the wardens down my way are completely fed up with getting calls about hound dogs running on posted land. Make a few phone calls for yourself Roger...you'll get a different picture. As far as the North woods goes, they told me lack of sustainable deer habitat was the #1 problem...hands down. That and harsh weather. The weather runs in cycles, but ruined deer yards are a tradgedy for whole herds of deer.

The ONLY wildlife biologist I have heard that is anti-coyote is V Paul Reynolds. He was a government man with ties to hunting camps...SURPRISE !!! I have been told ( not sure if it is true ) that an independent Maine wildlife biolgist and carnivore expert offered to be a guest on his radio program and field calls from his listeners regarding the coyote. He was afraid to let that happen. Declined the offer. Why is that? If I'm wrong there...just let me know (but I don't think I am).

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Mike G. Partly the fault of

Mike G. Partly the fault of Plumb Creek and the intentional cutting of known winter deer yards; so vital for the survival of the deer herds . The other part is, indeed,...nature. Mass killing of one wildlife species so another can be used for marginal monetary gain, is beyond wrong. It is not even a horrific wildlife management practice; it is an abomination to our Maine ecosystem.

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Yes. True...And I have an

Yes. True...And I have an issue with that Andy...(tho you are not completely right). Many people buy lottery tickets that support our wildlife programs, and also buy loon license plates. They drop lots of cash-ola at Sporting Goods outlets, resturants, gasoline stations, and hunting camps (that open to wildlife enthuiasts of all ilks). And I wouldn't even care, if the IF&W dept. weren't making such horrific decisions as of late. Something's rotten in Denmark when it gets this crazy.

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Radical greens have plenty of

Radical greens have plenty of air time on the major networks. There is no need to encourage them on local radio programs.

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Roger Ek: BANG ! CLANK !

Roger Ek: BANG ! CLANK !

CLUE: (That's the sound the judges gavel makes, along with a cell door closing, after you've been sentenced and jailed for snaring a coyote. )

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