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After your visit, please take
addition time to ask your Legislators, Do We or Don't We promote Best Management Practices (BMP's) for Wildlife
& Furbers within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts?
Visitors from other communities should ask their State Legislators whether
their natural world stewards have adopted BMP's as a balance approach for its Wildlife and Frubers solutions.
While visiting our neighboring state
of New Hampshire, stop at an
Cabin (above picture)
New Hampshire Fish & Game,
Owl Brook Education Center
Holderness, New Hampshire
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Propagandizing another Welfare Program or Promoting a Feeding the Hungry Program
11:57 am est
There have been reports about the increase in Massachusetts people visiting food pantries. It must be humiliating for proud
people to enter a food pantry and feel as though they are begging for food. One has to wonder, whether the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts and its community of non-profits are promoting a "feeding the hungry program" or is it propagandizing
another welfare program?
Massachusetts has establish a Food Policy Councils to improve coordination among the many
state agencies that regulate the Commonwealth’s food system along with bringing together interested parties across the
state to improve the state’s food system and protect the land on which our food is grown. However, I have not observed
any state agencies or the Food Policy Council recommend the high protein, low fat meat from wildlife as a source of food or
have the Food Policy Council included the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.
In the past, especially, during
the Depression years, many of the poor hungry people of the lower economic class in rural Massachusetts turned to wildlife
to assist them in feeding their families. Hunting, trapping and fishing, allowed the people of the lower economic class (who
are known as the working poor or the missing class) a proud feeling of putting food on the table; and with today’s freezer
extending the meat for a future bounty and less hunger. Hunting, fishing and trapping helped stop the humiliating feelings
of visiting a food pantry, especially, after a family had income vanished because of a job loss or another change in their
economic situation, such as, a divorce.
It was supporters of Massachusetts non-profits, such as the Audubon Society,
the MSPCA and others who helped take the self-esteem away from the missing class or working poor here. According to reports,
these non-profits used a dog that lost part of its leg from a motor vehicle accident and they implied that the dog lost his
leg because of a live catch foot-hold trap. This questionable information was put before the public during a political campaign
here. The non-profits spent over a million dollars; with most of the money being spent on TV advertising showing the injured
dog to support question one that was on the ballot in 1996. The results eliminated the low cost equipment use by the poor
to harvest wildlife. The tools became illegal. Now a group of the regulated poor would have to visit food pantries and endure
the embarrassment one feels begging for food rather than the proud feeling that only comes when a person self-supports their
There are bills before the Massachusetts Legislature, such as, an act valuing our natural resources (H 750)
or an act allowing hunting on Sunday. Both are reasonable approach to help manage the Commonwealth’s wildlife population.
Furthermore, with these law changes, the working poor or missing class will have additional devices and time to help feed
their families as they did in the past. Moreover, as the working poor or missing class, follow the natural world in rural
or suburban communities; they would be assisting the public where wildlife, such as beavers, is considered a nuisance rather
than natural resources.
Other organizations, such as the Committee for Responsible Wildlife Management (CRWM) http://www.macrwm.org are trying to educate the legislature about the benefits of pro-active wildlife management. CRWM’s pro –active
management course of action is supporting the working poor or missing class who will seek out natural resources with skill
to feed their families. Everyone in the struggle could use the caring community to urge the legislature to help feed the hungry
by encouraging the Massachusetts Food Policy Council to support all solutions to feed the hungry instead of regulating a group
of people by administering government programs with its millions of dollars from taxpayers and business donations.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Public Health, EEE
5:52 am est
should question their elected state officials regarding their safety, especially, with public health officials finding EEE
in mosquitoes collected in cities and towns after the state sprayed pesticide. They should ask themselves and their legislators
if the EEE is the results of an expanding beaver population and their dams keeping water inside of swamps for too long in
the summer season.
Organizations such as the
MSPCA, the Massachusetts Audubon Society and the HSUS spent over a million dollars using deceptive advertising practices 12+
years ago to convince the public to stop pro-active wildlife managing. Today, with their high priced lobbyist, they are keeping
the unsafe condition and hurting residents of Massachusetts. Furthermore, professional wildlife biologists are voicing that
a change in law is needed. Yet, the legislators are listening to extreme members of animal rights organization not the professional
wildlife biologist. The legislators are looking for the public to flood their e-mails and telephones before the do the right
thing and admit the mistake of years past.
Jim Crow Law ?????????????
5:48 am est
From 1881 to 1964, Jim Crow Laws Separated Americans
by race in 26 states, the north practice many of the Jim Crow laws but did not write them down. Fifty years later, wealthy
communities, such as Andover and Weston, are incorporated restrictions, with the help of the Commonwealth’s Department
of Fisheries and Wildlife that are discriminating against a group of persons who use public conservation land for archery
hunting. In the South, rules were established to keep black and white Americans apart in public places. Just as in the South,
it seems, affluent communities are using public safety arguments to rationalize their decision to classify persons who use
conservation land for hunting. For instance, the “southern way of live” used the conservation committee to restrict
minorities from bathing, fishing and boating in lakes and waterways of Oklahoma. Recently, the Commonwealth’s Department
of Fisheries and Wildlife is allowing two licenses, a state hunting permit and a local community picture
permit for archery hunters. Can it be inferred, it is more than public safety that the wealthy towns are categorizing archery
hunters, especially, from surrounding communities with high population of minorities? Land occupancy discrimination must have
been anticipated by other state officials because of section (a) part (3) of the Self-Help program CMR 301:
(3) Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Residence.
on the basis of residence, including preferential reservation, membership or annual permit systems, or user fees is prohibited
on the Project site unless this provision is waived by the Secretary.
Massachusetts’s Law requires residents to participate
in a Hunter Education Program in order to receive a hunting license, and issues a special certificate too archery hunters
after completion of a special archery hunting course. By the Department of Fisheries
and Wildlife allowing communities to add separate requirements for license’s hunters to use public conservation land
held by flush communities, it infers that license hunter are a marginal populations of the Commonwealth. Do these communities
require persons in other activities to wear a picture ID on their person, to perform a proficiency examination for the activity
or require (while using conservation land) to identify themselves, to anyone, on demand. Many domestic animal rights terrorist
have been identify by the Federal Burial of Investigation (FBI) and the hunter has to identify themselves to all who ask.
In addition, the community’s elite activity diminishes the creditability of the Massachusetts Hunter Education program.
It was around the 1960’s many of these affluent communities started to negligently mismanage
the conservation areas for their town. Or, where the communities trying to keep minority population from neighboring communities
the use their conservation land? They would not allow hunting, although hunting was used to keep a healthy deer population
in the Commonwealth’s deer management program. According to publish reports, a deer hunting season for public conservation
areas are coming about because town officials are concerned about the denigration of over browsed forests, increased local
Lyme disease diagnoses, deer and automobile collisions all are creating a public safety issue. Communities are beginning to
recognize that because of their neglectful hunting restrictions there is an overabundance of deer; and it is the cause of
deer-vehicle collisions, damage to plants and Lyme disease. How long will it take before a lawyer start suing communities
that don’t used proven scientific methods to manage Wildlife including deer populations in their town?
Private landowners who donate land, to a state agency, municipalities and non-profits, for wildlife habitat, farmland and
scenic assets, for future generation is viewed by the federal and many state governments as providing a public benefit, one
that is worthy of economic incentives. After the private landowner receives federal and state tax deduction, it brings the
land to all the citizens not just to the privilege few, doesn’t it? Because of the tax incentive by the federal and
state governments, the Department of Fish and Game should consider conservation land in municipalities that has been donated
to the community by a private donor as public land, open to all Massachusetts citizens, and, Archery hunting should be governed
by the rules of the Department of Fish and Game, no other.
Please stop these modern day “Jim Crow Laws”
that are against residence of poorer Massachusetts Communities.
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A trapper "Keeping An Eye" on the health of furbers
along his line
Our Oldest Outdoor
Tradition Still Under Attack – Still Needs All Sportsmen’s Support
As Benjamin Franklin said before the signing of the declaration of Independence,
“We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.” This could certainly be
the mantra for what is our oldest outdoor heritage – trapping
No other outdoor pursuit has been as sensationalized as trapping, nor has any other pursuit had as much misinformation
surround it. With trapper numbers at best static, it has and will continue to be a prime target for the animal rights lobby.
So before making a decision about
the activity, here are some facts to keep in mind:
is our first and foremost traditional outdoor activity, having been the impetus for the opening of the new world
· Foothold traps are a vital and humane tool for wildlife management
· State wildlife agency biologist – the same people who have let the
resurgence of a variety of wildlife we now enjoy – support trapping and see it as a necessary tool for managing furbearers
· Trapping has proven to be a critical element in the prevalence of waterfowl
managers also see it as extremely important in protecting the public from outbreaks of diseases such as rabies.
Of course, the animal rights
lobby continues to spread an abundance of misinformation about trapping in an effort to end what, in its opinion, is an inhumane
have to do is read the rhetoric produced by some animal rights groups such as those comment posted recently on an USSA article
regarding America’s top 10 treats to trapping after a twitter post by the group Born Free USA.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the number one
anti-hunting and anti-trapping group in the nation, is often the forerunner behind anti-trapping legislation. HSUS has attempted
to ban foothold traps, but doesn’t just stop there. HSUS has made it clear it seeks and “outright prohibition
on all body-gripping traps due to the inherent cruelty of the devices.”
The Animal Protection Institute encourages people to prohibit
trapping on their land, boycott businesses that sell fur, support trapping bans and encourage non-lethal wildlife controls.
The People for the Ethical Treatment
of Animals (PETA) is famous for its many stunts held to protest trapping and the wearing of fur including naked women in cages,
throwing fade blood on fur coats, and protesting outside of operas and other higher profile events.
Just as disturbing if not more,
is the fact that some sportsmen have developed the attitude that trapping is a disposable part of our outdoor heritage. This
type of short-term thinking is the result of not understanding the foes to all hunting, fishing, and trapping. It is nothing
short of ignorant to think that a ban on trapping would not affect all sportsmen and women and that if the anti’s are
handed trapping on a platter, that they will let other sportsmen alone.
During my 18 years at the USSA, I have witnessed in states such as Massachusetts, that
once the anti’s stop trapping, they continue to work even harder to destroy other parts of our heritage. Add Colorado,
California, New Jersey, Florida and other states to that list.
Believe me, if all trapping were banned tomorrow, the animal rights lobby would not
just roll up their tents and head home. They would focus on other aspects of our outdoor heritage. Hunting with hounds, bear
hunting, and even fishing are already the next traditions in the antis’ crosshairs, but they would be encouraged to
continue with an even greater assault on these and other sports if trapping were lost.
Sportsmen must understand that if any one of our traditions
is sacrificed, other parts of our hunting heritage may fall, as well. We should and must continue to solidify our defenses,
stand shoulder to shoulder, and support each other regardless of whether we trap, shot, fish or hunt.
* With permission-Doug
Jeanneret, U. S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Vice President of Marketing.