Starksafe Gloves!
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Stark Cut Resistant Gloves

©2014 Brent Reece

 

All you anglers and hunters out there need to pay attention to this product. These are the Starks Cut Resistant Gloves. They will literally save your hands and fingers!

 

As an avid angler I often have fish to clean and quite honestly if you have ever tried to fillet a Bluefish or a Striper you know how slippery they can be. These gloves will keep you safe while you are getting the job done!

 

You hunters out there know how dangerous it can be gutting a bear or a deer and you have to have two hands in play at all times. Pushing this, cutting that and so on. What about skinning? Sharp blades make quick work of the biggest of skinning jobs and can make quick work of your hands as well.

 

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IFW Adopts Emergency Trapping Rule Changes In Northern Maine
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For Immediate Release                                                                                   December 9, 2014

IFW Adopts Emergency Trapping Rule Changes In Northern Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has implemented immediate trapping regulation changes through an emergency rule making process after two Canada lynx were killed in traps this fall.

“We are taking immediate measures to drastically decrease the probability of having another lynx killed in a trap,” said James Connolly, Director, IFW Bureau of Resource Management.

Effective immediately, lethal traps that are commonly used to catch fisher and marten are not allowed above ground or snow level in areas of the state where there are lynx, specifically Wildlife Management Districts (WMDs) 1-11, 14,18,19 (Predominantly Aroostook, northern Somerset, northern Piscataquis, northern Penobscot, northern Hancock and northern Washington counties). In WMDs 7,14,18,19, lethal traps smaller than 7 ½ inches may be used on the ground if the trap is placed within a lynx exclusion device.  Additionally, the use of any foothold trap above the ground or snow level will not be allowed in these WMDs.

The new regulations were triggered by a contingency provision in the Department’s incidental take plan developed to obtain a permit under the Endangered Species Act from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the unintended take of Canada lynx resulting from the Department’s trapping programs.

Under the conditions set forth in the incidental take plan, if two lynx are killed by legally set traps, trapping rules will be modified to prevent the likelihood of another lynx being killed.

These are the first lynx trapping deaths in six years in Maine. Statistics show that trapping is not a major factor impacting Maine’s lynx population. Since 2009, there were 26 lynx killed by vehicles, and only 2 by trapping.

“Although trapping related deaths are uncommon, we have worked diligently with Maine trappers in order to change the regulations to protect lynx,” said Connolly. “We are committed to protecting Maine’s lynx population.”

According to Laury Zicari, supervisor of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Maine Field Office, “The incidental take permit for trapping issued to Maine accounted for the possibility of lynx deaths. It outlined what trapping restrictions would need to be implemented if lynx were killed to hopefully avoid additional deaths. We commend Maine’s swift action through these regulation changes to address this issue, demonstrating that the permit framework is working.”

The first lynx death was self-reported by the trapper to the Maine Warden Service when he checked his traps as required by Maine regulations and the conditions of the Incidental Take Permit. The second dead lynx was discovered Sunday, December 7 St. Croix Township by a Maine Game Warden conducting a routine check of traps for compliance with Maine trapping regulations.  An initial inspection by the game warden showed that the trap was set in compliance with Maine’s trapping regulations. The trapper was immediately notified by the warden about the capture.

“Trapping education, outreach and compliance with Maine trapping laws are important aspect of Maine’s lynx management plan. The Maine Warden Service is in the field, working with trappers, to make sure trappers are complying with Maine’s trapping regulations to protect lynx from accidental trapping,” said Major Chris Cloutier.

Trappers are required to report all lynx captures and all lynx captures are investigated by the Maine Warden Service.

Brian Cogill, President of the Maine Trappers Association commented that “The Maine Trappers Association has always supported department efforts to protect lynx. Trappers understand and believe that these measures are currently needed, and support these immediate protections for lynx. We look forward to working with the department as they develop long-term regulations to protect lynx for the 2015 season and beyond.”

Lynx are listed as threatened under the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).  IFW recently received an incidental take permit issued by the USFWS, which allows for the accidental trapping of Canada lynx by trappers legally pursuing furbearers in Maine. The permit outlines specific protocols and mitigation measures for the incidental take of lynx that minimizes direct impacts to lynx while providing habitat that benefits species recovery.

In 2006, Maine’s lynx population was estimated at between 750 and 1,000. IFW has increased protections for lynx in those areas where lynx are now found. IFW will also be conducting a lynx population survey this winter.

Maine’s lynx population is a subset of a larger population of lynx in Canada, and Maine lynx continue to interact with a far-reaching lynx population in Canada.

As part of an extensive 12-year lynx study, the IFW radio-collared over 80 lynx and monitored their movements, and documented survival and birth rates. Although more lynx die on roads than in traps, the major source of mortality for the 85 radio-collared lynx tracked over a 12-year period in northern Maine was predation by fisher and starvation attributed to disease (i.e., lungworm).

Radio-collar research of Maine’s lynx show that Maine’s lynx travel in and out of Canada, and ear-tagged Maine lynx have also been captured in Canada. Maine’s lynx study showed that one lynx travelled a straight-line distance of 249 miles from northern Maine into the Gaspe Peninsula.

Another lynx was tracked using a Global Positioning System (GPS) collar after it was trapped and released last fall. Although the lynx was initially trapped northeast of Greenville, in May, the lynx headed east all the way to Fredericton, New Brunswick, before turning around and venturing back to the Greenville area, covering 481 miles from March through December.

Jesus Culture – Rooftops!
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GREAT VIDEO!!!

 

Check out this video!!!

 

 

 

Thank You Lord for My Life…my wife …my everlasting life.

May you all Have a wonderful Christmas!!!

Winter means coyote slaying time is here!
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Here in the Northwoods the coyote season has begun full swing. Some of the better hunters are already stacking up the hides and skulls. Like Bradley Stover of the Maine Deer Hunters page on FB. The deer herd in Maine is forever thankful to hunters who reduce the predators as they go into winter. Winters up here have been hard over the last few years. About 5 years ago the Northern deer took a really hard hit over two winters in which biologists estimated we lost 45 to 52% of the herd just from the winter kill caused by excessive snow and cold. Add to that the coyotes were on an upswing and deer were in serious trouble. The flipside of that is that with massive die off of deer that winter a large number of coyotes also died off from starvation. Now we hunters have to keep the pressure on and continue to cull coyotes all we can to keep their population in check.

 

Well here’s the link to my original post in July about the “Never Ending 24/7/365 Coyote Elimination Contest”

 

Read over the rules and submit your pics! Looking forward to seeing some great stuff!

 

North Country Deer Hunt!
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North Country Deer Hunt!

©2014 Brent Reece

 

                            

 

                  The quest begins and ends here, a track in the snow.

 

 

I come from a tradition of deer hunting lost to most of the rest of the country. A tradition of deer knowledge and skills handed down through the generations. A type of hunting we call D or D…or just DD. Deer or day, which ever dies first. What it encompasses is the concept that you find a deer track and you get on it. You track that deer until you have either killed it or the day has passed into night.

 

Real deer hunters celebrate the first snows of fall hunting. Gathering in the backcountry in old haunts hunted by fathers and grandfathers ahead of them. Each hunter having a particular ridge or trail system they preferred. Some having hunted in the shadow of the previous generations or ran along side a sibling who shared the knowledge and skills.  Passing on the old ways to insure they survive.

 

My clan always headed for Crystal/Stacyville and places like the Cow Team Road. Back in the day that was strictly a washed out logging road that had hundreds of miles of side roads and twitch trails all along it. We loved the fringes of the THOUSAND ACRE BOG. Truly, a hellhole for humans, but a paradise for big bucks and record moose.

 

No matter where you venture you still have to first hike the trails and tracks to find a deer worth tracking. Once you cut the track you get your bearings look over the topography and start your strategy. It is not as simple as just getting on a track and casing after the deer in the hopes you see him just long enough for a shot. You have to know where you are and also figure out where that wily buck is headed. Part of the trick is moving to get ahead of a ridge-runner and ambush him as he runs the ridge. Taking advantage of their tendency to watch their back trail to keep you just far enough behind to stay safe. Cutting the loop as we call it is a sure fire way to get inside his comfort zone and maybe get a good shot. Older deer have had predators chase them before, and learn to watch their backtrail to avoid having one get too close.

 

You can see this happening as you track the deer right from the start. Initially you are trying to close the gap to catch up to the deer that passed maybe an hour earlier. When he senses you are behind him he will pick certain spots to stop and watch for you. They are always in heavy cover and from higher ground. The tracks will show you he stopped, milled around, and saw you long before you could see him. Then he will slip away, either going higher to run the ridge to a safe place he has used before. Or in some cases I have had deer bust me and tear out full tilt from higher ground and dash down the ridge headed back the way they came. Heading straight back to a secure bedding or feeding area as fast as it’s furry butt can haul it. The latter are never caught up with.

 

The real smart ones seem to just keep climbing and changing direction. So we sometimes call in blockers to approach the area from other access points to keep the deer from leaving the county entirely. FRS radios will allow you to check in with hunting partners and share info on that wily buck that is staying just too far ahead to be a shooter. We often have other hunters who watch vast stretches of logging road for that deer as we push him as we track him. If he breaks cover and crosses a known road we can sometimes shorten the loop and catch him where he came out. Then get back on the track knowing we are just minutes behind.

 

I lost a really nice deer once by sending a buddy over to a road I knew my buck was going to cross if he kept running in the same direction. He had to jog about 300 yards from where he had been sitting to get over to where my buck was headed. I was fast approaching that old road when I heard a shot. I was still tracking that buck and was looking all around as I kept on it in case the buck came back my way. When I stepped out of the tree line, there it was, dead on the ground where my buddy had dropped it. That deer had been so preoccupied with me that it just calmly walked out and crossed the road. Stopping on the other side to look back and never saw Ray aiming that old 35 Remington. I couldn’t get mad ….it was only the 2nd deer he ever shot in his life. Sure wasn’t happy about it though. Liver and heart sure tasted good at camp that night. The rest of our little safari teased him enough for all of us!

 

The Benoits of New Hampshire have written a lot on this style of hunting. As have writers like Hal Blood of Maine. Snow tracking is a lost art and a dying skill. So if you want to be a real hunter and not tree stander. You need to pack light, bring a lunch and warm clothes. Choose a 308 Winchester with see thru mounts, and a low power scope. The scope is faster than iron sights, but sights work better when the shots come at a closer than expected distance.

 

The best way to learn is to just get out there and track’em! Try to study the topography and you will see how they play the terrain against you. If you stop along the way and get that feeling like you are being watched, you are! Never look for the whole deer, look for an ear flicker, horns, or outlines. Pieces of the deer will catch your eye when he is using cover to hide in.

My good friend Pete Lord of Littleton Maine once took a deer after tracking it for hours. The only thing he could see for sure was the deer’s nose as the steam came out with each breath. He put a 308 170 grainer right up it’s nasal passage! Deer dropped right on the spot! Head was useless for a mount…but man didn’t it eat good!

 

 

 

 

- Brent 11/24/2014