Bear Referendum 2014

HSUS Exposed
How the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Exploited Maine's Citizen Initiative Petition Process

by David Trahan
Executive Director
Sportsman's Alliance of Maine

Attention Sportsmen and Women SAM members!

Today (12-22-14), George Smith wrote a blog where he misrepresented my personal position on Sunday hunting and also implied future SAM action. Below is my post on his blog.
Sunday hunting is controversial and should be handled smartly, George is stirring the pot, please disregard his blog.

Blog Post

"George Smith has grossly misrepresented my position. When I was an elected representative I opposed Sunday hunting because the people of my district opposed Sunday hunting, I personally support Sunday hunting! SAM Board has yet to take a position because the bill titles have yet to be released. There are several Sunday hunting bills introduced each year, SAM may take a position then. George, pick a fight with someone else please."

David Trahan
Executive Director
Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine

"Fair editorial by the Kennebec Journal, I appreciate them reporting this issue. Let the debate begin." -David Trahan
Loophole opens citizen initiatives to outside sway.

SAM's 5th Annual "Save our Heritage" Banquet and Auction
September, 21 2013

David Trahan This years banquet and auction was a great success and a lot of fun. Thanks to the generous donations and great turnout. More pictures and highlights to be posted soon.

Here's SAM's Executive Director David Trahan. We didn't get a lot for him but we still have visitation rights.


What's Gerry doing?
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He enjoys that way to much!

More pictures in the Photo Gallery.


July 6
Maine Voices: Sportsmen's group, Legislature work to build safer communities


To: David Trahan
From: Gary Hilliard
Re: SAM Efforts

Thanks for a great effort in the legislature this year regarding the gun control issues; I think SAM represented the gun owners of Maine very well. I also appreciate SAM’s efforts now at the beginning of what will be a long battle regarding bear hunting in Maine.

My grandson and I just returned from a successful bear hunt in Northern Maine, and our continued hunting rights are very important to us. I have enclosed a three year SAM membership for myself and each of my grandsons, as well as two annual business memberships to help support your efforts.

I value the direction I see SAM going over the past year or so and encourage you to maintain that positive leadership.

Gary Hilliard

To David Trahan and the SAM Board,

We applaud your decision not to take part in this latest attempt by Quimby to build support for her park plan. Although this recent “soft” campaign being conducted by Lucas St. Clair may appear at first glance as if they are taking a different direction, it’s very clear that federal control of the Maine woods is her desired goal.

Thank you for standing firm and refusing to grant her any ground. SAM’s new leadership and positive actions in the past year are encouraging to us all and we are gratified to have you as allies in this war.

Anne Mitchell

Talkin' Maine with David Trahan 2013

SAM's Executive Director, David Trahan
speaking on the current gun control issue.

March 18, 2013
Dear Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee:
I am writing you on behalf of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. We are concerned about LD 421, An Act to Prohibit the Unauthorized Harvesting of Wild Mushrooms and Fiddleheads. We have no concerns with the mushrooms section of this legislation and understand the recent new law regulating the harvesting of mushrooms, but we do have significant concerns about the fiddleheads section of this bill.
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Recently, SAM circulated a questionnaire to members asking these two questions:
Some have criticized the Advisory Council to the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife as unnecessary.
Are you familiar with the Advisory Council?
Responses indicated 3-1 members were not familiar with the Advisory Council

Do you see value in the Advisory Council?
SAM member familiar with the Advisory Council responded well over 2-1, yes.

For these reasons we are going to spend more time educating our members about the Advisory Council and how you can use them to make sure sportsmen and women are well represented. I have served on the Advisory Council and feel it is very valuable if used properly. SAM members have said loud and clear they support the Council. For that reason, we will oppose efforts to repeal this potentially valuable resource.
David Trahan
Cathy DeMerchant, current Chair of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Advisory Council.


"It is disturbing how Maine's freedom of access law is being abused by political groups."
David Trahan
Executive Director
Sportsman's Alliance of Maine

SAM members,
Please see below the actions taken by Virginia to make confidential concealed carry permit information, also see why!
story here:

March 12th, 2013
Testimony of David Trahan, Executive Director, Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, in Support of LD 345, An Act To Ensure the Confidentiality of Concealed Weapons Permit Holder Information. Before the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary.

February 27, 2013
Journalists should focus on the bad guys
David Trahan
Executive Director, Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine

February 20, 2013
"SAM has been very effective in protecting our 2nd amendment rights. David Trahan is a good man doing a good job for us. If it wasn't for SAM and the NRA we'd be singing a much different tune right now. Those of us who want to keep our rights to protect ourselves ought to be dues paying members to both organizations. We're either going to stay vigilant or we're going to see our right to own a gun taken away. We need to speak with one voice.
It's no small victory to win against people who buy ink by the barrel."

Senator Doug Thomas
As Maine Goes

February 20, 2013
"David, what a great job you did last night!!
I just printed and filled out my application to mail to you. I would have done so last night but you ran out, which is a great thing!!
The people of Limington, Buxton and Hollis are ready to stand with you and fight. You can count on me to do anything in my power to help SAM protect our rights. I am proud that our club is now a member and you can consider our club house available to you if you need a venue in our area.

Leroy McDonough
Buxton/Hollis Rod and Gun Club

February 15, 2013
Missouri Democrats Want to Confiscate Your Guns
Leave it the Show Me State to be the embarrassment of the country...

February 15, 2013
BDN rescinds request for records of concealed weapon permit holders

February 14, 2013
Concealed Weapons Permit Names Requested by BDN

February 12, 2013
Maine lawmakers questions access to conceal permit holders

January 4, 2013
"Summary of Select Firearms violence Prevention Strategies"
from the Obama/Holder Justice Department National Institute of Justice. When you get to the real conclusions, they are that the gun control panaceas just don't work. For example, magazine capacity limitation would require "buybacks," i.e. confiscation, and decades to have any effect on crime. due to the numbers of magazines in circulation. the same with "assault weapons."

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DIFW Wild Turkey Working Group Meeting 2013

Prepared by Gerry Lavigne

On February 15, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife held a meeting of its wild turkey stakeholder group. This group had previously assembled in 2010, and it was to have met in late summer 2012 to provide DIFW with recommendations for new legislation and/ or rule changes. With several legislative bills already pending, DIFW and the working group had a bit of catching-up to do.
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A second entity that refuses to identify itself has asked for the same information as the Bangor Daily News.

BDN rescinds request for records of concealed weapon permit holders

Concealed Weapons Permit Names Requested by BDN‏

Maine lawmakers questions access to conceal permit holders

States' crime rates show scant linkage to gun laws!

President Obama Introduces a Plan to Reduce Gun Violence

Feinstein Introduces Massive Semi- Auto Firearm and Magazine Ban

The Maine Constitution affirms owning firearms is individual right

by David Trahan

Some in Biddeford howl over coyotes
At least 30 reports of the animals boldly roaming city streets have state officials concerned.

SAM’s Board meeting minutes
August 14, 2013

SAM News Winter 2012
- Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine Executive Director’s Report
- SAM Banquet
- Coyote hunting and trapping workshop
- Upcoming Legislative Agenda
- Maine State Conservation Center
- SAM Members Feedback is Helpful

SAM's testimony in opposition to The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s proposed rule regulating the feeding of deer.
November 2012
While we share many of the Department’s concerns regarding improper deer feeding practices by the public, SAM disagrees with the Department’s approach toward solving this problem. As written, this rule criminalizes nearly every individual who provides supplemental feed for deer in Maine. As such, the Department has over-reached its legislative authority as defined in Title 12, M.R.S.A. Sec. 10105.
Read the full testimony.

Gerry Lavigne: Deer recovery efforts in Maine are working
November 4, 2012
Managing coyote predation is a focused control effort in the most vulnerable and remote deer yards.
Sun Journal Article
Bangor Daily News Article

SAM NEWS - Archives

Fall 2012

Summer 2012

Spring 2012

The leader of SAM: Meet the man and his mission
November 19
The Portland Press Herald

Ressolution Regarding a Proposed National Park in Northern Maine.

Maine Outdoor Federation is defunct.

SAM's Wolf Testimony

SAM’s Deer Action Plan

SAM'S Integrated Coyote Control Plan

2012 Pickering Commission on Hunting Laws, Rules, and Publications

Wind Power Gives Maine Businesses a Boost

Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine Stands with Partners To Oppose National Park Plan

Earlier in 2011

Youth and disabled veteran trout pond planned in South China

Working in partnership with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, SAM, the DEP, Ron Giles, (Southport) and Bill Dion, (Nobleboro), plan to build a trout pond on Dirigo Rd in South China, estimated at 3.5 to 5 acres with varying depths of 12 to 20 feet. The pond, once completed, will be landscaped with camping and recreational areas established.

Spillways and berms have already been built and plans are to begin digging below the water table in the spring of 2012. Once completed, the pond will be protected with an easement to guarantee public access and youth only, (16 and under) and disabled veteran, (fully disabled) access in perpetuity. IF&W will stock and manage the fishery. Special thanks to Ron and Bill, we will follow and update SAM members on progress.
Youth Pond Youth Pond
David Trahan and Bill Dion discussing the preparations of the youth and veterans only pond.


Adopted September, 2011
The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine is the state’s largest organization dedicated to the conservation of our natural resources, support of our outdoor heritage, and the solemn rights of all Mainers and other Americans to keep and bear arms. We support and advance the right of all citizens to make, acquire, keep, and use firearms responsibly.
Since 2006, discussions have been underway among nations and organizations at the United Nations aiming to curb the international traffic of weapons of mass destruction, military weapons, and small arms. While we certainly embrace the idea of freedom without fear and the attainment of national and international peace and prosperity, we cannot ignore the evidence that demonstrates in whole that a disarmed population is at the mercy of aggressors, and that the only path to freedom and prosperity is through the security of a well-armed population.
The discussions at the United Nations have not yet materialized in the form a of a memorialized draft document, but considerations of regulating a nation’s domestic gun trade—including provisions that would eliminate ownership of classes of firearms, including semiautomatic and large-caliber arms—envision policies that would abridge the Second Amendment rights of all Americans. We believe that as with any treaty considered by the United States, no provision in an international agreement is acceptable that subordinates the Constitution of the United States of America to the will of any foreign power or consortium of foreign powers, not excluding the United Nations.
The right to keep and bear arms is the fountainhead of American freedom. We urge our members and their associates to be vigilant against attempts to disarm them, under any auspices, and for any cause.
So help us God.

SAM Enters Next Phase of Modernization

Members will notice that there have been a lot of changes at SAM over the last year. First, George Smith announced his retirement after 18 years of service. Then after a lengthy search, the board hired a new Executive Director. After a few months, that fit didn’t work well, so the board member Matt Dunlap was asked to step in and serve as Executive Director, which he has done since January.

Also, the operations manager position has changed dramatically. Amy Cookson came in to help Matt reconfigure the day-to-day administration in the front office. But in April Amy found another job (with a Master’s degree, that was a matter of time—but we were hoping!), so Matt, in his pragmatic, problem-solving way, hired Becky Morrell away from the Legislature, where she was starring as the Committee Clerk for both the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee and the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee. She started in mid-April and been one of the best things to happen to SAM in a while.

Matt agreed to help modernize SAM’s administrative processes (he was named Maine Public Administrator of the Year by the Maine chapter of the American Association for Public Administration back in 2008, so he knows a thing or two about running an office) and also took over the lobbying, fundraising and communications duties while he contemplated taking on the job permanently. Media leaks in early June reported that he had decided to decline the permanent position and return to the board early this fall. Of course, the board was hopeful that Matt would continue on. As he maps out his future with his family, he’s decided to move in a different direction professionally. However, the work that he, Amy and Becky have accomplished have ensured that the future of SAM promises to be strong.

The board has been examining the mission of the organization and has put in place plans for new leadership that will be announced mid-summer, after all the details are ironed out, and once unveiled, will be a move that will be celebrated by SAM members and partners. As for Matt, he will be continuing to contribute to SAM’s success and will be a critical player in charting the course for SAM as a member organization.

March 22, 2011
DIF&W appoints three to leadership roles.

March 20, 2011
Annual Hawk Watch at Bradbury Mtn. State Park is now underway.

March 20, 2011
Deidre Fleming: New Bill to Protect rights of owners worries land users.

March 17, 2011
Maine takes aim at coyotes to bolsters deer population.

February 2, 2011
Matt Dunlap quoted on poaching problems.

February 2011
Public Hearing on LD 134, An Act to Protect Native Landlocked Salmon Fisheries from Invasive Fish Species, on February 9, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. in the Cross Office Building Room 206. This bill is sponsored by treasurer Rep. Paul Davis, R-Sangerville

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