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

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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."

To Find Your Representative... and other links to the Legislature, visit our Legislature page.


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.


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