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'05 May 03

The Cover Up

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Thanks Commissioners, For helping me cover this up!!!

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With every legislative bill, there are always two sides. Let’s present these two sides so you can decide which group is doing the right thing and which wants to continue with bad government. You be the judge. In this current legislative session, there is a bill, AB3, to do an audit of Nevada Department of Wildlife. (NDOW)

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Every time you go to the field be prepared for a confrontation. That is a good possibility, especially if you use an off-road vehicle. Currently there are two bills, SB397 and SB400 that, if passed, will have many negative impacts, not only on hunters but all people who use the outdoors.

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At various times over the past twenty years, I was a member of a county game board to manage wildlife. When I was not a member, I attended these meetings on a regular basis. At these meetings, it was always Nevada Department of Wildlife’s (NDOW) position that no one from a county game board, ranch, farm or a hunter knew anything about fish and game matters. This was in spite of the age of the individual or how many years experience they had pertaining to wildlife matters.

'05 Mar 02

The Time is Now!

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Are you willing to give up ten minutes to straighten out the mess that NDOW and the Wildlife Commission have gotten us into? You can help by phoning, writing or e-mailing some Nevada legislators regarding some very important wildlife bills.

Mr. Chairman and members of the Wildlife Commission, I would like my prepared testimony included in the minutes of this meeting as Commissioner Bradley had requested of his comments during your August 6th and 7th 2004 meeting.

'04 Nov 05

GET READY!

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HUNTER’S ALERT has five proposed bills in the upcoming 2005 legislative session. These bills are designed to bring back our deer, have accountability for sportsmen’s money and put knowledgeable people on the Wildlife Commission. NDOW and the Wildlife Commission will not like this as they prefer selling out the sportsmen. So get ready! for they will be using fear, lies and intimidation to make sure these bills don’t become law. Don’t believe them! It is quite apparent that what they are doing isn’t working. So let’s work to make these long overdue changes. Do your part by letting the legislators know how you feel about the way NDOW and the Wildlife Commission are managing our game. HUNTER’S ALERT will have all the information on the proposed bills and how you can do your part to see that these bills are passed.

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What the hell ever happened to government for the people, by the people.  Today it is government protecting corrupt government employees. Think about it. Nevada has literally thousands of state employees and you never hear of any one of them being prosecuted. I guess they are all perfect employees. Let me give you an example of a corrupt state agency in Nevada and who protects this agency. The head of the Nevada Department of Wildlife for twenty years was Willie Molini. Here is a partial list of his corruption and the other government agencies that protected him during his tenure.

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It is quite apparent that our deer herds will not be brought back during our era. However, with your help, perhaps the deer herds can be salvaged for your children or grandchildren. Why do we make such a statement? Let’s get down to the very basics.

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An ongoing research project on the 3-Bar Wildlife Area near Roosevelt Lake is helping biologists to better understand--and to an extent redefine--the predator-prey relationship.

The study’s findings so far indicate that predators may have a more significant impact on deer populations than biologists previously thought. The prevailing biological belief is that habitat conditions are the primary controlling factor for deer populations, not predation. The long-term deer study at the 3-Bar is punching holes in parts of biological theory, and others.

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Kayne Robinson replaced Charlton Heston as president of the NRA (National Rifle Association) on April 28, 2003. He is a straight forward, tell-it-like-it-is sort of guy. In the Shot Business magazine (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) of January, 2004 he gave an interview and one of the questions asked of him was “What do you see as the barriers to the continuation of the shooting sports?”  Following is his response in its entirety to this question.  We will then compare his concerns to what Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) is doing.

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During the last legislative session, Assemblyman Jerry Claborn asked the NDOW Director, Terry Crawforth if now that NDOW just received $7 million because of increases in fees, wasn’t there enough money to hire another biologist. Terry Crawforth emphatically stated no. 

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In the January 4, 2004 Reno Gazette-Journal, an article entitled “Nevada’s Dangerous Crossings” appeared. In that article, it states “Wildlife officials estimate that between 1,000 and 2,000 deer are killed on Nevada roadways every year.”
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Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) and the Wildlife Commissioners want…more rules, more regulations, more law enforcement and less game. For years HUNTER’S ALERT has told you that NDOW”s main focus is on law enforcement, not producing more game for sportsmen. Here is proof of what we have stated. NDOW and the Wildlife Commissioners have come up with their proposals for the next legislative session. It consists of thirty six pages of more law enforcement, nothing, repeat nothing to bring back our deer. Not only deer, but nothing for game of any type!

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If cougars do reclaim the Eastern U.S., will they eat all the deer? The commonly accepted answer is that cougars kill one deer per week on average. The calculation dates from a 1959 study. More recent studies have validated this estimate, but they have also shown that there are many variables. For example, cougars have to kill more often in warmer climates, where meat spoils, says David Stoner, graduate research assistant with the Department of Forestry, Range, and Wildlife of Utah State University, who currently has a small population of wild cougars collared with GPS tracking devices. Recently in Yellowstone National Park, where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reintroduced wolves to the ecosystem, cougars have had to kill more often because the wolves are stealing the cougars’ kills, according to Stoner. But cougars don’t eat only deer. They are opportunists. Studies have found that they’ll eat everything--including porcupines or your dog.

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The Nevada Department of Wildlife is a prime example of the typical bureaucratic scheme out of control. Mr. Terry Crawforth, the head of this rogue department of Nevada’s executive branch of government, is primarily interested in acquiring additional funding (direct or indirect taxation through fee increases, licenses, stamps, permits, etc.) expanding the size of his dominion and promoting his own agenda (his background is law enforcement) with little or no input from the thousands of sportsmen he is sworn to serve. Rather than focusing on the traditional priorities of a wildlife department such as the propagation of fish and game, safeguarding sportsmen’s rights to enjoy the resource and a myriad of other positive pursuits, he seems determined to turn his department into a “law enforcement” agency under a “trumped up” concern with poaching which he would have others believe has reached epidemic proportions. And why not? Most of his immediate crew would much prefer the glamorous life of sitting in a new Excursion (their vehicle of choice) in a freshly pressed uniform with gun and badge - talking on a radio, compared to venturing out into the desert with shovel in hand or driving a front loader to create a water project for game. Evidence of Mr. Crawforth’s obsession with law enforcement is readily available. Several months ago he and a few of his cronies proposed a ban on four wheelers (ATV’s) when used in hunting off  roads or trails. In addition, he has promoted the concept of licensing all off road vehicles, with his department receiving a share of the proceeds. This would, of course, require substantially  more law enforcement to check thousands of vehicle registrations and keep violators from trespassing on what is presently open land, freely accessible. This restriction on ATV use and the licensing of such will be presented to the State Legislature in a package of desired bill drafts at the next session. Also included in the request for legislation will be an expansion on game wardens’ authority to establish “administrative roadblocks” virtually anywhere they please, rather than on state highways only, as the law presently provides. Mr. Crawforth’s preoccupation with law enforcement is obvious as the latest published report shows him spending $2.8 million on game and $2.3 million on law enforcement which produces no revenue. That priority comes at the expense of biological programs and habitat studies and projects which would create more fish and game. The irony, of course, is the fact that hunters and fishermen are asked to fund that which will be used to regulate, restrict and control their involvement in the sport they love. (Sportsmen’s money comprises approximately 97 percent of the department’s revenue) As mentioned above the sportsmen have very little say in the situation. One would think that the Wildlife Commission which has oversight over Mr. Crawforth and the Department of Wildlife, would give balance to his excesses, in fact, just the opposite is true. You see, Mr. Crawforth is the “secretary” of that commission -  a body which is charged with regulating his department. In reality, The Wildlife Commission has “rubber stamped” practically every goal or priority he has submitted! While it is true that “citizens” are allowed to be heard at Commission meetings, the comparative few that can take time from their employment to speak are virtual voices in the wilderness when compared to influence of the Commission’s “secretary” whom they look to for guidance. The concerns of the “people” are drowned out as Mr. Crawforth hobnobs with the commissioners during lunches, retreats, parties at commissioners’ homes and other “off the record” contacts. The sportsman’s voice is relegated to the status of nuisance, something which must be endured at official meetings. Then, that which has been contemplated, if not actually agreed to, can be instituted as if the process were actually legitimate. The whole procedure is a scam and has led to a wholesale lack of confidence in a structure which was originally devised to produce fish and game and a wholesome recreation for the sportsmen of the state. With this type of leadership, the sportsmen and the natural resource continue to suffer.
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I am being told that Nevada Department of Wildlife‘s  (NDOW’s) legislative proposals have already been submitted. If this is true, then this board, along with others, have been treated worse than a mushroom. They have kept you in the dark, but failed to throw you their b.s in time for you to do anything about it.. If you choose to oppose any of NDOW’s bill proposals, you will have to do that at the Legislature because the proposals have already been submitted. It appears that the advisory boards were conveniently left out on some of their proposals and for this reason, it is apparent that they didn’t want your opinion because as usual, your opinion doesn’t count.  The Game Bureau was told all of their bill draft proposals would have to be submitted to the Legislative Committee for approval. However, only Law Enforcement proposals weren’t required to be submitted to the Legislative Committee for approval. Law enforcement proposals were sent directly for bill draft regardless of what the Committee decided. Perhaps after you review the Legislative Committee’s proposals, you may want to submit a petition to change the name from the Nevada Department of Wildlife to the Nevada Department of Law Enforcement!

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Being politically correct has been the thing to be for the last twenty years for politicians and government employees. In reality, it has buried us in actually doing what is correct. Let’s examine how being politically correct has hurt sportsmen in our state.

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“I sure appreciate your good work. We need to do full battle against these morons.” J.G., Las Vegas

“Thanks for your efforts!” A.S., Henderson

“Keep up the good work!” H.P., Moapa, J.H., Carson City, R.F., Las Vegas, V.E., Las Vegas, G.K., Las Vegas, D. & D. C., Reno

“Wildlife Commission sucks.” D.C., Reno

“Just read your Fall 2003 publication. I can’t believe my eyes!! I’m a 50 year Nevada resident; what can I do to help our cause?” K.I., Reno

“Keep up the good work” “NDOW director makes too much money. I also have been applying for Nevada elk 26 years and mountain goat 26 years. Something wrong with bonus point system.”  R.G., Hawthorne

“I am very angry with NDOW over the rancher in Mina named Bob Eddy. They (NDOW) should be cited for their illegal activities! NDOW has way too much authority and should be more regulated and better managed. Keep up the good work and please keep us informed on all their activities.” J.M., Fallon

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1. NDOW excuses are up to ten and the number is rising for the decline of our deer but none of the excuses include predators.

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