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'93 May 31

EDITORIAL

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What have you done for me lately? We've all heard that old cliche But what have you done to save your hunting lately? Sure, you belong to one of the many fine sportsman's organizations like Ducks Unlimited. When you left their annual banquet after buying raffle tickets and an auction purchase, you felt good inside knowing you had done your part to help waterfowl. But what is Ducks Unlimited doing to ensure hunters will be able to hunt ducks in five, ten, or twenty years? The same is true for many other well-meaning outdoor organizations.

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It just wasn't the year. Anyone who wants to have better hunting and fishing in our state would like to have seen a department of fish and game independent of the Department of Wildlife. This would mean all hunting and fishing money and matching funds would go back into hunting and fishing programs.

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A press release on June 29th by HUNTER'S ALERT, Nevada Hunters Association, and Nevada State Rifle and Pistol Association revealed that Nevada Department of Wildlife was using their fax. stationery, and postage to mail newsletters for private groups. The leader of one group, Wildlife Commissioner Tina Nappe*, sent mailings from "Lahontan Wetlands Coalition" courtesy of NDOW.

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Each legislative session, hundreds of bills are introduced and many eventually become Nevada law. The challenge is for each legislator to get up-to-date on these issues as quickly as possible. While all legislators bring a vast background of experience, it's impossible to have all the background necessary in all the areas needed and that's where you become very important to the process of assuring good government.

'93 May 31

The Problem

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THE PROBLEM: Governor Miller, the Wildlife Commission, and Nevada Department of Wildlife Director Will Molini are the people directly responsible for the disappearance of our game. For years they have been told about this serious problem but refused to do anything to correct it. HUNTER'S ALERT is featuring articles from around Nevada. We realize it will not do any good with the people responsible for creating this dismal situation. But, readers, remember that next year is election year and we can do something about it then!

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As another severe critic of the Wildlife Department for their disgraceful inequities and mismanagement of our deer herds and wildlife, I personally and wholeheartedly endorse and support your crusade, efforts, and allegations that are directed at and pertain to Molini and the unscrupulous conduct and lack of good judgement practiced and demonstrated by the present adamant staff. The department, in my estimation, demonstrated by conduct now has developed into a big and powerful political bureaucracy with the blessings of the politically appointed commission members who are actually at the mercy of the biologically indoctrinated wildlife department staff. What qualifications do these politically appointed individuals have in order to discuss, disagree, or ability to make corrections and recommendations to be followed responsibly?

My opinion is that wildlife commissioners are not much different from the jurors that serve on a grand jury investigation. These individuals' names are drawn out of a contained list of individuals off the streets, so to speak. Like any attorney or commissioner, what chance and wildlife knowledge do they have to serve them against an educated staff of biologists. These are professionals with a well prepared barrage of answers using all of their biological scientific terminology to intimidate and embarrass such individuals with limited educations. This is the biggest reason they manage to end up getting their way. They have all the answers and explanations for the commissioners to sit there and just listen, while they receive their biology lesson for the day. Most politicians (Wildlife commissioners) lack the experience and wildlife knowledge to criticize and refute these experts at their own game. I would welcome the opportunity to serve on one of these juries.

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I guess the anti-hunting movement really started about thirty yean ago. It was going to be easy for them to accomplish their goal, just outlaw guns. This didn't get very far because guns are used for many other purposes and because of opposition from a very strong National Rifle Association.

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I want to commend the Nevada State Rifle and Pistol Association, and Hunter's Alert in their efforts to change the makeup of the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

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Since the government began to discourage trapping and began systematically cutting back on predator control, we have lost nearly all of our deer, and we're losing our Mountain Sheep too.

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Let's go play golf or tennis! When you have completed your favorite pastime, was there any chance of being cited, fined, or your property seized? Of course not.

Now let's go hunting and fishing and ask ourselves these same questions. The answer is-absolutely yes! There are over 130 ways to receive a citation. Hunting and fishing are some of the most regulated sports we have.

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Findings:

To determine causes for heavy mortality of mule deer fawns on the Steens Mountains, fawns were captured at 1 to 14 days of age and again at 6 months of age, outfitted with transmitter collars, and monitored at 3 to 5 day intervals. Predators, primarily coyotes, were found to be the primary cause of mortality.

'93 May 31

ISNT IT AMAZING!

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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game completed a study in 1991. The results show that Alaska's moose, caribou, and wild sheep die as follows: 87.5% to wolves and bears (predators); 10% to miscellaneous; and 2.5% to human harvest (hunters).

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During the 1980's, in Sweden and Finland, the precalf or the wintering population of moose was 400,000 animals and increasing. In British Colombia [sic], it was 240,000 and decreasing. In British Colombia [sic], you have a winter population of 240,000 moose and after calving season they killed only 12,000 animals which is a 5% off take (harvest rate). In Sweden and Finland, however, they had 400,000 moose and guess how many they killed in the fall? They killed 240,000 moose which is a 57% offtake.

Now the two main differences, I don't want to imply that there is not vegetation differences and other things, but the two major differences are: British Colombia [sic] has somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 wolves, all sorts of bears grizzly bears and black bears which are important predators, and mountain lions. Sweden and Finland have none of the above.

It's been said that hunters and wolves don't compete for the same annuals. That's not true. They compete directly for the same animals.

Reprinted from The Abundant Wildlife Society newsletter.

'93 May 31

PREDICTION

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FOR YEARS, NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE HAS BEEN USING THE STANDARD EXCUSE, "DROUGHT", FOR LOW GAME NUMBERS. HUNTER'S ALERT PREDICTS THE NEXT EXCUSE WILL BE THE SEVERE WINTER OF 1992-93. OF COURSE PREDATORS WILL NEVER BE BLAMED.

'93 May 31

DID YOU KNOW?

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Just twelve yews ago, NDOW stated that there were 600 lions in our state. Now they admit to over 1600!

'93 May 31

WHEN:

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YOU ARE OUT HUNTING THIS SEASON, AND GAME NUMBERS ARE LOW, DONT BLAME THE DROUGHT. BLAME GOVERNOR MILLER, DIRECTOR MOLINI, AND THE WILDLIFE COMMISSION.

'93 May 31

REMEMBER:

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GAME NUMBERS WILL CONTINUE TO DECLINE UNTIL WE GO BACK TO A NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME!

'93 May 31

WHY

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Transplant sheep when all you do is feed the mountain lions??

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WRITTEN FOR HUNTER'S ALERT BY ASSEMBLYMAN DAVID HUMKE
Nevada is faced with some critical decisions in the next legislative ses­sion. Some of these decisions will be of particular interest to me as a per­son who enjoys the outdoors. While I believe it is necessary to protect our natural areas, that effort must be adjusted to include the rights of mining and agriculture as well as campers and hikers. Our lands must remain accessable to everyone who wants to use them. When lands are unreasonably restricted, as is the case with some wilderness areas, those who are physically unable to hike or backpack are denied access. I know personally of the problem in that I enjoy camping with my family, including my mother-in-law who is ambulatory but is not physically able to hike into a wilderness area.
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There have been many horror stories told by the users of wilder­ness and we would like to share some of them with our readers.

A Las .Vegan, Jari Scriven, trail-ered his mules to Washington State for a fishing and camping trip with his high school buddies. They pro­ceeded to set up camp in the Michael Lake area. Two rangers watched them set up their entire camp. Following the completion of their camp setup, the rangers made them split up their camp. The rea­son was that only twelve heart beats are allowed per camp.  A mule, a dog, or a human counts as one heartbeat. Jari said the relocated camp was a minimal distance, approximately 50 yards away from the first camp site.

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