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There are three groups who could bring back our deer, the Wildlife Commissioners, the majority of our legislators, or Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). None of them choose to do this. Let’s examine these groups and prove why they don’t care about Nevada’s once famous mule deer.

 

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We hate to continue using this for the title of an article. But as long as the Wildlife commissioners and NDOW keep furnishing us with the material, HUNTER’S ALERT will continue to print it. HUNTER’S ALERT has stated many times that it doesn’t do any good to attend a County Advisory Board meeting or a Wildlife Commission meeting.

 


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It was all the rage for a few days, but the dismissal of the Unified Sportsmen of PA’s lawsuit against the PGC seems to have been drowned out by a plethora of new controversies. The hunting license increase boiled to the top within days of the court’s ruling. The upcoming PGC Commissioner meeting and the 2007 doe allocations are now on everyone’s mind and lips. The scientific mountain lion permit to Dr. Dennis Wydra was again denied by the PGC. I suppose we can say the beat goes on.
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Nevada - In 1867, D.C. Wheeler trailed a band of domestic sheep from Oregon to western Nevada. Since that time, there has been some type of predator control conducted in and around sheep herds in Nevada. In 1927, there were reported to be 1,200,000 sheep and 400,000 beef cattle in the state. Each stockman or groups of stockmen fought their own predator problems. After World War One, the federal government took over the predator program. Under the Biological Survey, professional hunters were hired to pursue coyotes, bobcats, and mountain lions state wide. In 1939, 93,000 coyotes were reported killed throughout the state of Nevada. Counties also paid bounties on coyotes and lions. The longhair fur industry became profitable and private fur trappers harvested many coyotes and bobcats.

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Presented to the Nevada Wildlife Commission February 10, 2007:

My name is Gerald Lent and I represent Nevada Hunters Association. This audit is a complete embarrassment to you as a Commission and the Department of Wildlife.

This agency is a financial disaster: almost 2 million dollars of sportsmen’s money went to waste and you failed to do anything about it. Money was being diverted without regard to the law, the Aquatic Education Program exceeded their budget by nearly $178,000 or 53%, the Hunter Education Program exceeded their budget by more than $209,000 or 52%, Game Management grant expenditures exceeded their budget by over $258,000 or 18%, the Statewide Technical Guidance for Wildlife Restoration exceeded their budget by more than $158,000 or 16%.
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Nevada - What goals should biologists be working towards? Nevada Department Of Wildlife (NDOW) Biologists need to work towards the goal of enhancing wildlife, not towards the goal of making work for themselves. Biologists do not need to be studying that which every biologist has studied since the beginning of time. The effects of predators on their prey are not in doubt. Every biologist does not need to re-invent the wheel. Lions, Coyotes, Ravens, Magpies, and all other predators hunt and kill every animal they can, including those yet to be born. Those Fangs and Claws are made for killing, and that’s just what they will do. Studies to determine the age of the predator population and attempts to harvest the “older more experienced killers” who many NDOW biologists blame for a greater part of predation are irrelevant and not useful. Perhaps it may be true that older predators kill more of some population than younger ones, but so what? The next generation is in training and is killing something. They are eating, and they will be the new experienced killers in the length of time it takes to complete a study.

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To paraphrase the old cliché, you can lead a jackass to water, but you can’t make him drink is clearly appropriate for most of the Wildlife commissioners. When the commissioners don’t know what to do, which is on a regular basis, they form a committee. One of the 12 committees is the Legislative Committee.

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I’m not sure under Nevada law when incompetency crosses over into criminality. When millions of dollars are basically lost by a government agency, while at the same time the agency is down at the legislature pleading for tax increases for funding needs, is that a crime? Or purely an almost unbelievable level of negligence?

And what if the person directly responsible for the oversight, the "Chief Financial Officer," is gone from the job more than 60 percent of the time? A crime against the taxpayers, or incompetence?

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Nevada - As I looked around the audit hearing room, it was impossible not to notice the people who weren't present who should be here. Where are the Board of Wildlife Commissioners, I thought, and their usual phalanx of enviro-conservationists? Where are all the officials from the big name Nevada sportsmen's groups like Bighorns Unlimited, the Fraternity of Desert Bighorn, Nevada Bowhunters Association and the Mule Deer Foundation? Where's the United States Fish & Wildlife (USF&WS) and the Sierra Club? What the heck! Where's the News Media? I must be in the wrong room for sure...Until I saw Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) Acting Director Buonamici walk in...it all came into focus. I said to myself, sensing the audit was dirty, I'll bet the whole bunch of them are going to be deserters. 

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In the 2005 legislative session, HUNTER’S ALERT and Nevada Hunters Association sponsored a bill to audit a very small part of Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). The bill passed with the help of Assemblyman Jerry Claborn. Jerry realized how badly NDOW was being mismanaged for many years. Getting the bill passed was not easy as NDOW had their favorite puppet, Larry Johnson there testifying against the bill. Larry’s feeble excuse was that NDOW couldn’t afford the audit. As usual, Larry didn’t know what he was talking about as there was no additional cost to perform this audit. Larry failed to realize that if you don’t stand up for what is right, you are wrong.

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