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In the 2001 Legislative session, HUNTER'S ALERT, working with Nevada Hunters Association and Assemblyman Jerry Claborn were successful in passing Assembly Bill 291. This bill enacted a $3.00 predator fee for every big game tag that hunters applied for. It should be noted that no other so-called sportsmen's organization helped in the passage of this bill which was desperately needed to restore our deer.

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I recently read an article in the Tonopah Times Bonanza & Goldfield News about a black bear that was found wandering around Goldfield eating what it could find.  The bear spent the night on the porch of a local judge's house until someone called the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) and an officer was sent from Reno to capture the bear.  That is nothing out of the ordinary for this area if you don't count the fact that an NDOW officer responded in a timely manner.  I guess the fact that this bear was involved with a local judge gave NDOW "incentive" to answer this call.

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As far as I can see, that depends on which side of the fence you are located.  That fence can be any of a number of topics or causes.  The fence (or more apply "the wall") I have been trying to climb is the US vs. THEM fence of the sportsman/hunters versus the environmental/animal rights zealots.
'08 Jan 31

Another Excuse

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An article appeared  in the Reno Gazette Journal on January 25, 2008 with the title, "Nevada's declining deer population affects tag availability each year".  As most HUNTER'S ALERT readers know, for almost 20 years, we have stated that predators, that being mountain lions and coyotes, have been having a devastating effect on our deer herds. NDOW has used 13 different excuses, but never predators.  For the last 8 years, fire has been their main excuse. In the article, NDOW Big game staff specialist Mike Cox "said that if he had to name the main reason why deer herds are not doing better in Nevada, it would be the overall condition of their habitat and loss thereof. And of the key components of deer habitat: food, water, cover and space, the most limited of the four is food, followed by cover.

 

Many factors that limit the amount of deer habitat in the state have been identified. Fire has claimed more than 6.65 million acres of Nevada wildlands since 1999, much of it important winter range for deer. But, there are other components that are less obvious, like the need for fire in other areas to stimulate growth of new shrubs that are an important food source."

 

You can't have it both ways saying fires are responsible for our declining deer herds but that we need more fires for the growth of new shrubs.

'08 Jan 02

Quick Bit

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Doesn’t it make you wonder why game wardens can lie to you in order to write you a citation? However, if you lie to them, you can be charged with conspiracy.
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Remember you read it first in HUNTER’S ALERT! For the last five years, the excuse for the declining Nevada deer population has been wildfires. The next excuse will be the bad winter of 2007-2008. Of course, predators will never be mentioned.

'08 Jan 01

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A mountain lion was spotted in the McCullough Range during the last sheep season. Get ready for the extermination of sheep in that area. What will the sheep clubs, NDOW or the Wildlife Commission which is loaded with sheep club members, do about this? Absolutely nothing! So, as usual, let the lions wipe out the sheep in yet another area. So much for these people caring about the desert bighorn sheep.

'08 Jan 01

Did you know?

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If a lion is caught in a trap, NDOW expects the trapper to throw his coat over the lion and then proceed to release the lion. Hard to believe, but true.

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The problem here in Idaho is the same as Nevada and most other western states I have hunted in. Lots of talk but nothing generally gets done to actually increase game numbers. Here are some suggestions, which probably won’t get implemented to rectify the problem.

 

Mule deer draft plan management goals

 

In this entry I will be referring to management goals by number and give opinions on sample strategies.

THREE CHEERS FOR MY ALASKA GOVERNOR

AND SHE’S A WOMAN NO LESS!

 

Why, you ask? 
 
Governor Sarah Palin has sense enough to know the difference between what it means to "control predators and manage them" by her choice of words in a recent article in the AGRI NEWS dated 11-30-2007 which is more than I can say for most of the state governors and their appointed game agency directors. Alaska may be worth keeping your eye on. Governor Palin says: "Predator control is not hunting; it is a carefully prescribed, directed management action". She goes on to say: "Our science-driven and abundance-based predator management programs enlist volunteers permitted to use aircraft to kill predators in specified areas of the state where we are trying to increase opportunities for Alaskans to put healthy food on their tables".

One of Governor Palin’s opponents, California Representative George Miller even admits several times in the article that the Alaska aerial wolf hunting program is…predator control!

Without on the ground action of predator control, which is killing predators, the word management becomes worthless; except in Nevada where NDOW spin-doctors have managed the word "management" very adroitly while conveniently staying away from the word predator control…killing…because like Gilligan of Gilligan’s Island fame would say,  "WORK!!!”  You get the picture.

NDOW and the Wildlife Commissioners are about to set a precedent in the state of Nevada during the upcoming February 8th and 9th, 2008 Commission meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada when they will have the third and final reading of the changes to the Draft Predator Management Plan, which I see will forever set in stone, where predator control will be changed to become predator management in the state of Nevada.

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has the right idea by doing predator control whereby you kill predators aggressively to control their numbers as opposed to predator management as merely warm and fuzzy inter-office public show of talking or planning with no action. 

It's too bad hunters won't show up for this meeting on February 8th & 9th and stop this from happening.

Julie Smithson, [t]he nationally recognized expert on property rights, bless her heart, has produced a 16,000 page CD exposing the deceitful way government agencies manipulate definitions in order to discombobulate the average Joe so they can carry on their status quo agendas. My experience with this tactic tells me that you and I are those average Joes if we’re not alert enough to see it coming, and all too often we're not.

Again, judging from past experiences, it probably won't do any good to show up at this commission meeting because what has happened so many times in the past is that the commissioners and NDOW already have their minds made up as to the outcome, substituting the word management for the word control in this case.

If you will heed my warning and voice your opinion at this upcoming February meeting, we may be able to head them off from this deceitful language substitution of predator control versus predator management.

Please give this careful thought. This is more insidious than you would ever think! Let's all think and talk alike.  See you there?

                
                 Bud Sonnentag
                 Po Box 72
                 Gabbs, NV 89409

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