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'94 Feb 28

EDITORIAL

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Just six years ago, HUNTER'S ALERT was formed by a very small group of people who enjoyed hunting and fishing in our state. We could see our favorite pastime was going downhill. We also realized that the people responsible for this decline did not have the knowledge or perhaps lacked the intestinal fortitude to correct the problem.

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Nevada Division of Wildlife Administrator Will Molini stood before the 1989 legislative session and, again in the 1991 session begging for money to keep his department going. Now he is saying that NDOW will be 3 to 4 million dollars in debt in 1996-97. Who is responsible for this situation? Number 1: The administrator, Number 2: The Wildlife Commission, Number 3: Some sportsmen's organizations.

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NDOW and the Wildlife Commission never listen to the sportsmen in our state but now that they are in serious financial trouble they have decided to do a survey. Listed below are their questions and HUNTER'S ALERT answers.

'94 Feb 28

A VIEW ON PREDATORS

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Peter Ward was horn, raised and has lived on the shores of Lake Manitoba for the past seventy one years. During this time, he has been a student of waterfowl and waterfowling while keeping a vigilant eye on the Delta Waterfowl and Wetland? Research Station, the Delta Marsh and the surrounding prairie region He has seen the coining and the complete domination of modern agriculture He has seen the ducks disappear and he has seen the recent explosion in predator populations. What follows are his thoughts on the role predators play in today's waterfowl world. "No one likes to deliberately kill predators for the sake of killing. Thus, among the millions of human predators who seek and kill ducks, few kill predators. Therefore, if we are unwilling to curtail human mortality, we must find ways and means to curtail predator mortality on ducks. Perhaps nothing can illustrate this more graphically than the 15 percent of hen mallards who are now successful in getting off a brood in prairie Canada A nesting success rate at which the mallard can only grow fewer

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For the last 17 of my 30 years trapping career, I have been involved in Predator Control Management on livestock In the course of trapping, calling, denning and flying, you get to sec a lot of livestock and wildlife deaths caused by predation. You are out at all times of the day and all season. You cover 3000-4000 square miles so you see predation over a large geographical area.

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Back in 1975 in the spring and early summer, the Montana Department of Feb., Wildlife and Parks discovered that nearly every mule deer fawn that they studied in the Missouri Breaks was eventually lost to coyotes. In Nebraska, a two year study was initiated. According to Karl Menzel, Nebraska big game specialist, 112 coyotes were removed from a 170 square mile area in that state. This was done to study the effects of coyote control upon antelope fawn survival. Fawn survival success rates climbed to 62% inside the study zone, compared to 25% outside. In 1991,88 coyotes were taken from another study area comprised of 150 square odes, Fawn success rates reached 58% inside as compared with 35% outside the study zone.

'94 Feb 28

THE DROUGHT

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The drought, the drought, the drought What excuse would you expect NDOW administrator Molini to use? I’m incompetent, I’m a dismal failure to the sportsmen in our state? I’m just putting in my time till retirement and could care less about our game situation? I refuse to acknowledge the predator problem because I don't went to upset the-anti's, or heaven for bid--HUNTER'S ALERT was right all along.

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When blacktail deer began destroying showcase vegetables at Ardenwood Park in Fremont, California, state Fish and Game Department officials determined the only reasonable alternative was to issue depredation permits so park officials could kill the marauding deer and salvage the meat for charity

However, some local citizens protested the plan, and applied enough pressure to force the park and state to relocate the animals

ID a roundup that eventually cost $100,000, twenty-seven deer were captured and relocated to the Ohlone Wilderness of Alameda County in December. Within two months, at least sixteen of the deer were dead, most of them killed by mountain lions. R.L.

'94 Feb 28

THROUGH MY SIGHTS

Written by John Connot
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Somewhat of a solitary beast, buying gifts for other people has become quite a task. The upcoming banquets do need a certain number of items and I am the official "BUYER". You see, remembering back to another part of my life, we had no reason to have banquets to raise money to make more game! The only money problem we had then were raising babies, paying on used washers and trying to keep the old heap running. Seems at times I forgot about campfires, autumn days, and toting that old single barrel. The game was always there, it was just that other things were more important. If my father were still alive he would say "I told you so". He did. Now that my babies have babies, the campfires have taken on a much more important meaning. Having time and money today aren’t my problem. Seeing game is. Am I too late? Not yet I hope. I want my grandchildren to be able to hunt. Whether they wish to or not is their choice, but Id like them to have that choice.

'94 Feb 28

WAY TO GO, WILLIE!

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In our last issue of HUNTER'S ALERT, we told you that NDOW administrator Willie Molini had teamed up with the antihunting organization, Defenders of Wildlife. When he was asked about their antihunting activity, Molini said, "I don't see an antihunting agenda, an active antihunting agenda there today."

Now, Defenders of Wildlife is suing the Interior Department over the compatibility of secondary uses in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Secondary uses are hunting, fishing, and trapping. In addition, Defenders of Wildlife has a representative touring schools displaying a live wolf. Of course, they are stressing the importance of their reintroduction and how nice they are! How's that for an active antihunting agenda?

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