HA Newsletter 13

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County votes to draft bill to abolish NDOW

Elko County Commissioners unanimously voted to assist a local sportsman's group and introduce legislation next session to eliminate the Nevada Division of Wildlife and restore its predecessor, the Nevada Fish and Game Commission.

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You would think that the Nevada Division of Wildlife would have learned through their past favoritism of NDOW employees or relatives. It was because of this kind of favoritism that our legislators saw fit to pass a demerit system during the last session. The demerit system insures that all fish and game violators are treated equally when they are cited. This latest piece of NDOW favoritism was a pure and simple backdoor attempt to give an NDOW employee an edge on his sheep hunt.

'96 Sep 30

EDITORIAL

Written by Hunters Alert
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Before we get into this editorial, let's set the record straight right now! HUNTER'S ALERT is opposed to any anti-government activities such as militias, bombs, or terrorism of any type. With that stated, let's ask why are some of these terrible acts committed? Pure and simple, it is frustration with our government. People committing these acts want a quick fix to government problems and there is no quick fix!

'96 Sep 30

WELL SAID!

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Congratulations also are in order for Joe Ondreako of the Nevada Sportsman's Association for his efforts in persuading the county commission to make a call for the abolition of the Nevada Department of Wildlife. We agree with his contention that the removal of NDOW Director Willie Molini no longer would be enough, the department is too far gone and a completely new beginning is needed Reprinted from the Elko Daily Free Press, August 9, 1996

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In August 1995, the southern Nevada Waterfowlers with members of the Clark County Wildlife Advisory Board appealed to the Board of Wildlife Commissioners to plant some goslings from the Reno area into Eastern Area complex of wildlife management areas. Our goal was simply to augment the goose populations at Kirch and Key Pittman WMA's and start a resident population of wild birds at Overton WMA. The Division of Wildlife had been uncooperative to this point. First the Division requested from the sportsman a charge of $1.75 per gosling to capture and deliver the birds to southern Nevada. After we raised the money for 100 birds the Division said that birds from Reno were no longer available; but if we could get some sportsmen to donate their lime and trailers, birds would be available in Oregon. The waterfowlers arranged three horse trailers and persons to haul them. The Division changed their minds again and now only wanted one person to assist with driving to Reno and pick up birds that had suddenly become available. Just before the appointed date to go to Reno we were notified by the Division that they had no money until the start of the new budget year. NDOW personnel transplanted approximately 100 birds into southern Nevada. Thirty to 35 birds were released at all three of the WMA's mentioned above at no cost to sportsmen. Reportedly 30 birds were released at OWMA. Fifteen at the center pond and fifteen at the Honeybee pond, which was dry. Sportsmen observed two dead goslings taken by predators, but only observed seven live birds one of which was not banded. Where were the other birds? NDOW is calling this program a success but sportsmen say when you plant goslings on a dry pond and they are eaten by predators, it can only be called a failure. In the beginning we were willing to go to just about any length to get birds transplanted into southern Nevada. After going through a myriad of problems and delays, we had to think: What if fishermen were to have to go through this every time there was a trout plant at Lake Mead?

'96 Sep 30

TIME TO VOTE......

Written by Hunters Alert
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One of the American treasures is the power to vote. You can put people in office who agree with your viewpoint or you may remove those who do not agree. HUNTER'S ALERT has many friends in our state legislature and we need your vote to insure that they remain there. Following is a list of candidates who are hunter friendly and they need your support.

  • Representative in Congress, District 1: John Ensign State Assembly, District 10: David Gold.water
  • Representative in Congress. District 2: Jim Gibbons State Assembly, District 11: Doug Bache
  • State Assembly, District 12: Genie Ohrenschall
  • State Senate, District 2: Ray Shaffer State Assembly. District 13- Dennis Nolan
  • State Senate, District 3. Sue Lowden State Assembly, District 14: Max Bennett
  • State Senate, District 4 David Wallace State Assembly. District 15. Jack D. Close
  • State Senate, District 5: Ann O'Connell State Assembly, District 17: Bob Price
  • State Senate, District 6: Ray Rawson State Assembly. District 1X Mark Manendo
  • State Senate. District 7 Charles Muth State Assembly, District IV: Sandi Kren/er
  • State Senate, District 8: Mike Schneider Slate Assembly, District 20. Kathy Von Tobel
  • State Assembly, District 21, Sandra Tiffany
  • State Assembly. District 1. Tom Collins State Assembly, District 22 Iris S. Bletsch
  • State Assembly, District 2: Merle Berman State Assembly, District 23: Richard Perkins
  • State Assembly. District 3: Maureen Brower State Assembly. District 26. David Humke
  • State Assembly, District 4: Deanna Braunlin State Assembly, District 28: Vonne S. Chowning
  • State Assembly, District 5: Barbara Cegavske State Assembly, District 35: Shirley Walker
  • State Assembly, District 6: Arlene Southard Slate Assembly, District 41: David Parks
  • Stale Assembly, District 7: Morse Arberry, Jr. State Assembly, District 42: Chris Denning
  • State Assembly, District 9: Lili M. Lagan

Let's not vote for Marcia de Braga. Nevada already has some of the highest hunting and fishing fees in the west, This last year they became higher because of Marcia de Braga. She voted not once but twice to increase your hunting and fishing licenses. Ask Marcia to show you her voting record on A.B.212. By the way, Marcia called HUNTER'S ALERT and said A.B.307 was a "get Willie" bill. When asked to explain that claim, she was unable to do so. All A.B.307 was going to "get" was some knowledgeable people appointed to the Wildlife Commission. Marcia did not want that and had that part of the bill deleted. Sportsmen don't need that kind of representation and now it's time to "get" Marcia out of office.

'96 Sep 30

Mosley Article

Written by Donald M. Mosley
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Today, more than ever before, the sport that we hold so dear (hunting and fishing) and the traditional use of public land, is under siege! It often seems that so many things combine to challenge our way of lift here in the West that it is almost insurmountable. Four to six thousand new residents move to Clark County a month, most of whom have never driven a jeep trail or taken a horse on an elk hunt. Without an understanding of what life in the West is about, they often are quick to embrace the environmentalist's "save the world" attitude which means to lock up the public lands; and the animal rights advocates' campaign to eliminate hunting and fishing. It's almost as if they believe that we who live here don't care about our environment and without some kind of intervention we would build condos on every mountain top and kill off all of our fish and game. We need to educate those who have this belief as to the difference between conservation and preservation; the wise use concept to management of our renewable resources. 1 believe that these traditions are worth fighting for, but that equates to winning the hearts and minds of those who are uninformed! With increased numbers we can amass the political strength we need to maintain reason in these areas. Which brings me to the point of this article. We all need to vote in a unified manner to support candidates who support as. Hunters and fishermen tend to be loners who do not relish fighting these battles or even recognizing the threat that surely exists. However, today we cannot afford the luxury of inaction. And don't think your vote doesn't count. With voter apathy so prevalent, each ballot cast has real significance. The most recent example being Assembly District 1 where the margin was so close that in the primary 3 special elections had to be held to determine a winner. Voting is the simplest and most direct way we can ensure that our interests are protected. November 5th is the day that we should all make the small effort that can mean so much. If we don't we may well have to explain to our grandchildren why they cannot enjoy the sport that we made such a large part of our lives as children and that we continue to cherish as adults.

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At the May 4, 1996 Wildlife Commission meeting, two thousand sportsmen had written to Commissioner Cavin about their concerns regarding the mountain lion. Commissioner Cavin could not have represented the sportsmen any better. But as usual, the other Wildlife Commissioners did not listen to sportsmen's concerns. Here were Commissioner Gavin's comments. "But the 1945 post cards and 5 letters all say we've got to do something to reduce the mountain lions in the state of Nevada. And I think basically- -the big thing they're concerned with is the cost and it went everything in the reduction from bounties to trapping. The big thing is they want to drastically reduce the mountain lion population right now and they didn't much care how we did it. They also wanted to do it now. They want to see some action right now...they don't want to wait five years to get something done about it. It's kind of like the Desert Range now where the lion problem is a problem and we have known about it and we haven't done anything about it. That's then big concern...! might say that—I will say that the majority of them are unhappy as the devil about the Division and the Commission and the mountain lion situation the way it is today concerning the deer harvest. The number one problem is start doing something now. Don't wail till he five year plan to go into effect. We'd like to see some action right now." The post card sent jointly by HUNTER'S ALERT and Safari Club International Desert Chapter said: Dear Mr. Cavin: "Deer hunting is going downhill and I believe the mountain lions are the main reason. I want something done to reduce the number of mountain lions in our state. My Comments:

Below is just a sampling of some of the 1945 comments:

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At the August 6, 1996 Clark County Wildlife Advisory Board meeting, HUNTER'S ALERT president Cecil Fredi asked why some of the Wildlife Commissioners have to lie so often. Overheard in the audience was the comment, "Because they are attorneys."

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah wildlife officials hope a new plan allowing hunters to kill more than 600 cougars, or more than a quarter of the state's cougar population, will increase deer herds.

We don't have an absolute knowledge that we'll bring back the deer herds by increasing the lion kill," said state cougar biologist Boyde Blackwell.

"But cougars are one component keeping deer herds down. We want to remove one of the pressures on deer herds."...

Spanish Fork hunter Kim Hansen said that cougars are costing Utah $2.6 million in mule deer sales each year.

"The cougars need to be taken care of now and managed later" said Hansen. Excerpts from Reno Gazette Journal, August 30, 1996

Ed. note: Utah is doing something about their lion problem. But NDOW and the Wildlife Commission refuse to acknowledge we have a problem in Nevada.

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