HA Newsletter 20

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November 9, 1999

I am requesting this Board submit two names for each of the current openings on the Board of Wildlife Commissioners. Before I give you a brief history on these individuals, I would like to give each of you a copy of a newspaper article showing Governor Guinn is in favor of term limits for state boards. This is good news for the sportsman because the sooner we rid the board of Governor Miller's dismal appointments to the Wildlife Commission, the better off sportsmen will be.

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Clark County desperately needs a shooting range that is open to the public. A workshop is being formed to fill this need. The proposed range will not be a private shooting range which would require a hefty annual membership fee to gain entrance, but will be open to the public for a nominal daily fee. (approximately $3.00 to $5.00)

The range that is being discussed will be comparable to Ben Avery Range in Phoenix, Arizona which is a first class operation. For those of you who haven't had the pleasure of visiting the Ben Avery Range, it has covered shooting areas and supports all forms of shooting from black powder to shotgun.

Public officials need to know that you support the proposed range. Sometimes they are hard to reach by phone, but do your best to give them a call to voice your support. We will keep you posted as to the progress of the workshop. For more information on the proposed range, please call Chuck Musser at 870-9723.

Ray Phillips, President
Nevada State Rifle and Pistol Association

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January 26, 2000

AGENDA ITEM #4--Review an allegation against the administrator before a motion is made on this action item, 1 would like to give a brief overview of the current administrator, Terry Crawforth. Terry has been the administrator for a year and a half. Let's review his non-accomplishments during that time.

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TUCSON, Ariz. — State officials expect Arizona's antelope population to benefit from a wildlife juggling act that took pronghorns from one area and sent them packing across the state.

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For years, Nevada Division of Wildlife (NDOW) has implemented procedures that they apparently assumed no one would be smart enough to figure out. Or quite possibly, they just don't care. If you don't like what NDOW is doing, what are you going to do about it? And for years, the answer has been nothing. And for years. they have been right. Sportsmen are now hoping that with a new governor, this is going to change.

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December 8, 1999

AGENDA ITEM 3: Legislative Action Committee

It is quite apparent after many years that Nevada Division of Wildlife (NDOW) is not going to do anything about our predator problem. It is also quite apparent that the current Wildlife Commission is not going to do anything about our predator problem. It is also quite apparent that sportsmen are going to have to get involved if they want anything to be accomplished concerning predator control. NDOW doesn't want to do it and the Wildlife commissioners don't know how to get it done. Let me explain to you why nothing has been done and then give you solutions to the problem.

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Excerpts from October 1999 Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge

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The Hart Mountain 1999 summer pronghorn survey showed the highest rate of fawn survival seen on the Refuge since 1992. Out of an estimated 1497 fawns born on the Refuge, 297 survived through mid-July. This rate of survival is equivalent to 38 fawns per 100 does. Under typical conditions, fawn survival that averages 25-30 per 100 does will maintain the size of the herd....In recent years, fawn survival and recruitment appear to be limited by events in the first 10 days of a pronghorn's life.

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Utah is looking for a few good hunters to help trim the state's thriving cougar population.

Studies by biologists with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources found that deer herds in some areas aren't growing because of intense depredation by the big cats. Utah's cougar population is estimated at 3,000 animals, biologists say, and cutting their numbers might help the deer population.

Officials recently announced that, "Hunters who didn't apply for a 1999-2000 limited entry cougar permit, or those who did but didn't draw out, may still hunt cougars during the upcoming season."

Reprinted from Las Vegas Review Journal, December 2, 1999

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SANTA FE, N.M. —The state has hired bounty hunters to kill up to 34 mountain lions, largely in southern New Mexico, to protect bighorn sheep.

Bill Dunn, a biologist with the state Game and Fish Department who is a specialist in bighorn sheep, said Monday public hunters haven't killed any lions since hunting season opened in October in three areas where sheep have been hardest hit by lions.

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Bighorn sheep clinging to crags in California's Sierra Nevada have become disturbingly rare. Around 1850 there were at least a thousand, says the University of California's John Wehausen, who has studied the Sierra Nevada subspecies for 25 years. "We're down to about a hundred adults," he says. Last April the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assigned the sheep emergency endangered status. Mountain lions—protected by a hunting ban since 1972—have increased and are killing the sheep. In addition, bighorns usually leave the high country in winter to forage. But fear of lions now prevents them from doing so, and many sheep starve. Five groups have dwindled to fewer than 25 animals; a captive-breeding program is planned.

Reprinted from National Geographic, Nov. 1999

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