Saturday, 28 February 1998 17:00

NDOW -Very Creative

Just when you thought NDOW had used up all their Mother Nature excuses for the decline of our deer, they have come up with another pitiful excuse. In the January 1998 "Mining and Wildlife", a quarterly publication of the Nevada Division of Wildlife, an article states the following: "For the past several decades, NDOW has recognized the long term loss in productivity of major deer winter ranges associated with the Ruby deer herd. The maintenance and /or enhancement of winter range is the key factor in maintaining the long term productivity of this deer herd which remains one of the largest in the state. Two factors have been responsible for this loss of productivity on winter ranges, fires and long term increase of the pinion-juniper woodlands."

The most obvious questions here are: Do forest fires kill pinion-juniper trees? Apparently not, or the trees would not be part of the problem. The second question would be, are there any mountain lions or coyotes associated with the

Ruby deer herd? The answer again is apparently not because they were not mentioned in the factors explaining the loss of productivity in the Ruby deer herd. This goes right along with Administrator Molini's often stated remark that we don't have a predator problem.

Published in HA Newsletter 15
Saturday, 28 February 1998 17:00

GOOD NEWS! WILLIE MOLINI TO RETIRE IN SEPTEMBER

The timing of this announcement enables Governor Miller and Pete Morros to appoint a new administrator before the new governor takes office next January. Let's see, Molini retires in September, the gubernatorial election takes place in November, and the new governor is seated in January. I guess they figured the sportsmen in the state of Nevada aren't smart enough to figure this out. The 3M Destroyers (Miller, Morros. and Molini) were smart enough to realize one thing, that no other governor would put up with Willie Molini's antics. Rest assured. Miller and Morros will appoint a Willie Molini clone to the vacated position.

Published in HA Newsletter 15
Tuesday, 30 September 1997 17:00

Closeup: US West

There is no doubt among dedicated mule deer hunters that the Jicarilla Apache Reservation in New Mexico has made a comeback in recent years. There was a time in the 1970's when the once famous deer hunting on this reservation faded badly. Then in 1980, the Jicarilla Apache Tribe assumed management authority for their own fish and wildlife program. To their credit, they started a rigorous predator control program (emphasis added) and also put a clamp on poachers. As a result, by 1990 they were able to reopen hunting and start a new era of mule deer history. According to Tom Watts, the tribe's wildlife and fisheries specialist, the most recent surveys show a very healthy buck to doe ratio of 38:100 and a mature buck (4 x 4 or larger)-lo-doe ratio of 20:100. Furthermore, there are between 8 and 10,000 deer wintering on the reservation now. The upshot is there are enough deer here now that a hunter can expect to see more than 20 bucks in a day's hard hunt.

Published in HA Newsletter 14

Deer hunting in Nevada is an immensely popular activity, with, in a normal year, 50,000 - 75,000 people applying for deer tags. Of course, it goes without saying that you need deer, in quantity, to fill even a portion of the demand.

Published in HA Newsletter 14
Tuesday, 30 September 1997 17:00

ANOTHER DOG AND PONY SHOW BY NDOW

On numerous occasions, the Nevada Division of Wildlife (NDOW) has been less than truthful with the sportsmen in our state. This was the case yet again at the September Wildlife Commission meeting in Henderson. At this meeting, Greg Tanner, chief of NDOW's Game Management Bureau, gave a report on the findings regarding predation on bighorn sheep in southern Nevada.

Published in HA Newsletter 14
Monday, 30 September 1996 17:00

Gosling Transplant, Success or Failure?

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?

Published in HA Newsletter 13

Apparently using the mathematical system invented by Louis Farrakhan(you know, 1 +1 =19, or 400,000 = 200,000), the Nevada Division of Wildlife announced a sharp increase in deer tags this year, an additional 7,000 tags, up 34 percent from last year.

Published in HA Newsletter 12

Many important things have happened since the last newsletter. HUNTER'S ALERT wants to give credit to those who deserve it and expose those who have hurt sportsmen in our state. So let's put them in their appropriate houses.

Published in HA Newsletter 12

At the February Wildlife Commission meeting in Reno, Chairman Mahlon Brown wondered about the lion population figures. (If there are really that many lions in our state). He told of recently speaking with a group of hunters who came across twelve freshly killed deer. The hunters said that coyotes killed ten of the deer. That brings us to this question. What have NDOW and the Wildlife Commission done about the coyotes?

Published in HA Newsletter 11
Thursday, 31 October 1996 17:00

TIME FOR A STRUCTURE CHANGE

Who is responsible for the dismal game situation in our state? The Division of Wildlife and the Wildlife Commission want you to believe that mother nature is at fault in the forms of drought, bad winters, wildfires, and lightning. This is simply not true. NDOW failing to control predators and inexperienced people appointed to the Wildlife Commission who will not listen to county advisory boards or the public is a much more realistic answer.

Published in HA Newsletter 11
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