Sportsmen working for the future of Nevada’s wildlife
After the almost total extinction of bighorn sheep in the state (once our most numerous big game animal), NBU has been instrumental in the reintroduction of all three species of bighorn into more than 60 mountain ranges throughout Nevada.
The holidays are always such a great time of year for sportsmen.Not only do we get to spend time with friends and family, but we also get to celebrate our favorite time of year…hunting season. By this time most of us have wrapped up those long awaited big game tags, we’re starting to transition into chasing a few more chukar, and we’re trying to catch the occasional winter trout. However, a few of the lucky ones are still holding out for that animal with the perfect character and age, and in some cases even gearing up for opening day of a late season tag.Whatever your situation is, I think you can agree that we’re still in the middle of what is for many outdoor enthusiasts, our favorite season.
The last year has been a good one for NBU. We’ve weathered our fair share of challenges while still managing to celebratesome great accomplishments along the way. Some of the projects we were able to implement or fund included guzzler builds, spring fencing, youth outdoor conservation education and exposure, college wildlife internships and scholarships,bighorn sheep and mountain goat studies and disease monitoring, and recently even some desert bighorn sheep trap and transplant project work. This is just a quick list and certainly doesn’t represent all of the great things we were able to do to help conserve and enhance Nevada’s wildlife in 2015, but it does give you a taste of it. These outstanding things would not have been possible without the support of our donors, volunteers and members. Your selfless donation of time and resources is what makes this all possible. Thank you!
As we move into the New Year, it’s hard to say what it has in store for us. The concern that seems to be on all our minds for bighorn sheep is that of disease events. We continue to work with the experts to try and understand what herds have bugs present and where those bugs seem to be having a negative effect. We also continue to help the biologists wherever we can once a problem has been identified. Every situation presents itself a little differently and it’s clear that these situations are dynamic with multiple variables playing their rolessimultaneously. One of the reoccurring questions I keep hearing is “What do these disease events mean for the long term sustainability of Nevada’s bighorn sheep?” The answer to this question is unclear. As sportsmen we get to look at the issue from multiple angles, but the solutions still appear to be hiding from us. The scale that tries to balance bighorn sheep management tips in the direction of being either too conservative or not conservative enough, depending on what new data we have and who we’re talking to. What I can say is that NBU intends to do all we can to keep our wildlife, and especially our bighorn sheep, here for generations to come. Enhancing Nevada’s wildlife is what we do and that isn’t about to change.
Also in store for 2016 are more wildlife volunteer projects and wildlife fundraising opportunities. There are some great onesbeing planned and we look forward to seeing you all out there on the ground or in the banquet hall. Keep an eye on our website and our Facebook page for project and banquet postings.
Here’s to a great holiday season and a fresh start to the New Year for all friends of NBU!
Coalition for Nevada’s Wildlife
Sportsmen working for the future of Nevada's wildlife
Nevada Bighorns Unlimited (NBU) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) grass roots sportsmen’s conservation organization with over 3,500 members throughout Nevada, the western United States and North America. The mission of the organization is to protect and enhance Nevada’s wildlife resources for sportsmen, outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts for this and future generations. NBU volunteers do this through the reintroduction of big game, habitat conservation and improvement, public education and participation, biological and scientific research, and the influence of public policy. NBU has raised millions of dollars and logged thousands of volunteer hours in support of Nevada’s wildlife.