February 10, 2014
Fellow NBU Members:

Our 34th Annual Fundraising Banquet is just around the corner on April 4, 2014 at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. We will have a great show including auctioning off two Heritage Bighorn Sheep Tags, one for a California Bighorn Sheep and one for a Desert (Nelson) Bighorn Sheep. We will have fantastic taxidermy and habitat, along with tremendous general and silent auction items. Our famous "Wall of 100 Guns" raffle will return, along with raffle guns for youth to win. Some of our raffle items will include a camp package, an AR-15, and a beautiful over/under shotgun for the Bob Downs Memorial Raffle. This is in addition to our popular card games, ladies raffle, special raffles and more! Rounded out by our Wall of Heads, our General Store for NBU merchandise and the opportunity to enjoy a tremendous Peppermill steak dinner, this event will be monumental. So monumental, in fact, that this year's banquet is virtually sold out! I look forward to seeing all 2,000+ of you on April 4th.

We had a very busy end of January, with NBU members participating in two conventions. We worked with the Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) to support the move-in/move-out process, along with volunteer support for the Youth Outdoor Experience. This highly successful youth event was spearheaded by Ryan Brock, and resulted in hundreds of youth enjoying exposure to all types of outdoor and sporting topics. During the youth event, the Maison T Ortiz Youth Outdoor Skills Camp steering committee was able to promote the upcoming camp in July, 2014. WSF graciously donated booth space for NBU during the convention, which allowed us to communicate with area sportsmen and sportswomen about the great volunteer work that NBU is doing for Nevada's wildlife. NBU was successful in generating new memberships and promoting NBU's mission at this booth. WSF also donated meeting room space for the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) to discuss pressing and important bighorn sheep issues in Nevada with participating Nevada Bighorn sheep support groups. This afternoon session resulted in disease updates, trap and transplant plans, and status of the over 90 herds of Bighorn sheep in Nevada. Special thanks to Mike Cox and Dr. Peregrine Wolff of NDOW for putting on this session.

At the Grand Slam Club Ovis (GSCO) convention at the Grand Sierra Resort, NBU was honored with a $20,000 donation toward our conservation efforts. Additionally, GSCO donated booth space for NBU at the convention, here again allowing NBU to promote its volunteer mission for Nevada's wildlife and to generate new NBU members. Working cooperatively with national, regional and local sportsmen's and conservation groups has truly benefitted Nevada's wildlife resources.

NBU was honored by the Western Section of The Wildlife Society (TWS) at their 2014 annual meeting at the Grand Sierra Resort on January 30th. NBU received the prestigious "Conservationist of the Year Award", as nominated by Ken Mayer (former NDOW Director), Tony Wasley (NDOW Director) and Dr. Jim Sedinger (Professor of Wildlife, UNR). The award is given to "any individual or group who had demonstrated an active concern for wildlife conservation by accomplishing projects or programs that have significantly enhanced wildlife resource conservation within the Western Section geographical area." This award was received for NBU's decades of work for Nevada's wildlife, including donating millions of dollars and over 100,000 volunteer hours on wildlife conservation efforts.

As you think about applying for the next round of Nevada Big Game tags, please keep in mind the various opportunities for additional options for tags, including the Silver State Tags, the Partnership in Wildlife (PIW) tags and the Dream Tags. Not only will you have additional chances to obtain your tags, your funding of these programs directly benefits Nevada's wildlife and habitat.

Guzzler season is upon us; keep an eye out for the e-mail messages to our volunteers and by checking the NBU website and our Facebook page. We have a very aggressive guzzler season coming up; hope to see you on site!

Proudly representing the greatest group of wildlife volunteers and wildlife supporters in the nation,

Dennis R. Wilson, DVM


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.

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Our April 4 fundraiser banquet was a great time, and a great success.  Please visit our ‘SHOP NBU’ page next winter to purchase tickets for our April 10, 2015 banquet.
NBU is happy to announce the 2014 application period for its NBU Legacy Scholarship. Nevada residents with Junior or Senior status in a 4-year university are eligible.  Please click here for additional information, and here for an application.
UNR’s Cast & Blast Outdoors Club has announced its 10th Annual Sporting Clays Shoot, scheduled for April 26.  Click here for details and registration information.
NBU has been alerted to a new service that may ease the pains of waiting for the Nevada tag draw results to be posted. Check it out at www.nvhuntresults.com  According to the terms of the service, a portion of the proceeds go to supporting a wildlife organization of your choosing. This is a potential benefit for Nevada Bighorns Unlimited, other wildlife organizations, and ultimately Nevada’s wildlife.
The Maison T Ortiz Youth Outdoor Skills Camp has announced dates for its 4th annual youth camp. Click here for the official announcement, camp information, camper applications, and volunteer applications. More information is available at www.mtoyouthoutdoorskills.com This is an extremely rewarding experience for campers and volunteers alike—don’t miss out this year!
The next guzzler project will be April 26 at Gote Flat in the Sand Springs range. Click here for a map and directions.


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Tri State Surveying, Ltd
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1925 E. Prater Way
Sparks, Nevada 89118
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155 Pioche Road
Reno, Nevada 89510
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Michael Salley
850 Maestro Drive, Ste 101
Reno, Nevada 89511
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P.O. Box 430
Auburn, CA 95604
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Sparks, NV 89434
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