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.
I’d like to start by thanking all of you for making the 2016 Nevada Bighorns Unlimited (NBU) Banquet the most successful in our organization’s history! We had a great showing of volunteers to set it up, operate it and tear it down, and the sponsors and donors really stepped up to the plate this year. I can’t say enough for all the great people who make NBU so successful. Next I’d like to congratulate all of the volunteers for another great project season.
By the time you read this, we’ll have wrapped up the last build of the year. The projects this season went very well and this is by no accident. The Nevada Department of Wildlife and the project leads at NBU put a tremendous amount of time in organizing these and deserve a pat on the back. Seeing and being a part of these project builds is one of the most rewarding parts of being involved with NBU. If you weren’t able to get out on a build this year, make a point to try and hit one next year- you won’t be disappointed.
As we move into the fall it’s time to get to work in a different way. Those of us that were lucky enough to draw a tag get to hit the mountain and start doing our homework, and those of us that didn’t either get to tag along on another hunt or take part in of some of Nevada’s other great wildlife opportunities. Whatever your situation this summer and fall, make a point to get out and enjoy the outdoors. In my eyes, there are two types of sportsmen in this state, those that take without giving back, and those that can proudly call themselves NBU members. You’ve worked very hard to support Nevada’s wildlife, now take the well-deserved time to enjoy all that you’ve accomplished!
A good friend recently shared quote by Edward Abby that caught my eye and I’d like to leave you with it:
Do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast…a part time crusader, a halfhearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, encounter the grizz, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely mysterious and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound people with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this: you will outlive the bastards.
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.