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.



Fellow NBU Volunteers,

NBU’s Board of Directors is finalizing the 2015 Guzzler/Water Development project schedule. Below are tentative dates of some of projects we intend on completing this year, none of which are possible without the hard work and dedication of our amazing volunteers. Additional information/updates will be forthcoming and posted on our Calendar page.

* February 21, 2015 – Virginia Range Spring Development
* March 14, 2015 – Candalaria/Eastside Hills Guzzler Build
* April 4, 2015 – Ryolite/Gabbs Valley Guzzler Build (For project details, click here.  For maps and directions to the project location, click here.)
* April 25, 2015 – Mineral County Guzzler Maintenance Projects (For project details, click here). (Maps: Gabbs WildhorseGabbs Table Mtn.Excelsior Silver Dyke)
* May 16, 2015 – Cherry Mountain Guzzler Builds (For project details, click here.  For maps and directions to the campsite and project locations, click here.)
* May 26-28, 2015 – NDOW Corral Spring Pipe Rail Project in Smith Creek Valley. (For project details, click here)
* June 20-21, 2015 – Spanish Flats/Winnemucca Ranch Fence Project (For project details, click here.  For maps to camp and project sites, click here)

NBU Volunteer members - The 5th Annual Mason T. Ortiz Youth Outdoor Skills Camp will be held July 17-19 and is in need of volunteers for set-up and take-down.
This highly successful youth camp held at Winnemucca Ranch is sponsored by NBU, NNSCI and Sparks Rotary.  Children ages 11-14 are taught outdoor skills including firearms safety, .22 rifle shooting, shotgun shooting, fishing, archery, survival skills, knot tying, wildlife tracks and ID, among many other valuable skills and experiences.  This year we will have 64 campers!
We are in need of volunteers for set-up and take-down of the camp.  Set-up will occur on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, July 16th and 17th.  Take-down will occur on Sunday, July 19th after 1:00pm.  We need the most help on Sunday.
It is not necessary to RSVP, please just show up and help out!
Directions to Winnemucca Ranch can be found by clicking here.
Thank you,
NBU Board of Directors
NBU’s Board of Directors


May 12, 2015 

Fellow NBU Members:Our annual fundraising banquet is once again behind us. If you were at the Peppermill Resort on April 10th, you were one of 2,140 NBU members who had a great dinner and saw an impressive sum of funds raised for Nevada’s wildlife. As you know, NBU is an all-volunteer organization, meaning we have virtually no overhead. Plans are already under way to put your contribution directly toward water developments, fencing projects, trap & transplant efforts, disease research, and youth education. If you didn’t attend, you missed a great party and should mark your calendar for April 1, 2016 when we’ll do it all over again at our 36th annual fundraising banquet.Speaking of putting dollars on the ground, our guzzler season has been predictably productive in recent months. We’ve built or repaired a half-dozen guzzlers around Mineral County, two in Washoe County, and a couple of spring & guzzler improvements in Storey County. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I will again say that the volunteerism among NBU’s membership is simply astounding. It’s no wonder Nevada is the envy of other states when it comes to its sheep program and its corps of volunteer organizations.June is the time of year when the makeup of our Board of Directors undergoes a change. This year my presidency will come to an end and I’ll turn the keys over to Josh Vittori, a veteran NBU director and our very capable vice president for the past year. Josh is not only a dedicated “sheep guy” but a knowledgeable and level-headed dude that will have no problem filling my shoes and keeping NBU on the right track.The transition of NBU’s presidency pales in comparison to the other change happening at our board level. Larry Johnson has ended a 30-year run on NBU’s Board of Directors. The phrase “30 years” is awesome enough, but you should think about what you were doing 30 years ago, and realize Larry has been busting his butt for Nevada’s wildlife since then. For me, I was a sophomore in high school when Larry became a director of NBU (Ronald Reagan was running the country). Now that Larry is stepping down, I have a sophomore son of my own and can’t fathom what NBU and Nevada’s sheep program must have been like in 1985 when Larry signed on.Larry has been and will continue to be synonymous with NBU (among other volunteer organizations). To say he has “led by example” and “set the bar high” would be tremendous understatements. Lucky for NBU, my prediction is that Larry will fail miserably at “retirement” and his rocking chair will continue to collect dust. I’ll be shocked if we don’t continue to see Larry’s face in our Board room, at volunteer projects, and in Nevada’s political arenas for years to come.Thanks again for helping NBU accomplish its mission. I look forward to seeing you at NBU functions, at the Peppermill, or in the remote regions of our great state.


Jeff Turnipseed
Nevada Bighorns Unlimited



NBU is accepting applications for the NBU Legacy Scholarship Program thru May 31, 2015.  It is NBU’s goal to leave a legacy of wildlife conservation for future generations and supporting students with academic scholarships plays a key role in meeting this mission.  If you are interesting in applying for this scholarship, please click here to download the application.  Additional information on the NBU Legacy Scholarship Program can be found by clicking here.


Announcing the 2015 Silver State Nelson Desert Bighorn Sheep Tag.  Please click here for information on how to win this hunt and the Sheep Hunters Bonus Package which includes thousands of dollars in hunting gear, taxidermy, and hunting guide services.


Read about NBU’s amended position on the proposed ewe hunts in Areas 068 and 253.  Click here for the White Paper.

The Coalition for Nevada’s Wildlife has drafted an informative white paper regarding a proposal being considered by the Legislature that would transfer certain public lands to state control. Click here for more information.

NBU has joined forces with Nevada Association of Counties, becoming a co-plaintiff in the lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior and the BLM.  The intent of the lawsuit is to force the BLM to follow federal law regarding management of wild and feral horses on public land.  NBU continues to support multiple uses on public lands, including an appropriate, sustainable horse population that is detrimental to neither the range nor the horses themselves.

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.



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