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.


Let me take a minute to introduce myself. I’m Chris Cefalu the newly elected president of this great organization. I want to thank the board for trusting me with reigns, I could not do this without the backing from what I believe is the best board a president can ask for. Special thanks to outgoing president Josh Vittori for making my transition so smooth, I have big shoes to fill for sure. I try to attend all NBU sponsored events from guzzlers to trap & transplant projects, social events, and youth sponsored programs. For the volunteers that have been out to guzzlers and spring projects, you know that I can be found behind the NBU bbq surrounded by hungry hard working volunteers waiting for the steaks to come off the grill. If you haven’t volunteered for a project yet please do, and we will make sure to have steak ready for you at the end of the day.

By the time this Journal reaches you summer will be almost over, and I’m sure you are all well aware that Nevada is experiencing a significant fire season. Some of the more significant fires that have impacted wildlife habitat in northern Nevada include, the Four Seasons Complex fire, northwest of Tuscarora which burned just about 160,000 acres. Second is the Roosters Comb Fire, north of Battle Mountain at 220,000 acres, the Snowstorms Fire also 50 miles north of Battle Mountain with 116,000 acres scorched and the Long Valley Fire, just north of Reno that consumed 85,000 acres. These are just a few in a long list of fires that have burned and some that continue to burn throughout the state (let’s keep our fingers crossed that the second half of fire season is much quieter). All of these are impacting habitat for mule deer, pronghorn, sage-grouse, chukar, and bighorn sheep. NBU and other sportsman’s groups are tracking the rehabilitation process of these and other fires in the state. We are contacting the appropriate agencies and working to make sure that critical habitat is addressed.

Now for the fun stuff, hunting season has begun and we are already seeing some great archery harvested big game animals appearing on social media sites with some very happy hunters. For all the lucky men, women and youth that drew big game tags this year congratulations! I wish everyone a safe and successful hunt this fall, take a minute while outdoors in the Nevada back country to enjoy all that is around you. Nevada is not all bright lights and 24 hour night life, we have some of the most beautiful back country that a western hunter could ask for. Take a new person out with you hunting this fall and help pass on our tradition, get them involved in the outdoors.


Happy hunting,

Christopher J. Cefalu
NBU President


Support Nevada Wildlife

With a Nevada Bighorns Unlimited License Plate

You can help NBU increase and enhance wildlife in Nevada by purchasing one of their specialty license plates through the Nevada DMV. No need to spend hours standing in line, you can make a DMV appointment online today! If you purchase a license plate, NBU will send you a $50 Scheel’s Gift Card.




Legacy Scholarship

The Nevada Bighorns Unlimited “Legacy Scholarship” applications are now available.  Student who are currently sophomores and Nevada residents are eligible to apply.

Sheep Show

The Wild Sheep Foundation’s “Sheep Show” is coming back to Reno January 18-20 and volunteers are needed to assist them with exhibitor move-in and move-out.  All volunteers receive an annual membership to NBU and WSF as well as a ticket to the “Welcome Back Dinner” on January 19.

NV Wildlife Coalition

The Coalition for Nevada’s Wildlife is holding a fundraising dinner on February 10th at Pinocchio’s Bar & Grill.  The Coalition is a strong voice and respected advocate for sportsmen and conservationists and this event is their main source of revenue. In addition to a wonderful dinner prepared by J.P. Pinocchio, there will be prize raffles and a small auction.
NBU has joined numerous other conservation organizations from the western United States in drafting a letter to Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke regarding the sage grouse habitat. Click here to read the letter
The United States Air Force is considering withdrawing over 300,000 acres of public land – including a large portion of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge – which would have a negative impact on wildlife and their habitat.  As part of the public scoping period, NBU has submitted a formal letter for the record outlining some concerns regarding this proposal.
 A copy of the letter can be viewed here:
NBU has submitted formal comments for the record pertaining to the Fallon Range Traning Complex Modernization (FRTC).  FRTC proposes to expand the Fallon Naval Air Station’s operating area which would result in the withdrawal more than 605,000 acres of public land.
A copy of the letter outlining many of NBU’s concerns with this proposal can be viewed here:

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.



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