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 subspecies of bighorn into more than 60 mountain ranges throughout Nevada.
I am honored to be the next NBU president. I have some large shoes to fill from the previous presidents. NBU will be celebrating our 40th year this April 3rd, 2020. I was lucky enough to go to my first NBU banquet back in 1991 with my boss Alan Means, one of the original founders of NBU. I have swept away with the entire affair, to say the least, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I actually still have that evening’s dinner hat. I was lucky to be born into a hunting family; I and my five brothers were able to learn to enjoy the outdoors as youngsters. One of my greatest joys has been introducing my son and family friends to hunting and appreciation for all that it entails.
The hunting season is now upon us. I wish everyone, lucky enough to have drawn a tag, all the success in the world. As usual, NBU is in the thick of many interesting programs and projects. NBU was one of the integral funders of the feral horse film, “Horse Rich Dirt Poor”, accolades to Ben Masters and his group for the documentary. I recommend you take the time to watch the film and contact your state and federal legislators. The time has come to take action on feral horses; wildlife is facing critical mass, and difficult decisions are going to have to be made. We have recently received new data that shows that the free-roaming horse and burros have reached the 100,000 population mark. Keep in mind that original scientific and environmental studies only allowed 26,715 feral horses and burros in the 1971 Federal Act. Our biggest challenge will show up with the direct degradation of habitat. If wildlife loses habitat, we will struggle for decades to get it back.
On a brighter note, the guzzler crew headed up by Pat Reichman, Rocky Hall, and Allen Stanley along with their dedicated and motivated volunteer group, knocked it out of the park again. These water collection systems (guzzlers) are likely the most essential element for the continuing increase in wildlife population numbers. Of course, there are numerous other essential parts that work in tandem for the overall health of our wildlife.
Stay tuned, we have several exciting new developments that we will release as soon as we can solidify them.
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.
Lathrop summer internship program
This internship program is designed to provide those graduating high school seniors or current college or university students that have a sincere interest in pursuing a career in wildlife management an opportunity to earn funds to help support his/her college education. Selected interns will become paid seasonal employees of the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). They will receive ‘on-the-job’ training to provide them with practical knowledge and experience to enhance their college studies and future career.
Two conservation organizations raise funds to underwrite the salary and operating expenses for the Lathrop-Capurro Memorial Scholarship Program.
Nevada Bighorns Unlimited (NBU) underwrites a portion of this internship program which is co-named in honor of one of their founding members – James Lathrop. Additional funding support is provided by the Nevada Wildlife Record Book and is also named in memoriam for one of their founding members – Wayne Capurro. Both men made outstanding contributions to wildlife management through their roles as hunters, volunteers, organizers and advisors to the Department, the Nevada Board of wildlife Commissioners and the many wildlife-oriented organizations that mutually support the sustained health of Nevada’s wildlife resource.
"Dream Tag" Winners Announcement
The Nevada Dream Tags program gives hunters a unique “raffle” opportunity to win premier big game tags. If you win a Dream Tag you will have the ability to hunt that species in any area during the entire hunting season*. The tag is similar to other western states’ raffle tags, super tags and super raffles.
NBU is proud to partner with NB Ewes, the Women of NBU, to offer new or gently used outdoor apparel/gear to youth in need. “Maison’s Closet” will be giving away jackets, pants, boots, optics and many other items at Mark Fore & Strike in Reno on August 4, 2018.