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Survey: Public Approval of Hunting Highest Since 1995

April 11, 2013By nssfnewsNo Comments

NSSF reports that a new survey shows 79 percent of the American public approve of hunting. This marks the highest level of support for hunting since 1995, according to data compiled by Responsive Management, an independent research firm.

The nationwide scientific survey showed the public’s approval of hunting rose five points in the past year, up from 74 percent in 2011. The survey, conducted in February 2013 using random digit dialing and supplemental cellular telephone sampling, was the fifth in a series of similar surveys by Responsive Management to track trends in public approval of hunting since 1995.

Support for hunting has remained generally consistent during this time–73 percent in 1995; 75 percent in 2003; 78 percent in 2006; 74 percent in 2011; and a peak of 79 percent in 2013.

Mark Damian Duda, executive director of Responsive Management, is still looking at survey results to better understand why approval has increased. Said Duda, “Approval of hunting among Americans is fairly stable and bounces between 73 and 79 percent. The reasons for this increase are still unclear, but it is probably related to the increase in hunting and shooting participation.

Added Duda, “Since 2006, hunting participation has increased by 9 percent while shooting participation has increased 18 percent since 2009. Other studies we have conducted on public opinion on hunting show that the strongest correlation for approval of hunting is knowing a hunter–over and above demographic variables or anything else. With the increased number of hunters in the field and sport shooters at the range, it is possible that this is being reflected in this uptick in support for hunting.”

One thousand Americans 18 years old and older were surveyed to achieve a sampling error of plus or minus 3.00 percentage points. More than half (52%) of those surveyed strongly approved of hunting. At the other end of the spectrum, 12 percent of Americans disapprove of hunting. Another 8 percent neither approve nor disapprove (total does not equal 100% due to rounding).

Responsive Management specializes in public opinion research on natural resource and outdoor recreation issues.

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SB277 Information


Original Bill Summary:  Revises provisions relating to firearms. (BDR 15-923)
Current Bill Title: AN ACT relating to firearms; prohibiting the sale or disposal of a firearm or ammunition to certain persons; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.
Bill Amendment Dates: No Amendments

For Immediate Release:                                                                    Contact:

Wednesday, April 3, 2013                                                                   Mary-Sarah Kinner



CARSON CITY, NV – Governor Brian Sandoval today announced he has appointed Tony Wasley as Director, Nevada Department of Wildlife.


“Tony’s reputation for a science-based management approach and his experience collaborating with private, non-profit, local, state and federal partners will be invaluable to the department,” Governor Brian Sandoval said.  “Tony has an acute understanding of the significant challenges of wildlife management in Nevada and I am pleased that he has agreed to serve the state in this manner.”


Wasley, who has worked for NDOW for the last 16 years, is a graduate of California State University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and Wildlife Management. Wasley earned his M.S. at Idaho State University in Biology. During his time at the Department, Tony has managed statewide game programs, worked as an area biologist, and participated in research, restoration, enhancement and protection projects for species such as the sage-grouse, mule deer, elk and bighorn sheep. He is a member of The Wildlife Society, Nevada Bighorns Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited.


Wasley has been a guest lecturer at University of Nevada, Reno and Great Basin College in Elko, covering a wide range of natural resource topics including wildlife ecology, geographic information systems, and population genetics. Over the past 22 years, he has conducted and assisted with research in Nevada, Alaska, California, Idaho, Wyoming, Minnesota, Kansas and Arizona. He has had works published in the Journal of Mammalogy and made numerous presentations at Annual Conferences of the Wildlife Society.


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Are you the type of hunter who would hate the opportunity to hunt one of four premium big game species (antelope, elk, mule
deer or Nelson (desert) bighorn) anywhere in the state where there is an established season for that species?
  Then the Silver State tag probably isn't for you:)


But if you would enjoy that opportunity- then click on the attached document for details!


Important facts about the Silver State Tag:


The Silver State Tag draw is open to both resident
and nonresident hunters who are eligible to hunt big game, even those who are
fulfilling waiting period requirements for the species available. However, if
an applicant is in a waiting period he is only eligible to apply for the Silver
State Tag for that species. If he is not in a waiting period, an applicant
could apply for a Silver State Tag, a regular big game tag and a Partnership in
Wildlife tag all in the same year. But once an applicant is awarded a tag his
application will not be considered in subsequent drawings for the same species
in that year. With the exception of tags for certain depredation hunts, a
hunter may obtain only one tag per species per year.

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Urgent Message to All Nevada NRA Members

Dear Nevada NRA Member:
The U.S. Senate is currently scheduled to vote on several anti-gun bills during the week of April 8.  One, the so-called "universal background check" bill being pushed by Senator Chuck Schumer, would criminalize the private transfer of firearms between law-abiding citizens.  This legislation would make it illegal for a family member to transfer a firearm to another family member without the federal government’s approval.  According to a recent Department of Justice memo, the effectiveness of a universal background check system "depends on gun registration" -- which is illegal under federal law.  In addition, no background check system will ever be truly "universal", as criminals do not submit to background checks.

Please contact your Senators Reid and Heller and encourage them to oppose this anti-freedom legislation. Ask them to support real solutions that will reduce violent crime and keep our children safe -- fixing our broken mental health system; securing our schools; and prosecuting violent criminals.

Again, please email, tweet, facebook, write, and call your Senators Reid and Heller today, and ask them to OPPOSE Sen. Schumer's so-called “universal background check” legislation, along with every other anti-gun proposal -- including Sen. Feinstein's proposed ban on commonly owned firearms and magazines. The future of our Second Amendment rights are at stake.

Contact Senator Reid at:

522 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-3542 Click here to email Click here to comment on Sen. Reid's Facebook @SenatorReid

Contact Senator Heller at:

361A Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-6244 Click here to email Click here to comment on Sen. Heller's Facebook @SenDeanHeller

You read it right! For more information read the attached letter from NDOW


Getting Your Application in Early Could Win You $1,000

            The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) wants to remind sportsmen to get their applications in early for this year’s big game draw.  Hunters who apply early online will be entered into a drawing to receive a $1,000 gift certificate.

            System’s Consultants, NDOW's contractor for the big game tag draw process, is sponsoring the early application incentive for the 2013 big game tag draw. The winner will get to pick what store the certificate is to: Cabela's, Scheels or Bass Pro.

Please read the attached application for more information and details- good luck!! 

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Nevada:  Senator Segerblom Determined to Bring Draconian California Firearms Ban to Nevada and Assemblyman Horne Wants Gun Owner Money

Gun Bans and Tax Schemes Introduced – Your Action Needed NOW!

Senate Bill 396 was introduced last night by anti-gun Senator Tick Segerblom (D-3), while another anti-gun measure, Assembly Bill 234, has been introduced by Assemblyman William Horne (D-34).   Contact your state legislators IMMEDIATELY and urge them to oppose these assaults on your fundamental right to self-defense.

Senate Bill 396 is a Feinstein-type gun ban that seeks to effectively eliminate most commonly owned semi-automatic firearms and magazines.  As previously reported by the NRA-ILA, Segerblom has launched an all-out attack on gun owners this session and is determined to take away your rights!  His bill covers the full gamut of anti-gun measures seen across the country lately, including the following:

§  Prohibits the purchase, sale or transfer of commonly owned semi-automatic firearms under the political misnomer “assault weapons”, and makes a violation of any of these provisions a felony.

§  Prohibits the purchase, possession, sale or transfer of “large capacity magazines” – meaning standard capacity magazines capable of holding ten or more rounds.

§  Prohibits the purchase or possession of “metal piercing bullets” which is a clear attack on all ammunition.

§  Criminalizes private transfers of firearms by requiring background checks on firearms transfers unless the person receiving the firearm has a Concealed Carry permit.

§  Prohibits a person convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence from owning firearms.

At this time, limited information is available on this bill.  Your NRA-ILA will continue to send updates as details become available.

Another anti-gun measure, Assembly Bill 234, introduced by Assemblyman Horne, would impose an excise tax on every Nevada firearms dealer who sells firearms or ammunition to consumers within the state.  Dealers will be mandated to charge a $25 tax for every firearm sold and 2 cents for each round of ammunition!  The anti-gun author of this bill is punishing the exercise of a singled-out constitutional right.  While the NRA supports reasonable steps to fix the broken mental health system in our country, singling out law-abiding gun owners in Nevada is NOT the way to achieve this goal.  AB 234 also requires background checks on all private transfers of firearms to non-permit holders and authorizes civil action for failure to run a background check.  Further, this bill outlaws the mere possession of any “metal penetrating bullets” and any ammunition which is considered to be “tracer or incendiary” in nature, making possession of either a gross misdemeanor.  AB 234 has been referred to the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

Your action is needed NOW!  Please contact your state Senator and Assemblyman TODAY, and urge them to oppose SB 396 and AB 234.  You can find your state Senator and Assemblyman and their contact information by clicking here.  You can also submit your opinion on Nevada legislation by clicking here and selecting the appropriate bill number.

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Please see the letter below from Larry Johnson, the President of the Nevada Coalition for Wildlife (the Northern counterpart to our organization here in Southern Nevada) regarding SB134.



March 18,  2013




          Senate Bill 134 (SB 134) will have a hearing in the Senate Natural  Resource Committee tomorrow, Tuesday, March 19, at 1:30 p.m.  The bill requires all guzzlers apply for water rights from the State  Engineer and makes other provisions for fencing and maintenance  requirements.  Previous rulings from both the State Engineer  and the Attorney General conclude water rights are unnecessary.


          This bill takes its origin from the past dysfunctional State Department  of Agriculture Board which was monopolized by radical members.  Sound familiar?  The past Ag Board wanted veto power  over all big game reintroductions and guzzler projects.  Unfortunately there remains a small faction of ranchers that still  believe they have total control over all public land.  One  representative testified in front of the Wildlife Commission a few years ago  that the rancher holding a grazing permit must be compensated monetarily any  time a big game reintroduction was made and, if not, they would  sue!


          Luckily, most ranchers believe in multiple use of public lands, and value  wildlife.  We should have much more in common with ranchers  than we have conflict since we all use and love the land and its  resources.


          Please call or email members of the Senate Natural Resource Committee in  opposition to SB 134.


To email the Senate  Natural Resource Committee


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To Telephone the  Legislative Message Center to Contact a Legislator:

684-6789  (from Reno/Carson City area)

486-2626  (from Las Vegas area)

(800)  995-9080  (from other areas in Nevada)


Thank  you.

Larry  J. Johnson, President

Coalition for Nevada’s Wildlife


Nevada: Pro-Gun Groups Not Invited to Speak at Gun Control Hearing 


Contact your state Senator Immediately 

State Senator Tick Segerblom (D-3) has scheduled an informational hearing on gun control tomorrow in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  This hearing will take place at 9:00 a.m. in room 1214 of the Legislative Building in Carson City, located at 401 South Carson Street.  It will also be video-conferenced to room 4412 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building in Las Vegas, located at 555 East Washington Avenue
The committee hearing agenda includes:
Ken Furlong, Carson City Sheriff – I-HOP Tragedy
Nicolas Anthony – Overview of Nevada Law Relating to Firearms
John Griffin, National Center for State Legislatures
Lindsay Nichols – Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Julie Butler – Department of Public Safety, Records and Technology Division

Please contact Senator Segerblom IMMEDIATELY and ask him why gun rights groups were excluded from participating in tomorrow’s hearing.  You can call Senator Segerblom at (775) 684-1422 or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Also, please contact your state Senator and let him or her know that it is important that your views are represented before the state legislature.  You can contact your state Senator here.
While NRA representatives were not invited to speak, public comment will be allowed at tomorrow’s hearing.  It is critical that you attend this hearing tomorrow at the Carson City or Las Vegas location and speak in support of the Second Amendment and in opposition to restrictions on our gun rights.  Your voice could make the difference.


Please see the article below regarding four local schools on lockdown after a bobcat was reported in the area.


LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) – Four schools are off lockdown this afternoon after Metro officers secured the perimeter and failed to find a wild bobcat in the west part of the valley.


The Clark County School District Police Department said Piggott, Jacobsen, Derfelt and Johnson schools were affected. Metro Officer Bill Cassell said the schools were returned to normal operations around 12:45 p.m.


"None of the officers actually saw the animal," Cassell said. "What it was is still unknown."


SB 221 Mandatory Background Checks for firearms (Mental  Health)


SB221 Senator Jones's bill on mental health and gun control will be heard Thursday, March 14th at 3:30PM in Senate Health and Human Services  (Carson Room 2149/Vegas-Grant Sawyer Room 4412E). Please attend to testify if  you can, if not please write your position to one of the addresses below, or all three. Then forward to your contact list.



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Here is a sample letter for your convenience:


Address your  correspondence to: Chairman Jones and members of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services


Dear Chairman Jones and members of the Senate  Committee on Health and Human Services:


We are strongly opposed to  this legislation because it is not a mental health bill but a gun control bill.  We are requesting that this letter be placed in the official record as our  opposition to SB 221 for the following reasons:


•       This bill as written will acerbate mental health issues in that people will not  seek mental health treatment, as the consequences of a visit could severely  restrict their freedoms.
•       The only positive mental  health change articulated in this proposal is to require reporting of mental  health adjudications to the central criminal records repository within 5  days.
•       Your proposed bill mandates that if one becomes  hospitalized for a mental health issue, one becomes a prohibited possessor of  firearms without due process of law (court hearing and adjudication). This is an  unreasonable requirement and contrary to the Fifth Amendment to the U.S.  Constitution.
•       Nevada currently provides a voluntary  back ground check service if one wants to sell a firearm to someone who does not  have a concealed firearms permit. This proposal changes it to a mandatory  program with criminal sanctions for failure to comply with a “transfer” of  firearm. This check currently requires a $25.00 service fee which is not  mentioned in the proposal, yet constitutes a tax.
•       All “transfers” of firearms are required, yet transfers are not defined in the law.  It is conceivable that if one allowed a friend to shoot their gun at a shooting  range, for example, that this could be construed as a “transfer.” This  criminalizes all transfers of firearms without a background check including  gifts to family members. This establishes universal background checks in Nevada  and is an unreasonable requirement.
•       This proposal  makes it a misdemeanor to transfer a firearm without a background check and  stipulates that “a person who transfers a firearm to another person in violation  is prohibited from possessing a firearm for two years.” This is a penalty  requirement for a misdemeanor. How is this to be enforced? Will the state seize  the person’s firearms for two years? How is the penalty for this provision  related to mental health? The person being penalized is not a mental health  problem. This is unreasonable and is not related to solving mental health  issues.
•       If a person goes to a psychiatrist or licensed  psychologist and is determined by that visit to have mental illness it is a  Class D felony for that person to have a firearm, police must be notified, and  person cannot have firearms for six months. This violates “due process.” A  person may, however, petition court for relief after the fact. The law doesn’t  specify, but do police seize all their firearms? If they have a concealed  firearm permit is it revoked? This provision is unreasonable and also denies due  process in a court of law.
•       This proposal also changes  the burden on the lawful gun owner who wishes to sell the firearm from “actual  knowledge” to “reasonable cause to believe” that the person being sold to is a  prohibited possessor. This becomes a Class B felony; however, a previous section  requires a mandatory background check and failure to comply is a misdemeanor  penalty. Yet this provision makes it a felony for failure to perform the check “if there is reasonable cause to believe.” This is in conflict and  unreasonable.
•       “Due process” is eliminated, and the  bill is constitutionally flawed for this reason.
We respectfully  request that this bill proposal does not pass.


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We have some CRITICAL bills pending that we need your help on.  The Anti Trapping bill, Anti Bear hunt and Mis-Management of Wild Horses and Burros


Please go to the Legislative webpage then go to the right side of the page to "share your opinion". Pick SB213 and vote AGAINST!! If you post comments keep them professional. 
While you're at it vote FOR SJR7, and AGAINST SB82.
It would be great if you would send a personal email the Senate Natural Resource Committee as well.
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Please see the letter below from the Northern Coalition regarding the management of Wild Horses and Burros...


Coalition for Nevada’s Wildlife

P. O. Box 70143

Reno, Nevada 89570




March 8, 2013





            Senate Joint Resolution No. 1 supporting wild horses will be heard in Senate Natural Resource Committee hearings next Tuesday afternoon.  The resolution, if passed, will be used to lobby the National Congress, Interior and Agriculture Departments, BLM, Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop gathers of excess horses.


            We need your immediate communication to the state legislature.  We are not opposing the resolution, only trying to amend the wording.  We want to change wording so that the resolution states that wild horses and burros are an important resource to the state only if they are maintained at Appropriate Management Levels. Gathers and removal of excess animals is the only viable option available at this time to attempt to reach the ecological balance mandated by the 1971 Act and its subsequent amendments.  We simply ask BLM and USFS to follow the law. Talking points are as follows:


  • The 1971 Act and subsequent amendments mandate BLM and USFS to maintain an ecological balance with all other uses.  It mandates removal of excess horses.
  • A multitude of scientific range management studies have shown that excess wild horses adversely impact both range conditions and wildlife populations (the USFWS Sheldon EIS alone documents over 75 studies).
  • Wild horses should not be managed as the priority species as they presently are to the detriment of all other uses.
  • Excess wild horses damage the range to the detriment of the horses themselves; no one wants to see starving animals of any kind.
  • Everyone loves to see wild horses on our range; they are beautiful and a valuable resource, but, like any other resource, require management or all uses of our public land, including the wild horse itself, will suffer.

            Please contact the members of the Senate Natural Resource Committee.  Contact information is as follows:


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To Telephone the Legislative Message Center to Contact a Legislator:

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(800) 995-9080  (from other areas in Nevada)


            Thank you for your help.


Larry J. Johnson, President

Coalition for Nevada’s Wildlife

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