I am sending this email to the most influential group of sportsman that I know. I would appreciate if you will now do your part and forward on to everyone that you know who might help make a difference! Please help support the hunter before hunting is something we used to be able to do!
NoBearHuntNV.org will be presenting a petition to the Nevada Wildlife commission in a meeting in Reno, Dec 7, 2012 focused on preventing the use of dogs to hunt bears. Other backers of the petition are Nevada Political Action for Animals, the Bear League, the Nevada Humane Society, Humane Society for the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Karen Layne, newly appointed commissioner to the Nevada Wildlife Commission is President of the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society. While it is true that Ms. Layne is a community representative there is a clear conflict of interest here since Ms. Layne works for the group presenting the petition. It is one thing to support your personal views and those of the community on the wildlife commission; it is another to support the agenda of your employer. A call needs to be made that Ms. Layne recues herself from the debate. It is a conflict of interest we cannot afford
The online world is very convenient. With a valid email address that I could create for free on many websites I could sign the NoBearHuntNV.org online petition with any name I chose an many times as I wanted to. That does not ensure I am a Nevada Resident with, for lack of a better term, a dog in this fight. In all fairness the signatures should be vetted for authenticity and residency requirements; simple due diligence. Anonymous signatures should be discounted. If you believe it, stand up and stay it.
It is time for the Hunters and interested parties in Nevada to organize and become a strong voice of reason to support our hobbies, livelihoods, passions, and way of life. I am a Hunting Professional. My peers and I engage in an honorable occupation which benefits rural economies, ecologies, traditions, as well as aiding public officials in the management and care of our wildlife herds. We are stewards of our environment. No one is more vested in the care and management of Wildlife in Nevada than hunters. The knowledge base we provide is unparalleled because we walk the land, we watch the herds, we meet as peers, and we love the outdoors.
Today the attack is on hound hunting-easy target. Very few hunters own hounds, they require a commitment to care and facilities that not everyone can provide. Vet bills, daily care, conscientious training, noise tolerance, poopscooping, etc. It’s not for everyone. It’s for a select number of committed individuals. A select number of HUNTERS-if it comes down to a numbers game, Houndmen against people who believe media propaganda presenting the sport as cruel and unfair, the Hounds bay will be overpowered in Nevada just as it was in California. It is time for HUNTERS to band together and say ENOUGH. Today it’s no hunting bears with hounds, tomorrow no hunting bears, next week no hunting cats with hounds, the day after no hunting cats. Wait, coyotes are predators too-we better protect them. The wolves want to move in from Idaho, aren’t they deserving of protection as well? Don’t these heathens use guns to hunt? We better control that too because their lifestyle isn’t one that we can understand.
Regulations on hunting are important and should be established and maintained. Banning hunting is unacceptable and we need to step up and close the door on this attack. As one voice the outdoorsmen and women of Nevada need to speak up. With our own petitions, our own display of unity at the meeting, our dollars and our SENSE. It is time to protect the Nevada way of life.
Currant Creek Outfitters