For the third time in six months, North Carolina’s Lake Gaston has produced a blue catfish state record. Landon Evans, 15, of Benson landed a 117-pound, 8-ounce cat June 11, breaking a record that had just been set in December 2015
– A recent poll conducted by Coleman Dahm and Associates found that 71.6% of Arizonans are opposed to the proposed Administrative designation of 1.7 million acres in Northern Arizona as a National Monument. While some special interest groups have claimed that support for a designation is much higher, this new poll makes it clear that Arizonans recognize that the area under consideration is already protected by current law and future management of the lands should be driven by collaborative processes including local stakeholders – not by Administrative fiat.
Don McDowell endorses Gosar:
Prominent Arizona Radio Talk Show Host, Don McDowell of “Shake Rattle and Troll” Outdoor Radio, 15 years on the air, formally has endorsed Congressman Paul Gosar. McDowell is noted for work in the outdoor community against government over reach, failed federal policies, land grabs and keeping access to our public and state lands for the outdoor recreators.
Paul Gosar on Aug 7 SRT Radio
Reps. Jim Jordan and Mike Pompeo issued a scathing proposed addendum to the final report released Tuesday by the House Select Committee on Benghazi, accusing the Obama administration of misleading the public and not doing enough to “rescue our people. [Summary]
Aug 19, 2016 - St. George, UT:
Don McDowell and SRT Strategist Doug Stricker met with representatives from Sen. Mike Lee and Cong. Chris Stewarts office in an initial discussion surrounding the current government over reach efforts in Utah’s Bears Ears and Arizona’s Grand Canyon Monument proposals. Conversation surrounding Buffalo, Sage Grouse and other pressures from the “Green” side were on the table in an effort to find a common purpose between Arizona and Utah and exchange ideas to aid each other states causes and efforts.
SPRINGVILLE - The Utah Wildlife Board
stepped into the fray over a possible monument designation in southeast Utah, voting unanimously Tuesday to voice its opposition in a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. In the letter, the board asks Jewell to recognize and respect rights of hunting, fishing and trapping. The board stressed that the state must be allowed to continue key conservation practices such as transplants, habitat improvement, watershed and habitat restoration, and the installation of wildlife water facilities such as guzzlers. [Read]
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2016 Veteran’s Day Parade
“Shake Rattle & Troll Outdoor” Radio with Host Don McDowell and the “Vigilant Resolve” M923A2 5 Ton Gun Truck -with AZ Congressman Paul Gosar from Congressional District Four & Fast Trac truck and boat with Gary Dale USMC Vietnam Veteran 1966.
Oct 11: Don McDowelll with Utah Congressman Rob Bishop & Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar in Phoenix, AZ
COURT MANDATES NEW RECOVERY PLAN FOR ENDAGERED MEXICAN WOLF
Arizona Game and Fish Department
For immediate release, Oct. 19, 2017
Court mandates new recovery plan for endangered Mexican wolf
Order resolves AZGFD lawsuit against U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
PHOENIX - An Arizona judge has approved a settlement agreement in a lawsuit filed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Office of the Arizona Attorney General against the secretary of the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to develop a new recovery plan for the endangered Mexican wolf.
Under the terms of the settlement, approved Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Jennifer Zipps, the Fish and Wildlife Service is mandated to update a decades-old recovery plan by Nov. 30, 2017. The federal agency also must provide the court and other litigants in the case with regular status updates on the planning process, and must complete an independent peer review of the draft plan, through which it will solicit and consider all available scientific information from appropriate state agencies and other entities, including the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah..
The State of Arizona, on behalf of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, filed the lawsuit in June 2015. Game and Fish has repeatedly requested an updated recovery plan for several years that would utilize the best available science, as legally required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The current recovery plan, developed in 1982, fails to provide for several key legal requirements, such as identifying criteria that are required to downlist and delist this subspecies of wolves from the ESA. Without these criteria, it would be impossible to remove Mexican wolves from endangered status.
"This is a critical decision the State of Arizona sought as a litigant in this matter," said Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. "By compelling the federal government to fulfill its legal obligations to develop a new recovery plan, there will be a roadmap with real-world guidelines for measuring success."
"Arizona Game and Fish has long been committed to Mexican wolf recovery in balance with other wildlife and the people who live or recreate on the land where wolves are found, and we are pleased with the court's approval of the settlement" said AZGFD Director Larry Voyles. "We'd reached a point where, without a current recovery plan to provide a framework by which to operate and objective science-based goals to target, the Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project would continue to be faced with unwarranted litigation with little regard for how biologically successful our efforts become."
Game and Fish maintains that to measure success of the recovery program, an updated recovery plan must include an integrated, bi-national approach that incorporates the recovery work already being done in Mexico. More than 90 percent of the Mexican wolf's historic range is in Mexico.
"We're pleased with the court's approval of this settlement," said Jim Unmacht, president of Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation. "The decision will assist the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the state's wildlife authority, in its science-based, on-the-ground efforts to manage Mexican wolves in Arizona."
Arizona Game and Fish's involvement in Mexican wolf conservation began in the mid-1980s. Since that time, the department has spent more than $7 million on wolf recovery in the state and has been the predominant on-the-ground presence working to manage Mexican wolves.
For more information about the Mexican wolf, visit www.azgfd.gov/wolf.
BASS PRO SHOPS BUYS CABELA'S IN DEAL FOR $4.5B
Bass Pro Shops has reached a deal to acquire outdoors retail competitor Cabela's and take the company private in a deal valued at $4.5 billion, the companies said Monday.
The deal unites two outdoor supply superstores aimed at catering to every need of those who hunt, fish, camp or otherwise venture into the wilderness. It was not immediately clear whether the acquisition would result in any store closures, but the companies said in a statement that Springfield, Mo.-based Bass Pro Shops would "celebrate and grow" the Cabela's brand.
The deal comes about 10 months after Sidney, Neb.-based Cabela's effectively put itself up for sale at the urging of hedge fund Elliott Management, which had declared the hunting-and-fishing retailer undervalued and called for the company to consider a sale or reorganization.
Privately held Bass Pro Shops will pay $65.50 per share in cash for Cabela's, representing a premium of 19.2% over Friday's closing price. Cabela's had 68,909,403 shares outstanding as of its disclosure in a corporate filing.
Cabela's shares rose 15% Monday, closing at $63.18.
WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE STALL VOTING
White Mountain Apache counsel took an informal vote a couple of weeks ago because only 4 or 5 tribal council members were in attendance (it could have been planned that way). They voted unanimously to give USFWS 90 days to remove wolves from the reservation. The formal vote was to happen this past Friday, but the USFWS asked them to not vote because they don't want the media involved. The official reason given to delay the vote is that Tribal council members are elk hunting this week. Also, the word we got was "follow the money". The Apache's know the USFWS will pay any amount to keep the program on the reservation. At the end of the day, most feel the USFWS will receive a boat load of money and nothing will change. It is also rumored that the Apache and Feds have a "secret" deal and have been releasing unreported and non-collared wolves on the reservation, and they don't want that information made public.
GUN SALES HIT 17TH STRAIGHT RECORD SALES
Gun sales hit the 17th consecutive monthly record in September according to FBI data released on Monday, and overall sales are up 27 percent compared to the same period last year.
A total of 1,992,219 background checks were processed through the bureau's National Instant Criminal Background Check System for the month of September, higher than the 1,795,102 conducted in September 2015.
WYOMING: Dubois hunter attacked by grizzly bear
On the morning of October 2, a hunter was attacked by a grizzly bear while attempting to recover an elk harvest in the Warms Springs Drainage northwest of Dubois, Wyoming on the Shoshone National Forest.
Upon notification of the incident, Predator Attack Team personnel from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department responded immediately to the scene to assist the victim, call for help and investigate the situation. The initial investigation indicates an encounter with a female grizzly bear and two offspring that were feeding off the elk carcass. The victim is currently under medical care and is fully cooperating with the investigation despite the severity of the injuries sustained during the attack. The incident occurred in heavy timber, and evidence collected from the victim and the area is currently being evaluated to gain more knowledge about the situation. There were no shots fired during the attack.
KEEP AMERICA FISHING-Keep Florida Fishing
American Sportfishing Association, Keep Florida Fishing Congratulate U.S. House of Representatives for Passing Water Resources Development Act
Crucial Everglades restoration bills now go to conference
Alexandria, VA - September 16, 2016 - The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and Keep Florida Fishing® congratulate the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) this week by an overwhelming 399-25 vote. The bipartisan bill would authorize $5 billion in water projects overseen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including $1.9 billion in critical funding for the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) as well as authorization for waterway access improvements and the use of natural infrastructure wherever possible.
CEPP is an important step in improving Florida estuaries and will also facilitate the flow and treatment of water south of Lake Okeechobee into the Everglades system. The U.S. Senate passed this critical legislation by a 95-3 vote earlier this month.
"The sportfishing industry recognizes that it is vital for the Florida Everglades to receive funding as soon as possible to expedite the implementation of multi-year projects that will help fix the water quality and water management challenges that plague south Florida," said American Sportfishing Association Government Affairs Vice President Scott Gudes. "These projects have been through an extensive review process and will provide significant environmental benefits by moving more water south from Lake Okeechobee. We encourage Congress to conference quickly on a final bill so that appropriations and construction can begin as soon as possible."
"The Central Everglades Planning Project provisions contained in WRDA are critical to restoring historic water flow in the Florida Everglades," said Kellie Ralston, ASA's Florida Fishery Policy director. "The Everglades are vital to the health of Florida's waterbodies and fisheries, and ASA and Keep Florida Fishing® are very appreciative and supportive of Wednesday's House action and the strong backing of our Florida delegation on the WRDA bill."
"These projects will bring much-needed relief to our state's estuary systems," said Gary Jennings, Keep Florida Fishing manager. "Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World, and we thank lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate for recognizing the urgent need for measures that will have a major positive impact on fisheries conservation, ecosystem restoration and water quality."
In a joint statement, Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and ranking member Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) expressed confidence that reconciling the differing versions of WRDA reauthorization in conference will be relatively easy.
"The strong, bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives is a clear sign that we can reconcile the House and Senate bills swiftly and smoothly," they said.
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AZGFD WANTS SIERRA CLUB TO RETRACT FUNDRAISING LETTER
Solicitation makes statements "not supported by science"
July 28, 2016
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. -- The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking the Sierra Club to retract a fundraising letter that makes false statements about Arizona's endangered condor population. The department (AZGFD) says untrue claims were made about hazards to condor health in a fundraising letter from Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club. In his June 24 fundraising appeal, Brune claims a link between uranium mining and condor health.
Despite a moratorium against uranium mines in effect until 2032, the Sierra Club's fundraising letter implies numerous times that uranium mining is a specific threat to condors. Michael Brune's letter claims "An estimated 3,000 mines could be opened up. For the 78 remaining critically endangered California Condors that live in the Grand Canyon, that would be nothing short of devastating … radioactive, toxic waste would deluge one of our nation's most iconic, majestic parks and wildlife that live there."
Wildlife scientists working to reintroduce condors in Arizona have made steady progress by limiting condors' exposure to lead, convincing Arizona hunters to voluntarily use lead-free ammunition within condor range and eliminating other impediments to their recovery. But according to Allen Zufelt, condor program coordinator for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, uranium has not been identified as a factor.
"Since 1996, when condors were first released into Arizona, we have had exactly zero cases of morbidity or mortality caused by any sort of uranium poisoning," Zufelt said. "There is no peer-reviewed scientific information that indicates any link. Our condor population faces enough legitimate threats that there's no need to create false scares."
Chris Parish, Arizona-Utah Condor Reintroduction Project Director for the Peregrine Fund, has been a hands-on participant in condor recovery. His organization also takes exception to the Sierra Club's claims. "We have not documented any sickness or death in the Arizona-Utah population of condors caused by uranium," Parish said. "Lead poisoning remains the number one problem for condor survival."
Eric Davis, California condor coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, works closely with AZGFD and the Peregrine Fund on the condor reintroduction project. "Lead poisoning is the biggest threat to California condors. I am not aware of uranium poisoning being a threat to condors," Davis said.
"We have let others debate uranium issues because our primary concern is Arizona's wildlife, not uranium. But when Sierra Club drags wildlife into the argument to raise funds through absolute misrepresentation, we're going to call them on it," said Pat Madden, chairman of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. "Uranium has been present at the Canyon for millions of years, and nothing the Sierra Club can do in a courtroom will ever change that. Suggesting that sending money to the Sierra Club can protect condors from a non-existent threat is less than honest. This must stop."
For more information on how AZGFD protects and conserves wildlife, visit www.azgfd.gov.
OPPOSITION TO USE OF ANTIQUITIES ACT IN UTAH
Utah Delegation sends letter to President Opposing Use of Antiquities Act in Utah
Washington - Today, Members of the Utah Delegation sent a letter to President Obama expressing strong opposition to the use of the Antiquities Act to create a national monument within San Juan County. The land in question covers 1.9 million acres in southeastern Utah. The letter encourages the president to support the locally-driven, ongoing Public Lands Initiative (PLI) process instead of unilaterally designating a monument.
Letter signatures include Senator Orin Hatch (R-UT), Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01), Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03), Rep. Chris Stewart (UT-02), and Rep. Mia Love (UT-04).
Key excerpts from the letter:
"Federal land-use policy has a major impact on the lives of those residing within and near federal lands. We believe the wisest land-use decisions are made with community involvement and local support. This principle is true whether skyscrapers or sagebrush surround the community.
"Use of the Antiquities Act within will be met with fierce local opposition and will further polarize federal land-use discussions for years, if not decades.
"Make no mistake, both the State of Utah and San Juan County value our public lands. With that said, public participation in land-use decisions is critical to their long-term acceptance and success; the most effective land management policy is inclusive and engaging, not veiled and unilateral."