April 10, 2014
Fellow NBU Members:
We just came off a tremendous fundraising banquet April 4th at the Peppermill. Over 2,030 people were served dinner and we had a highly financially successful evening! We had the opportunity to recognize outstanding volunteers, a war hero, and we had amazing support from our attendees, our sponsors and our donors.
The Heritage California Bighorn Sheep Tag went for $79,000 and the Heritage Desert (Nelson) Bighorn Sheep Tag went for $100,000. All money raised from these tags will go directly into the Nevada Department of Wildlife's Heritage Program to support Nevada's wildlife. Since NBU is an all-volunteer organization, the remaining funding raised at this banquet will go directly to habitat improvement projects, trap and transplant projects, youth projects, wildlife disease research, and public education efforts.
Highlights of the evening included a great meal and service by the Peppermill. The taxidermy was wonderful, with exceptional mounts on display. The Wall of Heads was a masterpiece this year, thanks to those of you who let us borrow your trophies for the evening. The raffles were highly successful, thanks to the hours of preparation and the generous donations of our volunteers and sponsors. The general raffle for the Wall of Guns performed exceedingly well, best ever! The auctions, both silent and general performed very well. One auction item in particular, the Maison T Ortiz Youth Antelope Hunt donated by Todd Jaksick and guided by Shane Evans did very well, and the funds from this auction item will go directly to the support of the upcoming youth skills camp this July. NBU youth scored with a ground-pounder interactive target and youth guns provided by our generous donors.
NBU was honored to have Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) Director Tony Wasley present, along with past directors and NDOW biologists. Our relationship with NDOW remains strong, resulting in the accomplishment of NBU's mission. We had numerous legislators and dignitaries present, all of whom will work to support Nevada's wildlife, sportsmen and sportswomen during this upcoming legislative session.
The success of this banquet could not have been accomplished without the generous support from our donors, sponsors, which you will note in this Journal. Please give a big thank-you to these individuals, corporations and organizations. The NBU Board of Directors put in hundreds of hours to make this banquet successful. I am thankful for the support and tireless drive of these exceptional volunteers. Those of you who donated your time, effort, funding and expertise to pull off this record-breaking banquet are truly appreciated. Once again, NBU volunteers rise to the occasion and get it done!
Brett Jefferson has stepped down as NBU Journal Editor; his very large shoes will be filled by NBU Director Tom Fennell. Tom's work will be showcased with this issue. Brett brought the Journal to an unbelievable new standard, and all of us are truly thankful for his determined effort to put out the best product possible. Thank you, Brett, for exceptional work as the NBU Journal Editor!
Mel Belding has concluded his term as NBU Director. Mel's drive, passion, and "get 'er done" attitude have molded the habitat improvement (guzzler) program to world-class levels. Mel's level of expertise and leadership were on display at every guzzler project he helped design, plan and construct. We will be seeing Mel out on many future guzzler projects. Mel's leadership through the NBU Board was truly appreciated. Thank you, Mel, for your tremendous service to NBU and to Nevada's Wildlife!
I have concluded my two-year term as NBU President. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve in this capacity, representing the finest wildlife volunteers anywhere. Jeff Turnipseed will be the new NBU President starting in June, 2014, and his leadership along with the leadership of the Board of Directors will keep NBU moving forward in the best possible capacity.
Now that the banquet is behind us, it is time to do what we do best and that is to volunteer for the benefit of Nevada's wildlife. You will note a number of upcoming guzzler projects and volunteer opportunities on our website and Facebook page. See you out on the next guzzler site!
Proudly representing the best wildlife volunteers ever,
Dennis R. Wilson, DVM
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.