Hunt seasons vital to survival of wildlife
There are non-hunters and non-fishermen who feel that wildlife and fish species are threatened with extinction. They are against hunting and fishing as well as anything connected with the taking of any species of game animals and fish by any method. They feel these activities are cruel and inhumane and very much unnecessary. Education is the key.
Without hunting, overcrowded conditions through no population control and poor-to-no-food supply because of their numbers would cause wildlife species to suffer sickness and disease through malnutrition. None of us would want any animal to suffer a slow, painful and miserable death by starvation; but without legal and ethical hunting seasons, healthy wildlife as we know it now, would be a condition of the past.
In fact, the purpose of legal hunt seasons is very important to the survival of the various species of wildlife. Without regulated hunting, the various wildlife would become so over-populated they’d either starve to death through the over-crowding and the eventual lack of food in the forests or be forced, through starvation, to eat any and all crops in our farmer’s fields, leaving us to be without. Wouldn’t the farmer then have to kill the wildlife to protect his crops? It could become the survival of the fittest!
It’s up to those of us who do hunt and fish to do our best to educate others as to why we hunt and fish and why wildlife populations actually benefit through well-managed hunt seasons — the same is true of fishing. Sometimes a person is against the hunting and fishing because they may not fully understand why these activities are so important to the future of the various populations we enjoy here in Arizona. Possibly they grew up in a family who did no hunting or fishing and really hadn’t thought about it before.
One good idea is to always be sportsman-like in all we do. Follow the rules and give good examples. Discourage unsportsman-like conduct in anyone; don’t tolerate it in ourselves or others. Be a good example, in particular for youngsters who are just beginning to hunt and fish. Assist these youngsters whenever possible in what they are doing to know the importance of becoming good sportsmen and women. Help them understand why their actions are so important to the future of hunting and fishing. It’s up to us! Give of yourself now to help the younger generations so they will be capable of taking over when it comes their turn to shine.
• Yuma Young Guns: If you have a young man or woman ages 9-25 who is enrolled in school and who would like to get into the Scholastic Clay Target Shooting program for shooting shotguns, call head coach H. McNutt at 580-2241.
• Yuma County 4-H shooting sports: If you are a youngster or the parent of one who belongs to 4-H (or would like to join one) and who is interested in the shooting sports, call Stanley Gourley at 344-0740 or the 4-H Extension office at 726-3904.
• Renegade Archers of Yuma: Archers of all ages are welcome to shoot the trail of 3D animals at the Foothills Archery Range at 8 a.m. Sundays with adult fees $3. Youngsters are always free of charge. Any youngster (adults are welcome as well) interested in learning to shoot along with learning safety in shooting bows and arrows, can call Jean Wilson at 247-4450 or Kevin Wilson at 726-0953 with questions and directions to the range. Call prior to the Sunday shoots to make arrangements for equipment use, also free.
• Notice to anyone enjoying our outdoors: The cool weather has brought rattlesnakes out to sun themselves and get warm at desert areas, including shooting ranges. We came across a diamondback (one so far, but where there is one, there are always more) at the archery range indicating they are there to warm up in the morning sun so best to keep your eyes and ears open every minute when out in the desert for archery or any other reason, and always know what you might be reaching for should you go to pick something up.
• Yuma Trap and Skeet Club: Open trap and skeet 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Sundays at the Adair Park range. Scholastic Clay Target Practice at the trap and skeet range is at 5 p.m. Thursday at the range. Call Gary Knight at 329-0960.
• Yuma Territorial Longrifles Club: Open black powder matches at 8:30 a.m. 1st and 3rd Saturdays each month with the monthly meeting prior to the match on the 1st Saturday at the range. Call Dennis Hansel at 342-7573.
• Yuma Rifle and Pistol Club: Check this column for monthly big bore match results and matches coming up at Adair Park range or call Paul Lerma at 783-6766 or Gerald Brooker at 305-0681.
• Yuma Matchmasters: Open matches at the Adair Park small bore range sign-up at 6:30 a.m. the 1st Saturday each month for the Steel Challenge Match, the 2nd Sunday for the IPSC Combat Match. Cowboy Matches on the 4th Sunday will sign-up at 7:30 a.m. Safety meetings proceed each match being shot. Call Bob Wiles at 920-2157 or Joanne Schickle at 502-1298.
• Southwest Bowhunters Archery Club: Open archery shoots at 9 a.m. Sundays at the Adair Park range with the practice range open all week. Call Wayne Wittenberg at 314-0140 or Uschi House at 345-3770. Mark your calendar to include the Nov. 9-10 Walk the Trail Shoot at the Adair Park range with 60 McKenzie and Rinehart 3D animal targets (two lower trails – mostly Rinehart’s, one upper). No trophies or dinner this time, just lots of fun shooting along with burgers, chips, sodas, water available at the snack bar throughout the weekend at reasonable prices. Call Zach Slette at 246-8381 or Larry Leake at 342-5181.
• Yuma High School bass fishing club: All local high school students are eligible to belong to the club for good competitive bass fishing at local, state and national levels. All boats, rods and reels and other equipment are available to students with mentors and coaches from Desert Bass Anglers Club and the Yuma Valley Rod and Gun Club. Visit StudentAnglerFederation.com or for more information, call school sponsor Terry Hurt at 580-7678.
• Desert Bass Anglers “The Fun Way to Fish”: Stay prepared with plenty of practice fishing to be ready for the Nov. 2 team tournament, open to all anglers with tournament approved boats, launching out of Fisher’s Landing. Early sign-up at Sportsman’s Hideaway from 5-5:45 p.m. Friday. There will be three $25 gift certificates awarded for the boat numbers drawn at the 5:45 p.m. draw; thanks to Harold and Edgar for their support to the club. Call Mac or Bobbi McDermott at 726-1984 who want to remind us all that the refuge areas at Martinez and Ferguson Lakes are now closed to fishing. Pay your 2013 club dues now if you want to fish the President’s Choice tournament in December.
• Yuma Pro Am Draw Series: Hope you had fun fishing yesterday at Mittry Lake. I’ll report results as soon as I hear from Bob La Londe or you can call him at 580-1270 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Yuma Valley Rod and Gun Club: Anyone interested in hunting and fishing is welcome to attend the Nov. 2 monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 19, 2575 S. Virginia Drive, with a dinner (reasonably priced) proceeding the meeting at 6:30 p.m.
• ABA Yuma Division: Check this column next week for results of yesterday’s Colorado River Tournament, the first in a series of six tournaments in the Yuma Division. Apply for ABA membership now by sending your information to 402 N. Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach, C. 90277 or call 1-310-376-1026.