Saturday, 14 January 2012 20:14

Predator hunting affirmed on the Mojave Preserve

By JIM MATTHEWS

www.OutdoorNewsService.com

Small game and predator hunting will continue in the Mojave National Preserve.
A federal court in Washington D.C. upheld a decision by the National Park Service to reject a petition from PEER, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, to end small game and predator hunting on the Preserve under the guise of protecting endangered desert tortoises. The NPS rejected the PEER petition because there was virtually no scientific evidence to support the claim, and the court backed up the park service scientists on this issue.
It also said the decision did not violation the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) nor the park service’s Administrative Procedure Act, shutting PEER down on all fronts. The National Rifle Association and Safari Club International also joined the park service in fighting the PEER petition. 
Anti-hunting environmental groups have been arguing since day one of Preserve’s creation against a wide variety of hunting that takes places in this part of the desert, often coming up with incredibly tortured reasons for hunting to be banned. This petition suggested that the hunting of small game (cottontail and jackrabbits) and predators (gray fox, coyotes and bobcats), which are shot on the ground rather than flying like quail and chukar, endangered desert tortoises.
The astronomical odds of such an occurrence happening borders on the impossible, but these groups were incensed when the NPS simply didn’t ban predator and small game hunting as they had requested several years ago. Those initial requests were not based on any scientific reasons, they simply didn’t like hunting, and especially the hunting of furbearers. So they started grasping at straws to waste the time of NPS staff in the court system. Out of their fertile little minds came the idea a tortoise could be accidentally shot by a hunter. The fact it made it all the way to a DC court is ludicrous, but at least the decision was correct.
For the record, there is no evidence of tortoises ever being shot by accident by hunters. Or even on purpose. There was a hue and cry when a tortoise researcher found than some old tortoise shells had bullet holes in them, but when someone actually did forensic analysis of those shells, they did not find any shells where the holes were made before the tortoise was long dead. In other words, the bullet holes were all made postmortem, usually years after the tortoise had died.
Don’t think for a minute this issue will go away with this court decision. Groups like PEER and the Humane Society will likely press for federal legislation banning the hunting and trapping of furbearing animals on all federal lands (using wolves, coyotes, and bobcats as the poster children). They’ll do this simply because they are against hunting, not because there is any scientific or biological reason to do so. But you can count of some incredibly contrived reasons to enact such bans.
Here is the really ironic part of the proposed ban on the hunting of coyotes and bobcats under the guise of protecting tortoises: Those two species eat tortoises. Eliminating the hunter harvest means there would be more predators in the desert to eat even more tortoises – and that would undoubtedly mean far more tortoises would be eaten than would ever get killed by a stray hunter’s bullet.
There have been a number of proposals that would have a positive impact on tortoise numbers. Scientists have identified that ravens have the biggest controllable impact on the tortoise population, and a simple way to bring the exploding raven population back in line with its historic numbers would be to have a hunting season, and if that didn’t reduce raven numbers enough, add a bounty on the birds. No one is suggesting wiping out ravens, just reducing the population. But heaven forbid we’d actually do real management.
HUNTING DOGS ON PRESERVE: Interestingly, two phone calls came in during December with upland bird hunters calling to say they had been told by National Park Service rangers on the Mojave Preserve they could be cited for allowing their hunting dogs to run freely off a leash.
This is not correct, and the NPS staff affirmed that hunting dogs have a special exemption to the leash rule when a hunter is actively hunting game. Apparently, there were two new seasonal rangers who didn’t understand the rules and a spokesperson for the Preserve said the misunderstanding would be addressed. The good news is that both hunters said the rangers were polite and friendly and did not cite them, even though they believed they could.
The regulation does say all hunting dogs must be carry identification tags, including the owner’s name and address. But that’s just a good thing for all our dogs to have anyway.
GUZZLER REPAIR WORK: Cliff McDonald and his Desert Water for Wildlife crew will be starting their 2012 work beginning in February, and volunteers are needed to help repair guzzlers (wildlife watering devices) and springs so they continue to provide water for desert wildlife. The dates for this year’s projects are Feb. 17-19, March 16-18, April 13-15, May 18-20, and a June project with the date not set yet. The crews do good work, are good company, and eat good grub on these weekend outings, and McDonald says newcomers are always welcome. You can contact McDonald via cell phone at 760-449-4820 or via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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OUTDOOR CALENDAR -- 11jan12

JANUARY 14-15 BAKERSFIELD GUN SHOW: The Central Coast Gun Shows Bakersfield event will be held this Saturday and Sunday at the Kern County Fairgrounds, Bakersfield. The next dates for the Bakersfield gun shows are March 24-25, May 5-6, June 16-17, Aug. 25-26, and Nov. 17-18. For information, call 805-481-6726 or go to www.centralcoastgunshows.com.
JANUARY 21 HIGH DESERT HUNTER SAFETY CLASS: The Apple Valley Gun Club has hunter safety classes the third Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. All students must have taken the on-line portion of the hunter safety class (http://homestudy.ihea.com/) before attending the classroom portion. The final test is administered at the end of the classroom session and hunter education cards issued. Classes are required for all first-time California hunters before a hunting license can be purchased. For information and to register, contract Allen Seymour at 760-245-3695, Neil Ringlee at 760-245-6034, or Lyle Crenth at 760-247-4705. More information available at the Apple Valley Gun Club web site at www.applevalleygunclub.com.
JANUARY 21-22 BASS PRO SHOPS HUNTER SAFETY CLASSES: Bass Pro Shops is offering hunter safety classes four days per month on the first and third full weekends, with classes on Saturday and Sunday of each weekend. The classes are all one-day, 10-hour certified hunter safety classes. Classes are required for all first-time California hunters before a hunting license can be purchased. Cost is $20 per person, but each student who passes the course receives a $20 Bass Pro Gift Card. Sign-ups are taken at Bass Pro and class size is limited. For information, call 909-922-5500. A pre-class study course is available at www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/.
JANUARY 28-29 COSTA MESA GUN SHOW: The Crossroads of the West Costa Mesa Gun Show will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, at the Orange County Fair and Event Center (Orange County Fairgrounds), Costa Mesa. Admission is $10. The next Costa Mesa shows will be March 24-25 and June 2-3. Information, directions, tickets, and $1 off coupons are available at www.crossroadsgunshows.com.
FEBRUARY 4-5 BASS PRO SHOPS HUNTER SAFETY CLASSES: Bass Pro Shops is offering hunter safety classes four days per month on the first and third full weekends, with classes on Saturday and Sunday of each weekend. The classes are all one-day, 10-hour certified hunter safety classes. Classes are required for all first-time California hunters before a hunting license can be purchased. Cost is $20 per person, but each student who passes the course receives a $20 Bass Pro Gift Card. Sign-ups are taken at Bass Pro and class size is limited. For information, call 909-922-5500. A pre-class study course is available at www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/.
FEBRUARY 11 RAAHAUGE’S HUNTER SAFETY CLASS: A one-day, 10-hour certified hunter safety class will be held at Mike Raahauge’s Shooting Enterprises, Norco. Classes are required for all first-time California hunters before a hunting license can be purchased. Cost is $35 per person. The 2012 class dates are March 10, April 14, May 5, June 16, July 7, Aug. 11, Aug. 18, Aug. 25, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, and Dec. 1. Sign-ups are taken at all Turner's Outdoorsman stores. Contact Raahauge’s at 951-735-7981.
FEBRUARY 11-12 VENTURA GUN SHOW: The Crossroads of the West Ventura Gun Show will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura. Admission is $10. The next Ventura gun show will be April 28-29. Information, directions, tickets, and $1 off coupons are available at www.crossroadsgunshows.com.
FEBRUARY 18 GAMEBIRD GUZZLER WORK PROJECT: The San Gabriel Valley Chapter of Quail Unlimited will be doing finish work on two gamebird guzzlers north of Palm Springs. Volunteers are needed to help with the project. For more information, contact Robert Armijo at 626-919-7663.
FEBRUARY 18-19 ONTARIO GUN SHOW: The Crossroads of the West Ontario Gun Show will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, at the Ontario Convention Center, Ontario. Admission is $10. The next Ontario gun shows will be May 8-9 and July 28-29. Information, directions, tickets, and $1 off coupons are available at www.crossroadsgunshows.com.
FEBRUARY 18-19 BASS PRO SHOPS HUNTER SAFETY CLASSES: Bass Pro Shops is offering hunter safety classes four days per month on the first and third full weekends, with classes on Saturday and Sunday of each weekend. The classes are all one-day, 10-hour certified hunter safety classes. Classes are required for all first-time California hunters before a hunting license can be purchased. Cost is $20 per person, but each student who passes the course receives a $20 Bass Pro Gift Card. Sign-ups are taken at Bass Pro and class size is limited. For information, call 909-922-5500. A pre-class study course is available at www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/.
MARCH 3-4 FLY FISHING SHOW: The Fly Fishing Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4, at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. This all-fly-fishing show has a who’s who list of speakers, exhibitors, casting and fly-tying demonstrators, and book authors. Cost is $15 per day or $25 for both days. For more information and directions, go to www.flyfishingshow.com or call 866-481-2393.
MARCH 7-11 FRED HALL LONG BEACH SHOW: The Fred Hall Show, the West Coast’s premier fishing, boating, hunting, travel and outdoor adventure show, will be held March 7-11 at the Long Beach Convention Center. This is the granddaddy of sportsman’s shows filling the convention center with exhibitors and non-stop seminars and exhibitions. Admission to the Hall Show is $15 for adults, $14 for military and seniors, and kids are free. For more information, go to www.fredhall.com or call 805-389-3339.
MARCH 10 RAAHAUGE’S HUNTER SAFETY CLASS: A one-day, 10-hour certified hunter safety class will be held at Mike Raahauge’s Shooting Enterprises, Norco. Classes are required for all first-time California hunters before a hunting license can be purchased. Cost is $35 per person. The 2012 class dates are April 14, May 5, June 16, July 7, Aug. 11, Aug. 18, Aug. 25, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, and Dec. 1. Sign-ups are taken at all Turner's Outdoorsman stores. Contact Raahauge’s at 951-735-7981.
MARCH 17 WEST VALLEY FRIENDS OF NRA FUND-RAISER: The West Valley Friends of the National Rifle Association will have its annual fund-raising dinner banquet beginning 6 p.m., Saturday, March 17, at the Central Park Center, 11200 Baseline Rd., Rancho Cucamonga. Dinner tickets start at $50. For more information contact Steve Gomez at 909-560-6000 or via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
MARCH 10 GUN DOG SHOWDOWN: The 23rd Annual Gun Dog Showdown, hosted by the San Gabriel Valley Chapter of Quail Unlimited, is a friendly competition to see which type of bird dog – pointers or flushers – are better. The trial features three chukar with elapsed time and shots fired determining the winner. Cost is $70 for entry and registration with a $65 fee for reruns. There is also a $15 entry charge for the Prado Dog Training Park, Chino. For information and to reserve a run, call Tim Bovard at 909-624-7411.
MARCH 22-25 FRED HALL DEL MAR SHOW: The Fred Hall Show, the West Coast’s premier fishing, boating, hunting, travel and outdoor adventure show, will be held March 22-25 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This is the one of the two largest sports shows held in Southern California, with hundreds of exhibitors and non-stop seminars and exhibitions. Admission to the Hall Show is $15 for adults, $14 for military and seniors, and kids are free. For more information, go to www.fredhall.com or call 805-389-3339.
MARCH 24 SAN GABRIEL QUAIL UNLIMITED FUND-RAISER BANQUET: The San Gabriel Chapter of Quail Unlimited will be having its annual fund-raising banquet beginning 5:30 p.m., Saturday, March 24 at the Oak Tree Room, 1150 Colorado Blvd., Arcadia. Tickets are $85 each or $120 per couple. Special shotgun raffle is a Winchester Model 101 field. For information, call 866-206-9070.

CALENDAR RESOURCES
For a complete list of HUNTER SAFETY CLASSES held throughout the state, including times, dates, and locations, go to the Department of Fish and Game’s web site at this address: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/classes.aspx.
For the rules and regulations on GRUNION RUNS, along with a complete schedule and the expected times of the runs, go to this web site address: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/gruschd.asp

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
The following is a list of hunting, shooting, and fishing clubs and organizations in Southern California with contact information and regular meeting dates:
976-TUNA ROD AND REEL CLUB: The 976-Tuna Rod and Reel Club meets 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Bass Pro Shops, Rancho Cucamonga. Contact Phil Friedman at 310-328-8426.
CALIFORNIA DEER ASSOCIATION (SOUTHERN CALIF0RNIA CHAPTER): The Southern California Chapter of the California Deer Association meets 10 a.m. the second Saturday of each month at Bass Pro Shops, Rancho Cucamonga. Contact Glenn Tessers at 310-429-5222.
CALIFORNIA STATE VARMINT CALLERS ASSOCIATION: The California State Varmint Callers Association meets 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Denny's just north of the 210 freeway at Irwindale Ave., Irwindale. Contact Steven Childs at 626-407-8826 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Web site: www.csvca.com.
CANYON OAKS SPORTSMAN’S CLUB: The Canyon Oaks Sportsman’s Club meets the first Tuesday of every month at it’s clubhouse in Lakeview Terrace-Sylmar. The club has regular trap, skeet, smallbore, big bore, handgun, and Cowboy Action shooting events. Contact Gary White at 818-998-7240, Mike Totta at 818-362-2181 or Mike Nickoloff via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
CERRITOS ROD & GUN CLUB: The Cerritos Rod & Gun Club meets the second Wednesday of each month at Heritage Park in Cerritos. Contact Charles Sharp at 714-317-8290 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
CLUB FISH: Club Fish, a 20-year-old fishing club, meets 7:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Izaak Walton League Clubhouse, Santa Ana. The clubhouse is located at the entrance to Riverview Gold Course. Contact Mike Cross at 949-854-5258 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
CONEJO VALLEY BASS CLUB: The Conejo Valley Bass Club meets 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Elks Club, Thousand Oaks. Events are the third Saturday. Contact Kevin Gelsinger at 818-951-1630.
DEEP CREEK FLY-FISHERS: Deep Creek Fly-Fishers meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Izaak Walton League clubhouse in Fairmont Park, in Riverside. Go to www.deepcreekflyfishers.org to download a map to the club house. Contact Brett Browning at 909-793-8912.
GOLDEN STATE FLYCASTERS: The Golden State Flycasters and Trout Unlimited Chapter 920 meets 6 to 9 p.m. Monday before the third Thursday of each month at Tio Leo’s Restaurant, Del Mar. Information at www.goldenstateflycasters.org.
HIGH DESERT FLY-FISHERS: The High Desert Fly-Fishers holds its monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at The Apple Valley Fire Conference Center, 19235 Yucca Loma, Apple Valley. Information at hidesertflyfishers.com/wordpressblog/.
HIGHLAND PARK SPORTSMEN'S CLUB: The Highland Park Sportsmen's Club meets at 8 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at 2035 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles. Contact Mauro Garcia at 323-254-0763 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
NATIONAL VARMINT HUNTERS: The National Varmint Hunters meets 7:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Veterans of Foreign Wars club located on Grand Avenue, just west of 17th Street, Santa Ana. Contact Mark Harris at 714-655-6954 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Terry Mathers at 714-299-9938 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION (High Desert Chapter): The High Desert Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation meets 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Apple Valley Gun Club, 16699 Stoddard Wells Road, Victorville. Contact Karen Shackleford at 760-887-1092.
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION (INLAND EMPIRE CHAPTER): The Inland Empire Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation meets 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at Bass Pro Shops, 7777 Victoria Gardens Lane, Rancho Cucamonga. Contact David Halbrook at 760-694-1191 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION (ORANGE COUNTY CHAPTER): The Orange County Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation meets 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at The Firing Line, 17921 Jamestown Lane, Huntington Beach. Contact Pat Ryan at 714-373-3688 or Casey Rasmussen at 714-377-5859.
ORANCO BOWMEN: The ORANCO Bowmen meet the second Tuesday of each month at the club range, 17504 Pomona Rincon Rd., Chino (Euclid Avenue one block north of the 71 freeway). The range is open to the public on Sundays 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 909-597-7582. Web site: www.oranco.org.
ORANGE COUNTY BASS CLUB: The Orange County Bass Club meets 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month at the Garden Grove Elk's Lodge. Contact Steve Pendergast at 949-651-8172 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
PLUNGE CREEK COWBOYS: The Plunge Creek Cowboys, a new Cowboy Action Shooting club in the Inland Empire, has shoots the third Saturday of each month at the Inland Fish and Game range on Orange Street in East Highlands. Authentic or replica firearms and garb required. Information: www.plungecreekcowboys.com.
PREDATOR CALLERS OF ORANGE COUNTY: The Predator Callers of Orange County usually meet 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at the Old World German Restaurant, 7561 Central Ave., Huntington Beach. 2011 schedule of meetings: Jan., Feb., Mar., first Wednesday of month, other months first Tuesday. Contact Rickey Macy via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
QUAIL AND UPLAND WILDLIFE FEDERATION: The Santa Clarita Valley Chapter of the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation meeting the third Thursday of every month beginning 7:30 p.m. at the Oaktree Gun Club. Contact Derek Fong at 661-297-0876 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Web site: www.scvquwf.com.
QUAIL FOREVER (HIGH DESERT CHAPTER): The High Desert Chapter of Quail Forever meets 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Apple Valley Gun Club. Trap tune-up shoots are the first Sunday of each month beginning 9 a.m., also at Apple Valley Gun Club. Contact Phil Garo at 760-241-9011 or go to the web site at www.highdesertquailforever.org.
QUAIL UNLIMITED (RIVERSIDE CHAPTER): The Riverside Chapter of Quail Unlimited meets 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Hunny’s Restaurant, Main Street and 4th Street, Corona. Contact Ron Gibbons at 909-902-9814 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Web site: www.quriverside.com.
QUAIL UNLIMITED (SAN DIEGO CHAPTER): The San Diego Chapter of Quail Unlimited meets 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at DFG Headquarters at 4949 Viewridge Rd., San Diego. Contact David Preddy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.sdqu.org.
QUAIL UNLIMITED (SAN GABRIEL VALLEY CHAPTER): The San Gabriel Valley Chapter of Quail Unlimited meets 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Triple B Clays in El Monte. Contact Tim Bovard at 866-206-9070, ext. 6715 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
QUAIL UNLIMITED (VENTURA COUNTY CHAPTER): The Ventura County Chapter of Quail Unlimited meets 7p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Smogie’s Smog Shop, 3940 Market St., Ventura. Contact Till Tocci at 805-659-2226 or 805-981-3426 or via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
REDONDO ROD & GUN CLUB: The Redondo Rod & Gun Club meets 8 p.m. every Thursday of every month at its own clubhouse. The club has promoted hunting, fishing, sport shooting and the outdoors since 1948. The clubhouse is located at 2023 Vanderbilt Lane, Redondo Beach. Contact 310-379-7772.
RIVERSIDE VARMINT CALLERS: The Riverside Varmint Callers meet 7 p.m. the last Saturday of each month at Flo's Country Kitchen, Riverside. Contact Jeff Simonides at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Steve Prough at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Web site:www.californiavarmintcallers.com/chapters.html/.
ROCKPILE COWBOYS: The Rockpile Cowboys shoots beginning 8:30 a.m. the third Saturday of month at the RockPile gun club located approximately eight miles west of Perris. The shoot will include revolver, shotgun, and rifle with four to six stages each shoot day. Contact Cap Fox at 909-795-4480 or go to www.socaltargetmasters.com and follow link to “Cowboy shooting.”
SAN DIEGO SPORTING DOG CLUB: The San Diego Sporting Dog Club meets 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Animal Medical Center, 600 Broadway, El Cajon. Contact Steve Sarmiento at 619-659-9393 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA VARMINT CALLERS ASSOCIATION: The Southern California Varmint Callers Association meets 8 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Denny's Restaurant at Pioneer Blvd and Imperial Highway in Norwalk. Contact Granville Crow at 310-548-6221 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Skip Gildner at 562-900-9020 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
TEMPLE CITY SPORTSMEN: The Temple City Sportsmen meet the first Thursday of each month at the Temple City Civic Center in Temple City. Contact Jim White at 626-201-7782 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The club’s web site is www.tcsportsmen.org.
TURNER'S OUTDOORSMAN ROD AND REEL CLUB: The Turner's Outdoorsman Rod and Reel Club meets 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Marie Calendar’s Restaurant, 2300 Foothill, Pasadena. Contact Richard Crowe at 626-960-9610.

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