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Anti-Hunting Comedian Ricky Gervais Hatefully Attacks a 13-Year-Old Girl

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Anti-Hunting Comedian Ricky Gervais Hatefully Attacks a 13-Year-Old Girl

So apparently, comedian Ricky Gervais is fine with cyber bullying a 13-year-old girl, but hunting is where he draws the line . . .

This is the kind of asinine mindset that antis walks around with on a daily basis, and it’s exactly what fueled thousands of hate-filled comments directed at a young girl who has a passion for hunting.

Gervais responded to a picture posted by Aryanna Goudin of her posing with a giraffe she shot while on a once-in-a-lifetime hunt with her father in South Africa. His tweet read, in horrible taste we might add, “Do you love me now daddy?” which gives implications Gourdin is some brainwashed child who only shot the animal for her father’s approval.

Here is the tweet and the photo that caused Gervais to lash out in such an unprofessional manner:

A couple of house-keeping notes:

This incident can teach all of us hunters an important lesson about how we represent ourselves after the kill. While we certainly don’t agree with Gervais’ comments or how he handled this situation, this particular celebratory pose is the exact kind of low-hanging fruit that anti-hunters such as Gervais love to feast on.

For the sake of comparing, take a look at the following photo and tell us that’s not a hunter who respects the animal she just harvested:

Also, it should be noted that before Gervais even posted his comments, Aryanna had already admitted that the photo was in poor taste, and that she learned her lesson about posting pictures that are offensive to others. This is a young girl with a very good head on her shoulders who simply loves to hunt, and she certainly doesn’t seem to care what one man with a dwindling comedy career has to say about it.

In response to the hundreds of thousands of negative comments she receives about her hunting, Aryanna simply replied, “I would never back down from hunting. I am a hunter, and no matter what people say to me, I’m never going to stop.”

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Anglers Look to New Federal Fisheries Head to Improve Recreational Fishing Management

 

Anglers Look to New Federal Fisheries Head to Improve Recreational Fishing Management

With frustration running high, sportsmen and women want to continue working with the agency to recognize recreational fishing’s role in coastal economies through meaningful changes to federal management of saltwater fisheries

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and its sportfishing partners look forward to working with Chris Oliver, the newly appointed head of the National Marine Fisheries Service. Over the last five years, sportsmen’s groups have worked extensively with NMFS staff to try to bring about meaningful changes to federal approaches for managing recreational saltwater fishing in our nation’s public waters, and that work will continue as Oliver steps into this role.

“Chris Oliver has some monumental tasks ahead of him, including continuing to work with angling, advocacy, and conservation organizations to develop management approaches that emphasize conservation, while recognizing the explicit, fundamental differences between commercial and recreational fishing,” says Whit Fosburgh, TRCP’s president and CEO. “He must also continue to build our nation’s fishery stocks while ensuring those fish stocks are a publicly held resource.”

Recreational fishing is an enormous part of America’s culture and economy, with more than 11 million saltwater anglers annually driving more than $63 billion in spending. Without saltwater angling, coastal communities across the country would suffer financially. Anglers also contribute more than $1.5 billion to conservation and fisheries management each year through direct license sales, donations, and excise taxes on equipment and fuel.

Oliver will certainly face several challenges as he continues to advance badly needed reforms to federal recreational fishing management and work to build better relationships between anglers and managers of state and federal agencies. “We look forward to helping him meet these challenges and achieve meaningful progress on sound, reasonable management practices that will ensure recreational fishermen have sufficient access to public waters and fisheries,” says Fosburgh.

 

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Ingram, Texas 78025
 
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Plan to spend an afternoon and evening with your family and friends at the premier Austin Savanna in Creedmoor, Texas minutes from downtown Austin. This pristine wildlife preserve is home to more than 90 species of exotic animals.
The 1st annual American Wildlife Spectacular is an event for the entire family.  Join the fun throughout the afternoon, beginning with tours of Austin Savanna at 1:00 P.M. The tours will last all afternoon followed by a reception in the beautiful Austin Savanna lodge. A fantastic meal catered by Pok*e* Jo’s Smokehouse will begin 6:00 P.M. followed by a super live auction.  Attendees can also bid on an array of silent auction items, a fantastic raffle with guns, items by Yeti and ladies jewelry by Swarovski and Montana Jewelry.  For those who cannot attend the event there will be online bidding available for the grand auction by DV Auctions (*see the link to online bidding).
The following is just a few of the great animal lots and hunts being offered:
1 straw of Sugar Express from Waldvogel Whitetails and Dakota Whitetails
Choice straw off the farm from over 15 different sires including TD Express, Texas T Bone, 32 stitches, and much more offered by Maple Hill Farms- Laurie Seale
1 straw, buyer’s choice, of Slick or Perfection offered by the Flees Family-Wilderness Whitetails
Hunt big northern whitetail up to a 200 inch buck with former major league baseball great, Jarrod Washburn-Major League Bucks
200-225-inch stocker buck (pasture release only-TC 1 status) offered by Cypress Ridge Whitetails (Madison Michner/Pete Moore
0.4 whitetail stocker package by Cypress Ridge Whitetails
0.1 whitetail bred to any sire on the farm-Cypress Ridge Whitetails
0.1 whitetail bred to anything on the farm offered by Lonehollow Whitetails (Jeff Carr)
Hunt aoudad, axis, or blackbuck with Lonehollow Whitetails
Hunt beautiful Colorado for bull elk up to 375 inches-offered by Andy Azcarraga & Colorado Elk Breeders Assn.
2 day/2 night stay at Oak Creek Whitetail Ranch in Bland, Missouri offered by Donald Hill
5 days/4 nights in Ruidoso, New Mexico-Townhouse completely furnished, sleeps 6 offered by Charly and Laurie Seale
0.1 bred doe offered by Ben Mooring
0.1 bred doe offered by Ben Mooring
Stocker buck package TC 1 Status offered by Rock Star Whitetail (Quad Boenker)
0.1 Common Waterbuck-Cypress Creek Ranch (Pete Moore)
0.1 White Bearded Wildebeest -Cypress Creek Ranch (Peter Moore)
Helicopter hog hunt in Texas offered by Gary Olson
All proceeds to benefit the American Cervid Alliance in its national legislative efforts and the PR campaign. 

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June 21, 2017
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Texas Parks & Wildlife tightens rules on deer breeders

Texas Parks & Wildlife tightens rules on deer breeders


The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted new rules Monday to combat a disease found in deer, but the new rules could put a strain on many of the state’s 1,300 deer breeding businesses.

The commission’s vote came after months of discussions with interested groups, including breeders, ranch owners who sell hunting leases, environmental groups and livestock organizations.

The purpose for new regulations is to address how the state is going to deal with chronic wasting disease. The neurological condition — which affects deer, elk and maybe moose, but not humans — can cause weight loss, behavioral changes, brain lesions, excessive salivation, pneumonia, difficulty swallowing and head tremors.

It was discovered last year at a breeding facility in Medina County, near San Antonio.

With the commission’s unanimous vote on Monday, deer breeders will have to comply with increased regulation. There will be limited movement of breeder deer across the state, increased postmortem testing for chronic wasting disease and more live testing for the disease, too.

Deer breeding opponent Jenny Sanders, who is executive director of Texans for Saving our Hunting Heritage, called the commission vote a win.

Sanders, who also has served a manager on the 11,300-acre Temple Ranch near Freer in South Texas, said chronic wasting disease as a major threat to white-tailed deer in Texas and to the multibillion-dollar hunting industry. The state had the responsibility to protect the state’s 4 million white-tailed deer, she said.

Not everyone agreed with Sanders and the commissioners.

Particularly frustrated were few dozen members of Texas’ biggest deer breeding group, who walked out of a meeting before the vote even occurred.

Breeders involved with the Texas Deer Association said they believed the members of the commission had come to the meeting with their minds made up.

Marty Berry, a breeder from South Texas, said he felt like the commissioners didn’t care to hear from breeders.

“Nothing else can be accomplished at this level, “ he said.

Hugo Berlanga, a former member of the Texas House from Corpus Christi and owner of a deer breeding business, said the breeding industry in Texas is already on “life support.” The new regulations will come with high costs and will force some breeding operations of out business, he said.

“They have done so much damage to breeders,” he said.

Berlanga said the process was rigged to the benefit of large ranch owners who fear competition from smaller businesses that are often close to metro areas.

“It’s a bunch of elitists. I can’t explain it any simpler than that,” said Berlanga, a board member of the Texas Deer Association.

Sanders, whose group’s members include some representatives from major Texas ranches, has rejected the notion that the breeder fight is about large ranch owners trying to eliminate competition from breeders.

Rather, she said in a recent op-ed published in the San Antonio Express News, that “a small group of deer breeders” has “embarked on an effort to undermine” the efforts of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Josh Havens, a spokesman for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said the commission has heard testimony from a number of individuals who either represent themselves, organizations and landowners.

“(T)his is a public resource issue, and the commission will make their decision based on science and what is in the best interest of the states wildlife and hunting heritage,” Havens wrote in a text message.

Berry, the South Texas breeder, said his and other breeders’ fight won’t end with the commission vote.

An already-filed lawsuit is going to be part of the answer, he said.

“That’s going to be the next step before the Legislature,” he said.

TDACares Member Spotlight: Barbara Peeler

TDACares Member Spotlight: Barbara Peeler

For TDA member Barbara Peeler and her family, helping kids in the community is part of everyday life.

“My main focus has always been kids,” says Peeler, who has been a school board member in her hometown of Jourdanton for nearly 40 years.

Barbara and her husband and family have “run” their Atascosa County ranch for over 55 years even though they maintain a home in town.  It is primarily a working cattle ranch and was established in 1913.

She credits her husband with being able to maintain and keep the ranch all these years, though it has not always been easy to do.  “We are very particular about things,” says Peeler, “and we believe in maintaining all aspects of the land.”

This, of course, includes their wildlife resources.  A TDA member since 2012, Peeler believes in actively managing their deer population and has help  culling deer by letting area kids, servicemen, veterans, and church groups go hunting.  Stressing to her guests the ethics of hunting is important to Peeler.  “We are hunters, not killers,” she says.  “What we hunt and what we shoot is eaten.”

One of the most rewarding ways Peeler has found to interact with local kids in the community is through the Future Farmers of America, or the FFA.  Her family has worked with the organization for many years, and has begun to team up with them to host a district meet at their ranch.

This year marked the 10th year that Wintergarden FFA enjoyed the beautiful surroundings of the Peeler Ranch as they pursued their annual Invitational Land, Grass, and Range Contest.  Nearly 500 kids from 29 schools across south Texas—stretching all the way south to Benavides and Calallen, competed in contests that included: range evaluation, homesite evaluation, plant identification, and land judging.

Peeler said this wasn’t the only group that her family has worked with, but it was certainly the largest.  To incentivize the kids, her family started to offer college scholarships to the first and second place winners in each division.  To her, the best part is seeing the growing diversity within the FFA community, as well as being able to help students with special needs take part in the activities.

Working with students through the FFA allows Peeler and her family to pass on to the next generation what they consider to be a very important life lesson: teaching the youth of today where their food actually comes from.

“It all goes back to the land, and that’s what we want them to know.  That they should appreciate it and be grateful for it, and for all that it provides for us.”

She has discovered over the years in talking with the kids that most every one of them dreams of one day owning a ranch… whatever that might mean to them.  And that is something especially gratifying to Peeler.

“This is all something that has been gift from God,” she said thoughtfully.  “We are believers in a good clean way to make a living, and we thank Him every night that He has provided us this way to make ours.”

Peeler will be quick to point out to you that they don’t have a fancy lodge, or large commercial operation.  Nor do they have their family ranch just to play. “We work hard every single day, says Peeler, “everybody here does! Our end goal is simply to make a living and to help feed a lot of people,” she explains.

And feed people they do… but not just in the obvious ways.  The Peeler family’s hospitality and dedication to the children of the community has fed countless minds, hearts, spirits, imaginations and dreams over the years, and south Texas is a better, richer place for it.

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Completed application packets must be submitted to the TDA Scholarship Committee no later than June 30, 2017 by mail, email or fax.

2017 TDA Scholarship recipients will be selected and notified by July 14, 2017.

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Hog Hunting By Hot Air Balloon Approved In Texas Legislature

Hog Hunting By Hot Air Balloon Approved In Texas Legislature

Hog Hunting By Hot Air Balloon Approved In Texas Legislature

HOT AIR BALLOON HUNTING REQUIRES LICENSE BY STATE

The San Antonio Express-News reports the Texas Legislature passed a bill to allow feral hog hunting from a hot air balloon. Hunters will now have a less expensive alternative to feral hog hunting from helicopters. The bill does require the state to license hot air balloon hunting. The bill awaits Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature.

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39th Annual TGR Awards Banquet and Big Buck Contest Awards Ceremonies

TROPHY GAME RECORDS of the World
39th Annual TGR Awards Banquet and Big Buck Contest Awards Ceremonies July 21st – July 22nd, 2017 at the Inn of the Hills Resort and Conference Center in Kerrville, Texas.
Reminders:  The room block for hotel rooms will expire on June 18th.  If you have not made your room reservations yet, we suggest you do so ASAP.  Use the link below to book your hotel rooms.
Also, plaque orders are due by June 18th to ensure they will be ready for presentation at the banquet.
We encourage everyone to pre-register for the banquet.  Call the TGR office (830) 315-4868.
We are currently accepting donations for our Silent Auction and Grand Auction and we are asking for your help to make these auctions a success.  As this is our major fundraiser of the year we encourage everyone to donate an item to one of the auctions, no matter how large or small.
We also have event sponsorship’s available.  This is a great way to feature your ranch or business during the banquet while supporting Trophy Game Records of the World.
Please consider supporting the success of this event with one of these sponsorship opportunities.
We have several events planned including our Friday afternoon Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament and Friday evening Family Casino Night.  We will also have our state approved Hunter’s Safety Course (for anyone 12 years of age and above that is needing to get their certification) and our TGR scoring school (for anyone interested in the TGR measuring system).
We look forward to seeing everyone in July!!
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New Texas Rules for Exotic CWD Susceptible Species

Following the TAHC news release announcing the new exotic CWD susceptible species rules effective today, we would like to describe what constitutes an exotic CWD susceptible species.
As stated in the rules, an Exotic CWD Susceptible Species is a non-native cervid species determined to be susceptible to CWD, which means a species that has had a diagnosis of CWD confirmed by means of an official test conducted by a laboratory approved by USDA/APHIS. This includes North American elk or wapiti (Cervus Canadensis), red deer (Cervus elaphus), Sika deer (Cervus Nippon), moose (Alces alces), and any associated subspecies and hybrids. All mule deer, white-tailed deer, and other native species under the jurisdiction of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are excluded from this definition and application of this section
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New Exotic CWD Susceptible Species Rules Now in Effect
 
May 30, 2017
Texas Animal Health Commission
Austin, TX – The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) adopted amendments to §40.5 of the Texas Administrative Code to add surveillance, movement reporting, identification, and mortality record keeping requirements for exotic chronic wasting disease (CWD) susceptible species at the regularly scheduled Commission meeting on May 9, 2017, at its headquarters in Austin.

CWD in white-tailed deer and mule deer has been documented in different geographic locations in Texas, which puts other CWD susceptible species at risk for CWD exposure and infection. Statewide surveillance is a critical component to early detection of CWD in exotic susceptible species.

Movement Reporting and Identification Requirements
The adopted movement reporting and identification rule requires owners to keep herd records, estimated annual inventory and mortality records if they move or sell exotic CWD susceptible species located within a high fence premises. The estimated annual inventory and mortality records must be submitted on or before April 1 of every year to the TAHC Central Office.

The rule also requires the owner of live exotic CWD susceptible species being moved or transported within the state to obtain a Premises Identification Number (PIN). To obtain a PIN, contact the TAHC Animal Disease Traceability department at 1-800-550-8242 ext. 733.

Surveillance Requirements
The adopted surveillance rule requires a total of three eligible mortalities to be CWD tested and valid test results submitted to your local TAHC region office on or by April 1 of every year. Eligible mortalities include hunter harvested exotic CWD susceptible species or natural mortalities that occur on the premises. This requirement applies to all high and low fenced premises where exotic CWD susceptible species are located and is not dependent on movement.

Mortality Record Keeping
The adopted mortality record keeping rule states that the owner of a premises where an eligible mortality occurs must maintain a mortality record. The mortality record must be submitted to the TAHC central office on or by April 1 of every year.
Testing Requirements & Test Result Reporting
The rules for testing exotic CWD susceptible species state that all CWD test samples be collected by a state or federal animal health official, accredited veterinarian, or a certified CWD postmortem sample collector; and the samples must be submitted to an official laboratory for all eligible mortalities.  The owner must report all test results to their TAHC region office within 30 days of receiving the results.

Dealer Requirements
Any person engaged in the business of buying or selling exotic CWD susceptible species in commerce must maintain records for all exotic CWD susceptible species transported within the state or where there is a transfer of ownership, and provide these to TAHC personnel upon request. The records must be maintained for not less than five years.

Exotic CWD Susceptible Species Forms
TAHC provides forms to help exotic CWD susceptible species property owners and dealers keep required documentation.
¥ Mortality Record Form: http://www.tahc.texas.gov/animal_health/elk-deer/17-10_ExoticCWDSusceptibleSpeciesMortalityRecord.pdf
All forms and resources are posted on our website at http://www.tahc.texas.gov/animal_health/elk-deer/.
For information concerning native cervid species, visit http://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/diseases/cwd/
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Texas Parks & Wildlife tightens rules on deer breeders

Texas Parks & Wildlife tightens rules on deer breeders


The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted new rules Monday to combat a disease found in deer, but the new rules could put a strain on many of the state’s 1,300 deer breeding businesses.

The commission’s vote came after months of discussions with interested groups, including breeders, ranch owners who sell hunting leases, environmental groups and livestock organizations.

The purpose for new regulations is to address how the state is going to deal with chronic wasting disease. The neurological condition — which affects deer, elk and maybe moose, but not humans — can cause weight loss, behavioral changes, brain lesions, excessive salivation, pneumonia, difficulty swallowing and head tremors.

It was discovered last year at a breeding facility in Medina County, near San Antonio.

With the commission’s unanimous vote on Monday, deer breeders will have to comply with increased regulation. There will be limited movement of breeder deer across the state, increased postmortem testing for chronic wasting disease and more live testing for the disease, too.

Deer breeding opponent Jenny Sanders, who is executive director of Texans for Saving our Hunting Heritage, called the commission vote a win.

Sanders, who also has served a manager on the 11,300-acre Temple Ranch near Freer in South Texas, said chronic wasting disease as a major threat to white-tailed deer in Texas and to the multibillion-dollar hunting industry. The state had the responsibility to protect the state’s 4 million white-tailed deer, she said.

Not everyone agreed with Sanders and the commissioners.

Particularly frustrated were few dozen members of Texas’ biggest deer breeding group, who walked out of a meeting before the vote even occurred.

Breeders involved with the Texas Deer Association said they believed the members of the commission had come to the meeting with their minds made up.

Marty Berry, a breeder from South Texas, said he felt like the commissioners didn’t care to hear from breeders.

“Nothing else can be accomplished at this level, “ he said.

Hugo Berlanga, a former member of the Texas House from Corpus Christi and owner of a deer breeding business, said the breeding industry in Texas is already on “life support.” The new regulations will come with high costs and will force some breeding operations of out business, he said.

“They have done so much damage to breeders,” he said.

Berlanga said the process was rigged to the benefit of large ranch owners who fear competition from smaller businesses that are often close to metro areas.

“It’s a bunch of elitists. I can’t explain it any simpler than that,” said Berlanga, a board member of the Texas Deer Association.

Sanders, whose group’s members include some representatives from major Texas ranches, has rejected the notion that the breeder fight is about large ranch owners trying to eliminate competition from breeders.

Rather, she said in a recent op-ed published in the San Antonio Express News, that “a small group of deer breeders” has “embarked on an effort to undermine” the efforts of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Josh Havens, a spokesman for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said the commission has heard testimony from a number of individuals who either represent themselves, organizations and landowners.

“(T)his is a public resource issue, and the commission will make their decision based on science and what is in the best interest of the states wildlife and hunting heritage,” Havens wrote in a text message.

Berry, the South Texas breeder, said his and other breeders’ fight won’t end with the commission vote.

An already-filed lawsuit is going to be part of the answer, he said.

“That’s going to be the next step before the Legislature,” he said.

White House Pens Budget Cuts To Interior Department

White House Pens Budget Cuts To Interior Department

White House Pens Budget Cuts To Interior Department

WHITE HOUSE BUDGET WOULD CUT INTERIOR FUNDING BY 11 PERCENT

Public lands fish and wildlife habitat, public access funding, and hunting and angling opportunities will face severe negative impacts in the administration’s fiscal 2018 budget, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) announced today.

Key resource agency funding is slashed, important staff positions are eliminated, and programs important to public lands and sportsmen are cut in the budget, a draft version of which was released in March.

Notable measure include an 11 percent overall reduction in the Interior Department, an 84 percent cut to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and complete elimination of funding for a decade-plus collaborative effort to conserve the Western sagebrush steppe.

“The administration’s budget starves our public lands of critical funding,” said Land Tawney, BHA president and CEO.

“The cuts they would levy on our natural resource agencies, resource professionals and key programs are unprecedented and far-reaching in scope. Not only would they profoundly diminish our lands and waters, fish and wildlife habitat, and outdoor opportunities; they also would hobble America’s potent outdoors economy – currently $887 billion strong, sustainable and growing.”

“On his first day at Interior, Secretary Zinke signed a secretarial order calling for the expansion of public access and hunting and fishing opportunities on U.S. public lands – an action we applauded,” Tawney continued.

“Today, only weeks later, we are confused by the drastic cut to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has done more to facilitate public access opportunities to hunt, fish and otherwise enjoy the great outdoors than any other federal program in history. The proposed budget flies in the face of what sportsmen and women need and want most: access.”

CUTS TO LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND, FREEZE TO SAGEBRUSH CONSERVATION EFFORTS

The Land and Water Conservation Fund represents a bipartisan commitment to safeguarding the nation’s outdoor heritage, having enhanced public access to millions of acres in the United States over the course of its 50-year-plus existence. The LWCF utilizes revenues from offshore oil and gas development to bolster state and local efforts on behalf of America’s parks, wildlife refuges, forests, trails and other public open spaces.

As well, the administration’s budget would unravel critical greater sage grouse conservation plans, a model for landscape level conservation that prioritizes state and local needs as well as habitat conditions. This approach has forestalled the need to list the sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act and played a key role in the health of 165 million acres of sagebrush steppe, relied upon by more than 350 species of fish and wildlife, including big-game species such as mule deer, pronghorn and elk.

“Healthy and functioning sage grouse habitat is essential to conserving the sage grouse and hundreds of other species,” Tawney stated.

“In addition to halting funding critical to sage steppe conservation, the administration is ignoring over a decade of collaborative work by private land owners, state and federal agencies, and hunters and anglers.”

BHA calls for members of Congress to reject the administration’s budget.—courtesy BHA

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Cervid Industry Leaders Meet for CWD Summit

Ten national cervid leaders convened in Denver for a CWD retreat on April 19, 2017. This was not a symposium like the recent ones in Texas and Saskatchewan but a brainstorming session among several national leaders representing CWD susceptible species from the United States and Canada.
The purpose of the retreat was to define the industry’s position on the perceived future of CWD policy and work toward that goal together. Industry leaders agreed if all the national and state/provincial associations were asked for their perceived goal for CWD policy, there would most likely be over a dozen different answers.  This is a problem if the industry wants meaningful reform.
The cervid industry spends a great deal of time and money on CWD policy and research.  As far as regulations, the industry needs to consider what they want CWD policy to look like now, next year and in five to ten years from now.  The industry needs to agree on a targeted destination. Otherwise, industry associations are going in different directions with conflicting messages to legislators and policy makers. Thus, less success.
It is important American and Canadian cervid industries have similar goals for CWD policy. Otherwise, CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) and USDA APHIS use the other agency’s rules to prevent reform.  Furthermore, the different CWD species have their own nuances with policy too. Ante-Mortem testing brings a whole other realm of questions.  The recent work in Texas on ante-mortem testing in the last two years is historic.
Representatives at the retreat covered all CWD susceptible species in both nations. All regions of the continent were represented. The meeting agenda focused on global policy on the USDA federal CWD rule and program standards, responses to CWD discovery, and research.
To yield true industry sentiment, the brainstorming session was closed to only industry representatives without the government intervention. After industry produced an outline of goals, Dr. Keith Roehr, who serves as the State Veterinarian of Colorado, and his assistant Mr. Wayne East, joined the group to review the ideas and offer valuable input as a regulatory official with years of experience in a CWD state with an active cervid industry.
The participants of the meeting are as follows:
Whitetail Deer: 
Glen Dice- Pennsylvania Deer Farmers Association,
Shawn Schafer- North American Deer Farmers Association,
Laurie Seale- Whitetails of Wisconsin,
Patrick Tarlton- Texas Deer Association,
Skip West- North American Deer Farmers Association
Exotic Deer:
Charly Seale- Exotic Wildlife Association
Elk: 
Andy Azcarraga- North American Elk Breeders Association,
Travis Lowe- North American Elk Breeders Association,
Eric Mohlman- North American Elk Breeders Association,
Ian Thorleifson- North American Elk Breeders Association.
The full report will be shared with the American Cervid Alliance Leadership Council and discussed on the council meeting conference call on May 16th. Councilmen will be responsible for distributing the report to their own association boards for feedback.
Exotic Wildlife Association
Charly Seale, Executive Director

105 Henderson Branch Rd., West
Ingram, Texas 78025

Exotic Wildlife Association NEWS ALERT

Exotic Wildlife Association
NEWS ALERT
“Promoting Conservation through Commerce”
Legislative Newsletter
Animal Cruelty
HB 748 by Farrar authorizing a municipality with over 700,000 people to impose on a person charged with animal cruelty to pay all costs and attorney fees. The bill is pending in committee. EWA opposes the bill. Passed out of committee and is set on House Calendar
HB 749 by Farrar would develop an animal abuser database similar to a sexual abuser database, was supposed to be heard March 20, but was withdrawn. EWA opposes the bill. EWA Opposes the bill. Still pending in committee.
Weapons
SB 16 by Nichols would have eliminated all fees for applying or renewing the license to carry a handgun. However, due to the high fiscal note in such a hard fiscal year, the CSSB 16 has been amended to reduce all the fees to $40. EWA supports the bill. Passed the House.
SB 263 By Perry relating to the handgun removing the caliber requirement to obtain or renew a license to carry a handgun. EWA supports the bill. The bill awaits hearing in the House.
Exotic Wildlife Association
Charly Seale, Executive Director

105 Henderson Branch Rd., West
Ingram, Texas 78025