I’ve delayed sending the August Newsletter while I tried to compile all the latest Cabrona news. I can delay no longer so here goes.
I’ve been concerned that all the Cabrona stuff might mess up our fall hunting. Some of you may not know but I did not get to hunt my spring Turkey that I had contracted with a NM Outfitter because of the panic back in March and April. He says he will do the hunt in 21 so I’m biding my time. Here’s what I’ve gleaned from the internet about the fall hunting season.
Per the NM Council of Outfitters & Guides:
Nonresident hunters that are contracted are exempt from the 14 day quarantine. Because all outfitter clientele is, by statute, required to be contracted by the business and because under the NM Public Health Order outfitters are clearly labeled as essential as businesses that provided “fresh meat”, “food cultivation”, and food related logistics (pg 3, definition (1), bullet points d, e, & w – NM PHO dated 7/13/20).
What this means for your relatives that will travel from out of state to hunt, I do not know. My philosophy in this instance will be “forgiveness is easier to get than permission” and “what they don’t know won’t hurt them”.
I’m not suggesting that you violate der Fuhrer’s edicts, just saying how I would handle the situation.
On a more positive note, at the July Board meeting we voted to provide the Chaparral Skeet Club with funding to construct a handicap accessible skeet range and we heard from the NM Wild Sheep Foundation on their efforts to stabilize the Rio Grande Gorge herd of sheep. The Foundation did not request any funds for their effort and we assured them that we would support their efforts in the future.
Also the Board voted to support SCI International’s efforts to ameliorate the Cabrona economic impact with the “Share the Impact” program they have initiated. This program will provide funds for an eclectic group of outfitting organizations world wild. The on line auction that is going on right now https://www.onlinehuntingauctions.com/Share-the-Impact-Outfitter-Benefit-Auction_as66784?vm=0will do great things for outfitters and hunting organizations worldwide. If you want to find a bargain on FIRST class merchandise or hunt, take a few minutes to check out this website.
On a more local effort, I have contacted Kerrie Romero with the NM Council or Outfitters and Guides. This effort is directed towards helping our NM hunters with the Cabrona economic impact. What the board directed me to do was to buy hunts/fishing trips from NM Outfitters at full price to help them through this tough time. We will sell any hunts/fishing trips that we purchase at our banquet next February and the Chapter will hope to recoup our costs at that time. Hopefully, money now to our most seriously affected hunting community will be of some help.
ast month I said this might be the most depressing newsletter ever. This month I feel that we are making some progress. Dove season opens in 18 days and I’m going Antelope hunting tomorrow. Hope to see pictures of some nice antelope and hear about your dove hunts. Please send pictures as it makes for a much better newsletter.
RA “Pancho” Maples
President, SNM Chapter SCI