It has been a lousy couple of months but the Wuhan Lujan Virus seems to be letting up. This is especially noticeable in the larger cities where protests against police excess are attended by thousands. These mass gatherings haven’t resulted in reports of widespread viral infection amongst the protestors. I predict that pretty soon any business deemed politically correct will be up and running. If you fail the PC test, it may be a long summer.
With the easing of restrictions, the Board has decided to go ahead with our annual picnic and you are invited. June 27th at Dennis and Beth Nosker’s in San Patricio.The address is 27677 Hwy 70 but it’s easy to find by watching for the San Patricio fire station on the north side of the road. Their place is directly behind the fire station. Peppers is preparing a delicious BBQ menu with all the sides. We are asking guests to bring a dessert to share with the group. The chapter will also provide beer and soft drinks. The lunch and shooting games will be from 11-2 (or whenever we run out of ammo). The Board will meet at 10 AM to count the Ballots and we’ll announce the winners at lunch.
Below is the flyer describing the shooting games and other activities available. The Picnic Committee, Jaylene, Tyler, and Joel, have done a good job with planning and getting everything together for this event. As a bonus, we are hoping to receive a presentation from Bryan Bartlett, President of the NM Wild Sheep Foundation, about some of their conservation activities concerning the Rocky Mtn Bighorn herd around the Taos gorge. Bryan’s presentation will be during lunch. If you’ve never attended our annual Picnic, please come out and give it a whirl.
I’ve had a couple of calls about problems our members are having scheduling or rescheduling their trips. Please keep in mind that the pandamenic has affected the whole world. Many outfitters are experiencing the same travel restrictions and shutdowns that we are. And, some authoritarian governments have more power to shut stuff down in their countries. My only advice is to remain patient and trust that your trip will take place at some future date. I have a trip scheduled to the Central African Republic but the outfitter lives in Italy and has been unable to conduct any hunts or maintenance on his concession this season. He remains optimistic that he’ll get back to business in 2021 but who knows. For my part, I’m following my own advice and trying to remain patient.
Until next month, keep your powder dry and practice, practice, practice. If you get tired of practicing, go scouting with a friend, preferably a non-hunter that you can introduce to our great outdoors.
RA “Pancho” Maples
President, SNM Chapter SCI