Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on February 19, 1976 · Page 11
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Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho · Page 11

Nampa, Idaho
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Thursday, February 19, 1976
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J O H N BAI'STIAX. shooting d i v i s i o n secretary of the \ampa Rod a n d ' G u n Club finds there is more than a title to his club position. Here he is on the heavy end of a post hole digger, relocating the support stand for t h e sheep target in preparation for the first silhouette rifle match in south* esl Idaho. The dull-sponsored t r i a l match is scheduled at the club's outdoor range, eight milrs south of .N'ampa. this Sunday. Feb. 22. Firing is to start at 1 p.m.. and t h e public is invited to participate. O'ltoto by .Mike l.uckridgc) Newest shooting game- initial contest is Sunday NAMPA The life-size profile of a desert chicken is 200 meters - that's 219 vards away from where you stand on your wobbly legs, trying to gel the crosshairs of your scope to steady down on that target long enough to get off the shot. The target is cut from heavy metal and you have to not only hit it. but knock it down" to score. A f t e r five shots at the chicken comes a similar siring at the form of a wild pig at 300 incurs 1328 yards i . Then five rounds at a wild turkey shape al 385 meters 1421 yards): and f i n a l l y , five at the profile of a desert sheep at 500 meters (5-17 yards). That's silhouette shooting: the newest addition lo the shooting game and one just getting under way in this country. Nampa- Caldwell area shooters will have their first chance to try it -- weather permitting -- next Sunday. Feb. 22, at Ihe N'ampa Rod and Gun Club's outdoor range on Bennell Road, about eight miles south of town. Silhouette shooting was developed in Mexico and now has become a national sport there, popular with spectators as well as participants because hits ami misses are easily seen witboul benefit of Ihe spotting scopes used for paper targets. Essentially, it is competitive shooting that's more like hunting than format target shooting is. Rifles must be .2-1-1 or larger in caliber and must weigh no more than four kilograms IS. 13 pounds i without sights. That rules out the heavy target arms. All firing is from the standing iget up on your hind legs and shoot like a m a n ! i position. No palm rests, hook b'Htplales. slings or even snooting coats can be used. Actually, those who w a n t to try the new shooting game Sunday can just bring along Ihe rifles they'd take deer or elk hunting and probably be as ivell equipped as anyone. The caliber most popular in silhouette shooting is Ihe .30R. with Ihe venerable .30-06 in second place. One liu from those who have tried i l : The lighter bullets used in the C mms or similar rounds don't seem heavy enough to reliably knock these targets down especially the sheep silhouette which weighs around o5 pounds - and if the target doesn't fall, the shot is ruled a miss. Bui Ihis is no fancy-ecniipment game. Jim Carmichael of Outdoor Life reported that a fairly important tournament was won by a guy who showed up with a .30-30 levcr-aciion Marlin. scoped with a bargain-basement -IX. It just happened thai he could shoot it. The rules allow any sights you want lo use - iron, peep or scope. Bui for an all-slanding match, few will want more than GX. or at the very most 8X, in a scope. The range changes offer on extra challenge to shooting skill. Some may click their sights in going from 200 to 50C meters, hut others .may rely on . "Arkansas elevation," as they'd probably do in actual h u n t i n g . Those acquainted with silhouette shooting make il clear thai nobody shoots possibles. II is said to be the most frustrating rifle competition ever devised, as only one contestant in the world has ever made 10 straight hits on any one of Ihe chicken, pig, turkey or sheep targels. Silhouelle shooters say anyone who knocks down five out of (he 20 targets is very much in the competition in most tournaments. Club President Ron Ostrom says firing will gel started about l p.m. Sunday. Club members will shoot free, but non-niembers will pay a range fee. Shooting will continue as long as necessary for everyone lo try his or her hunting-type shooting skilll on the new targets. Too much wind and rain would take (lie fun out of the event and Mike Lockridgc, in charge of planning, said if the weather fails lo cooperate, the shool will be postponed and reannounced at a later date. The Nampa club's range can be reached by driving south of Nampa on Highway -15 lo Bennett Koad, one mile past Missouri Avenue: then east a mils. Lockridge said signs will m a r k the w a v . During convention speech The Idaho Fi eel'ress 6 Tlie News-Tribune. Thursday, February 19.1976 ~ 11 / WF president solicits public action (Editor's note: The following arc excerpts taken from a speech given by Richard A. Schwarz, president of the Idaho Wildlife Federation, at the group's annual convention, held last weekend at the North Shore Convention Center in Occur d'Alene.) Frequently 1 hear a statement on the radio that says, "We want to wipe out this disease in your lifetime." The disease referred to is cancer and the message is sponsored by Itie American Cancer Society, requesting c o n t r i b u t i o n s to s u p p o r t research. But it occurs to me that this statement could be used as a rallying call by another group -- those who are dedicated to wiping out what to them is a cancerous disease: hunting. We know the names of some of (he people and organizations in this movement; they are well funded, and they can be very e f f e c t i v e in achieving their goal. We call them the "anti-hunters" when we are kind or in polite society. But I think it may come as somewhat of a surprise to some of you that there is still another group, separate and distinct from the anti-hunters, which is becoming just as effective in helping to wipe out t h i s "disease" of hunting, despite its good inlenlions. And this group is comprised of dedicated hunters. Nol all hunters are members of this group, but all members are hunters. So now. most of you sit back and say - "What the hell is he talking about?" Well, it's simple -- at least to my way of thinking. If the anti-hunters don't kill hunting, the hunters will. At least they will have a major role, UNLESS (hey can change their attitude. The man who wonders how energy conservation relates to our concern a b o u t w i l d l i f e doesn't understand that lire actions taken lo satisfy our seemingly ever-increasing demands for energy mean that somewhere the n a t u r a l environment will be disturbed, be it by opening a new strip mine for coal: damming a river: or developing an oil shale site. And a l t e r i n g t h e n a t u r a l e n - vironment means .that wildlife h a b i t a t disappears, or new roads are buill in previously roadlessareas, or both, or more. And the man who says there is too much snuw for these n a t u r a l areas lo be of benefit to wildlife has forgotten about such things as grouse strutting rounds, elk calving areas, or isolation from h u m a n i n t e r f e r e n c e , plain summer habitat -- if he even ever knew about them. And in between these examples, and also on the further extremes, there arc many people who mean well, whose hearts are in the right place, but who don't really understand all they should. And the key word is "understand". And the route to understanding is education. The problem is lo make people ware of the need for proper f o r m u l a t i o n of the policies, procedures, decisions and plans 'or utilization of all natural resources which, in Idaho, arc owned largely by the public. Theprobletn is to make people aware that there is an interrelation within the actual m e t h o d s of m a n a g i n g and utilizing timber, range, mineral 2,040-mile Appalachian Trail -nature's lonely path to discovery STORRS.Conn. ( U P I ) - Warren Doyle, who has hiked the 2,040-mile Appalachian Trail twice, says it's a palh to self- discovery. Doyle,25. says the journey beginswith one step, but there's loo much talk of "I can't do il." An advocate of Ihe growing sport of backpacking, Doyle has set two records on the continuous footpath through H' states. Now he is writing his University of Connecticut doctoral thesis on il. In 197:i Doyle hiked the trail alone in 66 and a half days, a record. Last summer he led 18 students from Georgia's Springer Mountain lo Maine's Ml. Katahdin. Before that, the largest known group to make the entire trip was two persons. The student from Shellon calls the hike "a slress experience," but he is not referring to the twisted ankles, sore muscles, exposure to inclement weather, or the diet of freeze- dried food and protein pills. He is talking about self-confrontation and self-discovery. "There's a theory that most people have high self concepls thai crumble in situations of crisis or adversity. Many of us never have a chance to find out who we really are," he said. Doyle thinks beingalone with nature forces a person lo find out. "In 19731 was alone for 66 days. I losl my physical fat and my emotional fa I as well, i saw myself as 1 really was," he said. "I was lonely, but it's good for people lo have a period all to themselves. Thai's when the insight comes," he said. Doyle said for every eight people who starl Ihe trail only one person (inishrs it. and he doesn't think it's because of blisters or running out of money. "A lot of people quit the trail because Ihey can't live with themselves. We're not accustomed to living with ourselves," he sairi. "1 think in everyday life you perform for other people, you put on different faces for different people, and you behave in certain ways lo gain acceptance," he said. "In nalure there are noairs to put or, no one to impress, no tine lo fight, and no one to support except yourself," he said. Long-distance hiking, like other sports, requires stamina, self-discipline, quick decision-making and physical endurance. But (here are no langible rewards such as money or Irophies. "II takes a lot of character strength, adaptability, tolerance, patience and unselfishness. The trail will bring out those qualities in you or you'll find certain weaknesses in yourself," Doyle said. "A lot of times I come back from nature and sec many more things in society thai are trivial," he said. "Before, I had cerlain convictions, certain standards and moral values, but Ihey were never so strong or confirmed until after my first experience in nature. It's given mo a clear perspective." "My mission is lo provide opportunities for people to experience Ihe same thing," Recreational survey slated for 50 states PORTLAND, Ore. - A national wildlife recreational survey to determine how many people parlicipate in outdoor activities related to wildlife began in January. Ihe Department of Interior U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced recently. The survey, Ihe f i f t h in a scries that began in 1955. will collect telephone i n t e r v i e w s from more lhan KM.OOO households in all 50 stales. The interviews will be conducted hy a professional opinion research company and will be gathered in communities tarying in size from the largest urban centers lo Ihe smallest rural areas. Those interviewed will be asked lo speak for their household in answer lo such questions as whether any household members have hunted or fished in recent vcars; have engaged in recreational (target) shooting; or have been active in wildlife photography. Jusl as pasl surveys have, Ihe prescni survey will obtain a broad range of information that will be exlremcly valuable to the U.S. fish and Wildlife Service and lo slate fish and game directors in managing wildlife resources. and water resources which does, in fact, have a direct effect upon the w e l l - b e i n g of f i s h and wildlife resources. The problem is to make people aware of just who is, or perhaps is n o t . m a n a g i n g t h e resources on puhlk- Kinds. And the problem is lo make, people aware that thay themselves have liie obligation lo contact these resource managers and demand m a n a g e m e n t policies which provide proper balances among the uses of all these resources, together with a consideration for the unique value of one resource over Ihe others in those cases where Ihis situation exists. 1 began by contending that hunters also could contribute to Ihe demise of hunting. Thai this could happen is due in a large measure to their lack of interest in, or understanding of, the "big p i c t u r e " of resource management. There must be a successful efforl to educate these people so they will have an understanding of the need for them to look behind Ihe scenes, to look oilier than those places where they "scored well on game," if you will, to determine the true nature of the real and ever-growing t h r e a l lo (he future of our fish and wildlife resources. At Ihis point I must congratulate the Nampa Hod and Gun Club for ils efforts lo solve a par! of this problem through its well-publicized panel discussion m game last fall. But this is just a beginning. Ami so I challenge each of you, individually, and as clubs, to bring inlo Ihe Federation new members and new clubs; to go lo the sporlsmen in your area who do not helong to organized gioups and gel them interested m participating in your activities and joining your group; lo get those organized groups who do not currently belong lo consider joining us. One way you can do this is lo offer programs with qualified participants to d e f i n e and discuss various issues. Adequale publicity is not hard lo get; adequate public participation is, however. So i t ' s up to each individual lo du his best lo make this educational efforl succeed. 1 also challenge each of you lo gel involved in the process by which the plans for the management of the natural resources on public land are formulated. Obtain, review, and provide c o m m e n t on Ihe proposed l a n d use plan or management framework plan for an area near you -- one with which you arc f a m i l i a r . Public i n p u t , if it is provided at an early stage, can be effective in shaping f i n a l - m u l l i p l e - u s e decisions. Uul again, il takes a bit of efforl lo provide this input. In the long run il is e f f o r t well spent if you can save some area of suitable h a b i t a t frnm being needlessly converted lo another use. II seems to tin- t h a i the average sportsman spends too m u c h t i m e bickering a b o u t those things over which he has litlle. if any, control and which have a minimal effect upon the wildlife he cares about. On Ihe older hand he spends lillliv if any, l i m e p a r t i c i p a t i n g i n mailers w h i c h he can help control or shape -- m a i l e r s which are the very substance of Ihe fulurc of this wildlife. There's more to protecting wildlife lhan limiting the length of the h u n t i n g seasons or complaining about them. The future well-being of our wildlife resources is c o m p l e t e l y dependent upon (he way in w h i c h I h e o t h e r n a t u r a l resources on public and p r i v a t e land are managed. He can in- f l u e n c e these m a n a g e m e n t plans - if he tries. And those sportsmen who are concerned ubmil the f u t u r e well-being of this wildlife need Ihe support of non-sporlsmcn also. There are many people who do not hunt or fish who nonetheless enjoy the outdoors living in Idaho. I'm sure each of you knows people in this category. Won't you do something lo gel (hem involved also'.' Joe (Irecnlcy. director of (he Idaho Fish and Game Department, has often said thai since he has been here, there hasn't bi't'ii one had uiece of fish and game legislation passed. Thai's probably true. Bui, wild due respect to ,lne, I would comment (hat there has been damn little gond legislation passed either. And there lias been a lol of hard work to keep oul the bad and gel in Ihe good. I'm not talking only alxml such had bills as Ihose which would set Ihe opening dale and length of hunting seasons, or the good ones such as Ihe license increase. We sol. but had lo fight to keep. ,i bill protecting stream channels. And we also got a m e m o r i a l against more wilderness. Hut whal about bills w h i c h would provide for minimum stream flow, provide lor regulation of power plant siting, provide for land use planning, provide for energy conservation by such means as requiring recycle of cans and buttles. These, and others, should also he considered "fish and game" legislali'Mi because Ihey deal with the protection of uur en- v i r o n m e n t , or the use of our resources, or both. In Ihe long run, (tie q u a l i t y of our environment and the way w e m a n a g e o u r resources w i l l determine the f u l u r e existence of our wildlife. And what is Ihe public attitude on these issues? Surveys by Ihe Id.ihn Tomorrow C o m m i t t e e and Ihe Stale Water Resources Hoard indicate thai a majority of Idahoans are in favor of Ihe protection from resource exploitation which some measures iviiulri provide. Whal is Ihe record of our legislature on such matters? Most languish "in c o m m i t t e e " because a lew legislators, nol nlluned lo public desires, d o n ' t w a n l such measures passed for no obvious reasons. And ti big contributor lo Ihis impasse is Hie apalhy of the public itself. It's easy to answer questions for a survey. But it tiikes effort to write letlers. Thus, little individual pressure is placed upon our legislators to meet Ihe will of Ihe people. Consequently, they do nol know they arc non-responsive, nor do some of them seem lo care if they are. Once again, it rests with the people lo force changes in Ihe way things are done. But the people have lo care enough also rcsurcos because il takes some efforl 1 ask each of you lo reflect carefully and honestly on jusl w h a l you, as an individual, did last year lo enhance Ihe future of our wildlife resources. Did you do all you could? Did you even try to do anything? And whal are you going lo do this coming year' Jusl gripe to your f r i e n d s , or lake some positive action'.' One thing you musl realize, however, is thai there is really no " n o r t h e r n I d a h o " or "southeastern Idaho" or (lie "Boise area". As regards conseivalion and wildlife, there is only one Idaho, and we all belong lo it -- and it belongs lo all of us. A sporlsman-supported program lo provide f e d e r a l funds for controlled burning on elk w i n t e r range on Ihe Lochsa or C l e a r w a l e r is just as beneficial to the people of the Upper Snake River Valley as it is lo Ihose in Ihe Panhandle. And, conversely, so is the protection of natural range near St. Anthony against conversion lo inlensivc agriculture. No mailer where in the slate we win a victory for conservation, such a victory benefits all Idahoans. Simply put. if 1 lose my hunting spot I'm going lo find yours, and soon they will both be gone. So we should nol worry about where we live in Idaho, but whal we want Idaho lo be, and then strive together to achieve this goal. 1 would hope lo see t h a t change in your attitude in the future. Idaho is a beautiful state. And this is especially apparent lo one who has seen most of Ihe other -19. I am concerned about Idaho's future, and because of that concern, I have tried in the present lo do what little 1 could to help shape that future. Use of renewable wood for all applicable purpcses would substantial!} . : _ _ _ l.. ft effort to understand Ihe nalure "tend Ihe n a t i o n s supply of problems: effort lo conceive such deplelable resources a| possible solutions; and efforl to baux "?' lron ore ' P ctroleum an ? obtain change or improvement. n a l u r a j R as - | And in the long run. Ihe people _,. .. . . _ . . * may have lo force a change al . The National Commission oj Ihe ballot box. if necessary. Look al v o t i n g records on , . . conservation issues. Some are * clnclt y '° produce one Ion good. Bui in most cases il is easier to discern what an individual legislator is agains rather t h a n for. Materials Policy has found lakes 17.000 kilowall hours aluminum. 2.700 kwn for a ton steel, but only -130 kwh for a 1 of lumber. More of Ihe world s people lo make warmed by wood than "by;- OVER 600 PAIR ON SALE Men's Women's Children-s SOME WORK SHOES SEVERAL STYLES MEN'S BOOTS NOCONft Reg, $66.50 50 TONY LAMA Reg. $64.95 45° ACME Reg. 531.50 21" HONDO Reg. $54.95 38" BOY'S BOOTS TEXAS AND ACME Keg. $17.95 1 2°° R»g. $79.95 1 3°° LADIES BOOTS TEXAS, ACME AND NOCONA Reg, $32.95 NOW 22 NOLAYAWAYSONTHISSALE GEORGE'S SHOE SHOP Across from the Desert Inn Motel OPEN WEEKDAYS 8 A.M. TO 6 P.M. J 021 Arthur St. -- Caldwell

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