March Newsletter

Tournament Information Cabin Fever went really well. 452 shooters showed up and we had great weather for shooting! Thank you to all who worked; your help is what makes the tournaments happen! Spring is here and with the Cabin Fever behind us, it’s time to start thinking about the Western Classic. There will be work parties EVERY weekend until the Classic. There is a lot of work to be done and we could use all the help we can get. If you would like to work the Classic, please sign up at the clubhouse with your shirt size. Remember, any work you do out at the range earns you membership credits! See you at the Range! Jim Waters, Tournament Director New Members The club has gotten a few new members so far this year. Please welcome Eldon Vicira; Tyler Young; Anthony Alcaro; Ryan Hayes; Cassie and Joe Zucco; Susan, Andrew, and Matthew Baxter; Joe, Rabecca, and Jordan Erlie; John, Jackie, and Thomas Stafford; Sean, Stephanie, Shauna, and Sheldon Mounts; Michael and Deborah Orrey; Terry and Lynnette Martin; Karl and Shannon Howell; Mike and Terri Ricker; Chris and Stephanie Carmona; and Todd and Cynara Carnes. Welcome to all new members! Please feel free to come out to the range and meet your fellow club members! Truth About Lead Ammunition We are all aware of the efforts some environmental organizations put forth to prohibit the use of traditional lead ammunition in hunting and recreational shooting. These self-proclaimed “environmental” organizations claim animals like the California Condor ingest small pieces of lead that remain in the carcasses and gut piles of game felled by hunters and, in turn, are fatally poisoned as the metal dissolved in their digestive tracts. A new website, huntfortruth.org, launched to assist policy makers and educate the public, is debunking the junk science associated with these so-called facts about lead poisoning by making real science available. For instance, the metallic lead used in ammunition is relatively insoluble in the digestive tract of birds and scavengers. Scientific studies have confirmed that it is very difficult to poison birds with this kind lead, even when mixed with their food over long periods of time. The lead components found in some paint, insecticides, leaded gasoline and mine tailings, however, are highly-soluble and are responsible for many of the reported poisonings associated with lead ammunition. Read more about the questionable scientific methods, the cherry-picked data, and the flat out lies that some “scientists” put forth as fact and get the real truth about lead by visiting huntfortruth.org. Webmaster’s Message Hello all and thank you for the welcome into the position of Webmaster. Thank you Ralph Leiser for all your time and long put effort into the position. New changes are in store for the website; Melanie Waters and I are in the process of reformatting the website and we need everyone’s input. All constructive comments and questions should be directed to the feedbackstraightarrowbowhunters@gmail.com by April 1st. Also, if anyone has any photos or videos, please email them and we will put use them on the new website. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me through the email or at 530-410-1636. Thank you so much, Laurry Fassett Legislative Report There has been a lot of gun legislation so far this year. I am sure that you are all aware of the many new Bills that are in the Senate and House. Most of them deal with taking away your 2nd Amendment rights. They largely cover taking away bullets and assault looking weapons. So far they are very busy with guns but if they succeed there archery will probably be next. For that reason we all need to know how to contact our legislators and tell them how we feel about the pending new laws they will be discussing. They need to know what you want. Along those lines I decided to do this piece with some guidelines from the February issue of California Rifle and Pistol group. BE PROACTIVE AND GET INVOLVED! Write to your Representatives and Commissioners. Send your comments on pending legislation and regulatory actions to your legislator and/or the Department of Fish and Wildlife. And remember that it is just as important to send an e-mail or letter thanking officials when they support gun, archery, and sportsmen. Please keep in mind the following when you write: State your name and address (phone number is optional) State that you are a member of CBH/SAA or any group you are a member of. – Be professional and courteous – Be concise (possibly write out your thoughts and then edit) – State what the issue is – State your concerns or your thanks – State what action you are requesting State legislators: You can address your letter to your legislator and mail it to the State Capitol, Sacramento CA, 94248-0001 Fish and Wildlife Commission at 1416 Ninth St., Rm 1320, Sacramento, CA or through the Commissions web site at fgc@dfg.ca.gov Governor: home page at www.gov.ca.gov. Click on “interact” and select the subject you want to talk about. I frequently ask you to write about an issue that is being discussed, I hope you will do so and I hope this will help. Thanks Bill

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