Tribal members score!

Southern Ute tribal members, and brothers, Lorenzo “Woody” and Iaasic “Ike” Pena pose with their bull elk racks and sheds, before the Membership Outreach meeting and Scoring Night. The event was sponsored by the Southern Ute Wildlife Resource Management Division and held at the Sky Ute Casino Resort’s Event Center on Thursday, Aug. 24. Wildlife Division Head, Steve Whiteman headed the evening’s event, with a presentation of the Wildlife Division’s activities and services provided to the tribal membership.
Assisting in scoring were Kyle Tattor (right), Jicarilla Wildlife Biology Technician and Tom Watts (left), who is retired and an official scorer.
Jicarilla Apache tribal member and biology technician, Larson Panzy scores a bull elk rack. Official Boone & Crockett scorers from the Jicarilla Tribe assisted in measuring the racks. Joining Panzy were Kyle Tattor, Jicarilla Wildlife Biology Technician and Tom Watts, who is retired and an official scorer.
Racks and mounts line the floor, waiting to be measured by Jicarilla Apache Tribe’s Division of Wildlife Technicians.
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum

the Membership Outreach meeting and Scoring Night. The event was sponsored by the Southern Ute Wildlife Resource Management Division and held at the Sky Ute Casino Resort’s Event Center on Thursday, Aug. 24. Wildlife Division Head, Steve Whiteman headed the evening’s event, with a presentation of the Wildlife Division’s activities and services provided to the tribal membership.

The Southern Ute tribal member Wildlife Advisory Board were on hand to answer questions and speak to Southern Ute hunters about a proposal set before the advisory board about tribal members hunting black bears and if the tribe should offer permits to hunt the bears. Sun Dance Chief, and Southern Ute Cultural Education Director, Hanley Frost gave the invocation, but also spoke of the spirituality of the bear as a brother, the creator of the streams, a sacred animal to the Utes. “That’s why we don’t hunt the bear,” Frost said.

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