Sportsmen’s Monthly February/March 2014
In Memory of:
Richard “Dick” Cabela
October 8, 1936 - February 17, 2014
ichard “Dick” Cabela, co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the world’s largest outdoor retailer, Cabela’s, Inc.,
passed away in February at the age of 77.
Dick joined the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) Board of Directors in 1999 and served as Chairman of the Board since 2001. During his me with USSA, Dick and his wife Mary showed their love of our hunng heritage through their support and advocacy for issues aecng sportsmen as well as their dedicaon to the Trailblazer Adventure Program, a youth outdoor program of the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundaon.Dick, Mary, and his brother, Jim, founded Cabela’s somewhat inadvertently aer oering hand-ed shing ies through the mail. Since that me, Cabela’s has grown to be a $3.6 billion
company with a worldwide catalog and Internet business and
50 stores in the United States and Canada. “While Dick was a great leader and long-me supporter of USSA, he was also a dear friend of many in the organizaon,” said Nick Pinizzoo, USSA president and CEO. “He built a great company from the ground up, and he will truly be missed by the USSA family and the outdoor community.”USSA honored Dick and his family’s leadership by establishing the Cabela Lifeme Business Achievement Award in 2006. The award honors Dick and his family’s dedicaon to protecng outdoor sports, including hunng, shing, and trapping. It is
presented to companies that demonstrate the same passion
and commitment to protecng America’s outdoor heritage.
everal states are considering legislaon to protect hunters, anglers and trappers from harassment by unmanned, aerial drones while exercising their legal right to pursue and take wildlife. As reported by U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) in October of last year, PETA has oered small drones for sale and is encouraging its members to ulize them to monitor sportsmen in the eld. Following the example set last year by Illinois, which
passed a law to prohibit the use of drones to interfere
with sportsmen, USSA is seeing similar bills put forward in other states early in 2014. Bills to outlaw harassment
of sportsmen with drones are currently being considered
in Alabama and Tennessee. While in Hawaii, a broader
bill addressing unmanned aerial vehicles contains a
prohibion against causing a nuisance with drones, and a New Jersey bill increases the penales for harassing a
person legally taking wildlife.
“It is encouraging to see legislaon arising that takes a stand against the extreme acons of the animal rights lobby,” said Nick Pinizzoo, USSA’s president and CEO. “Hunters are the driving force behind wildlife conservaon in this country and should not be painted as criminals by radical an-hunng organizaons.”
States MullingLegislation to