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EF's picture
Location: North Idaho
Joined: 04/11/2011
Posts: 12
Nevada deer hunting

This is my first post on this forum.

I put in for a Nevada deer tag this year for the aria north of Battle Mountain.

Just curious if anybody has ever hunted the aria before. I have never evan been to that part of the state. I shot some prairie dogs in the reno aria one time years ago but that the extent of my knowledge of the state. I put in with a friend of mine that has hunted the aria we put in for onece in the early 90's. i guess you could say we're going into this "blind" but it should be an adventure anyway.

Just curious what I can expect from the country in terms of deer quality/habitat. Also accessability of land.

exbiologist's picture
Location: Colorado
Joined: 09/19/2008
Posts: 2397
welcome to BGH

You related to HuntOkanagan?  I haven't hunted it, but am working on some data rankings right now.  Here's from the horses mouth though, assuming we're talking about unit 68:






See the unit descriptions Unit 061, Unit 062, Unit 064, Unit 066,

Unit 067, Unit 068

LOCATION: Units 061, 062, 064, 066 - 068 are located in northeastern Nevada. This

area includes western Elko County and the northern portions of Lander and  Eureka 


ELEVATION:  Most deer are found at elevations between 5,500' and 10,000' during the

hunting season.

TERRAIN:  A wide range of topography exists in the area ranging from gentle rolling hills to

extremely steep canyon country. 

VEGETATION:  Vegetation types include sagebrush, mountain brush, aspen, subalpine fir,

limber pine, pinyon/juniper and mahogany.        

LAND STATUS:  Large blocks of BLM and Forest Service administered public lands are

found throughout the area.   Private lands are common at the base of most mountains.  Ask

permission before entering private lands.

HUNTER ACCESS: Hunter access is excellent except for some isolated areas where private

land or mining blocks entry.

MAP REFERENCES:  Topographical and land status maps are available from the BLM

(Elko), USFS (Elko), local USGS, or private vendors.  U.S. Geological

Survey 1:100,000 topographical or land status maps that cover the area includes:  Battle

Mountain, Double Mountain,  Tuscarora, Bull Run Mts. and Jarbidge Mts. Other maps

with different scales are also available.  Link to Map Resources.

FACILITIES AND SERVICES:  The towns of Elko, Carlin, Battle Mtn. and Mountain City

provide most services.  Some services can also be obtained at Wildhorse Reservoir, Taylor

Canyon and Jacks Creek.  Camping is mostly primitive, however developed campgrounds

exist at Wildhorse Reservoir (061), Jacks Creek (062) and Big Bend (061).

RECOMMENDED HUNTING AREAS FOR MULE DEER:  Most deer will be found in the

mountain brush/aspen zones.  The Independence, Merritt/Mahogany, Bull Run and the

Tuscarora Ranges support the highest densities of deer.

SPECIAL COMMENTS:  Area Six provides a diverse array of habitats for your hunting

enjoyment.  Other outdoor activities in the area include stream and reservoir fishing and a

variety of upland and small game hunting.  Please note that Unit 065 is no longer part of

this hunt area



% four point or better mule deer harvest from 2001 to 2009:

061,062,064,066-068 35% 32% 37% 46% 45% 44% 47% 47% 47%

Those are good numbers and looks like they are improving.  About average for Nevada.



Units 061 - 062, 064, 066 – 068: Independence and Tuscarora Ranges; Elko County

Report by: Ken Gray

Survey Data

A spring helicopter survey was conducted in March 2010. A total of 4,405 deer was classified; yielding a fawn:adult ratio of 42 fawns:100 adults. This was 12 fawns:100 adults above the past 10-year-average and was the highest spring fawn ratio observed in 10 years in Area 6.


Significant storms in late May and early June of 2009 resulted in excellent habitat conditions on deer fawning and summer ranges which persisted throughout the summer and fall months. Deer came into the winter in excellent condition. The winter of 2009-10 was mild with little snow accumulations at the mid and lower elevations. The abundant spring rain combined with timely fall precipitation also producedgood forage conditions on the intermediate and winter ranges with abundant liter growth on the shrub species and winter green-up on the grass species.

Between the years of 1999 and 2007, over 1,370,864 acres of rangeland have burned in Area 6, much of which was important deer habitat. Fortunately, less than 1,500 acres have burned in 2008 and 2009. The Marsh Creek Bench, which burned in the summer of 2006, is showing remarkable recovery and should be productive for wintering and migrating deer within 5 to 10 years. Other burned transition ranges, especially in the North Tuscarora Range, are also showing positive recovery.

The Department of Wildlife seeded approximately 800 acres within the Dunphy Hills with a seed mix of desirable winter forage species in 2009. The areas seeded were part of a massive cheatgrass die-off that has occurred throughout the low elevation winter ranges. In addition the Department aerially seeded the 1,100 acre North Boulder Valley Seeding project in hopes of increasing the success of this 2008 project.

Also, about 1,300 acres of land in the Argenta Rim area was aerially seeded with sagebrush and forage kochia. This important winter range for both the Area 6 and Area 15 deer herds burned in 2007 but supported enough bare ground to warrant seeding. Finally, an effort led by the Elko BLM and Nevada Muley’s resulted in the planting of approximately 3,000 sagebrush seedlings and 600 forage kochia seedlings on the south end of the Izzenhood Range. Approximately 30 volunteers participated in this project.

No additional predator management activities, above existing normal levels, occurred in this management area this past year.

Population Status and Trend

The Area 6 Deer Herd population estimate increased by approximately 800 deer over last year’s estimate.Good fawn recruitment facilitated by excellent forage conditions combined with the mild winter were responsible for most of this increase.

It is believed that the Area 6 Deer Herd is within the carrying capacity of their winter range which is estimated to support between 6,000 and 7,500 deer. Continued aggressive habitat restoration efforts are needed to increase the winter habitat carrying capacity for deer in this management area. However, if fire suppression priorities and techniques are not addressed, and fires continue to burn out of control in this area, this deer herd will continue to spiral downward to the point that there will be little hope of ever restoring it.

The Area 6 Deer Herd is capable of increasing rapidly due to the excellent summer habitat and high fawn producing capabilities associated with this area. This was the case this past year when the population increased by 12%. However, the poor winter range will dictate long-term population levels as it has done for most of the past decade.

The recommended buck quota will be up from last year’s quota due to the increase in population. Very few antlerless tags will be recommended since the deer population is within the carrying capacity of the winter range.




EF's picture
Location: North Idaho
Joined: 04/11/2011
Posts: 12
Nevada deer tags

I'm affraid not. And great info you gave there

When does Nevada announce their drawing results on deer?

Also I saw on their webpage there was two types of sheep tags. California and Nelson. Is the Nelson the desert bighorn? I didn'y know there was a sub-species with that name.

Last question: Where in Nevada do those Himilayan Snowcocks live? Ruby mts.? Where are they?


exbiologist's picture
Location: Colorado
Joined: 09/19/2008
Posts: 2397

Google is your friend on these questions.  Nelson is desert bighorn or ovis canadensis nelsoni named after Edward Nelson, whose name is also attached to a bunch of other desert mammals. Yes, there are snowcock in the Rubys, which are southeast of Elko.  Draw results should be out mid June.

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Location: NE NV
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NE NV - General Info

You really don't provide alot of info to base an answer on.  What season are you putting in for (archery, muzzleloader, early rifle, late rifle), what units are you looking at (061 to 068), base camp out of a motel or pickup camp or a backpack, etc.  The info Exbiologist gave from the NVDOW site is good but you can kinda see that the overall area has a little bit of everything.  The area "north of Battle Mountain" goes all the way up to the Idaho border.  The areas just north of BM are traditional deer wintering areas so deer populations are lower earlier in the season.  This area also was hit incredibly hard by range fires in the last decade.  That said, there are resident populations of deer in most of the ranges.  Stay to the ridges and mountainous habitat - you'll be wasting alot of time in the valleys as most of the quality habitat in the valleys is private property (around agricultural areas especially) with very limited access or of very poor quality if away from agricultural or riparian areas.  Access to most of the mountainous areas is excellent though.

Become real good friends with you binoculars, spotting scope and possibly a pad to sit on while using the glass.  Its easy country to find yourself several miles away from the truck by the afternoon if you walk more than you glass.

Don't forget to have a shotgun handy in camp or the truck just in case you're attacked by a gang of chukar.  Shots fired in self defense can make for a pretty good camp dinner.

Also, along with Desert bighorn and California bighorn sheep, there are also Rocky Mtn bighorn sheep in Nevada although unfortunately the once outstanding herds of Rocky Mtn sheep in the Ruby's & East Humboldts have been all but wiped out from pneumonia in the last 2 years.  The quality of rams lost is amazing.  The season just before the big die-off a friend shot a ram that scored in the mid 190's.  I held these horns in my hands and I still shake my head in amazement - and it wasn't the largest taken that year.  It'll be decades before we see sheep like that again.

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