Hunters Will Generally See Similar Tag Quotas to Last Year's
With the exception of buck antelope rifle hunting tags that have seen a nice increase this year, the number of tags that will be issued to Nevada’s hunters during the 2006-07 season will, for the most part, be similar to last year’s quotas.
During a meeting held Saturday, May 13 in Reno, the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners established the number of big game hunting tags that will be issued to resident and nonresident hunters.
Resident antelope hunters will have increased opportunity to draw, as the commissioners approved 1,644 tags for the any legal weapon (rifle) hunt. This was an increase of 200 tags from last year and comes after the 2005 season in which hunters set a record for the highest antelope harvest ever.
The most popular big game hunt is the buck deer hunt for resident and nonresident rifle hunters. This year’s quota has been set at 9,229 tags, which represents only a small increase in tags from last year.
“We are continuing to suffer from a loss of deer habitat,” said Russ Mason, chief of game for the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW).
He did say that the tag quotas recommended by NDOW biologists to the commission
are in line with habitat conditions and harvest levels that the herds can support.
Elk hunters will be issued 751 tags for the resident any legal weapon bull hunt. Last year, 729 tags were issued for the hunt.
The quota for resident cow elk tags for rifle hunters has been set at 840 while the nonresident quota was put at 93.
Mason said that again this year he expects that there will be a considerable number of the nonresident cow elk tags remaining after the first drawing because of their high cost. Any tags that remain after the first drawing will be available in the second drawing to both residents and nonresidents.
Resident desert bighorn sheep hunters will be issued 134 tags, while the quota for California bighorn sheep has been set at 36, both similar to last year’s allocations.
The application deadline for applying for Nevada’s big game hunting tags was April 17. Hunters will be notified of their draw results by June 16. If tags remain following the first drawing, a second drawing will be held with the application deadline set for 5 p.m. on July 3.
Information about big game hunting in Nevada is available online at www.ndow.org.
The Nevada Department of Wildlife is the state agency responsible for the protection, restoration and management of fish and wildlife resources, and the promotion of boating safety on Nevada’s waters. Wildlife offices are located in Las Vegas, Henderson, Winnemucca, Fallon, Elko, and Reno. For more information, contact the agency web site at www.ndow.org.