Spring Turkey Apps Available

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Even though upland game and waterfowl seasons will soon be coming to an end, hunters need not despair because now is the time to put in applications for the record number of tags that are available for this year’s spring wild turkey hunts.

Applications for the spring turkey hunts are available at Nevada Department of Wildlife offices, most sporting goods stores and online. Hunters have until 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2, to submit their applications for either the limited entry (quota) or general hunts.

Total tag quotas for this spring’s limited entry hunts have been set at 175, up from 100 last year. And 13 public land tags have been allocated for nonresident hunters, which is the first time such tags have been available to nonresidents.

General hunts will be open in Churchill, Eureka and Lyon counties, except Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area and Lahontan State Recreation Area, beginning April 3 and ending on May 2. Since there are no tag limitations in these areas, all who apply are assured they will obtain a tag. However, NDOW cautions that a large percentage of the turkeys are on private land, so hunters are urged to obtain hunting permission from a landowner before applying for a tag.

Gregg Tanner, NDOW chief of game, said that in previous years hunters had to obtain a signed permission form from a landowner prior to purchasing a private lands hunting tag. “These documents served a useful purpose during the early years of turkey hunting; however, the species is now widespread to the point that the limitations inherent to the old system are unnecessary,” said Tanner.

Available to resident hunters in this spring’s limited entry hunt are 60 tags for Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area in Lyon County, 15 tags for Moapa Valley in Clark County, and 15 tags for Lahontan State Recreation Area in Lyon County. Also available are 25 tags for Hunt Unit 102 of Elko County, 15 tags for Hunt Unit 103 in Elko and White Pine counties, 15 tags for Lincoln County and 30 tags for Pershing County.

Wild turkeys are not native to Nevada, but have become established in the state as a result of transplants of birds that were brought from other states. Tanner said NDOW owes a debt of thanks to farmers throughout the state who have allowed wild turkeys to be introduced onto their property and have provided food, nesting cover and roosting trees for the birds.