Nevada Hunters Reminded of New Rules for 2010 Seasons

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Nevada hunters have a new type of license available and a host of new regulations to be aware of for the 2010/11 hunting season. What species, where and/or how they're hunting will determine if any or all of these regulations apply, but regardless it’s the hunter's responsibility to know the law before they go afield.

Apprentice Hunting License - An apprentice license bill designed to entice more people to try hunting successfully emerged from the 2009 legislature. The apprentice hunter law allows anyone 12 and older to hunt upland game and waterfowl (no tagged species) for one season without first completing a Hunter Education course. The apprentice must have never previously held a hunting license and must always be accompanied by an adult mentor 18 or older who holds a valid Nevada hunting license and a mentor affidavit. The license is free, but the apprentice must pay for the $3.00 Habitat Conservation Fee and purchase applicable stamps, such as waterfowl and upland game stamps.

Wildlife Commission General Regulation (CGR) 374 – Amends Chapter 503 of the Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) by adding a new section that reads "each person who shoots and wounds any wildlife while hunting shall make a reasonable effort to take that wildlife, including, without limitation, pursuing and tracking it." CGR 374 also makes it legal to use illuminated nocks on arrows while hunting.

CGR 377 – Creates a process where a person with a visual disability can apply for a scope permit that will allow them to use a 1x magnification on a muzzleloading rifle during muzzleloader only season. Hunters who wish to obtain a scope permit must submit an application to the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) with a certificate issued by a physician that certifies the applicant has a visual disability which substantially limits a major life activity and is not correctable by glasses or contact lenses. The permit is valid for one year after the date it's issued. Hunters interested in applying for the Visual Disability Permit can contact the NDOW License Office at (775) 688-1512.

CGR 380 – Updates the procedures and deadlines for withdrawing big game tag applications. This regulation is set to go into effect for the 2011 tag application period. It spells out the details of withdrawing and resubmitting applications, applying for bonus points after the application deadline under certain circumstances and other matters related to applying for big game tags.

CGR 383 – Strictly pertains to hunting near wildlife safety crossings, which are passages above or beneath roadways designed to increase motorist safety and reduce collisions by redirecting migrating wildlife out of the way of oncoming traffic. Hunters are not allowed to hunt or take any big game animal within a half-mile radius of a wildlife safety crossing. Additionally, it is illegal to discharge a firearm from, upon, over or across a highway wildlife crossing. The regulation was developed in coordination with the construction of wildlife safety crossings on Highway U.S. 93 in northeast Nevada scheduled to be open in time for this year's deer migration. These descriptions only briefly describe and paraphrase the actual regulations. Hunters should read all applicable regulations in their entirety. Links to the full text of all Nevada wildlife laws and regulations can be found on NDOW's website at

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