The 2017 hunting season for mourning doves opens Sept. 1. Hunters planning to spend opening day and the first weekend of the season hunting on the Overton Wildlife Management Area must submit their paper reservation applications to the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) by July 12.
Those applications must be delivered through a postal service and received at the NDOW Headquarters Office in Reno no later than 5 p.m. A public drawing will be conducted at 10 a.m., July 26 at that same location. Only complete and legible applications will be included in the reservation drawing, and successful applicants will receive their confirmation by return mail.
Hunters can find and print the reservation application form online at www.ndow.org. The file is located in the Applications section under the Hunt tab on the main page. Just click on “Applications” and scroll down the page to the section entitled Overton WMA Reservation Only Dove Hunt and download the application. Paper applications will also be available at the NDOW offices in Las Vegas and Henderson. The addresses are 4747 Vegas Drive and 744 Racetrack Road respectively.
The reservation only dove hunt zone is described in regulation as the Moapa Valley Portion of the Wildlife Management Area and has a maximum capacity of 60 hunters during the opening day and first weekend of the dove season. Opening day of the 2017 dove season is Friday, Sept. 1 and the opening weekend is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2 & 3.
The purpose of the reservation system is to reduce overcrowding and provide a quality hunting experience. Only those hunters with a valid hunt reservation will be allowed to hunt on the Moapa Valley Portion of the OWMA. Any vacancies will be filled by stand-by hunters on a first-come, first-served basis.
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