News from NDOW

Youth Hunt Offers Early Season for Upland Game

The 2014 upland game hunting season offers youth hunters 15 years of age and younger the opportunity to go afield before the regular season begins. Dates for the youth hunt are Sept. 27-28. The special season is open statewide, but is limited to certain species.

Upland Game and Waterfowl Cooking Class Scheduled for October

As temperatures cool down and hunting season gets into full swing, upland game and waterfowl are on the mind of many sportsmen. The question is, "How do you cook the ducks, quail or rabbits you harvest?"

Flood Waters Ravage Overton Wildlife Management Area

Flood waters that destroyed parts of Interstate 15 and left much of Moapa Valley underwater also caused significant damage to the Overton Wildlife Management Area. Though it will take officials with the Nevada Department of Wildlife some time to assess the full extent of the damage, their early estimates are that it may take years to complete the needed repairs.

Brian Wakeling Named NDOW Game Division Administrator

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) named Brian Wakeling as Game Division Administrator Monday. The position oversees the division responsible for management, protection, research and monitoring of wildlife classified as game mammals, upland and migratory game birds and furbearing mammals.

Desert Bighorn Sheep Ram Roaming Sparks Golf Course and Neighborhood

Nevada’s state mammal is making an unexpected appearance in an area of Sparks.  A mature desert bighorn sheep ram, complete with an impressive curl of horns, has been spotted recently roaming the fairways and greens of the Red Hawk Golf Course in the Spanish Springs area of the city.  Reports of the ram’s presence first started coming in to the Nevada Department of Wildlife’s Reno office on Monday September 8.

NDOW Seeks to Hire Seven New Game Wardens for Mostly Rural Duty Stations

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) has seven openings for entry level game wardens, most of which are in rural Nevada duty stations.  This is the largest recruitment of game wardens in NDOW’s history.

Annual Forecast Good News for Chukar Hunters

Forget all of the fluff, let’s just cut to the good news…This year’s Nevada Chukar Hunting Forecast, an annual report put out by the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) that takes habitat conditions and statewide survey results to estimate chukar populations, was recently released and predicts good chukar hunting for much of Nevada.

Nominations sought for Wayne E. Kirch Conservation Award(1)

The state’s Board of Wildlife Commissioners is currently seeking nominations for the 2014 Wayne E. Kirch Nevada Wildlife Conservation Award.

Quagga Mussel DNA found at South Fork State Recreation Area

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) announced today that the reservoir at South Fork State Recreation Area has tested positive for quagga mussel DNA.  No adult quagga mussels or veligers (larval stage quagga) were found in that waterway. The reservoir is not considered infested at this time; however NDOW and the Nevada Division of State Parks (NDSP) are implementing immediate strategies to limit any potential of quagga mussels spreading from South Fork to other locations.

Applications for Waterfowl Hunting Reservations

Hunters hoping to spend opening day of the 2014 duck and goose seasons at Key Pittman Wildlife Management Area (WMA), or the first two hunt days of those seasons at Overton WMA, must first obtain a reservation. Those reservations are available only through a drawing process utilizing mail-in applications that are due no later than 5 p.m. September 10.
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