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.
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.
For nearly five years Jiggs Reservoir, approximately 30 miles south of Elko, has been a reservoir in name only with no water to speak of. However, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, Elko County, Barrick, Newmont and private landowners is now in the process of improving this once popular reservoir and dam so that it will once again hold water.
Tyler Turnipseed was named Chief Game Warden for the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) Monday. He is only the fifth Chief Game Warden in NDOW's history, a position that oversees all game wardens in Nevada. Game wardens enforce wildlife and boating safety laws across the state, in rural areas and on Nevada's waterways.
As part of its continuing efforts to reduce the number of drunken boaters operating their vessels on Nevada waters, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOWQ) will hold an OUI checkpoint Saturday, Aug. 16 at Lake Mohave. OUI stands for Operating Under the Influence, and is the boating equivalent of DUI.
The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) is sponsoring a two-day introduction to fly fishing clinic starting on Thursday, August 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and continuing on Saturday August 16, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. This clinic is designed for entry-level fly anglers and is free to all participants. The class is limited to the first 10 who sign up. Participants must attend both days of this clinic.
Fruit trees throughout western Nevada blossom in the spring and will produce ripened fruit in mid-summer. As the fruit develops, the black bears in western Nevada are sure to take notice. Armed with a sense of smell that is 2,100 times better than a human's, black bears can tell when it is time to venture down the hill into places like west Reno, Washoe and Pleasant Valleys, Carson City and the western edges of the Carson Valley (Minden, Gardnerville and Genoa).
The Hampton Fire within the Mount Moriah Wilderness has been burning since July 16. It may continue to smoke and burn in pockets until snow or rain completely put it out. Forest Service firefighters are monitoring the burn and may conduct modified suppression actions while you are in the area. Wildfires like these are natural processes and a risk normally associated within wilderness.
Hunters who are interested in the 2014 Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge Special Sage Grouse Hunt have until August 1, 2014 to submit their reservation applications.
Although Southern and Northern Nevada alike have seen lower than average precipitation in the last few years, many boating opportunities at Nevada's most famous, scenic and well-known waterways are as good as ever.