News from NDOW

Shooting Range Grant Funds Available(2)

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) like most state wildlife agencies receives the bulk of its funding through user fees (hunting and fishing licenses, big game tags, etc.) and excise taxes on shooting, archery, angling and recreational boating equipment collected by the federal government under the Pittman-Robertson (P-R) and Dingell-Johnson (D-J) Acts. In turn, NDOW is seeking to return a portion of those tax revenues to Nevada through shooting range grants to local governments.

Bats are Much More than a Halloween Theme

As we head towards Halloween on Monday we think about all the scary creatures often associated with the celebration. It’s easy to come up with scary thoughts about things that go bump in the dark, and unfortunately, a lot of people think of bats as that bump in the dark. You might be surprised, however, to learn that nearly everything you thought about bats is incorrect and they are actually extremely important to the success of Nevada’s ecosystems.

Utah Residents Charged with Felony Counts for Illegal Killing of Two Elk

Two Utah residents were charged with felony counts of illegally killing two elk at a ranch in northeast Nevada. The pair were charged Oct. 13 in Elko for two separate incidents in October of last year, closing a complex, year-long investigation by game wardens from the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Youth Waterfowl Hunt Slated for Overton Wildlife Management Area(1)

Nevada’s young hunters will have an opportunity to participate in a youth-only waterfowl season scheduled for Oct. 15, 2016 at the Overton Wildlife Management Area (WMA).  This youth season is open only to hunters 17 years of age or younger, including non-residents.  The young hunters must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years old. However, adults are not allowed to hunt during this season.

NDOW Offers Youth Hunts for Upland Game(1)

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) wants to remind everyone that the youth upland game hunting seasons started on Saturday and will run to Oct. 2.

Chris Vasey Named NDOW Conservation Education Division Administrator

Chris Vasey started working at the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) in 1997. As an avid sportsman, outdoorsman and a native Nevadan, it seemed like the perfect fit.

Commission Endorses Resident Only Emergency Doe Hunt

The Hot Pot and Izzenhood fires burned roughly 128,800 acres (about 200 square miles) this summer in Northwest Elko County.

Wayne E. Kirch Conservation Award Nominations Sought

The state’s Board of Wildlife Commissioners is currently seeking nominations for the 2016 Wayne E. Kirch Nevada Wildlife Conservation Award.

Spike Elk Hunting Made Easier

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) wants to make all sportsmen aware that a new regulation that changes the definition of a spike elk went into effect Sept. 9.

Chukar Season Shaping Up with Some Surprises (Good and Not So Good)

Everything looked like it was falling into place for the upcoming chukar hunting season. Fewer hunters in the field last year resulted in a smaller harvest. A solid fall that provided plenty of green vegetation was followed by a winter with one of the best snowpacks in recent years. A mild February and wet spring in late March and early April  had Shawn Espinosa, upland game biologist for the Nevada Department of Wildlife, thinking 2016 was going to be a banner year. But while surveys predict a better season than last year, the chukar boom never quite materialized.
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