News from NDOW

Arrest Made for Illegal Possession of Eagles

On Sunday, Jan. 31, Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) officers in assistance with Elko City Police Department, Elko County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) arrested Dana Morley McIvor for six counts of unlawful possession of raptor and raptor parts and one count of unlawful kill of an eagle. Other charges are being considered by other state and federal authorities.

Spring Turkey Deadline Fast Approaching

The application deadline for the spring wild turkey hunt is fast approaching for Nevada hunters. Applications for limited entry units must be submitted online at and will be accepted until 11 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Ice Fishing Safety

The most dangerous time to be on the ice is at the beginning and the end of the ice fishing season when the ice conditions can change in a heartbeat.  What is 4 inches one day, may be 2 inches or 7 inches or even open water the next day depending on winds, water currents, springs or temperature.  When we talk about ice thickness and safety, we are talking about hard clear ice, not packed snow, not slush and not gray ice with lots of air bubbles in it.

Garrett Named Employee of the Year

Habitat Division biologist Clint Garrett was recently named the winner of the Ted C. Frantz Employee of the Year award for the Nevada Department of Wildlife. The honor is to recognize significant achievements during the previous year toward the mission of the agency or the conservation, management, enhancement of wildlife in Nevada that are clearly above and beyond his or her normal duties. While "above and beyond" is in the description of the award, it doesn’t seem to cover what Garrett was able to accomplish.

Last Minute Gift Ideas for Your Outdoor Enthusiast

Time is running and you still can’t figure out what to get that special angler, hunter or outdoor enthusiast for the holidays? If you are still searching for the perfect gift for your sportsman, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) has some ideas that might help.

Carlin Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Trophy Mule Deer, Pays 9,000 Fine

A Carlin man pled guilty to killing a trophy mule deer in the closed area of Great Basin National Park on Nov. 18 and was sentenced to three years of probation, a year of jail time (suspended), fined more than $9,000 in civil and criminal penalties and forfeited a 7mm rifle used in the crime.

Minnesota Artist Wins Nevada Duck Stamp Contest

Minnesota wildlife artist Mark A. Thone has done well in the previous art contests he has entered, but after getting close several times and never winning, he was starting to wonder if it was ever going to happen. Well, he can stop wondering because Thone’s entry has been selected as the winner of this year’s Nevada Duck Stamp Art Contest.

Game Wardens Seek Help in Elk Slaying

Game wardens are seeking information about a bull elk that was poached and left to rot near the Pierson Ranch in Lincoln County in late August.  Operation Game Thief (OGT) is offering a $1,000 reward to help catch the shooter.

Bats Get a Bad Rep on Halloween

You can't think about Halloween without thinking about bats. Those creepy, blood-sucking rats with wings give us the heebie-jeebies and we don't care who knows it. Well don't let Jennifer Newmark, Wildlife Diversity Division chief for the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) hear you say that. She has spent a large part of her professional life explaining that not only is everything you thought about bats incorrect, but they are actually extremely important to the success of Nevada's ecosystems.

Nevada Department of Wildlife to Hold Town Hall Meeting on Game Management

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) is holding a series of town hall meetings across the state from Nov. 2-6 in an effort to learn what people think is and is not working with Nevada’s hunting seasons.
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