Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners has approved a new regulation that prohibits
the taking or gathering of shed antlers from public land in Elko, Eureka,
Lander, Lincoln, Nye or White Pine counties from January 1 - April 30 each
regulation originated from petitions coming out of the eastern Nevada County Advisory
Boards to Manage Wildlife (CABMW). These
eastern Nevada CABMW have the most concentrated deer and elk winter ranges,
most severe winters, and the heaviest shed hunting pressure. Shed hunting is still open year-round in the
other 11 counties in Nevada.
goal is to allow deer and elk herds in eastern and central Nevada to utilize
their critical winter range habitats without being disturbed. As shed hunting
becomes more popular each year, mounting pressure from shed hunters has forced animals
to move onto sub-par habitat and expend crucial energy reserves during critical
hunting is also creating increased traffic around big game winter ranges and
results in habitat impacts and road degradation on both private and public
lands. It was the combination of animal
disturbance and habitat degradation that was the basis for the regulation.
year Nevada saw a significant increase in shed hunting pressure when, due to
extreme winter conditions and deep snows, Utah closed their shed antler hunting
season in an effort to reduce stress on deer, elk and moose to help more animals
make it through harsh winter.
closure was extended through April in an attempt to lessen habitat degradation
and disturbance on breeding sage grouse.
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