The Silver State Tag already allows hunters the opportunity to hunt one of four big game species (mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, Nelson (desert) bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope) anywhere in the state. But did you know that the winners also walk away with thousands of dollars' worth of hunting gear and services? That is about as close to the definition of a win-win scenario that you are ever going to find.
"These hunts alone are an amazing opportunity all by themselves," said Chris Vasey, Conservation Education Division Chief. "But when you add all of the prizes donated by Nevada's sportsmen's groups, it becomes something you simply cannot pass up. Plus the money raised goes right back into helping Nevada's wildlife."
The prizes include the following:
Desert Bighorn Sheep: Sitka gear and Kenetrek boots (Wildsheep Foundation), Minox spotting scope and binocular package (Fraternity of the Desert Bighorn), Browning .300WM & Zeiss scope (Nevada Bighorns Unlimited), multiple guide services (Hide N Seek Outfitters / Deep Creek Outfitters, Nevada Guides Service and World Safaris), full body mount, (Artistic Wildlife Taxidermy), Yeti Cooler (Elko Bighorns Unlimited), canvas bed roll, cot and back pack (NBU-Midas Chapter), Havalon knife (Nevada of the Desert Bighorn – Youth Chapter), Minimalist hunting pack, Instinct hat, Wilderness Athlete – Hydrate and Recover and Wilderness Athlete – Energy and Focus (Cabela's).
Elk: Remington STS Camo 7mm (Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation – Ely Chapter), Razor HD 20-60x85 Spotting Scope, 15x50 Viper HD Binoculars, Skyline Tripod (includes fluid head) Ranger 1000 Laser Rangefinder (Vortex), shoulder mount (Trophy Room Services), Guide DCS jacket & Attack pant, ICON Cap and Guide gloves (KUIU), Instinct Prestige hunting pack, Instinct hat, Wilderness Athlete – Hydrate and Recover and Wilderness Athlete – Energy and Focus (Cabela's) and a $500 gift card donated by Sportsworld in Ely.
Mule Deer: Razor HD 20-60x85 spotting scope, 15x50 Viper HD binoculars, Skyline tripod (includes fluid head) and Ranger 1000 Laser Rangefinder (Vortex), shoulder mount (Wildlife Revolutions/Reno Nevada), Guide DCS jacket & Attack pant, ICON cap and Guide gloves (KUIU), Instinct Fast Tracker hunting pack and Instinct hat, Wilderness Athlete – Hydrate and Recover, Wilderness Athlete – Energy and Focus (Cabela's), bedroll tarp and Yeti Cooler (Nevada Muleys).
Antelope: Razor HD 20-60x85 spotting scope, 15x50 Viper HD binoculars, Skyline tripod (includes fluid head) Ranger 1000 Laser Rangefinder (Vortex), Guide DCS jacket, Attack pant, ICON capand Guide Gloves (KUIU), Instinct Scout hunting pack and Instinct hat, Wilderness Athlete – Hydrate and Recover, Wilderness Athlete – Energy and Focus (Cabela's).
The Silver State Tag is similar to the state's Heritage Tags, sometimes called governors tags or bid tags, and gives lucky recipients the chance to hunt a specific big game animal statewide in those hunt units where there is an established season from Aug. 1 – Dec. 31. But unlike the Heritage Tags which generally sell at auction for thousands of dollars, Silver State Tags are available through Nevada's normal tag application process at a far lesser price.
Tag applicants pay a nonrefundable application fee of $20 plus the $3 predator and $2 online fee, which bring the total to $25 each for mule deer, desert bighorn and pronghorn antelope. An additional $5 is required for the elk application. Tag recipients will be charged the current fees established for the tag received. Applications for the Silver State Tags may only be submitted electronically at www.huntnevada.com during the regular big game tag application period. The deadline for applying is Monday, April 17.
In addition to expanded choice of hunt location, tag holders will also have an extended season in which to harvest their game animal. For desert sheep, mule deer, elk and pronghorn antelope, Silver State Tag bearers can begin hunting Aug. 1 and hunt through Dec. 31. Tag holders also can use their legal weapon of choice throughout the season's duration – bow, muzzleloader or rifle.
The Silver State Tag draw is open to both resident and nonresident hunters who are eligible to hunt big game, even those who are fulfilling waiting period requirements for the species available.
Like the money generated through the sale of Heritage Tags, Nevada law requires that Silver State Tag application fees be deposited in the Wildlife Heritage Trust Account. Funds from this account must be used for the protection, propagation, restoration, transplantation, introduction and management of Nevada's game species and fur-bearing mammals as well as management of predatory wildlife.
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