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Nevada’s big game tag application deadline fast approaching



Hunters hoping for a tag to hunt big game in Nevada this year have until Monday, April 19 to file their applications. Online applicants have right up until the 5 p.m. deadline to get their applications in, while hunters who choose to use the traditional paper application must use the U.S. Postal Service to submit their applications, which must be received by the Wildlife Administrative Services Office by 5 p.m. to qualify.

Hunters have an array of hunts; mule deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, mountain goat and three species of bighorn sheep (Desert, California and Rocky Mountain), to choose from. Deer, elk and antelope offer additional options for weapon type (rifle, archery, and muzzleloader), sex (male or female) and season dates.

Over 22,000 tags were issued in 2009 for all species, with over 150,000 applications for those tags. Of that total, mule deer and pronghorn made up the lion’s share at over 19,000 tags combined. Tag quotas for the 2010 hunting season have yet to be set. The 2010 quotas will be set by the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners at their May 14 and 15 meeting in Reno.

To help hunters understand the application process and make informed choices, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) provides a vast amount of information. Hunter’s can find population reports, draw odds and harvest statistics, maps, Hunter Information Sheets and much more on the agency’s website at www.ndow.org.
The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) protects, restores and manages fish and wildlife, and promotes fishing, hunting, and boating safety. NDOW’s wildlife and habitat conservation efforts are primarily funded by sportsmen’s license and conservation fees and a federal surcharge on hunting and fishing gear. Support wildlife and habitat conservation in Nevada by purchasing a hunting, fishing, or combination license. For more information, visit www.ndow.org.

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