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Commission to set upland game and furbearer season dates at meeting in Ely



The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners (NBWC) will set upland game and furbearer seasons and bag limits at its June 25-26 meeting in Ely.

The meeting will be held at the Bristlecone Convention Center on 150 6th Street, and will commence at 1 p.m. on Friday and at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

Other items before the NBWC include Commission General Regulation (CGR) 383 prohibiting a person from hunting or taking a big game mammal or discharging a firearm within a certain distance of a wildlife highway crossing, and CGR 389 prohibiting a person from interfering with the use of a guzzler or other water development.

The Nevada Outfitters and Guides Association has also petitioned the Commission to return the original wording of NAC 502.4237 to allow applicants who are unsuccessful or rejected in the Restricted Nonresident Guided Deer Hunt, to apply in the main draw as well. Currently, nonresident applicants who apply for the guided deer hunt are not eligible to apply for deer tags in the big game main draw in the same year.

Several reports will be presented to the NBWC, including updates on the bighorn sheep disease event, black bear management, wolf management, a review of the fiscal year 2011 Wildlife Heritage Trust Fund projects and their contract status, and an update on Bassett, Cave and Comins lakes.

Habitat staff will present 23 projects totaling $141,036 in duck stamp funds for the commission’s consideration and approval. A $10 duck stamp fee is paid by waterfowl hunters to fund these projects, all aimed at habitat enhancement, protection, and propagation of waterfowl.

The Commission will also be asked to review and approve 10 projects totaling $172,110 using upland game stamp funds. An allocation of $160,000 will also pay salary for “guzzler” crews to maintain and develop water sources for wildlife. Hunters pursuing upland game birds fund these projects through purchase of a $10 stamp, and funds are used solely for the protection and propagation of upland game birds.

NDOW Game Chief Larry Gilbertson will present a request to set up a steering committee to revise the elk population objective of the Goose Creek portion of the Wells Elk Sub-Plan.
The Commission will also hear appeals from both Robert G. Wallin on NDOW’s denial of his 2010 master guide license, and Mark Paul for his request for bonus points that were not applied for by 5 p.m. on the big game tag deadline date.

Members of the public who would like to address the Commission on a topic not on the agenda may do so during the public comment period near the beginning of each meeting.

People wishing to address the commission about those items should complete a speaker’s card and present it to the recording secretary.

For a complete agenda and support materials visit www.ndow.org, under “Commissions & Boards,” or at www.ndow.org/learn/com/mtg

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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