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Nevada wildfires lead to emergency depredation hunts


Doe and fawn antelope
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Wildfires have obliterated hundreds of acres of critical wildlife habitat across Nevada. In Elko County, over 500 square miles of winter range has burned, resulting in an announcement by the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW): emergency resident only depredation hunts will be held for antelope (horns shorter than ears) and mule deer (doe) this fall. NDOW hopes that these hunts will remove enough antelope and deer to lessen the malnutrition and starvation that will likely occur if too many animals need to use the remaining unburned winter range.

“Last summer’s fires had already decimated a large portion of this winter range, and the additional habitat loss from the 2017 fires have taken a bad situation and made it much worse,” said NDOW Director Tony Wasley in a press release. “The affected winter ranges are highly unlikely to be able to support the number of animals it has in years past. Depending on the winter severity, we may see significant herd losses even with the reduced populations resulting from this hunt.”

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Emergency tags are only available to resident applicants who have not already received antelope or deer tags this year. Interested applicants can apply at The application period for these emergency hunts began yesterday (Aug. 17) and closes on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. Results will be posted on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.

Here are the available hunts:

2017 Neveda Emergency Depredation Hunts

Species Dates No. of
Antelope Sept. 25 to Oct. 9, 2017 400 062, 067, 068
Antelope Sept. 25 to Oct. 9, 2017 300 071, 073
Mule deer Oct. 10 to 31, 2017 350 062, 067, 068
Mule deer Nov. 6 to 20, 2017 350 062, 067, 068


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Drew M. - posted 2 years ago on 08-21-2017 04:23:28 pm

Thanks for the reply. I should have started my first post with Kristen I love everything you write keep up the good work. Your stuff following poaching is awesome, I read every one of them.
Brady as of right now I have 5 tags to fill between Sep and March and that doesn't include chasing AZ Coues and Javelina with my bow OTC in January. A few friends reached out to me about this hunt and the email said nothing about residents that's why I asked. I wasn't planning on hunting it I just wanted some clarification. Thanks for all that you guys do, Gohunt is amazing. I am so appreciative of your site and recommend it to anyone who is serious about hunting.

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Brady M. - posted 2 years ago on 08-21-2017 03:31:36 pm
Las Vegas, NV
goHUNT Team

Hey Drew.

Sorry for the late reply. I just got back to the office after hunting this weekend. That info is correct. Unfortunately, these are resident only hunts. They sent out an email on August 16th that said this was a resident only hunt. That email was titled, "Application for Emergency Hunt Opens Tomorrow" so depending on what email system you subscribed to, you might have gotten that one. I also checked the system by logging in using my user information and it said when trying to apply that they were resident only.

Best of luck to you this season.

Are you trying to pick up an extra tag in another state? I'd be glad to help out if so.

Drew M. - posted 2 years ago on 08-19-2017 08:23:14 pm

I am not a resident but I got an email from Nevada Fish and game about these hunts. It doesn't say anything about residency. Are you sure this is a resident only hunt?