Not Ready To Hunt Alaska Yet? Try Nevada

 

(Bighorn sheep photo courtesy of the Nevada Department of Wildlife) 

Lower 48ers in the West who are dreaming of hunting in Alaska – and how would any hunter not want to stalk moose, caribou or bears in the Last Frontier at least one time? – and are looking for an alternative closer to home, why not try Nevada?

Here is some info from the Nevada Department of Wildlife on applying for the upcoming season’s big game tags. The deadline is April 20:

If you’re interested in hunting big game in Nevada this year, the Nevada Department of Wildlife wants to remind everyone that the big game application process is now open. 
Nevada offers a good variety of big game opportunities for deer, elk, bear, pronghorn antelope, mountain goat and bighorn sheep. The Silver State is one of just a few states to possess three sub-species of bighorn sheep (desert, rocky mountain and California). Deer, elk and antelope offer additional options for weapon type (rifle, archery, and muzzleloader), sex (male or female) and season dates. 
Again this year, NDOW is offering some combination hunt options that allow sportsmen hunting in predetermined areas the chance of hunting a cow elk simultaneous to hunting a mule deer, and one that allows sportsmen the chance to hunt a cow elk while also hunting bull elk. 
The deadline is Monday, April 20. Online applicants have until 11 p.m. Sportsmen looking to apply for the hunt online can visit www.huntnevada.com. Hunters that 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.
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 ndow.org. 
The 2015 quotas will be set by the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners at their May 15 and 16 meeting in Reno.
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. Find us on Facebook, Twitter or visit us at www.ndow.org.

Nevada sounds like a great idea until you’re ready to make it to Alaska. My fiance is pretty hellbent on taking a hunting trip to Alaska someday though. I might suggest this to him and see if it will do for now. I think it would be good for him to start somewhere closer to home.

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