NDOW Suggests Hunting More Elk, Fewer Deer

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ELKO, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Department of Wildlife is recommending hunters statewide be allowed to take more elk and fewer mule deer this year due in part to persistent drought that will make it difficult to support typical herd sizes.

Agency officials say the buck quota recommendation for the coming season is 4 percent lower than last year as a result of a successful buck hunt a year ago, when many areas reported record buck-to-doe ratios.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports, however, that in a few areas the antlerless deer quota will increase due to poor habitat conditions.

NDOW says the sparse range resembles poor land conditions in 1992 and 1993 that led to a massive winter die off.