Hunters See Increases in Big Game Tag Quotas this Year

Despite fires that scorched thousands of acres of wildlife habitat across the state last year, Nevada hunters will see increases in big game tag quotas this season.

The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners decided Saturday to
set total tag allocations across all hunts at 24,443 up 11 percent from 2006.

Russ Mason of the Nevada Department of Wildlife says herds are
capable of supporting those numbers after a winter that lacked heavy snow accumulations.

In 2006, fires blackened more than 1.3 million acres of Nevada and forced an emergency hunt of mule deer and antelope in some areas.

A resident quota of 10,290 rifle tags for buck deer - the most popular big game hunt - represents an 11 percent increase from the previous year.

Resident rifle hunters will be issued 440 permits for antlerless deer, up 577 percent from last year.

Resident bull elk rifle tags are up four percent to 778, while resident cow elk rifle tags increased 73 percent to 1,454.

Resident bighorn sheep tags increased by 11 percent to 195, and resident antelope rifle buck tags are up six percent to 1,743.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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