Nevada big game hunters are likely to see reduced tag quotas this season.
Officials are saying that the fourth year of drought is having negative impacts that will result in fewer hunting tags being issued. State biologists have been evaluating the health of Nevada big game populations and have found that herd numbers are down across the board for antelope, big horn sheep, elk, and mule deer populations.
“When we have four years of drought and there is no guarantee that’s going to end anytime soon, you will see animals begin suffering out on the landscape,” said Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesperson Chris Healy.
The drought is taking a toll on young animals in the Silver State. They are unable to store enough fat to survive their first winter. Lower fawn survival rates are increasing as the lack of adequate water continues throughout the region.
“With mule deer we’re starting to see numbers going lower, so we recommend fewer to be taken, what we’re going to recommend with those other species will be decided next week at our meetings here in Reno,” said Healy.
NDOW biologists will be making tag quota recommendations to the Nevada Wildlife Commission this month.