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Fawn deaths reduce number of available big game tags

RENO (AP) – This month’s big game tag draw will leave more hunters disappointed than last year after fewer fawns made it to adulthood because of a lack of forage, wildlife officials said.

”Dry summer conditions resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of acres of deer habitat,” Nevada Division of Wildlife Game Bureau Chief Gregg Tanner said Thursday. ”We had a survival rate that was not adequate to allow as many tags.”

Deer, elk and antelope hunters all will feel the pinch when the drawing is held later this month.

Hunters will vie for 13,794 rifle deer tags this year, down 1,087 from a year ago. The 1,971 archery tags are down sharply from last year’s 3,150.

Other quotas, with this year’s total first followed by last year’s: Muzzleloaders 976 – 1,052; antlerless 2,531 – 3,526, and junior 2,435 – 4,798.

Just a year earlier, Tanner had reported the highest fawn production value since 1986.

The antelope rifle tags this year were limited to 1,085, down from last year’s 1,237. Archery tags were down nine at 184 while doe tags more than doubled from 68 to 157.

There will be 351 bull elk rifle tags, down from 398. The 511 doe tags are off from 607 a year ago.

On the up side, 125 desert bighorn sheep will be available this year, an increase of 11 from 2000. The 32 California bighorn tags is off five from last year and the three Rocky Mountain bighorn tags is down one.

Tanner said the mountain goat population continues to do well with ongoing herd expansion and the quota was upped by five to 22.

This year’s mountain lion season will begin Aug. 1 and, for the first time, will run a full year. Hunters will be allowed 322 tags compared with last year’s 303.

Tag drawings will be conducted by Systems Consultants of Fallon. Results will be available from division offices, license agents and the division’s Web site.

On the Net:

Nevada Division of Wildlife: http://nevadadivisionofwildlife.org

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