Hunting seasons wrap up |

Hunting seasons wrap up

With the new year, it’s time for many hunters to put away their guns as hunting seasons draw to an end, while others are just beginning to plan for the year ahead.

“Waterfowl season ends Jan. 26, and after that there’s nothing for awhile,”California Game Warden Darrell Stevenson said. “It doesn’t start again until Sept. 1 for dove, and then the end of September is deer season.

“Nevada is basically the same,” he added. “They do have late season hunts in particular areas that can go into November.”

The tag deadline for big-game hunting is April in Nevada and June in California, according to Dave Bezzone, a California game warden and hunter.

Big game in this area includes deer, elk, antelope and bighorn sheep in Nevada. Nevada also allows mountain lion hunting but not bear hunting, exactly the opposite of California.

“We require people who are interested in those species to submit their interest (in the form of a tag application),” Bezzone said. “They request tags, and they get to apply for X-number of the species they are interested in. That information goes into the computer system and ends up in a draw.”

–Chad Sellmer

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