Q-Tip: Tags still available

Are you a big game hunter?

Would you like to go hunting this fall in Nevada?

Did you forget to apply for a Nevada big game hunting tag earlier this year?

Or perhaps, were you one of the many thousands of would-be hunters who were unsuccessful in drawing a 2000 Nevada big game hunting tag?

Well. guess what?

You have a second opportunity to go hunting!

If you do not have a tag and would like to go hunting later this year, the good news is that you still have a chance to hunt.

There are more than 6,000 Nevada big game hunting tags remaining for a second computerized drawing process.

However, the bad news is that the vast majority of those tags fall into three categories: junior (2,723 tags), rifle antlerless mule deer (2,258) and archery buck mule deer (1,307).

The Nevada Division of Wildlife (NDOW) recently announced that there are more than 6,000 tags remaining for any interested hunters, following that first computerized drawing process for the various 2000 Nevada big game hunting seasons. The computer drawing was conducted by Systems Consultants of Fallon, a private contractor hired by the Nevada State Board of Wildlife Commissioners to conduct the annual big game tag drawings.

According to NDOW, there are 6,368 resident and 11 non-resident tags still available through a second drawing application process which is currently underway.

The resident tags are:

- 2,723 for junior hunter mule deer tags (either sex).

- 2,258 for rifle antlerless (doe) mule deer.

- 1,307 for archery buck mule deer.

- 69 for archery antlerless Rocky Mountain Elk.

- 9 for archery antelope (horns longer than ears).

- 2 for muzzleloader (black powder) buck mule deer.

All remaining resident and non-resident tags are only available through an application process.

All applications for those tags must be received through an authorized postal service such as the U.S. Mail, FedEx or UPS.

Those applications must be received by no later than 5 p.m. on July 3 at the Hunt Application Office in Fallon.

They can not be hand carried.

They can not be mailed to the Nevada Division of Wildlife.

Results of the second drawing will be provided by July 21.

So, if any of those remaining tags catch your attention, fill out an application, make out a check and then mail them, so they can be received by the Fallon office before 5 p.m. on July 3.

If you do, you, too, just might go hunting this fall in Nevada.

Special Note: Don Quilici, the outdoor editor for the Nevada Appeal, was unsuccessful in drawing a rifle buck mule deer tag, a bull Rocky Mountain Elk tag, a California bighorn sheep tag and a Rocky Mountain goat tag. This marks the fifth consecutive year that he has been unsuccessful in drawing any Nevada big game hunting tags.

For information, call the Nevada Division of Wildlife at 688-1500 during business hours or the Hunt Application Office in Fallon at (800) 576-1020.

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