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Chukar hunters asked to stay clear of area damaged in wildfires

Staff Reports

The Nevada Department of Wildlife urges chukar hunters to avoid popular chukar hunting areas recently damaged by extensive wildfire in northeastern Nevada. Despite these fires, the department is still predicting excellent chukar hunting success this season.

Hunters are asked to stay away from China Garden in the Bloody Run Mountains, Tom Basin in the Santa Rosa Range, the northern portion of the Izzenhood Range south of Midas, the Hot Springs Range and the south Turscarora Range.

“Chukar hunters planning on going to any of these areas might want to rethink their plans and go to areas that did not burn,” said Shawn Espinosa, upland game staff specialist for NDOW. “This would be beneficial not only for the hunter, but also for chukar that will be concentrated into unburned or remaining patches of habitat and to fire crews that may still be working in these areas.”

Although these fires impacted several traditional chukar hunting areas, the positive outlook for chukar hunting this season remains strong.

As reported earlier, Espinosa suggests that hunters may want to look off the beaten path this year. “I don’t think hunters should focus primarily on the more popular mountain ranges in the state. I think a lot of things this year are a little more spread out than normal because of the habitat conditions and the availability of water,” he said. “Remote ranges in central Nevada, which are often overlooked, will provide hunters with good opportunities.”

For updated information on fire locations, acreages, and containment from the Bureau of Land Management, please visit http://www.inciweb.org.