Reno hunter cited for killing Smith Valley bear |

Reno hunter cited for killing Smith Valley bear

Staff Reports

A Reno hunter who killed a bear in Smith Valley was cited after he learned bear hunting isn’t allowed there.

Jason Borsini, 30, reported on Oct. 5 he shot a 300-pound male bear he treed on Burke Street, which is east of Lower Colony Road.

That address is outside of the geographical areas where bear hunting is allowed. Smith Valley is closed to bear hunting south of Upper Colony Road.

Nevada Game Warden Jake Kreamer met with Borsini at the location, who told him he thought all the units were open to bear hunting, and not just those listed on his bear tag.

Borsini received a $695 citation for use of his tag in an improper area out of Walker River Justice Court.

According to Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy, 14 bears have been killed so far in the 2013 hunt.

The last one was a 200-pound female taken Nov. 23 on the East Walker River between Wassuks and Pine Groves.

A half dozen bears have been shot in the Carson Range, five in the Pine Nuts and one in the Sweetwaters.

The season ends Dec. 31. The bear hunt is in its third season. In 2011, 14 bears were hunted. In 2012, 11 were hunted.