Big game hunt tag application process underway
With the mailing of more than 70,000 informational packets to Nevada hunters, the state’s big game hunt tag application process for 1998 is underway.
All resident and non-resident hunters who applied for deer or other big game hunt tags last year have been mailed a season brochure and tag application form for deer and other big game species, depending on what they applied for in 1997.
In addition to the application materials, hunters also received an informational leaflet explaining a new process known as the “squaring of hunter earned bonus points” that will be conducted this year. Hunters receive a bonus point – which enhances their chance of drawing a tag in later drawings – each year they apply and are unsuccessful at drawing a tag.
At their March 28 meeting in Reno, the Nevada Wildlife Commission adopted the squaring of bonus points process for 1998 deer hunts only. This process will further enhance the odds of drawing a deer tag for those who have been unsuccessful in the past.
The informational leaflet also explains the new “junior hunt,” open to hunters 12 through 15 years of age, that was adopted by the Commission in February. Those who obtain a special junior tag will be allowed to hunt during the dates established for the three separate hunts: archery, muzzlehloader and any legal weapon.
Young hunters will be allowed to take only one deer (doe or buck). Although they may hunt in each of the three season periods (archery, muzzleloader, rifle), they are only allowed to use the legal hunting equipment authorized during that time period.
Complete information on the special junior deer hunt is contained in the Nevada Division of Wildlife’s 1998 Big Game Seasons and Application Regulations brochure. For those who do not receive one through the mail, copies of the regulations and informational leaflets are available at all NDOW offices and license agents.
Tag application procedures are unchanged from last year, with administration of the program to be handled by Systems Consultants, a computer firm in Fallon that is referred to as the Hunt Application Office in the hunting brochure.
All applications must be mailed to, and must be received by, the Hunt Application Office in Fallon no later that 5 p.m., April 20. Applications received after the deadline will not be included in the computerized drawings.
NDOW License Office Supervisor Patty Wagner urges hunters to complete and mail their applications as early as possible. “If an error or omission is found during processing, the applicant will be given a chance to correct it. However, there must be sufficient time to mail the correction form to the applicant and then have it returned to Systems Consultants prior to the deadline.”
NDOW strongly urges all applicants to read all instructions contained in the season brochure before they begin to complete the application.
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