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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, July 3, 1997 25 Outdoors / Operation Game Thief." 1-800-992-3030 Operation Cal- Tip: 1-800-952-5400 Last chance to hunt big game this year by Ed Tomchin Nearly 2,000 dee.randbig-game tags, which were not allocated during the first drawing earlier this year, are available ttirough the Nevada Division of Wildlife. A total of 1,920 resident tags and 76 non-resident tags will be assigned by random drawing. The catch? Hunters must act quickly because the application deadline for these tags is 5 p.m. Monday, July 7. 1997. Applications are available at any location which sells hunting licenses. The applica- tions must be completed and received, together with the appropriate fees, at the Nevada Division of" Wildlife, Hunt Application Office, 446 W. Williams Ave., Fallon, NV 89406. This would normally he time for FedEx or UPS nately, the U.S. Post Office, hunting tag applications are sent [ the % Automotive Survival In The Desert 4 by Ed Tomchin The Southwest is a recreational heaven, especially for those who love tooling around the desert in their car, pickup, or dune buggy. However, to keep this vehicular pastime safe. common sense and knowledge of a few simple procedures and tricks is necessary. Many people think the desert is only dangerous in the heat of the summer. In reality, the desert can be a killer year round if you aren't prepared. Summer temperatures can soar to 120 degrees F. and higher. Nighttime temperatures can fall into the 30s and 40s with wind chill factors lowering temperature even further. Water is scarce, if available at all. The desert can also fool the senses. Mi- rages, optical phe- nomenon resulting from light and images being reflected on the ground from scenes miles away. This usu- ally occurs when the ground air is much warmer than the air aloft. Everyone has seen mirages. Driving along a desert high- way a large puddle of water appears in the road ahead. But when "The desert can also fool the senses. Mirages, optical phenomenon resulting from light and images being reflected on the ground from scenes miles away." la you get there you find the road bone dry. That was a mirage. Mirages happen more frequently on roadways because the asphalt surface superheats the air close to the ground. The result is a reflection of a body of water that is in reality many miles away. But it can appear as real as Lake Mead, which is likely is when you're driving around Southern Nevada. Another distortion that occurs in the desert is the loss of both physical and mental capabilities due to dehydration. When the air temperature is higher than 92 degrees F., your body absorbs heat, making you a prime candidate for dehy- dration. Early symptoms of dehydration are unusual thirst, discomfort, slowed movements and loss of coordination. Compass readings also can be distorted in the desert due to the presence of highly mineralized areas, of which there are many in the desert. Southern Nevada and its neighboring environs were and still are, heavy mining districts. The presence of these minerals can make your compass completely worthless. It is a safe practice to carry two compasses, at least one of thembeing a water-filled compass, which is less affected by mineral deposits. To be completely safe, learn how to tell direction by the sun and stars. . Perhaps the best advice is the simple admonition that has been the creed of millions of Boy Scouts for years. BE land contour variations. If you are going off road, carrying both the DOT Nevada Map Atlas and the newly published DeLorme Nevada Atlas & Gazetteer, which contains topographic shaded relief maps of the entire state, is advised. Both can be purchased at most bookstores. It is vital to take sufficient water on any trip in the desert, recreational or business. Be sure to include sufficient water for your entire party and your vehicle. A two-day weekend trip would require at least five gallons of drinkable water for each person in the party, and an additional 10 gallons of water for your vehicle. One of the easiest ways of stocking up on water is to purchase the plastic gallon or 2-1/2 gallon jugs of water from your local supermarket. They are sealed, offering protec- tion from contamination and spills. I carry 10 of them in the rear of my pickup truck ai all times. It goes without say- ing, but I'll say it any- way. Check and top off all liquid levels prior to leaving (i.e., radiator, brake fluid, transmission fluid, etc.) and take extra fluids with you If you are venturing , off-road, some of the problems that can occur are getting stuck in sand. overheated engines, loss of electrical power, punctured gas tanks, flat tires, bent tie rods. and broken under-engine parts such as the oil line, gas line or drive shaft. Getting stuck in sand, is as common in the desert as the sun. The instant you feel your wheels losing traction, stop and get out of the vehicle to check out the situation. Don't try to power out of the sand. You will likely just bury yourself deeper. Make sure your vehicle is equipped properly and you will be able tO extract yourself from most situations. A good axle . jacks invaluable, as is a strong tow rope or chain. Carry jack pads because the sand is so't and you need to distribute the weight of the jack. Sand mats, such as old carpeting or planks are vital, as is a good, short-handled shovel. A manual or 12 volt fire pump is also valuable since at times you may have to let about half the air out of your tires to get decent traction, Overheating and vapor locking is another common prob- lem in the desert. Wrapping the fuel lines with damp cloth will help dissipate the heat, or you can place small aluminum foil bowties along the fuel line under the hood. Either one is effective. Most important, let people know where you are going and when you expect to be back. Then, if you don't return within a reasonable time, they can alert the authorities and initiate a PREPARED! , . rescue search. However, this precaution will not work if they Trip planning is vital. You should know exactly where find your vehicle and you are not with it. you are going and how to get there. This sounds deceptively  It is important to stay with your vehicle. A Car or truck is simple, but you'd he amazed how many people get lost each year on desert backroads. A few of them never make it back alive. So get mapped! The Nevada Department of Transporta. tion publishes an excellent guide to Nevada. The Nevada Map Atlas is divided into 129 quadrangle maps coveringthe entire state, The Atlas shows paved roads, dirt roads, trails, springs, dry lakes and other features of the terrain. However, -. the Atlas i s not topographic. In other words, it does not show a lot:easier to find in the desert than an individual walking, Besides, your vehicle can offer additional shade and protec- tion from the elements and a warm place to sleep at night. More tmople have lost their lives by leaving their vehicle and trying to walk out than have been lost by staying in the vicinity. Common sense and simpl e preparation will make your desert outings safe, worry-free and immensely enjoyable. Don't forget the picnic basket. Fishing Report by Geoff Schnider Nevada Division of Wildlife LAKE MEAD --Striped bass are now being found feeding on the surface of the lake and anglers report t'mding good success by casting a variety of top water and shallow running lures. Boaters are locating fish in a variety of locations, but they say the fish are moving in search of food. The fish are slurping tiny threadfin shad from the surface and few strong boils have been seen this year. Stripers have been caught recently at Swallow Bay, Kingmau Wash, Black Island, Burro Point and from Pyramid Island to the Hemenway Wall. Perhaps the most productive area has been the intake tower at night where fish ate being Caught with anchovies at depths of 40 to 60 feet. The action for channel catfish has been equally good with the whiskered fish being caught mornings and evenings in shallow COVES. LAKE MOHAVE -Strong winds and generally slow fishing for striped bass have been found at the lake during the past week. One boater reported catching nine small striped bass by trolling near the narrows above Cottonwood Cove early this wcek. How- ever, he said he had to spend a lot of time on the water to catch the fish. Large stripers have been seen tmlow Willow Beach Hatchery. Boat traffic in the area has made for difficult fishing COnditions in that area. , One boater reported that he has been catching limits of five trut on a regular basis by working the area between the rapids and the separation cable below Hoover Dam. The fish are being caught near shore using Power Bait and smal__l spinners. WAYNE E.KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA -Windy weather has made for diffult fishing conditions. Despite this, rainbow trout fishing has been fair at Haymeadow Reservoir wle good fishing for small largemouth bass continues at Adams- MeGill Reservoir. EAGLE VALLEY RFERVOIR -Cooler  have descended on the area, making for pleasaut fishing and camping. Anglers report the trout fishing has been below par and that weed growth in the water is hampering shore fishing. ECHO CANYON RFERVOIR -The lake's water level continues to drop and fishing has been slow for rainbow trout and crappie. Largemouth bass fishing has been fair for small fish. SCIIROEDER VOIR - Rainbow trout fishing con- tinues to be slow in the reservoir. Fair action for small rainbows is being found in the streaun below the lake.