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Outdoors / Operation Game Thief: 1-800-992-3030 Operation Cal- Tip: 1-800-952-5400 Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, July 31, 1997 21 New c00wman ana vw ir chai man for by Ed Tomehin Commissioner Donald L. Cavin was unanimously elected to serve as chairman of the nine-member Board of Wildlife Commissioners during their re- cent meeting July 12 in Winnemucca. Cavin as- sumes the post formerly held by Las Vegas attorney Mahlon Brown, who did not wish to be reappointed when his term expired in June. Cavin has served on the present board since 1989. He first served on what was then called the Fish and Game Commission from 1964 to 1969, representing Mineral County. Back then, wildlife commissioners were voted into office. At that time, the state had 17 commissioners, each one acting as a representative for the county they lived in. "With 17 commissioners, it was a lot harder to get a consensus than it is now," said Cavin. "I enjoy being on the commission because it gives me the opportunity to help conserve the wildlife resource in our state.'" Before being elected chairman, Cavin served as the vice chairman of the commission since 1993. Senate Bill 395, passed during the 1989 session of the Nevada State Legislature, increased the size of the Wildlife Commission from seven to nine members. Each Commissioner is appointed by the governor to represent a particular area of interest related m wildlife matters. 1997-98 Hunting and trapping seasons set by Ed Tomchin Nevada's Division of Wildlife (NDOW) and the state's Wildlife Commission have made some major changes in the hunting and trapping seasons for the coming two years. The following is a brief outline of the changes and seasons as they will exist for 1997-98. The commission made the final determination regard- ing upland game bird, waterfowl and rabbit hunting sea- sons for the next two years during their meeting July 12 in Winnemucca, adopting a few changes in the recommenda- tions made by NDOW concerning the special and regular sage grouse hunts. The special early sage grouse hunt on the Sheldon Antelope Refuge in northwestern Nevada will consist of two con- secutive weekend periods (Sept. 6-7 and Sept. 13- 14). There will be .75 permits made available by drawing for each hunt period. NDOW's recom- mendation had been to issue 100permits foreach of the hunts. For the past two years, the special Sheldon hunt has been conducted as a means of collecting in- formation on the sage grouse. According to San Stiver, NDOW's upland game bird specialist, "The information gath- ered from previous Sheldon special sage grouse hunts has been invaluable in determin- ing population trends and the overall health of the popula- tion. This is a long-term study aimed at helping us determine why this species has not only continued to decline during this century, but most notably since 1980." Hunters will be allowed to apply for either hunting period, and those successful in the drawing will only be allowed to hunt during one of the weekend periods. All applicants will be allowed to apply with other hunters on an "all go-no go" basis known as a group or "party" hunt. For this particular hunt, the bird limit will be three daily and six in possession. The deadline for the special Sheldon hunts is August 8th. Applications for permits are available at all NDOW offices. Regular sage grouse hunts will vary in length depend- ing on the county. The longest hunt will be in Elko, White Pine, and most of Washoe County and will run for 16 days, beginning Oct. 4. In Nye, Humboldt, Eureka, and Lander counties the commission reduced the former 16 day hunt to nine days based on input from the County Wildlife Advisory Board. The limits were also reduced in these counties from two daily, four in possession, to two and two. For the remaining five counties and portions of four others, a two-day sage grouse season was adopted, and the daily limit was reduced to two and two. However, 12 northern and central Nevada counties will have a three month forest, blue and ruffed grouse season which will run from Aug. 30 to Nov. 30, with a two and four limit. In Elko County the snowcock season was set for Aug. 30 to Oct. 15 with a one bird limit. The statewide chukar and quail season will be extended from Oct. 4 to Jan. 31. Chukars will have a six daily and twelve in possession limit, and quail will have a 10 daily, 20 in possession limit. In Elko, Eureka, Lander and White Pine counties the limit will be reduced to five and 10. As in past seasons, the limit cannot include more than two mountain quail. Pheasant season will he extended for 16 days beginning Nov. 8th in 11 northern counties, with a limit of two and four. Lyon and Pershing counties have requested a shorter season than the NDOW recommended 16 days. The commission opted for a nine day season in both counties. In Clark County, the pheasant season will run from Oct. 11 to Oct. 14, which is two days longer than the NDOW recommendation. Limits will be two. The mourning dove season will run statewide from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30 with a 10 daily, 20 in possession limit, as recommended. NDOW also proposed to add one additional week to the fall turkey hunting season in the Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area extending the season to a total of three weeks. The recommendation was the same for the Lahontan State Recreation Area. This proposal was adopted by the commission. A wide array of spring (1998 and 1999) turkey hunts were also set by the commission during the meeting, and will be an- nounced in the future. Fifteen tags for each sea- son will be available for Ma- son Valley WMA, and eight each for Lahontan SRA. Moapa Valley will have two one-week seasons with five tags for each hunt. Rabbit seasons will run statewide from Oct. 4 to Feb. 28, with a 10 and 20 limit. Beaver, mink and muskrat season will extend from Oct. 1, 1997 through Mar. 31, 1998. Otter season in the five northern counties will run from Oct. 1, 1997 through Mar. 31, 1998. Kit fox season statewide will run from Oct. 1, 1997 through Feb. 15, 1998. The NDOW proposed separate northern and south- ern bobcat and gray fox trap- ping seasons with different season openings and lengths. However, the commission did not adopt these recom- mendations, instead extend these seasons statewide from Nov. 15, 1997 through Feb. 15, 1998. Duck season will open Oct. 4 in the northern part of the state, and in early November in the southern part. The season is expected to run for 106 days depending on the final Federal Waterfowl Season Framework. Limits will probably be held to seven daily and 14 in possession. The NDOW and the Wildlife Commission also expect to see reduced limits on mallard, pintail, canvasback and redhead ducks. A special one-day Youth Waterfowl Hunt Day, such as was begun last year, has been proposed for the Saturday prior to the opening of the regular seasons in all but Clark and Lincoln counties, where the special youth hunt will occur on the Saturday after the close of the regular season. It is anticipated that these proposals will be in effect for this season. Seasons for the various species of geese will be set later depending upon final federal framework. However, in the north, these seasons are expected to open on the third Saturday in October. Goose season will open in Clark and Lincoln on the third Saturday in Novemberl Both seasons will likely run for 107 days with proposed limits of three and six in most areas of the state. The commission adopted NDOW's proposal for a re- duced hunting period for geese on the Scripps Wildlife Management Area and Washoe Lake State Park, between Reno and Carson City. The new season will extend from Oct. 18, 1997 through Jan. 4, 1998. According to Waterfowl Biologist Norm Saake, the commission asked for the reduced season length "because of the failure of that breeding population of Canada geese to recover as has been the case in other areas." This will allow pairs of breeding geese that move into this area to set up nesting territory without the hazards of a longer hunting season. The tundra swan season will open on Oct. 18 and run the maximum number of days allowed. As in past seasons, a total of 650 tags will be available through the normal application process. Season dates, limits and other regulatory information on all upland game, waterfowl, and forbearer seasons are contained in various brochures which are currently being printed by NDOW. These brochures will be available in early August. Hunters, get your guns ready. The seasons are about to begin.