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Outdoors / Operation Game Thief: 1.800-992-3030 Operation Cal. Tip: 1-800-952.5400 Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, October 9, 1997 23 Upland Game outlook is fair for north, slow in south by Geoff Schneider Hunters heading to the field for the Saturday, October 4, opening of most of Nevada's upland game hunts will be wise to point their vehicles north, according to the Nevada Divi- sion of Wildlife (NDOW). "Game bird densities look better this 'ear in the north because of good production, the result of a wet summer and adequate winter precipi- moon. Southern Nevada had drought con- ditions that didn't allow the birds to get into breeding condition," said San Stiver, NDOW staff biologist. Even though Stiver predicts there will be higher numbers of game birds available to hunters during the upcoming seasons, he feels hunting conditions could be difficult. This is because recent storms may have scattered the birds, both in the north and south. "The birds will be more evenly distrib- uted, rather than clumped on water. Hunt- ers will have to cover more ground to find quail, chukar, sage grouse and other game birds," he said. On a positive note, this year's storms may have set the stage for even better hunting in years to come, particularly in the southern counties. Stiver is predicting that the 1998 season could be a good year for southern upland game hunters, while 1999 promises to be excellent. NDOW's upland game bird surveys indicate some of the better chukar hunting should be found this season in Eureka, Humholt, Lander and Washoe Counties. Difficult to fair hunting is in the foreet for the southern Counties of Clark, Lincoln and Nye. "If you want to get away from the crowds and see some new country, try the Kawich, Pancake, Hot Creek or Toiyabe ranges," advises Mike Cox, NDOW supervising game biolo- gist. All of these ranges are located in central and northern Nye County. Quail hunting coincides with the chukar season and runs from Oct. 4 -Jan. 31. NDOW advises hunters to check this year's hunting regulations because bag limits vary according to county and species. Some of the better hunting for Cali- fornia (valley) quail is expected to be found in the valley areas of western Nevada nearthe communities of Fallon, Yerington and Winnemucca. Southern hunters will have their best results for gambers quail in the Kane Springs and Mormon Mountains northeast of Las Vegas. Hunters who harvest mountain quail are being asked to contact any NDOW office to provide information on the area where they took the birds. This information will be valuable in helping with their management. Stiver said sage grouse hunters have their best luck in Elko and White Pine Counties. He also said the NDOW has stepped up its efforts at collecting data on the game birds be- cause of population declines. Most sage grouse seasons begin Oct. 4, with closing dates Varying by county. Some bag and possession limits have been reduced this year because of concern overdc-lining numbers. "We are generally exg fair success for our upland game bird seasons. BUt, hunters will have to remember that they will have to work harder this year to f'md birds because they are going to be scattered," Stiver said. New facilities Ash Meadows National W'ddlife Refuge The U.S. Fishand Wildlife Service will host a grand  Projeetandgevo  six opening on saturday, October 11 from 11 a.m. to 12p.m. feet wide and dislity accessible, me 0.3 tnile to celebrate the completion of the new Crystal Spring Interpretive Kiosk and Boardwalk at Ash Meadows Na- tional Wildlife Refuge. The facilities prot.eet wetland resources while providing wildlife-oriented recreation and education to visitors. The kiosk was designed to give visitors enough infor- marion to enjoy and learn about the refuge on their own. Four interpretive panels orient the visitor with maps, explore the significance of the refuge's' fish and wildlife. Introduce the role of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and illustrate habitat restoration projects. The boardwalk was built in cooperation with the Ne- vada Biodiversity Initiative, the California Environmental along the stream over fiat terrain to Crystal Spring. An observation deck affords excellent views of Ash Meadows Pupfish, a species found nowhere else on earth. The opening coincides with National Wildlife Refuge Week, an event which calls for people across the country to learn about and celebrate this magnificent network of lands which American citizens have set aside for wildlife and habitat. The National Wildlife Refuge System, the only one of its kind in the world dedicated specifically to wildlife habitat and conservation, is now in its 94th year. Please join us in celebrating the opening of these new facilities. For further information and directions to the refuge, call (702) 372-5345. Overton pheasant hunt drawing A drawing for pheasant hunting reservations at Overton Wildlife Management Area will be held Mon- day, October 6 at 8 a.m. at the Nevada Division of Wildlife 4747 West Vegas Drive, Las Vegas. - Clark County's pheasant season is scheduled for October 11-14. Reservations will be limited to 55 hunt- ers per day on the management area during the four-day season. Fly.tying workshop scheduled The Nevada Division of Wildlife and l.as Vegas Fly Fishing Club will hold a free fly tying workshop on Thursday, October 16 at 7p.m. at Beeker Community School, 9110 I-Iillpointe Road, Lag Vegas. Participants will beinslructedon the basic techniques of tying flies. All students will tie a wooly worm fly during the class. Equipment and materials will be furnished. To register forthe class, call NDOW at (702) 486-5127. Fishing Report Nevada Division of W'dage \\;  MU. A.gs .,ag 'suri tins m,a m trove mixed results as some me co  rmh while  n,oa littlz or lJo succe ,, Fair action is being fonnd by shore angles at Boxcar andCrawdad Cottonwood Cove for the few anglers who have taken to the wat during the past week. The better location for stripers has been the area above Owl's Point Spen weighing from  to two  are being caught by drifting anchovies. Tront fishing has been fair above Willow Bew, h for boaters who are chaffing and casting small spoons and spinners toward shor bass fishing has been very slow. The Nevada DivisionofWildlife stocked rainbow trout Wednes- day,  g Ixflow Hoover Dam. gAOVALLlUERVOIR;Trontfkicontinuto be ix because of the recem fish lothat occurred in the lake. The Coves. Boaters are catching small sUripets at Boxcar and Island.   their luckin the Ovm'ton having son   in eo nah of suu-es  mdat r Seripers arealso be/rig caught by drilKng anchovies in/eeberg Oam_l eatf are taking a variety of tx in shanew roves at  bass m hemming mo aaive as e wem cools and ale being caught in coves ard aloq drop offs. LAKE MOHAV - Staped bau f=tn8 hm beea good above Divimon ofW'fldlifcis c(mducling surveys ofltm lakcto  extant of that loss.  ..... E ClIO CANYON RESiVOIR. Only a few angleu seen at the tae over   they repoaed the rut Wm w. SCIIROEIIEIt VOIR. Rainlw in. ues to be poor in the lake, Ixlt good in the slream below theteseevoir: J WAYNK KIRCH WILDLIF'E MANAGEblg'r . [ ia,ow umt asuins is improving wuiu, 0e lanmno. uass a= I y difficult to catch. The bette action for trcpat is bei|18 I