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Outdoors / Operation Game Thief: 1-800-992-3030 Operation Cal- Tip: 1-800-952.5400 Pahmt mp.Valley Gazette, Thursday, October 30, 1997 25 Management areas produce good duck hunting Fair to good duck hunting continues to be found on wildlife management areas in Lincoln and Nye Counties, according to the Nevada Division of Wildlife. Bart Tanner, manager of Key Pittman Wildlife Manage- ment Area in Lincoln County, said hunters are averaging nearly three ducks per outing. He also said that more ducks have been harvested this year than all of last season. Predominant species in the area are green-winged teal and pintails. Some mallards, widgeons and gadwalls are also using the facility. On Saturday, October 25 Tanner issued two citations for unlawfully shooting Canada geese. Goose season does not open in Lincoln and Clark Counties until November 15. Waterfowl hunting at Wayne E. Kirch Wildlife Manage- ment Area in Nye County has only been fair during the past. Manager Ron Mills said hunters have been taking about one bird per day. Pintails, mallards, widgeons and green-winged teal are now at the Nye County management area. Canada goose season has been open in the county since October 18. Bureau of Land Management Director Pat Shea today an- nounced he has asked three independent fact fi,aclers to.analyze specific issues related to the BI..M's wild horse and burro program. The fact finders, who are volunteering their time and will not receive compensation, include an accountant, a veteri- narian, and a newspaper editor. "These three people are among the best in their fields," Shea said. "My goal is to strengthen the program by first having a thorough and sound analysis of various aspects of the program. I am delighted that the fact finders have agreed to help the BLM and I am grateful for their assistance." The three fact finders include: Stuart Finley, a certified public accountant with the firm of Ripley Dorn and Company of Nampa, Idaho. He will be reviewing the BLM's methods and procedures used to inventory wild horse and burro populations on BLM-managed lands; the administration of BLM's wild horse and burro adoption pro- gram; the BLM's record-keeping procedures related to transfer- ring title of wild horses and burros to private owners; and the agency's methods of auditing adopters' compliance with laws related to wild horses and burros. Matthew Madkay-Smith, a veterinarian in White Post, Vir- ginia, will review population control options such as birth control for wild horses and burros on the range; a way to achieve the appropriate management levels of wild horses and burros receiv- ing human care. Jay Shelledy, editor of the "Salt Lake Tribune" in Salt Lake City,, Utah. will view media coverage of the wild horse and burro program; BLM's responsiveness to inquiries about the program; and determine to what extent the BLM has implemented recom- mendations made in various reports and other documents. The three are expected to begin work immediately and present their findings in the next four to six months to the new Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, which is currently being formed. The new board will make recommendations to the Secretaries of Agriculture and Interior based on the fact finders' reports. The BLM manages about 42,000 wild horses and burros that roam public lands managed in the west under the Wild Free- Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971. That law mandates the protection, management, and control of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands at population levels that ensure a thriving ecological balance. Fishing Report by Geoff Schneider Nevada Division of Wildlife LAKE MEAD- Striped bass that weigh up to eight pounds are being caught in Las Vegas Bay by boaters who are trolling at depths of 70 to 80 feet. Other anglers are having success by jigging and fishing deep with anchovies. Fishing has been good at Las Vegas Wash for small striped bass. Other areas that have been productive are Salamander Cove and the deep water out from Crawdad Cove. Shore anglers have had some success for stripers on the north side of the 33 Hole. Otherwise, shore fishing has been slow throughout the lake. The Nevada Division of Wildlife plans to stock rainbow trout Friday, Nov. 7 at Government Wash, Hemenway Harbor, Horsepower Cove and Pumphouse Cove. If the water tem- perature is too warm to allow trout to be stocked, the plant will be held on Nov. 14. LAKE MOIIAVE - Recent stocking by Willow Beach Hatchery has produced good fishing for rainbow trout at Willow Beach. One shore angler reported that she caught and released eight trout on Sunday, Oct. 26. Striped bass fishing continues to be good in the narrows across the lake from Cottonwood Cove. Drifting and trolling with anchovies are catching fish that weigh up to two pounds. Striper fishing is also good from Cottonwood East to the fence line and around Six Mile Cove. Largemouth bass fishing is extremely slow as the fish are scattered and difficult to locate. WAYNE E. KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA - Very good fishing for rainbow trout is being found at both Cold Springs and Haymeadow reservoirs. Both planters and fish that measure from 15 to 18 inches are being caught. The weather has been very pleasant this week with after- noon temperatures in the 60s. Evening temperatures have been dipping into the 20s. EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR - Recent stocking has produced fair fishing for rainbow trout that measure from nine to ten inches. ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR. Trout fishing is fair to good for fish that were stocked two weeks ago. Very little success is being found for largemouth bass and crappie.