After the almost total extinction of bighorn sheep in the state (once our most numerous big game animal), NBU has been instrumental in the reintroduction of all three species of bighorn into more than 60 mountain ranges throughout Nevada.
By the time this Journal reaches you summer will be almost over, and I’m sure you are all well aware that Nevada is experiencing a significant fire season. Some of the more significant fires that have impacted wildlife habitat in northern Nevada include, the Four Seasons Complex fire, northwest of Tuscarora which burned just about 160,000 acres. Second is the Roosters Comb Fire, north of Battle Mountain at 220,000 acres, the Snowstorms Fire also 50 miles north of Battle Mountain with 116,000 acres scorched and the Long Valley Fire, just north of Reno that consumed 85,000 acres. These are just a few in a long list of fires that have burned and some that continue to burn throughout the state (let’s keep our fingers crossed that the second half of fire season is much quieter). All of these are impacting habitat for mule deer, pronghorn, sage-grouse, chukar, and bighorn sheep. NBU and other sportsman’s groups are tracking the rehabilitation process of these and other fires in the state. We are contacting the appropriate agencies and working to make sure that critical habitat is addressed.
Now for the fun stuff, hunting season has begun and we are already seeing some great archery harvested big game animals appearing on social media sites with some very happy hunters. For all the lucky men, women and youth that drew big game tags this year congratulations! I wish everyone a safe and successful hunt this fall, take a minute while outdoors in the Nevada back country to enjoy all that is around you. Nevada is not all bright lights and 24 hour night life, we have some of the most beautiful back country that a western hunter could ask for. Take a new person out with you hunting this fall and help pass on our tradition, get them involved in the outdoors.
Christopher J. Cefalu
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You can help NBU increase and enhance wildlife in Nevada by purchasing one of their specialty license plates through the Nevada DMV. No need to spend hours standing in line, you can make a DMV appointment online today! If you purchase a license plate, NBU will send you a $50 Scheel’s Gift Card.