Nevada BIghorns Unlimited Projects & Guzzlers


Multi Purpose Water Catchments (Guzzlers)

Water developments collect and store natural precipitation, metering out the precious moisture to all forms of wildlife throughout the year. These projects greatly expand viable habitat that would otherwise be unusable in desert mountains. The following list is a sample of our guzzler projects:

Big Game Transplants and Reintroduction

With the assistance of NBU, over 60 mountain ranges have received new populations of Desert, Rocky Mountain, or California Bighorns. Over half of the total bighorn sheep tags statewide are due to reintroduced populations. NBU has also been proactive in reintroduction of antelope throughout northern Nevada as well as elk into select mountain ranges.

Scientific Research

Many persons are not aware of the problems that can arise when there is contact between wild and domestic sheep. Bighorn sheep are highly susceptible to some bacteria carried by domestic sheep. While domestic sheep are immune to strains carried by bighorn sheep. NBU has funded numerous Research Studies in such universities as University of California Davis, Washington State, and Idaho State in an attempt to solve this problem, which seriously limits areas suitable for bighorn reintroduction.

All of the California bighorns transplanted into the United States had their origin in British Columbia. When populations in the Kamloops area slumped, NBU funded multi-year migration route and area use studies through local British Columbia sportsmen groups to identify limiting factors to viable sheep populations

Long before public perception identified declining sage grouse populations as an indication of declining rangeland health, NBU was funding sage grouse research programs on the Sheldon National Antelope Refuge through Oregon State University and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.

NBU partially funded habitat and forage utilization studies that allowed the expansion of the elk herd in the Jarbidge Wilderness of Northeastern Nevada. Important conclusions were drawn including the lack of impact of the resident elk herd on cattle grazing as well as the lack of competition between elk and mule deer in this mountain range.

In conjunction with our reseeding of range fire efforts, NBU has funded field trial research of improving seed germination success. Methods of encapsulating seeds with nutrient rich pellets will hopefully greatly improve the efficiency and success of reseeding operations.

Habitat Improvement

NBU appoints various directors to serve on boards and committees involved in wildlife, conservation, and rangeland issues.

Nevada State Bighorn Sheep Management Plan

Nevada State Elk Management Plan

Wildlife Commission Subcommittee on Private Lands

Black Rock Desert, High Rock Canyon, Emigrant Trail Wilderness Management Subcommittee

Coalition for Nevada’s Wildlife

BLM National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

Nevada is losing valuable habitat to range fire at an alarming rate. This may be the greatest threat to our wildlife resources. Although extremely costly, NBU each year funds extensive reseeding efforts. The following restoration projects have been funded:

Holbrook Junction Fire
Peavine Mountain Fire
Mogul Fire
Peterson Mountain Fire
Virginia Range – Silver Springs
Dunphy Hills
Clover Fire
Chimney Fire
Eugene Mountains
Pokee Brown Fire
Double H Fire
O’Neil Basin
South Cricket FireCold Springs Fire
Chokecherry Fire
Basin Fire
Kelly Creek Fire
Beowawe Fire
McDonald Fire
Coyote Fire
Sheep Fire
Egbert Fire
McDonald Fire
Murphy Fire


NBU strongly believes a well-informed public is vital to the protection and enhancement of our wildlife resources. It is particularly imperative to educate our youth of not only the value of wildlife but also the vital role of sportsmen in wildlife conservation. The following is but a sample of our contributions to this effort:

Jim Lathrop, Jr. Scholarships
Nevada Range Camp
NBU Quarterly Newsletter
Project Wild
Teachers Guide – The Wildlife Society – Nevada Chapter
Trout in the Classroom
Wild Outdoor World Magazine (in partnership with RMEF)
Nevada Outdoorsman Publication


This Camp is named in honor and memory of Maison T Ortiz, a 15 year old Galena high School student who tragically died in a snowboarding accident in January 2011. Maison was a fifth generation Nevadan. From his early years, he had an uncanny ability to connect with nature and all of its creatures, both big and small. He truly appreciated the outdoors and loved sharing all it had to offer with family and friends. He was representative of the best of sportsmen and hunters and epitomizes the very type of youth embraced by the sponsors of this event. It is his family’s wish that deserving youths have the opportunity to develop similar passions as were enjoyed and exemplified by Maison.


Seeing the NBU volunteers on the Sand Springs South project this weekend prompted me to join NBU as a Life Member. I’ve witnessed volunteer projects before and have never seen the cooperation, efficiency and spirit as displayed on Saturday. Obviously, the participants had a passion for their work. I’m proud to have my name attached to this project.” Dennis Sites, Gold Ram Lifetime NBU member, April 2014.

Clan Alpine Mountains:
Paiute, Busboom, Lauderback, Dummy Canyon, Hercules

Gabbs Valley Range:
Dry Falls, Butte, Volcano, Table Mountain,
Cal Vada Summit, Field of Dreams, Sunrise Flat

Gillis Range:
Upper Paymaster, Lower Paymaster, Zenz Snider

Fairview Peak:

Excelsior Range:

Slate Mountain:
Wildlife West

Glenn Spoor

Owyhee Desert:
Button Label, Button Lake 2

Hicks, Bohach, Oregon Canyon, Darby, Big Springs, Table, Capurro

Delmar Range:
Delmar 5, Delmar 6, Delmar 4

Last Chance Range:
Last Chance 7, Last Chance 3

Volcanic Hills:
Gunner, Daniel Robb

Baldwin Canyon, JS Pronghorn


Spring Guzzler projects

See our CALENDAR page for upcoming volunteer projects.


For information about upcoming projects or other volunteer opportunities please contact our Projects Team.

Matt Sweitzer
Projects Committee Lead

Pat Reichman
Projects Director

Rocky Hall
Projects Director

Allen Stanley
Projects Director