Nevada’s Board of Wildlife Commissioners has approved a regulation change that now requires waterfowl hunters to submit a paper application if they want to hunt the Moapa Valley portion of the Overton Wildlife Management Area (WMA) the first two days of the duck and goose seasons or opening day at the Key Pittman WMA. A similar requirement for dove hunters went into effect earlier this summer.
Due to the popularity of the two management areas, and out of concern for hunter safety, the number of hunters allowed on each area is limited. Reservations are required during the entire length of the duck and goose seasons at Overton; however, paper reservation applications are only required for the first two days of the regular season. At Key Pittman, reservations are required only for the opening day of the duck and goose seasons.
“NDOW implemented the limited reservation system in an effort to prevent overcrowding, which typically results in unsafe hunting conditions. Unfortunately, some hunters found a way to take advantage of the old drawing system in a way that made it unfair to other hunters,” said Elmer Bull, habitat division administrator for NDOW. “With this new draw system, we are hoping to make the process as fair as possible and to provide hunters with an opportunity to plan their waterfowl hunt well in advance of the season opener.”
The reservation application must be delivered through a postal service and received at the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) Headquarters Office in Reno no later than 5 p.m. Sept. 12. A public drawing will be conducted at the agency’s Las Vegas office, 4747 Vegas Drive, at 10 a.m. Sept. 26. Successful applicants will receive their confirmation by return mail.
The paper application process makes it possible for hunters who don’t live in the Las Vegas Valley or near the management areas to easily participate in the reservation drawing, explained Bull. Under the old system hunters had to attend a drawing held the Monday prior to opening day at the NDOW offices in Las Vegas or Henderson, or at the Overton WMA or Key Pittman WMA. Now applications can simply be sent in the mail.
As many as four hunters may apply as a party on one reservation application, but a hunter may be listed on only one application for each hunt day for which reservations are required. A hunter whose name appears on more than one application for a given hunt day will be rejected from the drawing. In addition, only those hunters listed on the application will be allowed to hunt. No substitutions will be permitted.
Hunters can find and print the reservation application form online at www.ndow.org. The file is located in the Tags & Applications section under the Hunt tab on the main menu. Just click on “All Applications” and scroll down the page to the section entitled 2012 Waterfowl Hunt. Paper applications will also be available at the NDOW offices in Las Vegas and Henderson. The Henderson address is 744 Racetrack Road.