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What You Need to Know About the New Combination Elk Management Hunts

New combination tags are available only to resident hunters. These combination hunts include an antlered deer tag and antlerless (cow) elk management tag, and a bull elk tag and cow elk management tag in certain hunt units.

The goal with adding these hunts as combination tags is an attempt to increase elk harvest without increasing hunter congestion.

When you apply for either an antlered deer or antlered elk hunt you will also have the option to apply for a cow elk management tag if available in that unit.

Outdoors with Don Q: Final reminder to apply for big game hunting tags


This is a final reminder that if you're one of many tens of thousands of big game hunters interested in drawing a 2014 hunting tag for Pronghorn Antelope, Black Bear, Mule Deer, California Bighorn Sheep, Desert (Nelson) Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Elk and Rocky Mountain Goat in the State of Nevada, now is the time to submit your application(s) to hunt one or more of the species listed above.

Doug 'Mack the Naw' Busey's Lake Tahoe area fishing report

Hello fellow anglers. Well here we are only two weeks away from the California opening day fishing season. This when most lakes, rivers and streams open for the year, and some rivers change limit and tackle regulations.
Check your regulations before you go fishing to know these changes.

Girl Scout Troop 196 Silver Award Project - Outdoor Education and Safety Event

Event Date: 
May 3, 2014 (All day)

Carson City Cadette Girl Scout Troop 196 hosts a free Outdoor Education and Safety event May 3, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Washoe State Park.

This event is part of the troop earning their Silver Award, which is the second highest award a girl scout can earn. The event is geared toward school-age children, but everyone is invited.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of April 16-22

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of April 16-22, 2014. Opening day for most fishing on California waterways is Saturday, April 26.

Beautiful day in Carson City today

Event Date: 
April 12, 2014 - 4:00pm

Here are some photos submitted today by Carson Now reader Jill Hettrick.

Park photo regulations rile Tahoe photographers

Outdoors photographers looking to capture the majesty of the Sierra Nevada or the splendor of Lake Tahoe might want to check to see if they're in a Nevada State Park before they whip out a smartphone or digital camera.

Changes to the way state parks regulate commercial photography have some photographers worried they could get slapped with fees — or worse — just because they aimed a lens at the wrong vista.

Outdoors with Don Q: A mistake-filled day in the Great Outdoors

Monday, April 7 was the day that Elaine and I went trout fishing, and it was also the day that things did not go my way, again, as usual. The previous day, I asked her if she would like to go fishing at Indian Creek Reservoir in nearby Alpine County, Calif.

She replied that she wasn't interested, because it was a Sunday and the reservoir would probably be crowded with shore and boat fishermen.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of April 9-15

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of April 9-15, 2014. Opening day for stream and lake fishing along most California waters in Saturday, April 26.

Chase agents complete Lake Tahoe bear aware training

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Karen Bruno and Megan Warren have always shown their commitment to their community. They continued to improve their knowledge and dedication to the Lake Tahoe lifestyle by completing the BEAR League’s response team training last month.

Eight-week gardening workshop begins Thursday

Beginning Thursday, Cooperative Extension horticulture specialist Dr. Heidi Kratsch will teach a class called “Bring Beneficial Insects to your Garden with Native Plants.”

A look at Carson River over Mexican Dam

A leisurely early April flight over the Carson River at the Mexican Dam. The water seems unusually low and with Central Sierra snowpack currently running at 42 percent, it might not get any better.

Pheasants Forever chapter forms in Nevada
's Great Basin

Passionate outdoorsmen recently formed the newest Pheasants Forever chapter in Nevada, known as the Great Basin Pheasants Forever chapter. The group will focus its attention on habitat improvements, increasing pheasant populations, and youth outdoor participation in the Great Basin area.  

The Great Basin chapter was drawn to Pheasants Forever’s unique model, which empowers county and local chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds will be spent.

Outdoors with Don Q: Two special friends in the Far North

This week's outdoor article is about two special friends in the Far North, Barry and Susan Drury who live in Watson Lake in the Yukon.

Elaine and I first met them a number of years ago in downtown Anchorage, Alaska as a result of Barry and I both being active members of an outdoor website, Modernsportsman.

Since that initial, get-acquainted, Anchorage lunch, Barry has visited us at our home in Carson City and at our cabin near Davis Lake, Calif.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of April 2-8

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of April 2-8, 2014. Opening day for fishing in California is Saturday, April 26.

Cedar Waxwing bird visit

Cedar Waxwing birds
Event Date: 
March 31, 2014 - 10:30am

Had a noisy visit from a flock of Cedar Waxwing birds this morning. They were spotted on the north side of Carson City.

Outdoors with Don Q: It’s that time of the year for Nevada big game hunters

This is a reminder that if you're one of many tens of thousands of big game hunters interested in drawing a 2014 hunting tag for Pronghorn Antelope, Black Bear, Mule Deer, California Bighorn Sheep, Desert (Nelson) Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Elk and Rocky Mountain Goat in the State of Nevada, be advised it is now time to submit your application(s) to hunt one or more of the big game species.

Clear Creek Trail

Looking for some new singletrack to ride? Just south of Carson City is the new Clear Creek Trail! The Clear Creek Trail is almost 10.5 miles long, is open to hikers, mountain bikes, equestrians and dogs, has no exit, and is currently 21-miles round-trip.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of March 26 to April 2

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of March 26 through April 2, 2014.

Recent fish plants in Western Nevada by NDOW

Here are the most recent fish plants in Western Nevada by the Nevada Department of Wildlife:

Mar. 19: Cave Rock Landing at Lake Tahoe: 2,940 rainbows: 10.1 inches.
Mar. 19: Cave Rock Landing at Lake Tahoe: 1,608 rainbows: 9.8 inches.
Mar. 20: Wall Canyon Reservoir in Northern Washoe County: 4,136 rainbows: 9.8 inches.
Mar. 20 Paradise Pond in Reno: 498 rainbows: 9.8 inches.
Mar. 20: Truckee River in Washoe County: 6,200 rainbows: 9.3 inches.

For information, call the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) Headquarters in Reno at 688-1500 during regular business hours.

NDOW sponsors March 26 tag application workshops

Sportsmen who want to learn more about Nevada’s big game management programs and the annual tag application process can attend a free informational workshop hosted by the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

Information on big game management, tag quotas and allocations, draw odds, harvest data, bonus points, common application errors and the computerized draw will be presented. New procedures for this year’s drawing will also be discussed.

Rarely seen river otters popping up again at Lake Tahoe

U.S. Forest Service fish and wildlife biologist Shay Zanetti says river otters had been known to exist for many decades in the Tahoe basin, but at one point they were only known to exist at Marlette Lake above Tahoe's east shore.

Sportsman groups offer prizes to Nevada big game hunters in Silver State Tag drawings

No offense, but if you don’t put in for a Silver State Tag when the big game application period opens on Monday, you must not like hunting very much.

The Silver State Tag already allows hunters the chance to hunt one of four premier big game species (mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, Nelson (desert) bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope) anywhere in the state, but now you also have the chance to win thousands of dollars of hunting gear as well.

Topaz Lake gets stocked with fresh rainbow trout

Topaz Lake is located at the Nevada/California state line on U.S. 395, about 40 miles south of Carson City.
Monday, March 17 was a chilly, very windy, white-capped day at the lake.

Elaine and I were there to take photos of the low water levels caused by our on-going drought, and we got some unexpected, bonus photos of fish being planted.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of March 19-25

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of March 19-25, 2014.

ADOBE POND, CALIF:
Closed until Saturday, April 26, 2014.

ALMANOR LAKE, CALIF:
Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association (530-365-7500) (www.shastacascade.com) reports:
Fishermen are reporting that the north fork is a bit clearer.
You may have fair catches from Canyon Dam to Lake Cove this week.
Courtesy of Almanor Fishing Adventures.

ANGEL LAKE, ELKO COUNTY, NEV:

Outdoors with Don Q: Escaping from winter to a tropical paradise

If you're getting tired of our winter cold, frost, ice and snow (what little we have received so far), you might want to consider a vacation trip to Hawaii.

Elaine and I, our son Jim, daughter-in-law Kathi and my cousin Lorraine Scholes and her husband Bob just returned, earlier this week, from a fun-filled 14-day vacation trip to Honolulu on the Island of Oahu (4 days) and to Poipu on the Island of Kauai (10 days).

Carson City Ducks Unlimited fundraiser set for March 22

The Carson City Chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) will hold its annual banquet and fundraiser on Saturday, March 22. That event will be held in the banquet facilities at the Carson Nugget with:

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of March 11-17

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of March 11-17, 2014:

Lahontan Cutthroat Trout fishing in March

This is my annual reminder that if you are a trout fisherman and are new to our area, you may not be aware that some of our best Lahontan Cutthroat Trout fishing is at Pyramid Lake in the month of March.

Pyramid Lake (which is roughly the same surface size as Lake Tahoe) is about 30 miles north of Reno-Sparks, and it contains Lahontan Cutthroat Trout that can easily run into “Double Digits” in weight. That's big!
The lake is the terminus of the Truckee River which begins at Lake Tahoe.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of March 6

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of March 6-12, 2014.

Forest Service announces OHV grant opportunities

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is developing applications for Off Highway Vehicle Cooperative Funds for the upcoming 2012/2013 grant cycle. We are developing three preliminary applications to the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division in Sacramento.

Outdoors with Don Q: The new Nevada fishing license year

If you’re a fisherman or fisherwoman, it’s that time of the year to remind you to purchase your Nevada 2014-2015 fishing license. That new fishing license year begins on March 1 and will run through the last day in February, 2015.

As a special tip you would be well advised to purchase that new license ASAP, because if you forget, go fishing after March 1 and get checked by “The Friendly Old Game Warden,” he isn’t going to be happy nor will you.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for the week of Feb. 27

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of Feb. 27, 2014. As a reminder, the new fishing license year for Nevada begins on March 1.

Man convicted, sentenced for deer poaching

A Las Vegas man was convicted of possession of a big game animal without a valid tag, a gross misdemeanor, in the Seventh Judicial District Court Feb. 14.

Nerces Sarkis Himidian, 68, was ordered upon conviction to pay a $1,000 fine and $2,500 in civil penalties to the Operation Game Thief program.

Outdoors with Don Q: Reserve March 1 for a highly-popular fundraiser

This is an annual reminder of my all-time favorite fund raiser. The highly-popular and fun-filled, Carson Valley Chukar Club fundraiser will be held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 1. This year’s fund raiser will be its 28th version.

Chukar:
If you are brand-new to this area, about now you are probably wondering what in the world is something called a "Chukar?"

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of Feb. 19-25

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of Feb. 19-25, 2014.

Nevada wildlife implements boating decal program, enforcement begins

The Nevada Department of Wildlife has announced the full implementation of the Aquatic Invasive Species Watercraft Decal Program, developed more than a year ago to fund prevention efforts against aggressive invasive species, such as quagga and zebra mussels.

Outdoors with Don Q: Late winter offers lots of opportunities for staying busy

If you're not into traditional winter sports such as ice fishing, ice skating, downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing or snowmobiling, there is not a lot to do in late winter...for most people.

Some choose to stare out the window, complain about the snow, ice, frost and darkness of wintertime and stay glued to their TV sets. However, there are plenty of activities to take your mind off our cold weather, dark mornings and evenings, if you would like to do so.

Don Q's fishing Nevada and Northern California fishing report for Feb. 12-18

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of Feb. 12-18, 2014.

Nevada game wardens seek help in deer slayings

Game wardens are seeking information on two mule deer does and one fawn that were shot and left near the Cold Creek community, about six miles from the High Desert Correctional Facility sometime in the early morning of January 25. Operation Game Thief is offering a $1,000 reward to help catch the poacher.

Nevada Wildlife Commission sets 2014 big game seasons

When the Nevada State Board of Wildlife Commissioners met recently in Las Vegas, its members tackled an agenda that included the establishment of big game hunting seasons for 2014 into 2015, including several “antlerless elk management” hunts that allow for combination deer and cow elk tags, combination bull elk and cow elk tags, spike elk hunts and Nevada’s fourth bear hunt.

Also on the agenda was the removal of fishing tackle restrictions on certain spans of the Truckee River.

Outdoors with Don Q: Celebrating my third anniversary at Carson Now

Feb. 9, 2014 marks a special day in the life of yours truly. It is my three-year anniversary, writing about the Great Outdoors at Carson Now.

Three years! Time certainly flies when you are having fun, and it has been both a totally enjoyable and memorable three years of writing about all kinds of activities in the Great Outdoors, both near and far away.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of Feb. 5-11

Here is the latest fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of Feb. 5-11, 2014.

Lake Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Road Tour stops in Reno

Event Date: 
February 22, 2014 - 6:30pm

High-flying adventure flicks and non-stop entertainment arrives with the 12th annual Lake Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Road Tour stop in Reno Feb. 22 at the Grand Sierra Resort.

Rooted as the nerve center for skiers, boarders, climbers and year-round adventurers, the film festival provides mountaintops, cliffhangers and enough high-energy entertainment between showings to ignite fervor for 2014.

The night includes guest speakers, action photo displays, break-dancers, DJs and a handful of surprises.

Outdoors with Don Q: 2014 fishing seasons open Feb. 8

This is an annual reminder for fishing in nearby waters: Feb. 8 is the opening day of the 2014 fishing seasons for the following waters in Lyon County:

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of Jan. 30 to Feb. 5

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of Jan. 30 through Feb. 4, 2014. The snow is a welcome relief for drought conditions affecting the regional water ways. We hope it continues.

Outdoors with Don Q: Drought poses serious problems this summer if snowpack doesn't build

While the short-term forecast shows a change this week from the overall stubborn pattern of warm and dry conditions over the region, the drought for this part of the far west is severe and unless we get a lot of snow in the coming few weeks, we're going to face much more serious issues this coming summer.

Outdoors with Don Q: Escaping Carson City in the wintertime

For several years, Elaine and I have fled Carson City for a short time in the month of January or February to escape the cold, snow and ice of our area in the wintertime. This year was no exception, except, sadly, there is no snow.

We had been invited to be guests at the home of my cousin Lorraine and her husband Bob Scholes of Dayton, who spend the winter months in Indio, Calif.
If you, too, would like to temporarily escape winter in Carson City for the next couple of months, here is what we did:

Carson City to Lone Pine:

Don Q's fishing report for week of Jan. 22-28, 2014

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of Jan. 22-28, 2014.

Lawwill Leader Fork

With this unusual fair weather we’re having this January, I’m seeing more bicycle commuters than I normally do this time of year. This has led to an interesting sighting in the office bike parking area, a glimpse into mountain bike history.

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