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Nevada Department of Wildlife

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for Sept. 17-23

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of Sept. 17-23, 2014.

Brian Wakeling named NDOW game division administrator

The Nevada Department of Wildlife on Monday named Brian Wakeling as Game Division Administrator. The position oversees the division responsible for management, protection, research and monitoring of wildlife classified as game mammals, upland and migratory game birds and furbearing mammals.

Wakeling has over 25 years of experience in increasingly responsible roles with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. In his most recent position there, Brian served as a Wildlife Management Branch Supervisor for Arizona, similar to the function he is now fulfilling for Nevada.


NDOW seeks to hire 7 new game wardens for mostly rural duty stations

The Nevada Department of Wildlife has seven openings for entry level game wardens, most of which are in rural Nevada duty stations. This is the largest recruitment of game wardens in NDOW’s history.

“The agency has experienced several retirements and some turnover in the last few years,” said Tyler Turnipseed, Chief Game Warden at NDOW.

Annual forecast good news for Nevada chukar hunters

Forget all of the fluff, let’s just cut to the good news: This year’s Nevada Chukar Hunting Forecast, an annual report put out by the Nevada Department of Wildlife that takes habitat conditions and statewide survey results to estimate chukar populations, was recently released and predicts good chukar hunting for much of Nevada.

"We were hoping the spring and summer rains we had would provide good conditions for chick survival and they did," said Chris Healy, public information officer for NDOW.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for Sept. 10-17

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of Sept. 10-17, 2014.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for Sept. 3-10

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of Sept. 3-10, 2014.

Nevada wildlife board seeks nominations for Wayne E. Kirch Conservation Award

The state’s Board of Wildlife Commissioners is currently seeking nominations for the 2014 Wayne E. Kirch Nevada Wildlife Conservation Award.

The award is given annually to recipients who have demonstrated significant results towards conservation, management or enhancement of wildlife. An individual, non-profit organization, outdoor sports club, or business can be nominated for the award.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for Labor Day weekend

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of August 27 through Labor Day.

Researchers: Climate change puts endangered Devils Hole pupfish at risk of extinction

Climate change is hurting reproduction of the endangered Devils Hole pupfish, threatening the survival of this rare species that has numbered as few as 35 individuals, new research by the University of Nevada, Reno and Desert Research Institute shows.

Scientists report that geothermal water on a small shelf near the surface of an isolated cavern in the Nevada desert where the pupfish live is heating up as a result of climate change and is likely to continue heating to dangerous levels.

Empty Jiggs Reservoir south of Elko to receive much needed attention

For nearly five years Jiggs Reservoir, approximately 30 miles south of Elko, has been a reservoir in name only with no water to speak of. However, the Nevada Department of Wildlife in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, Elko County, Barrick, Newmont and private landowners is now in the process of improving this once popular reservoir and dam so that it will once again hold water.


Tyler Turnipseed Named Chief of Law Enforcement for NDOW

Tyler Turnipseed was named chief game warden for the Nevada Department of Wildlife Monday. He is only the fifth Chief Game Warden in NDOW’s history, a position that oversees all game wardens in Nevada.

Game wardens enforce wildlife and boating safety laws across the state, in rural areas and on Nevada’s waterways. Turnipseed is relocating to Reno from Winnemucca where he spent 10 years as the sole game warden for that growing community.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for August 20-27

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of Aug 20-27. Varying conditions exist due to extreme drought conditions.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for August 13-20

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of Aug. 13-20, 2014.

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

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

Nevada wildlife wardens respond to 20 bear calls in July

The month of July ended with the Nevada Department of Wildlife dealing with 20 black bears in the 31 days.

“That is a faster than normal pace,” says NDOW biologist Carl Lackey, “but it is really the calm before the storm with potential nuisance bear activity in western Nevada. This is the time of year that the bears expand their search for food and during that search bears and the activities of people often come in to conflict. August, September and October should be very busy with our bears.”

Nevada wildlife biologist: Ripening fruit attracts bears

Fruit trees throughout western Nevada blossom in the spring and will produce ripened fruit in mid-summer. As the fruit develops, the black bears in western Nevada are sure to take notice.

Armed with a sense of smell that is 2,100 times better than a human’s, black bears can tell when it is time to venture down the hill into places like west Reno, Washoe and Pleasant Valleys, Carson City and the western edges of the Carson Valley including Minden, Gardnerville and Genoa.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report through Aug. 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 June 30 through Aug. 5, 2014.

BEAR Logic Month: What to do if you encounter a bear

As July closes so does Nevada Department of Wildlife's month-long BEAR Logic campaign, designed to teach residents and visitors how to live and recreate in bear county. This week NDOW advice provides tips if people should have a bear encounter.

Keep in mind that bears exhibit stress behaviors that indicate their anxiety and preference to avoid conflict with you. These are not necessarily signs of an aggressive bear.

— Moaning and woofing while avoiding direct eye contact with you.
— Clacking of their teeth and smacking of their jaws.

Nevada wildlife wardens capture, release 11 bears since July 1

Two black bears trapped Tuesday were released back into the wild by Nevada Department of Wildlife wardens. So far, 11 bears have been safely released back into the Sierra since July 1.

Both bears were tagged, tattooed and micro chipped in order to identify them in the future should they come back in to contact with humans. Neither bear had previously been handled by NDOW.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of July 23

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of July 23, 2014.

BEAR Logic Month: When to contact Nevada Division of Wildlife with bear issues

July is BEAR Logic Month, a time to teach residents and visitors how to live and recreate in bear county. When a bear in its own habitat is exhibiting normal bear behavior, it’s unlikely to be a cause for concern. NDOW cautions people to never to approach or attempt an interaction with a bear. Of course the best option is to never have a bear encounter in the first place.

Nevada wildlife officials euthanize black bear in Genoa after repeated goat kills

A male black bear was euthanized Friday in Genoa for killing livestock, Nevada Department of Wildlife officials said. It is the first bear killed this year determined to be depredating livestock. In 2013 two bears were euthanized for the same reason.

The bear, estimated to be six years of age, had been handled by NDOW personnel two other times before, earlier this week and in April.

Three bear cubs captured and safely released near Lake Tahoe

Three five-month old black bear cubs were captured and released Wednesday along Kingsbury Grade near Stateline at Lake Tahoe. Nevada Department of Wildlife personnel captured the three cubs in a trap but the mother of the bears eluded capture.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of July 16

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of July 16, 2014.

NDOW Bear Logic month tip: Secure your garbage

July is BEAR Logic Month, a time to teach residents and visitors how to live and recreate in bear county. As many of you already know, securing trash is the best way to prevent human-bear conflicts.

What many people don’t know is that they may be living or recreating in bear habitat. As drought conditions persist, bears continue to move into more urban environments.

Hunter field dressing, meat handling and conservation practices offered through UNR Extension

Hunters wanting a crash course on how to safely handle game after its been caught can attend a number of workshops this summer offered through the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the University of Nevada, Reno College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources.

In a collaboration with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, the workshops aim to provide a hands-on experience for Nevada hunters on field dressing techniques, safe handling and transportation of meat, and conservation.

Inspectors stop quagga mussels, snails from entering Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Resource Conservation District watercraft inspectors stopped a boat with quagga mussels and an unidentified snail species hiding in the anchor locker, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency announced Thursday.

The boat, coming from Lake Mead, a known quagga-infested water body, was inspected Wednesday at the Spooner Summit inspection station on Highway 50 in Nevada.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for July 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 July 9-15, 2014.

Non-lethal bear management tools helpful among Nevada wildlife wardens

July is BEAR Logic Month, a time to teach residents how to live in bear country, including information on how bears are managed. BEAR Logic means to think like a bear and try looking at your property from a bear’s perspective. This will help you understand why bears are frequenting your property and how you can avoid these encounters.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife strives with every bear interaction to keep the bear wild and alive. In fact, the agency biologists and game wardens have a number of tools they deploy when handling a conflict bear, purposely designed to be non-lethal.

Nevada wildlife officials capture and release two bears near Lake Tahoe

Two female black bears, captured in Incline Village Tuesday, were safely released into the Lake Tahoe backcountry Wednesday by the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

Medical marijuana zoning on tap for Carson City Supervisors

UPDATE: Carson City Supervisors agreed Thursday to opt in on Nevada's medical marijuana law regarding establishments of dispensaries and facilities. The board voted 4 to 1 in favor of zoning changes that allow for medical marijuana establishments in zoned areas. Go here for the full story.

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The second reading of a proposed zoning ordinance allowing for marijuana dispensaries and facilities for cultivation, production and testing will go before the Carson City Board of Supervisors on Thursday during an evening session.

Don Q's Nevada and northern California fishing report for July 4 holiday weekend

Here is the fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, northern California and the Sierra for the July 4 holiday weekend. Saturday, July 5 is free fishing day in California, which means anyone can fish without a license.

Two bears captured; one killed by car on first day of Nevada bear awareness campaign

Today, July 1 marked the beginning of Bear Logic Month in Nevada and the bears quickly illustrated the reason why the special month to promote bear awareness in Nevada is needed.

Nevada Governor Declares July as 'BEAR Logic Month'

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has declared July BEAR Logic Month. BEAR stands for Bear Education, Aversion and Research, and BEAR Logic Month is an opportunity to help educate the public about living in bear country.

Nevada agencies step up water patrol this weekend looking for boaters under the influence

Boaters taking to Nevada waters this weekend should take note: operating a boat under the influence is the same as driving under the influence. Nevada Department of Wildlife wardens and law enforcement will be looking for boaters operating under the influence this weekend in waters across the state as part of a nationally coordinated enforcement effort dubbed “Operation Dry Water.”

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of June 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 June 25, 2014.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for June 18-24

Here is the latest fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of June 18-24, 2014.

Outdoors with Don Q: Drought has the makings of poor summer fishing

With July just around the corner, unless something dramatic and unforeseen happens in the future, 2014 has all the earmarks of being a very poor fishing summer because of our ongoing drought.

Our sparse Sierra Nevada snowpack from last winter is gone, the spring run-off was almost non-existent, and that is bad news for fishing this summer in our streams, creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes and reservoirs.

Fish in Nevada without a license this Saturday

If you have been trying to figure out a way to get the kids off the computer and out of the house, then the Nevada Department of Wildlife has a plan, and here’s the best part: it’s free.

Nevada Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 14. On Free Fishing Day anglers may fish in any public fishing water in the state without a fishing license or trout stamp. All limits and other regulations apply.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for June 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 June 11, 2014.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of June 4-10

Here is the latest fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of June 4-10, 2014.

White-fronted goose picked for 2015 Nevada duck stamp art contest

The Nevada Waterfowl Association has selected the greater white-fronted goose for this year’s Nevada Duck Stamp Art Contest. The 2015 Nevada Duck Stamp Art Contest is sanctioned by the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners, with the winning artwork to be featured on the 2015-2016 state stamp.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of May 28

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 May 28, 2014.

Memorial Day weekend fishing report for Nevada and Northern California

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This Memorial Day weekend report is for the week of May 21-27, 2014.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for May 14-21

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 May 14-21, 2014.

Nevada launches National Safe Boating Week May 17-23 with proclamation, events

The Nevada Department of Wildlife along with local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and several private businesses in Nevada are joining boating safety advocates across the U.S. and Canada to promote safe and responsible boating during National Safe Boating Week, May 17-23 and through the entire summer.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of May 7-13

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 May 7-13, 2014.

Outdoors with Don Q: Special reminder for California fishing licenses

Now that the California 2014 fishing season is open, this is a special reminder that if you are planning to fish in the Golden State, be aware that you will need the current license.

You can purchase that license and any applicable stamps at a number of local outlets or on the Internet and, of course, go here for the latest updates on fishing in California and Nevada. If you need to buy a license and stamps, here is some info:

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of April 30 through May 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 April 30 through May 6, 2014.

The 2014 California fishing season opener on the weekend of April 26 featured bitter cold, gusty winds, wet snow and some big fish.

Nevada Dream Tag offers sportsmen another chance through raffle

So the big game tag application deadline came and went and you somehow forgot to get your application in. Or you applied for your hunts but you’re always looking for other opportunities. If either of these scenarios hits home for you, we would like to direct your attention to the Nevada Dream Tag.

The Nevada Dream Tags Program is a raffle that allows resident and nonresident sportsmen a chance at the hunt of a lifetime while also contributing to Nevada’s wildlife habitat. The tags are similar to other western states’ raffle tags and “hunt of a lifetime” tags.

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