Tournament Season is Upon Us

Lystra Pitts, NBHA Director

It’s spring! That means we’re getting into tournament season! There are tons of great shoots coming up on the calendar! Be sure to support your local club and attend their events! They are all working hard to give you a good time. If you shoot any Nevada local shoots don’t forget to bring your scorecards with you to the Jamboree, they are your tickets to the amazing African Arrow Safari Raffle!

The NBHA has our first 3D State Championship shoot coming up in Eureka. The State Marked Yardage is on April 29th and 30th. This super fun marked yardage shoot features 60 targets shot over two days. Registration is open online at www.archeryevents.com. Please preregister. It saves you time and money! Registrations made the day of the event will be double the normal rate!

We are looking for volunteers to help with registration, set up and tear down. All volunteers will be given a NBHA Shirt and a Volunteer Pin. If you are available to help out with the shoot please email me at lystra@wastingarrows.com we certainly would appreciate the help.

Hope to see everyone out and about at the shoots! Shoot straight and aim true!

NDOW Tag Season

Dawn Baugh,

Are you hunting solo this year? Planning to put in for a party tag? Will it be a Muley you are chasing, Pronghorn, or maybe the coveted Desert Big Horn Sheep tag? Will you be using those archery skills you’ve been working on throughout the year, or ripping out the trusty rifle? Are you looking for a tag close to home or looking to chart new terrain in a different part of the state? Whatever your plans are, it sure is an exciting time of the year!

Just a few things to take note of prior to applying for tags. If you are a new hunter in Nevada, you must first take a hunters safety course or provide huntnevada.com with a copy of your hunters education card prior to applying for tags. There are many options for hunters’ safety classes currently being held all over the state. They typically take place every Saturday and Sunday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, through the tag deadline date on April 17, 2017. One can find the class listings through ndow.org’s website under the “Education” tab. There you enter some personal information, create a profile, you are assigned a Sportsman’s number, and you can sign up for a class. That same profile you create on the Nevada Department of Wildlife’s website, allows you to purchase your hunting license, as well. Pretty simple process, eh?

So after all your plans are laid out, hop on to the huntnevada.com website, plug in some personal information and apply for tags! You can also come in to the Department and a member of the staff would be more than willing to assist you with the process. Another tip? You can actually contact a biologist in your desired hunt unit and they will provide you some feedback on the area prior to applying for tags. In these final weeks up to the tag deadline, I wish you good luck and straight shooting with outdoor archery season picking up!

Shortened Archery Hunt Season

Kelly Dean, NBHA Bow Hunter Director

Well, here we go again. Back in, I believe it was 2013, the Department of Wildlife trimmed two weeks off of almost all of the archery seasons in the state. Not for reasons of science based management, but so they could re-align the seasons so the seasons would start at the same time every year… Remember that?  So last year they started saying that the late Rubies archery deer hunt was “disruptive” but amazingly enough it was only the late archery season that was disruptive, not the any legal weapon seasons running in the same time period.  Now again starting out in Elko County they wanted to change the archery seasons, they had the biologists come in and pitch it, but when pressed the biologists admitted that it was not for any science based reason, but just that the administration wanted to “clean up” the timing of the seasons.

Our President, Jerry Swisher, attended the meeting in Elko and said the commission was surprised at the number of people who came and the number who were in opposition. Then it came to the main legislative meeting in Carson City, unfortunately I was not able to attend (I was teaching a scheduled Hunter Ed class). Lucy Rechel was able to get Korin Carpenter from Yerington to attend and we thought the issue was pretty much done… If you have looked at the regulation book that just came out (3 weeks late) you will find that the archery elk seasons in the Northeast region have all been cut by a week and the bull tags have been moved OUT of the rut.

Coincidentally, I noticed that there are now six any legal weapon seasons across the state that are in the height of the rut… I have not even had time to review all the rest of the fallout in season scheduling this year.

Now, you may say oh yeah, but that’s just out there in Elko County, it doesn’t affect me…  This is exactly what they are hoping for, then they can justify cutting the seasons in other areas saying, oh it worked out in Elko county and nobody complained…

We need to get a shit storm of e-mails, letters and attendance at game board meetings to make the issue heard.  I strongly suspect that although there is not any biological science supporting these changes, there is considerable political science putting pressure on to effect these changes.

On a more positive note, the African Arrows Hunt Raffle is back on for this year!  Go to the webpage and check it out, is basically the same hunt and rules as last year, with a couple of additions on how to get tickets for it.