View Full Version : Nevada hunters: lend me your wisdom
January 21, 2008, 03:25 PM
I'm used to hunting on a relative's land down in Texas. Due to me moving to the silver state, and a "mineral rights" clause screwing up my Texas relative's land, I need to learn the in's and out's of hunting Nevada.
What tips can you give me for this state? Where do you go? What do you hunt? Anything would be helpful to get me prepared for fall '08.
January 21, 2008, 04:16 PM
Check out the area around Austin, Ely and Pioche. If you feel like traveling, you can hunt the Ruby Mountains or the northern part of the state.
January 21, 2008, 04:32 PM
I've been successful hunting deer beneath Great Basin National Park on the Baker, NV side. There are a lot of elk and deer in the Ely area as well... area 11.
I tried hunting the Mt Charleston about 5 years back and that is definitely some difficult hunting.
Just look to see where the largest tag counts are and you'll see where there are the most animals. Most of NV is BLM and National Forest land so you can access a lot of land here.
Warning, you have to apply for tags in Spring in order to hunt big game in Fall. Don't wait to figure out what you need to do.
January 21, 2008, 04:35 PM
Thanks for the heads up bplv.
Fat White Boy
January 22, 2008, 12:20 AM
Scorch! Didn't we discuss this before? What if he is a really good shot and has the time and money to really hunt!? You and I are the only ones privileged to hunt those areas!
January 22, 2008, 01:10 AM
I didn't tell him about our secret spot outside of Goldfield . . .oooooops!
January 23, 2008, 06:13 PM
I heard they actually ranch bunnies there, so should be a lot of game....
January 23, 2008, 11:44 PM
Years ago, I hunted in the hills around Ruby Valley, (Arthur, NV) in the Rubys and the East Humbolt range. Took 85 deer out of there before moving when I was 15yo.
January 24, 2008, 12:01 AM
Holy cow. 85?
January 24, 2008, 09:56 PM
It has been years since I've hunted Nevada...even then it was very difficult to get a deer tag.
I'm not 100% certain now how tough it is to get a tag...but I do know that the mule deer herd is down to around 50,000 animals from 250,000 back in the 1980's!!!!! Many reasons why....go to Nevada State website and get to the fish and game dept. area. This will give you much info about herd numbers and license requirements, etc.
Now...there is a whole lot of land out there in Nevada....coyote hunting will be great for sure. Just don't be discouraged if it takes you up to 5 years just to get a deer tag!!! The success rate you can imagine will be low depending where you hunt.
The McGill area out of Ely, Nevada use to hold some nice bucks....really nice bucks!
Try to get an archery tag...you might get a tag sooner.
March 3, 2009, 03:43 PM
I'm applying for my tags, and I was gonna use your same strategy (look for the biggest quotas, and then apply for those). I've never hunted in the boonies of nevada before (relateively new resident) and would prefer to go with someone. If anyone gets lucky with a deer tag, I would love to tag along on your hunt to sort of familiarize myself with the area.
March 3, 2009, 11:48 PM
I went down with my dad last spring. We were looking for rockchucks, jackrabbits, and coyotes. It was late June and we caught snow and rain for the first couple of days. A warm day was in the high 30's. A friend with plenty of time in Nevada hunting made some notes on a map for us.
We drove along the east side of the Rubies on a backroad and down into Utah and Arizona just for warmer weather. We came back up into Nevada at the beginning of the second week. We drove the length of the East Humbolt Range and towed an ATV trailer through a pass on the north end. It got a little damaged but we made it through. I did have to get out and guide him through some washed out roadway. Quite an adventure! We spent a night in the Snake mountains and also a night NE of Paradise Valley in the hills near an old mining camp. I'm into a little prospecting now and then (so is dad) and actually found a rock with some nice color in it there. There was an old 5 seat outhouse that looked like it'd be full of snakes by July and the remains of an old bucket line that used to run up the slope there.
We ranged from the ET highway and Tonapah to the south to the Utah border on the east and Denio to the northwest. We drove up to Jarbridge at one point which is the only place we saw a rockchuck and it was in a state campground. I can't even recall the names of all the mountains we drove along and through and I'm sure I'm mixing up the order that it happened in. The only warm day we spent 20 miles north of Tonapah where it was windy and 90. We shot all day in an old gravel pit and cruised around on the atv.
One sunny day we caught a wind storm and thought the camper would be blown off the road. That was the day we ran into either cicadas or locusts on the road. During the storm we were heading along a range south of Elko. We were on a 2 lane rural highway that eventually turned to rough dirt and came out at a big mining operation near Elko. Anyway, it was pretty amazing to not be able to see the road much for 10 miles. Must have been billions of them crossing the road. Crunchy buggers with a 1 ton Dodge rolling over them.
I'm going to say that we spent 7-8 days camping and calling coyotes. Aside from the rockchuck and 2-3 roadkill jackrabbits, we found nothing to shoot at but paper. Not once in Oregon, Nevada, Utah, or Northern Arizona did we hear or see a coyote. We didn't see antelope, deer, or elk to speak of either.
Perhaps it was the late spring or just a bad year. It was still a fun trip, just not how we had hoped it would be. I think dad spent $1800 on diesel which was over $5 a gallon.
Memories I'll take to the grave unless I lose my mind first:) . I'm living to do it again!
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