Chukar forecast brings good news to hunters

The 2009 chukar forecast holds good news for those who like to hunt Nevada's favored upland game species. This season will be better than the previous two years and will provide sportsmen with ample numbers of young birds. The Nevada Department of Wildlife recently posted the full forecast at ndow.org.

The report references aerial surveys, which point to a 2009-10 chukar hunting season that should be good for most of Nevada with some areas providing excellent hunting. Coveys composed mostly of young birds will allow the hunter to approach within shotgun range for at least the first half of the season. Hunters across the state should enjoy good success early if conditions remain dry through October. As the season progresses, hunters still will have to spend a fair amount of time on foot pursuing the species.

Chukar season opens Oct. 10 and runs through Feb. 7. Start planning online, where you'll find the complete forecast, distribution map, seasons and regulations and more at www.ndow.org/hunt/resources/Wildlife_Heritage/upland_game/index.shtm.


Commission to discuss fishing regulations

Proposed fishing seasons and regulations for the next two years will be on the agenda when the Nevada State Board of Wildlife Commissioners meets in Las Vegas on Friday and Saturday at the Clark County Government Center. The meetings are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Among the proposals related to fishing regulations are changes to bag limits on some Nevada waters and the establishment of artificial lure only waters at Smith Creek Reservoir in Lander County and Dacey Reservoir at the Kirch Wildlife Management Area in Nye County. Also on the agenda will be possible regulation changes relating to electronic access of big game tag draw results within 48 hours after completion of the draw and provisions for defining the edible portions of various game species. The commission meeting agenda and support information is available online at www.ndow.org under the commission tab on the menu.


National Hunting and Fishing Day set

Every year on the fourth Saturday in September, America's hunting heritage is celebrated through National Hunting and Fishing Day.

This nationwide event, slated for Saturday, honors those early sportsmen and women who together with people such as President Theodore Roosevelt, became the earliest and most vocal supporters of conservation and the need for science-based wildlife management.

The history of National Hunting and Fishing Day can be traced back to 1970 when Ira Joffe of Darby, Pa., first suggested the idea.

Then Gov. Raymond Shafer adopted the idea for Pennsylvania and named the event "Outdoor Sportsman Day."

A national day of recognition became a reality in 1971 when bills introduced by Sen. Thomas McIntyre and Rep. Bob Sikes passed unanimously.

President Nixon signed the proclamation in 1972.