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RECENT FINDINGS

Survey suggests boaters, anglers close to families

With our lives growing increasingly busy, family relationships can be a challenge these days, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Results of a Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation survey indicate that boaters and anglers are more likely to have close relationships with their children than people who don’t boat or fish.

“Research shows that people who boat and fish are more likely to be happily married, feel fulfilled with their day-to-day lives and enjoy time with their kids than those who don’t,” said foundation president and chief executive officer Frank Peterson. “And yet many families never experience the joy these activities can bring.”

A 2008 study from the National Academy of Science found that children and parents are communing with their high-tech televisions and the Internet much more than they are with nature. And, presumably, more than they are with each other. The tremendous growth of video games, meanwhile, has coincided with a slew of national issues such as childhood obesity and shortening attention spans among students.

“Learning about fishing is really quite a simple process. One place to learn basic fishing skills are the free fishing workshops provided by our angler education program,” said Ivy Santee, Nevada Department of Wildlife angler education program coordinator. “Participants learn about such things as fish identification, bait and equipment selection and knot tying. We also teach casting techniques through hands-on activities.”

Children are thrilled the first time they catch a fish, so make sure helping them is your first priority. Don’t expect to do much fishing yourself when taking your children for the first time. After the first few trips, they’ll probably want to handle most tasks themselves, giving you plenty of opportunity to fish, too. In the meantime, remember to bring a camera along to capture their excitement and first catch.

Remember to take frequent breaks, especially if children are under the age of 10. Most young children are unable to sit quietly in a boat or on the dock for hours at a time, but interruptions can be great opportunities for more learning experiences. Encouraging them to use pent-up energy to chase butterflies or catch tadpoles, for instance, will help children appreciate nature and grow up to become responsible lovers of the outdoors.

In Southern Nevada, young anglers can get a good start at the following fishing holes: Floyd Lamb Park (U.S. 95 and Durango), Lorenzi Park (Washington Avenue and Rancho Drive), Sunset Park (Sunset Road and Eastern Avenue), Veterans Memorial Park (Boulder City), and Hafen Park pond in Mesquite. Those interested in getting out of town may want to give Eagle Valley and Echo Canyon reservoirs in Lincoln County a try. The Kirch Wildlife Management Area, located about 70 miles north of Ash Springs, is another option.

The park waters are stocked with rainbow trout during the cold fall and winter months and with catfish when the temperature heats up. Eagle Valley, Echo Canyon and the reservoirs at Kirch are stocked with rainbows. Each of these waters provides anglers of all ages with a chance to reel in some feisty fish.

ANOTHER CHANCE

Big game tags still available
in upcoming second draw

Hunters who did not draw a big game tag in Nevada’s recently completed main draw still have a chance in the upcoming second draw. The final results of the main draw were scheduled to be announced by Friday, along with information on remaining tags. Any tags remaining after the second draw will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

Mule deer hunters will find tags remaining in several hunt categories and units. Four tags are available for the resident antlerless any legal weapon depredation hunt (hunt No. 1101) in hunt units 114, 115-late, in northeastern Nevada, while there is one antlered muzzleloader hunt (1371) tag remaining in units 261-268. Archers who would like to hunt buck mule deer have a chance at 97 antlered longbow hunt (1341) tags, with 67 of those in Area 10-early. Resident youth hunters continue to have the best opportunity at second-draw tags, with 334 tags remaining for the junior mule deer, either sex hunt (1107) in a variety of units throughout the state.

A smattering of tags remains for other big game species. There is one resident antlerless elk muzzleloader hunt (4176) tag in Unit 075 and a total of five antelope, horns longer than ears, longbow hunt tags available in four different hunt unit groups. These antelope tags were remaining nonresident tags that are now available to both resident and nonresident hunters in this remaining tag draw.

Hunters interested in any of these tags can apply online at www.huntnevada.com or mail their applications to the Wildlife Administrative Services Office in Fallon. Applications must be received by 5 p.m., July 6. Final results of the second draw will be provided by July 16.

For more information on the second draw or remaining tags, call the Wildlife Administrative Services Office at (800) 576-1020 or go to www.huntnevada.com.

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