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In The Outdoors

In The Outdoors

Freelance writer Doug Nielsen is a conservation educator for the Nevada Department of Wildlife. His “In the Outdoors” column, published Thursday in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, is not affiliated with or endorsed by the NDOW. Any opinions he states in his column are his own.
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Fly-and-bubble method fun, underrated way to fish

With the fly-and-bubble method, a clear plastic bubble is placed onto the fishing line and followed by about four to six feet of leader, to which your fly is tied.

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Utah an option for those denied hunting permits in Nevada

If you have been unable to fill the hunting dates on your calendar, you may want to consider one of Utah’s remaining deer or elk permits, or an antlerless permit.

Exceptional drought taking steep toll on outdoor pursuits

Wildlife are impacted as well. Habitat conditions are in rough shape. Plants and soils are both dry, and even the creosote bushes in the Mojave Desert look stressed.

White ring is stark reminder of Lake Mead water drought

Lake Mead has dropped almost 143 feet from an elevation of 1,214.14 feet in 2000 to 1,071.77 feet as of Tuesday. That makes the lake about 37 percent full.

Scouting the hunting area key to having successful hunt

While scouting for animals, travel routes, food and water sources is all part of the process, early on focus on things like learning access roads and wilderness area boundaries.

Life jackets are lifesavers on Memorial Day weekend

Statistics show that most boating-related fatalities involve the victim’s failure to wear a serviceable and proper fitting life jacket.

State-record turkey hunt product of planning, patience

Dave Syphus had been watching the turkeys in this part of Moapa Valley for about 10 years, seeing them for the first time shortly after accepting a friend’s invitation to go bird hunting.

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