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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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Treat taxidermist as an artist

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines taxidermy as “the art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of animals and especially vertebrates.” Another definition adds the words “with lifelike effect.”

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Quail hunting will take more diligence this season

Most of the sportsmen I have visited with are finding this year’s quail season to be tough going in Southern Nevada.

Shooting death in hunting mishap reinforces need for safety

Though we talk a lot about safety and emergency preparedness, especially when hunting, grim reminders every year remind us of the cost of not being prepared.

This stubborn hunter now endorses copper bullets

In recent years, there has been talk about leaving traditional lead ammunition behind in favor of nonlead alternatives for hunting. One of those alternatives is copper.

Successful quail hunting takes advance scouting

When it comes to big game hunting, there are few hunters who will argue the importance and the value of preseason scouting.

Take care of your fishing or hunting guide

We are used to tipping servers, skycaps, taxi drivers and others who work in the service industry, but what about guides who help you on the water or in the field?

Persistence pays with catch of largemouth bass at Lake Mead

As my friends worked their way east along the rocky shoreline, I turned my attention to smallmouth and largemouth bass and began working my way to the west.

Look for doves to hang around longer because of dry climate

Historically, a wet monsoonal weather front passes through Southern Nevada every year in the days leading up to the dove opener. But that didn’t happen this year.

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