Nevada Turkey Hunting
By Lynne Conway
Nevada Division of Wildlife (NDOW) reminds hunters that turkey tag applications for the Resident Spring Public Lands Hunt (No. 0131) are due by 5 p.m. on January 31. Regulations and applications are available at NDOW offices statewide, and on-line at the agency web site at A total of 100 tags are available for this hunt.

The deadline for the Resident and Nonresident Spring Private Lands Hunt (No. 0135 and No. 0137) is 5 p.m. March 14. There is an open quota for this hunt, but hunters must obtain a private landowner’s permission authorization form (PLSTH form) before applying for these tags.

The fee for a resident turkey tag is $20, and $50 for nonresidents. Additionally, a nonrefundable fee of $10 will be charged for acting upon each application, and a $3 predator management fee will be charged. If applying on-line, there is an additional $2 application fee. To apply for a turkey tag, hunters must have a hunting license for March 1, 2002 through February 28, 2003. Hunters must also possess a hunting license for March 1, 2003 through February 29, 2004 to hunt during the spring season.

For both types of hunts, applications must be mailed through a postal service to: Wildlife Administrative Services Office, P.O. Box 1345, Fallon, Nevada 89407-1345.

Wild turkey populations in Nevada are the result of releases of the Rio Grande subspecies imported from Texas and California. In 1987, birds were released on the Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area. Since that time, a number of releases have been completed on public and private lands in southern and northwestern Nevada.

Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to 1 p.m., with a limit of one bearded turkey. Season dates range from March 29 through May 4. See the 2003 Spring Turkey Season regulations brochure for details.

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