The Nevada Department of Wildlife has come to an important decision regarding the moose population in Northern Nevada. For the past decade moose have been relocating themselves to Nevada from Idaho. More and more they have been seen by hunters in the Ruby mountains, some even in the Winnemucca area. Wildlife experts estimate more than 100 now reside in Nevada with numbers continuing to rise. Its important to note the lack of predators in Northern Nevada that are a threat to moose. For this reason, NDOW sat down to discuss adding moose to the annual Big Game Draw for Nevada Hunters. A presentation was done on January 27th by Cody McKee, Wildlife Staff Specialist for NDOW. This was for proposed hunting season starting this year in Nevada. The proposed season would run from September 1st through November 30th with hunting areas 051, 062, 064, 066-068, 071-077, 081, 101-103
With NDOW approving moose to be added to the Big Game Hunt there has been a buzz on Nevada Hunter discussion boards. Some have been excited about the prospect of bagging a moose in Nevada, while others worry this is too soon. A common concern is that this was done prematurely, and that NDOW should have waited a few more years until the herd has grown more in numbers. Some question whether this is the right path or if NDOW is just trying to obtain more money. Either way NDOW will now have all eyes watching to see if this is managed properly.