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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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When hunting big-game animals, look for what doesn’t belong

Oftentimes, all you see is a piece of your quarry through the brush or trees. Or perhaps something as quick as a glint of sunlight reflecting off an antler or even an animal’s back.

ATVs welcome aid to hunters, but only when used properly

ATVs can save hunters both time and money. But they also come with potential downsides that have more to do with the operator than the machine itself.

Mourning dove season kicks off fall hunting season

The 2021 mourning dove season is set to begin Wednesday in the tristate area that encompasses Nevada, Utah and Arizona.

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Antler growth good indicator of mule deer buck’s health

When habitat conditions are prime, you can expect to see good antler growth. But when habitat conditions are on the decline, you can expect to see just the opposite.

Campfire tradition in hunting camps in jeopardy this fall

It is our responsibility to follow any fire restrictions put in place, even when that may mean forgoing family traditions, such as making smores.

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.

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.

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