New reservation system for Overton WMA Dove Hunt in Nevada
Hunters must submit paper applications by July 11
Reservations have long been required of hunters who wish to pursue mourning doves at the Overton Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on opening day and the first weekend of the annual hunting season. That is still the case, but the process for making those reservations has undergone significant changes and those changes will be in effect for the upcoming 2012 season.
Hunters planning an opening day or opening weekend hunt at the Overton WMA must now submit their reservation request via a paper application. The application must be received at the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW)
Headquarters Office in Reno no later than 5 p.m. July 11 and must be delivered only through a postal service. A public drawing will be conducted at the Headquarters Office at 10 a.m. July 25 and successful applicants will receive their confirmation by return mail.
“NDOW implemented a limited reservation system at the Overton WMA in an effort to prevent overcrowding, which typically results in unsafe hunting conditions. Unfortunately, some hunters found a way to take advantage of the old drawing system in a way that made it unfair to other hunters,” said Elmer Bull, Habitat Division Administrator for NDOW. “With this new draw system we are hoping to make the process as fair as possible and to provide hunters with an opportunity to plan their dove hunt well in advance of the season opener.”
Reservations are only required for the opening day and the first weekend of the dove hunting season. Thereafter hunting is available on a first come first served basis until dove season is over.
As many as four hunters may apply as a party on one reservation application, but a hunter may be listed on only one application for each hunt day for which reservations are required. A hunter whose name appears on more than one application for a given hunt day will be rejected from the drawing. In addition, only those hunters listed on the application will be allowed to hunt. No substitutions will be permitted
The paper application process also makes it possible for hunters who don’t live in the Las Vegas Valley or near the management area to easily participate in the reservation drawing, explained Bull. Under the old system hunters had to attend a reservation drawing held the Monday prior to opening day at the NDOW offices in Las Vegas or Henderson or at the Overton WMA. Now applications can simply be sent in the mail.
Hunters can find and print the reservation application form online at www.ndow.org. The file is located in the Tags & Applications section under the Hunt tab on the main menu. Just click on “All Applications” and scroll down the page to the section entitled 2012 Dove Hunt. Paper applications will also be available at the NDOW offices in Las Vegas and Henderson. The addresses are 4747 Vegas Drive and 744 Racetrack Road respectively.