The deadline is fast approaching for hunters planning to hunt doves at the Overton Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on opening day and the first weekend of the annual hunting season. Reservations have long been required for opening day and the first weekend, but beginning with the 2012 season, hunters must submit a paper application in order to schedule those reservations.
Though the season won’t begin until September 1, 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.
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.
“NDOW implemented a limited reservation system at the Overton WMA in an effort to reduce overcrowding, which typically results in unsafe hunting conditions,” said Elmer Bull, habitat division administrator for NDOW.
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.
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