Friday, February 3rd, 2023
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Nevada Department of Wildlife, Barrick to Hold Life Jacket Trade in Event on Saturday

The Nevada Department of Wildlife using funds donated by Barrick Gold are insuring boaters remain safe on Nevada’s waters by providing $5,000 worth of free life jackets at South Fork Reservoir Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To receive a free life jacket, game wardens and education personnel from NDOW are asking boaters to bring in a used life jacket to trade.  They specifically want old, outdated, ill fitting or damaged life jackets for trade, and new jackets will be available in all sizes from infant to adult.

“A lot of people don’t wear life jackets while boating because the jacket is too small, damaged or isn’t comfortable,” said Don Klebenow, game warden lieutenant in Elko.  “We are distributing nice vest-type jackets to show people that life jackets can be comfortable to wear and look good.”

Boaters will also be given safety information at the life jacket trade in event.  The event is aimed primarily at improving boating safety, but anyone with a life jacket to trade will be given a new one, while supplies last. 

In addition, children are especially vulnerable to drowning, so game wardens will be looking to properly fit life jackets on children who show up.  NDOW will also demonstrate to parents the proper way to fit a life jacket.  Children often outgrow life jackets, even in a single boating season, so parents are encouraged to bring in older and smaller children’s jackets to trade in.

“Life jackets save lives,” said Klebenow.  “We have seen a lot of drowning fatalities across the state this year.  Whether on a boat or in open water, a life jacket literally means the difference between life and death.”

NDOW is the state agency primarily responsible for boating safety.  The agency reached out to Barrick Gold of North America to propose this community safety outreach event.  Barrick agreed to sponsor all funds for the life jacket trade in. NDOW personnel will be at the boat ramp during the entire event to answer questions, talk to boaters and make sure the Elko and surrounding communities understand the importance of boating and water safety.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) protects, restores and manages fish and wildlife, and promotes fishing, hunting, and boating safety. NDOW’s wildlife and habitat conservation efforts are primarily funded by sportsmen’s license and conservation fees and a federal surcharge on hunting and fishing gear. Support wildlife and habitat conservation in Nevada by purchasing a hunting, fishing, or combination license. Find us on Facebook, Twitter or visit us

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