Nevada wildlife officials might restrict shed hunting

LAS VEGAS — Nevada wildlife officials are considering following Utah’s lead by imposing new restrictions on the gathering of antlers shed by deer and elk.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Utah’s action coupled with a spike in shed antler hunting interest has spurred the enthusiasts into Nevada.

The concern is that hunting for antlers can disturb deer and elk populations. Nevada wildlife officials are considering a ban on the antler hunting from Jan. 1 through April 14, a time when deer and elk foraging activity is critical.

The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners planned to have an initial discussion about the proposal, but any changes would have to be approved by the state Legislative Commission.

Officials in February enacted Utah’s temporary closure on shed antler collecting.

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