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2010 Nevada Hunting Seasons and Regulations

2010 Nevada Hunting Seasons and Regulations

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Published by: NDOW on Jun 07, 2010
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By Jake Sunderland

It’s one of Nevada’s most challenging hunts. Hunters
spend days trekking through some of the state’s most
diffcult and rugged terrain just hoping to be able to track
their magnifcent quarry. Of those that do fnd a fresh trail
fewer than 200 will harvest an animal. These hunters
aren’t tracking mountain goats, or bighorn sheep; they are
tracking mountain lions.
“Lion hunting is unique solely for the species that you’re
pursuing, the mountain lion,” said Kevin Lansford, furbearer
and predator staff specialist at the Nevada Department of
Wildlife. “This elusive and secretive cat is a species that
even the most avid outdoors person is unlikely to encounter.”
Lion hunting requires a different style of hunting.
According to Lansford, few hunters will have the opportunity
to harvest or even see a lion using the conventional “spot
and stalk” style of hunting. Some hunters will use blinds to
patiently wait near water or fresh prey the lion has killed,
however the most effective way to hunt lions is with hounds.
“Whether it is upland game, waterfowl or lion hunting,
those individuals that utilize dogs for hunting know a
partnership like no other,” said Lansford. “Chukar hunting to
a person with a dog is a hunting experience as if they were
with a family member. The same can be said for pursuing
a magnifcent creature such as a lion with a pack of canine
Lansford said that a hunter needs to prepare themselves
for a mountain lion hunt both physically and mentally. First,
he recommends being prepared not to harvest a lion.
Mountain lions are cunning creatures and few hunters will
successfully track and harvest a lion. Second, Lansford
suggests that hunters be prepared to cover a signifcant
amount of ground. Whether it is by horse, ATV, truck and even
foot; hunters will spend a long time tracking their lion. Don’t

be discouraged,
the payoff is
worth the work.
“The reward is seeing
that lion in a tree or on a cliff’s ledge.
It’s a site you will not soon forget,” said
Lansford. “I have had the opportunity to
see a lot of lions under those circumstances
and have harvested few. The sight alone and
the pictures taken have been reward enough for
Not only is hunting a lion unlike any other big
game animal in Nevada, it’s also the state’s only big
game animal that does not have a tag draw. Any hunter with
a hunting license, resident or nonresident, can purchase up
to two mountain lion tags a year over the counter or online
at www.ndowlicensing.com.
For hunters looking for a once-in-a-lifetime lion hunt,
there is no better state than Nevada. Nevada’s lion population
is stable and can be found in nearly every mountain range
in the state. That fact combined with 85 percent of the
state open to hunters with few restrictions, Nevada is full
of seemingly endless lion hunting possibilities. For those
without hounds of their own, Nevada is also home to some
of the best lion hunting guides in the West.
“Hunting is truly an American privilege, and even
an unsuccessful lion hunt will always be worth my time,”
said Lansford. “Just the opportunity to harvest or see
that magnifcent creature is absolutely an experience any
outdoorsmen should take the time to experience.”
If you doubt that an unsuccessful hunt can be rewarding,
just listen to Lansford’s account of his favorite mountain lion
“After two days of sleeping on horse blankets on the
ground and eating the last can of pork and beans split
between us for lunch, we fell out of our saddles at the
truck,” Lansford said. “No lion was pursued for long and all
the tracks we found were old. We took the collars off the
dogs and loaded them in their boxes. We unsaddled the
horses and loaded them in the trailers. After my partner and
I shared a half bag of potato chips we had left in the truck,
we just sat there exhausted for a while. As he started up
his truck and put it in drive, he looked at me and asked ‘So
what are you doing next weekend?’”

Photo by
Sean Shea

Mountain Lion Hunting

Kevin Lansford, predator staff specialist
at the Nevada Department of Wildlife, on a
mountain lion hunt south of Ely, Nevada.


Nevada Department of Wildlife

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