NEVADA

Deer Forecast 2003

Outdoor Life Online Editor

Nevada issued 14,788 deer tags this year-one of the lowest allocations since the statewide drawing began in the 1970s. Low-density deer numbers is the reason. However, this past winter was mild, and adult and fawn survival was good. Spring storms brought much-needed moisture, but more is needed. Some of the best areas will be the eastern mountains in Area 11 and the central region in areas l5 and 16. Don't overlook Area 17 north of Tonopah, where the density of deer is lower but the trophy quality is good. Contact: Nevada Division of Wildlife (775-688-1500; http://ndow.org).