The drought has been so severe for so long in Nevada that the Bureau of Land Management recently rounded up and relocated about 200 wild horses within the Fish Lake Valley and Gold Mountain Herd Management Areas (HMAs). Like wild mustangs, dry weather conditions and urbanization have stressed the state’s population of 110,000 mule deer for years. But muleys have been holding their own in many areas of the state. The state Department of Wildlife actually added a late archery hunt for Unit 203 this fall. About 40 percent of all mule deer hunters (resident and non-resident) were successful last year, making the Silver State a good hunting destination this fall.
There are several regulation changes deer hunters need to be aware of. The Oct. junior mule deer rifle hunt will now end on the same day as the regular Oct. rifle hunt (Oct. 31); Unit Group 221-223 now has three consecutive deer rifle hunts to spread out hunting pressure move evenly; and antlerless deer hunts have been adopted for Units 043-046, 152, and 155.
Thousands of acres of public land await hunters in the Silver State. Units 011-013 in the far northwest corner provide good mule deer hunting. Other popular areas for pursuing muleys include Units 31-35. The state provides information on each unit on its website, including a description of the terrain and vegetation, typical weather patterns and directions for gaining hunting access.