Pictures of deer in the snow certainly don’t reflect the conditions hunters in Nevada will encounter these days. At least for the next month or so.
With the state in drought conditions and wildfires all too common in portions of Nevada, local hunters are being asked to follow new fire restrictions recently put into place in certain areas of Nevada.
Those restrictions forbid hunters from lighting camp fires except in designated areas. Smoking only in vehicles, vehicles must stay on paved, dirt, or gravel roads, and tow chains must be secure to prevent sparks.
Considering what we’ve seen this summer, one hunter we talked to says this isn’t asking too much.
“We do not have degrees in things people are studying and making these kinds of decisions. So we just have to abide by them. It is not a deal-breaker; it is an adjustment. People will have to go back and look at how to put a table up and cook on a camp stove rather than over a fire,” says Skip Polak.
The U.S. Forest Service says the restrictions apply to certain areas.
Those restrictions include: the Bridgeport Ranger District, The Carson Ranger District, The Mountain City, Ruby Mountain, Jarbidge Ranger District, The Santa Rosa Ranger District, and the Spring Mountain Recreation Area.
The Forest Service says with the unpredictability of the rangeland fires currently burning in certain areas, hunters may find locations closed off for safety reasons.
“And when we deem it safe for them to return to those areas we will reopen them as soon as we can,” says Erica Hupp with the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest.
Hupp says the restrictions may be new to many hunters. For others such restrictions have not been in place since 2007.