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Hunting in Nevada: 3 Animals to Hunt in the Summer

By    |   Saturday, 30 May 2015 10:32 AM

Hunting in Nevada slows down during the summer months, and many outdoorsmen and women turn to fishing. Although the fall and winter months offer hunters more choices of legal species, there are summer hunting options for unprotected species that can be taken throughout the year.

Hunters should review regulations on the Nevada Department of Wildlife website, as well as check with the county sheriff's departments for local laws, which vary greatly between counties.

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Here are animals to consider for summer hunting:

1. Mountain Lions
Mountain lions are the largest wild felines in North America, and they are hunted year-round in Nevada. They can leap up to 15 feet in the air and cover a distance of 40 feet. They eat mammals of all sizes including deer, squirrel, mice, raccoons, and rabbits. Look for mountain lions wherever you see their food supplies including the foothills of Nevada mountain ranges. Hunters must carry mountain lion tags if they plan to hunt this cat, but they are available over-the-counter at licensed agents, the wildlife department said.

2. Black-tailed Jackrabbit
Contrary to its name, the black-tailed jackrabbit species is a hare, not a rabbit. They live in extreme environments, including the deserts of Nevada. Jackrabbits are recognized by their huge ears, and they produce three to four litters a year, making them a nuisance to many communities. They eat grass, shrubs, twigs, and even cactus. Jackrabbits can run more than 35 miles per hour, and females are larger than males, up to 13 pounds.

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3. Coyotes
Coyotes are unprotected in Nevada, and they can be hunted throughout the year without a hunting license. However, firearm usage laws vary throughout the state, and hunters should check with local authorities to be aware of restrictions. Coyotes are amazingly adaptable and are attracted to lushly landscaped Nevada homes and golf courses, according to Hunt Nevada. They have become problems in many neighborhoods.

Additionally, several big game species are open for hunting in Nevada in the end of summer. Seasons for deer, elk, and mountain goats start in late August. Hunting in Nevada is open to residents and nonresidents, but limitations apply. Specific season dates can differ for nonresidents, so check the DOW website before planning your hunt. Unprotected species can be hunted without a hunting license by both residents and nonresidents, but a trapping license is required to trap them or to sell furs, regardless of method of capture.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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