Regional Reports-West

With only 5,700 elk statewide and fewer than 300 bull tags awarded annually (about 10 of which go to nonresidents) Nevada is not easily an elk hunter's top choice. Then again, last year a bull scored 4253/8 Boone and Crockett, making it the second largest typical elk taken in the 20th century and the fourth largest of all time. It was a massive six-pointer taken on Table Mountain in Game Management Area 16. Another bull came from the Muleshoe burn in GMA 22 and scored 4004/8 typical points. Four other bulls from Nevada last year made the B&C; book-more than 375 typical points each. Will this trend continue? According to San Stiver of the Nevada Wildlife Record Book committee, mild winters and abundant moisture have created good habitat and in turn strong elk herds. Unlike in some Western states, where elk herds are expanding rapidly and adversely impacting their habitat, Nevada's herd is striving to reach its capacity in a range full of forage. Residents pay $24 for a license and $100 for a tag. Nonresident license fees are $111 for the license and $500 for tags. The application deadline was in April. Contact: Nevada Division of Wildlife (P.O. Box 10678, Reno, NV 89520; 775-688-1500).