Regional Reports-West

northeastern Nevada

The desert outside Elko can get very cold, but the blood warms when you hear the coyotes howl. In northeastern Nevada, the Bureau of Land Management administers 7.5 million acres of public lands. These expanses of sagebrush are among the best predator-hunting locations in the state and afford good hunting after regular big-game seasons are over. A particular area to hunt hard is the public land between Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Route 93. Get a good map that shows the borders of hunting land. A flat-shooting rifle like the .22/250, .220 Swift, .243 Winchester or 6mm Remington, topped with a 3-9X scope, is the standard outfit used by most predator hunters. There is no season or limit and a hunting license is not required if the coyote pelts are for personal use (e.g., trim for your jacket or a stole for your loved one). But if you sell the pelts, a trapping license is needed-$31 for residents, $151 for nonresidents. Check with Elko County about local rifle-hunting regulations. Contact: Bureau of Land Management (775-753-0200); Nevada Department of Wildlife (775-688-1500); Elko County Sheriff's Office (775-738-3421); Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge (775-779-2237).