The purpose of this Web site is to showcase
ideas about hunting, wildlife, and enlightened conservation. We encourage
you to ask questions and
send us your information and opinions.
If we feel that your input is of general interest, we will post your
letters and photos. Not all opinions shown here are the
opinions of Scott Raine and his publishers.
Wildlife Management Priorities in
Is the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) on
the right track in dealing with the most pressing issues of
today? Right now there are many vital issues that we have been
facing that are vastly detrimental to our wildlife, and the
people of this State. An incomplete list of some of the most
vital issues are:
Mule Deer Population - How to restore it.
Does NDOW have a viable plan? Population goals.
Wildfires - suppression vs. prevention /
mitigation methods of reducing danger and spread of fires while
Predation - who or what should be harvesting
our big game animals? All big game will perish, we only get to
choose how. Human harvest, predation, old-age, disease,
starvation. How and in what balance of ways should they
perish? Is it more sensible management to allow predators to
consume the vast majority of our wildlife, or should they be
controlled, and to what degree.
Ranching - Effects of well managed grazing,
water development, benefits and risks to wildlife, secondary
effects of predation, land access. Use of grazing as fire
control. Effects of introduced wild species on ranchers. What
would happen to wildlife if ranching declined further? Is
grazing good for wildlife? How and why?
Sheep, Pronghorn Antelope, Mountain Goat, Elk - Population goals, and NDOW
plans to achieve them.
Fish - Priorities on species and densities,
hatcheries, contract vs. in-house fish production.
Habitat - Human effects on habitat, cost
effective restoration? Water limitations due to being the
driest State in the nation. Planting of native vs. fire
resistant non-native vegetation.
Hunting rules / regulations / policies -
Fair? Balanced? Biased? Hunter Friendly? Have a better
This site is always open to your views on
wildlife management. The wide variety of inputs into the Nevada
Wildlife Commission -Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW)- have
developed the current set of policies. The current policies are
far from perfect, and in need of revision. Your input is
requested, and appreciated.
We are always open to a better idea.
Nevada Desert Bighorn Sheep
photos courtesy of Deon Reynolds
Below are several articles and submissions
to this site.
Wild Horse Situation in Nevada by
in Nevada by Grant Gerber
Horseshoe Art on
the Loneliest Road
|Steel Raine Mule Deer
|Scott Raine Nevada Bull Elk
Jack rabbit hunting
- Steel Raine - First Mule Deer
- Mule Deer
I did not receive a deer tag in 2009, but enjoy donating my
time to enthusiastic young hunters that receive the youth tags. I was
fortunate to help two youth-tag hunters find nice bucks this year.
Jose Gomes, Elko, NV
First deer -
Reno, NV (left)
Storm Raine, fishing 2009
Diamond Air Survey 19 Nov, 2009
My antelope for 2008.
With me are my three sons - future sportsmen, the future of hunting.
2008 mule deer buck
2008 NDOW Elk survey
White elk spotted - see right photo