Column: Nevada 2000 bird hunting seasons set to open

Late summer is that special time of the year when bird hunters and their hunting dogs come alive again. This is that special time of the year when they, once again, get a chance to enjoy their pursuit of a number of different types of game birds.

So, if the man of the house or your next door neighbor, relative, co-worker, friend, etc. has been acting a little strange recently, relax.

There is nothing wrong.

Those people are OK.

They are just waiting for the best time of the year as far as they are concerned.

It's upland game bird hunting time!

So, if you are any kind of a bird hunter, ranging all the way from the casual "weekend warrior" to the deadly serious, season-long, dedicated hunter, you are well aware that a number of 2000 hunting seasons are posed to open in the very near future.

On the other hand, if you are one of those persons who may not be aware of those upcoming seasons, here is some basic bird hunting information:

- Mourning and white wing dove (Sept. 1): The 2000 Nevada mourning and white wing dove hunting season opens on Friday in all 17 counties, one half hour before sunrise.

The dove limit is 10 daily and 20 in possession.

Open to non-residents.

This season will close on Sept. 30.

Note: The white wing dove hunting season is closed in all counties except Clark and Nye Counties.

Note: Hunters are reminded that because the dove is a migratory bird and comes under federal regulations, shotguns must be plugged to limit the overall shotgun capacity to three shells.

- Common Crow (Sept. 1): The 2000 Nevada crow hunting season opens on Friday in all 17 counties, one-half hour before sunrise.

Shotguns only.

The daily limit is 10.

All crows must be retrieved and removed from the field.

Season is closed on common raven.

Open to non-residents.

This season will close on Nov. 12.

Note: This season will re-open on Mar. 3 and run through Apr. 28.

- Snowcock (Sept. 2): The 2000 Nevada snowcock hunting season opens on Saturday. It is open only in Units 101-102-103 in Elko County.

The daily and possession limit is one.

Open to non-residents.

This season will close on Oct. 15.

Note: Persons harvesting snowcocks are requested to report the harvest to the Nevada Division of Wildlife Eastern Region Office at 1375 Mountain City Highway in Elko or call (775) 738-5332.

- Blue and Ruffed Grouse (Sept. 2): The 2000 Nevada blue and ruffed grouse hunting season opens on Saturday.

It is open only in the following counties: Carson City, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Lyon, Nye, Washoe and White Pine.

The daily limit is two and the possession limit is four.

Open to non-residents.

This season will close on Nov. 30.

Note: The head or one fully feathered wing must be attached to all blue and ruffed grouse until the carcass reaches the possessor's residence or a commercial facility for its preservation.

Note: Persons harvesting ruffed grouse in Humboldt County are requested to report to the Nevada Division of Wildlife Western region Office at 380 W. "B" St. in Fallon or to call that office at (775) 423-3171.

- Sage Grouse (Sept. 16): The 2000 Nevada sage grouse hunting season opens on Sept. 16 in Unit No. 033 of Washoe and Humboldt Counties.

The daily limit is three and the possession limit is six.

75 permits by application only.

Open to non-residents.

This season will close on Sept. 17.

- Sage Grouse (Sept. 23): The 2000 Nevada sage grouse hunting season opens on Sept. 23 in Unit No. 033 of Washoe and Humboldt Counties.

The daily limit is three and the possession limit is six.

75 permits by application only.

Open to non-residents.

This season will close on Sept. 24.

- Sage Grouse (Oct. 7): The 2000 Nevada sage grouse hunting season opens on Oct. 7.

This season will be open only in Elko and Eureka Counties except unit No. 065, Lander except unit Nos. 183 and 184, Humboldt except unit Nos. 042, 044, 046 and 033, Nye, White Pine and Washoe Counties, except unit Nos. 033, 021, 022, 194 and 196.

The daily limit is two and the possession limit is four.

Closed to non-residents.

This season will close on Oct. 15.

- Chukar and Hungarian Partridge (Oct. 7): The 2000 Nevada chukar hunting season opens on Oct. 7 in all 17 counties.

The daily limit is six and the possession limit is 12.

Open to non-residents.

This season will close on Jan. 31.

- California, Gambel's, Scaled and Mountain Quail (Oct. 7): The 2000 Nevada quail hunting season opens on Oct. 7.

This season will open in Carson City, Churchill, Clark, Douglas, Esmeralda, Humboldt, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, Storey and Washoe Counties.

The daily limit is 10 and the possession limit is 20. Limits can not include more than two mountain quail daily or four in possession.

Open to non-residents.

This season will close on Jan. 31.

Note: The Nevada Division of Wildlife requests that hunters contact the NDOW Headquarters at 1100 Valley Road in Reno (688-1500) to report their mountain quail harvest.

- California, Gambel's, Scaled and Mountain Quail (Oct. 7): The 2000 Nevada quail hunting season opens on Oct. 7.

This season will open in Elko, Eureka, Lander and White Pine Counties.

The daily limit is 5 and the possession limit is 10. Limits can not include more than two mountain quail daily or four in possession.

Open to non-residents.

This season will close on Jan. 31.

Note: The Nevada Division of Wildlife requests that hunters contact the NDOW Headquarters at 1100 Valley Road in Reno (688-1500) to report their mountain quail harvest.

- So, now you have all of the necessary information needed to go out and enjoy the upcoming Nevada upland bird hunting seasons.

Good luck.

- Bet Your Favorite Pigeon

Bet your favorite pigeon that he can't tell you another name for the snowcock.

If he grins and says, "Another name for the snowcock is the Himalayan Snow Partridge," you are in serious trouble with this particular bet.

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