RENO " State wildlife officials say a record number of hunters applied for Nevada big game hunting tags this year.
A private contractor, Wildlife Administrative Services, will conduct the tag lottery, with results to be released by mid June.
The Nevada Department of Wildlife says 53,757 hunters applied for various tags this year, up from 52,878 in 2007.
Each hunter can apply for up to seven different hunts.
In all, officials say nearly 147,000 applications were received for various hunts in the main draw, a 4.2 percent increase over last year.