Nevada Turkey Hunting Forecast for 2014

Nevada Turkey Hunting Forecast for 2014
Baillie Toy with her 1st turkey she killed with a bow.

Spring Nevada turkey hunting is still fairly new. According to public information officer Chris Healy, the vast majority of the state's gobblers are Rio Grandes, while there are a few Merriam's in eastern Nevada.


"We have been attempting to establish them since right after World War II," Healy said, "and have had our best success with the Rio Grandes in the last 25 years."



Nevada's turkey habitat is limited. "You need river valleys with mature trees for roosting," Healy said. That type of habitat, and better hunting, is most often found in the Mason and Smith valleys in Lyon County.

Turkeys have established footholds near Lovelock and north of Winnemucca in the Paradise Valley.


Last year's nesting season fell right into what might look like perpetual drought in Nevada in three straight years of below average moisture.


As it is everywhere, the habitat is the key to the success of the birds. The lack of habitat here is more evident, however. With poor habitat, the turkeys are more vulnerable to predation of eggs and young. According to Healy, Nevada agriculture has evolved to lots of alfalfa and onions to the detriment of roosting trees.

"A lot of those old cottonwood trees have been chopped down or have fallen down and haven't been replenished. We have our little rivers, but we don't have riparian areas for the turkeys to establish in."

Nevada has discontinued the fall hunt. The spring season begins in late March and ends in early May. Tag numbers are limited through an application process, but landowner tags are available for hunters that cooperate with property owners. For more information, visit www.ndow.org 

Share your best turkey photos with us on Camera Corner now for your chance to win free gear!

Recommended for You

You can catch bluegill faster with these strategies. Panfish

Find and Fish Bluegill Beds Efficiently

Terry Madewell - May 22, 2019

You can catch bluegill faster with these strategies.

Our picks for stuffable protection against any weather.

Field Tested: Lightweight Raingear

David Draper - May 30, 2019

Our picks for stuffable protection against any weather.

The Pennsylvania man's trophy fish was more than two pounds heavier than the previous record. Records

No Kidding: Angler Smashes Record for Lake Trout

Scott Bernarde - May 21, 2019

The Pennsylvania man's trophy fish was more than two pounds heavier than the previous record.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Simms

Simms' Solarflex Ultra Cool Armor Hoody

John Frazier of Simms Fishing Products helps OSG's Lynn Burkhead understand the new features of the new Simms' Solarflex Ultra Cool Armor sun protection hoody.

Berkley

Berkley's Surge Shad

Major League Fishing pro Scott Suggs has relied on the Berkley Surge Shad lure concept for years, using similar designs to capture MLF titles and a $1 million dollar FLW Forrest Cup win. With new features in the Surge Shad, Suggs tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead that even he can find success out on the water!

Minn Kota's Brad Henry shows OSG's Lynn Burkhead that there's much to like in the new Minn Kota Riptide Terrova saltwater trolling motor that comes with I-Pilot and an 87-inch shaft.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Celebrate the start of summer with great food for your backyard BBQ or picnic with these outdoor recipes. Wild Game

10 Memorial Day Recipes for Your Outdoor BBQ

OutdoorChannel.com Staff

Celebrate the start of summer with great food for your backyard BBQ or picnic with these...

Unlike many game fish, catfish can be harder to catch during the spawn. Here are some strategies. Catfish

Understanding Catfish Spawning

Keith Sutton - June 06, 2006

Unlike many game fish, catfish can be harder to catch during the spawn. Here are some...

While wildly popular amongst anglers around the world, the IGFA World Record book shows the biggest pike come from Europe. Records

Top 10 Biggest Pike World Records of All Time

Jack Vitek - August 19, 2015

While wildly popular amongst anglers around the world, the IGFA World Record book shows the...

See More Stories

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×