Turkey Hunting in Nevada

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  • D
  • 1,200

    Wild Turkey Population

  • Rio Grande

    Turkey Subspecies

  • 65,606

    Number of Licenses Sold Annually

  • $63

    Hunting license, turkey tag and upland bird stamp

    Cost of Resident License and Permit

  • $202

    Hunting license, turkey tag and upland bird stamp. An optional one-day hunting permit is available for $21.

    Cost of Non-Resident License and Permit

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Nevada? 

I guarantee it's not wild turkeys or turkey hunting.

Then again, Super Slam candidates, turkey hunters who try to kill a bird in all 49 states open to our great tradition (Alaska has no season), might take an interest.

First, some history.

Wild turkeys were first introduced to Nevada in 1960.

In fact, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) has released more than 1,800 turkeys since 1987.

Rios have been the primary subspecies and populations are now located along river corridors in western Nevada, the Ruby Mountains of Elko County, Paradise Valley in Humboldt County and in eastern White Pine County.

In southern Nevada, they populate Lincoln County, as well as the Moapa Valley and the Overton area of Clark County.

Silver State turkeys are limited in number (1,200 birds according to recent National Wild Turkey Federation estimates), and their range is extremely small, but transplant efforts and habitat improvement projects have established huntable populations in a handful of regions.

Here's the good news for traveling turkey hunters . . .

The fact that you'll probably tag a Nevada turkey if you can get a permit keeps the state from receiving a failing grade. 

Fun Fact: Because Nevada has such low turkey densities, predation and poor habitat conditions caused by drought can have extreme effects on turkey populations. In fact, because NDOW witnessed declining numbers in 2010, the fall turkey season was cancelled. 

– Steve Hickoff

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Turkey Hunting in Nevada

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