2011 Hunting Season Review:
We had a great year of hunting in 2011. Here are some of the details of these hunts. We had one Antelope hunter in NV who scored on an 80” buck. We booked 3 Archery Elk hunters in NV with bulls ranging from 340” to 375”. We had 4 Rifle elk hunters in NV with bulls taken in the 340” to 370” range. Deer hunters harvested 4 bucks that all scored over 175” in Nevada and our last hunt of the year produced a 165” Desert Sheep in NV. Success rates for the year were 100% and we left plenty of trophy animals on the mountain for the 2012 season. We also have some of the best Mountain Lion hunting in the world.
There is nothing like hunting Elk in the rut! NV archery hunts start in mid August and run through the middle of September. These hunts are truly awesome to say the least. Nevada rifle hunts take place in November with an early hunt and a late hunt. Nevada has the potential to produce the bull of a lifetime right now. More permits are available than in the past for the best units, but we are still taking some quality animals. Nevada is coming on strong and has cut back on permits the last few years. 360” to 370” bulls are the target here and there is always the potential for a giant bull.
Nevada issues permits via the draw system. Needless to say, it can be very difficult to draw the best permits. You can find information about the draw at www.huntnevada.com
White River Guide Service has access to landowner and conservation / auction permits for Nevada. This is the only way to get a guarantee elk permit. Auction permits are tax deductible as they are sold by conservation groups like MDF, SCI, RMEF and SFW. These permits will start selling in January. Please get with us with any questions and plan ahead if you are interested in securing a permit. We will handle all the details for you. Based on past years you can expect these permits to sell in the $5,000 to $20,000 range. Statewide permits are also available, and with season dates of August to December they provide the absolute best opportunity to harvest the magical 400” BULL! Yes, we did say the magic word.
Mule Deer Hunting:
Trophy Mule Deer are probably the most sought after big game trophy right now. Monster mule deer are tough to find and even tougher to harvest. We hunt the best trophy units. These units will typically produce bucks in the 180” range, but they also have the ability to produce giant bucks. 200” bucks are taken in these units every year, but they are not behind every tree. Archery hunts take place in August, Muzzleloader hunts are in September, and rifle hunts are in October and November.
Nevada issues permit via the draw system. Again, it can be very difficult to draw the best permits. You can find information about the draw at www.huntnevada.com
Nevada also has the Guide Draw for Mule Deer. Your odds are 3 to 4 times better at drawing a permit. You apply in February each year and results are out in March. They only offer rifle hunts for this program so plan accordingly. The program is simple, if you draw a permit in the guide draw, you have to hunt with the outfitter that signed your application.
White River Guide Service has access to landowner and conservation / auction permits for Nevada. This is the only way to get a guarantee deer permit. Auction permits are tax deductible as they are sold by conservation groups like MDF, SCI, RMEF and SFW. These permits will start selling in January. Please get with us with any questions and plan ahead if you are interested in securing a permit. We will handle all the details for you. Based on past years you can expect these permits to sell in the $2,500 to $7,500 range. Statewide permits are also available, and with season dates of August to December they provide the absolute best opportunity to harvest a giant mule deer.
Mountain Lion Hunting:
We have world class hunts for Mountain Lions! If you have ever wanted the opportunity to harvest a lion, now is the time to make it happen. Nevada has some BIG cats and with over 25 years of hunting them, we are very confident that we can make it happen for you. NV permits are available over the counter and if you’re a nonresident hunter you can actually purchase 2 per year. Some areas open later in the season for a limited time. We typically book 10 to 15 hunters per year, but we have taken as many as 30 lions in a year! We generally chase from December to April each year. We will hunt in snow and on dry ground and transportation is by trucks, atv’s and snowmobiles as needed. If you are serious about hunting a trophy tom, then we have the hunt for you. Our Trophy Tom hunt is simple, you hunt as long as it takes to get you the cat of your dreams!
Antelope hunts in our areas are really low pressure, fun hunts. We have plenty of bucks and most units can produce bucks in the 80” range. These hunts take place in August and September. Rifle and archery hunts are available. Permits are available in Nevada via the draw system, and some landowner / auction permits are available. To apply for these permits go to www.huntnevada.com.
Sheep hunting is something special! We just never get enough sheep hunting. We are sure that it’s no surprise that sheep permits are extremely hard to come by. We can guarantee you one thing, and that is you will never draw a sheep permit if you don’t apply. The odds of drawing are terrible, but they DO draw permits every year in both states! Auction permits are available, but you know where this conversation is headed.
Nevada’s Desert Sheep are some of the best in the world and produce 170+ sheep every year. Nevada also has California Bighorns as well.
Apply in Nevada cause you just never know what will happen.