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Apply for Nevada Big Game tags by tonight!

By Don Quilici
04/18/15 -- This is a final reminder that if you're one of many tens of thousands of big game hunters interested in drawing a 2015 hunting tag for Pronghorn Antelope, Black Bear, Mule Deer, California Bighorn Sheep, Desert (Nelson) Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Elk and Rocky Mountain Goat in the State of Nevada, now is the time to submit your application(s) to hunt one or more of the species listed above.

The 2015 application period began back on Monday, March 23 at 8 a.m.

The final deadline for RECEIVING your application(s) will be 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20, if submitted by mail; or by 11:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20, if submitted via the internet.

So, if you are interested, don't delay any longer!

Big game tag applicants will be officially notified by mail of the computer drawing results by mid-June.

The drawing results will be posted on-line at huntnevada.com within 48 hours of the drawing which is normally held in late May.

If you would like to apply, you can do so by one of two methods:
1. An authorized mail service (the good old “Snail Mail”) or
2. Via the Internet at huntnevada.com.
Here is some important information about each method of submittal:

1. An authorized mail service:
If you choose to use an authorized mail service, you must use a service such as the U.S. Mail, UPS or FedEx.
Your application(s) must be mailed to: Wildlife Administration Office, P.O. Box 1345, Fallon Nevada 89407.
Application(s) must be received by no later than 5 p.m., Monday, April 20.

Do not send your application(s) to the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). If you do, they will just mail your application(s) back to you. And, if you are one of those poor souls who procrastinate until the last moment, by the time NDOW mails your applications(s) back, you could miss that all important deadline date. Don't say you weren't warned.
Before you submit your paperwork, have a relative or a close friend double check your application(s) to ensure you did not make any errors, which will cause your application(s) to be rejected.

Once all the information has been verified as being accurate, write a check for the exact amount for all of the various tags and their associated fees.
Then, mail everything to that Fallon address.

You are done and good luck to you in the computerized drawings.

However, you will be in a very distinct and very tiny minority if you do use an authorized mail service.

Less than two percent of all the applications use that “Snail Mail” method.

And, I have a sneaky suspicion that those few paper applications are by an ever-dwindling number of older hunters (AKA “Old Geezers”) who do not have a personal computer or who do not know how to use one.

2. Via the Internet:
You can submit your application(s) via the Internet and in my less-than-humble opinion and in the opinion of many thousands of other would-be big game hunters it is the only way to go.

Two reasons to apply via the Internet:
If you are not aware, there are two very important reasons for being a part of that huge majority that submit each year via the Internet:
Reason No.1:
The data you enter is automatically checked by the computer system as you key it in. If you make a mistake, the computerized system will not accept your application until the error has been corrected.

If the data is valid, the computer will instantly accept it.

However, be advised that if you enter a wrong number for a hunt area and that number is a valid number, the computer will accept it. So, be careful.
Reason No. 2:
At the time the computer accepts your application information, you must also provide credit card data for the necessary money amounts.
Once your application and credit card amounts have been accepted, you are officially in the 2015 computerized drawings.

Presto Magic! It's that easy!
To apply via the Internet:
Go to huntnevada.com, and follow the easy-to-follow-instructions.
You'll have plenty of company at that website, including yours truly.

Finally:
No matter how you apply, remember that all-important, final deadline for receiving your 2015 Nevada big game application(s) is Monday, April 20.

Don't delay, do it today and good luck in the 2015 drawings, unless you are drawing for the tags I want.
Bet Your Favorite Pigeon
Bet your favorite pigeon he can't tell you which Nevada big game hunting tags I will be applying for this year.
If he grins and says, "Heck, Don Q won't even tell me," he could be one of my hunting partners who keep bugging me for that tag information.

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