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Wildlife Management Area Restrictions

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The State of Nevada through the Department of Wildlife owns or has long-term leases on more than 155,000 acres of land incorporated into wildlife management areas (WMAs) across the state. The primary management emphasis on WMAs is the protection of wetlands and waterfowl including the use of the areas as public hunting grounds. Hunting opportunities for sportsmen on WMAs include migratory game bird, upland game bird, furbearer and big game hunting. Below is a table of restrictions associated with each of the wildlife management areas. Please review this table and the accompanying list of hunt and use restrictions on wildlife management areas before hunting in these areas.

Area

Trespass

Use of Vessels

Use of Campfires

Camping

Overton WMA
(Clark Co.)

Trespass prohibited at Honey Bee Pond and Center Pond from March 1 through Aug. 1

Vessels are prohibited on all ponds. Vessels are allowed on the portion of the area inundated by Lake Mead, except that on Overton hunt days, vessels may be used only by persons authorized to hunt waterfowl.

Permitted within the rest and trails area.

Permitted within the rest and trails area.

W.E. Kirch WMA
(Nye Co.)

Trespass prohibited from Feb. 15 through Aug. 15 in the upper portion of Adams-McGill, Cold Springs, Dacey and Haymeadow reservoirs, and all of Tule Reservoir.

Vessels must be operated at a speed that leaves a flat wake, but in no case may exceed 5 nautical miles per hour. Only vessels without motors may be used on Dacey Reservoir from Feb. 15 through August 15. Flat wake restriction in effect all other dates.

Permitted within the Dave Deacon Campground.

Permitted within the Dave Deacon Campground.

Key Pittman WMA
(Lincoln Co.)

Trespass prohibited from Feb. 15 through Aug. 15 in the portion of Nesbitt Lake north of the old fence line.

Vessels must be operated at a speed that leaves a flat wake, but in no case may exceed 5 nautical miles per hour.

Not permitted

Not permitted

Mason Valley WMA
(Lyon Co.)

Trespass prohibited from Feb. 15 through Aug. 15 in the eastern portion of the main developed pond area, as posted.

All vessels are prohibited from Feb. 15 through Aug. 15 each year, except on Hinkson Slough, Bass, Crappie, and North Ponds, Beaver Slough and the Walker River. Vessels must be operated at a speed that leaves a flat wake, but in no case may exceed 5 nautical miles per hour.

Permitted in those sites designated for camping.

Permitted in those sites designated for camping.

Humboldt WMA
(Pershing & Churchill Co.)

Airboats are prohibited on the Humboldt Sink until 1 hour after the legal shooting time on the opening day of the waterfowl season. Airboats are prohibited on the Toulon portion of the area during the waterfowl season. All vessels are prohibited on the ponds 5 days before the opening day of waterfowl season.

Permitted in those sites designated for camping.

Permitted in those sites designated for camping.

Fernley WMA
(Lyon Co.)

Permitted

Permitted

Scripps WMA
(Washoe Co.)

Trespass prohibited from Feb. 15 through Aug. 15 in that portion of the area that lies south of Little Washoe Lake.

Not Permitted

Not Permitted

Alkali Lake WMA
(Lyon Co.)

Not Permitted

Not Permitted

Franklin Lake WMA
(Elko Co.)

Not Permitted

Not Permitted

Bruneau River WMA
(Elko Co.)

Permitted

Permitted except that camping is not permitted in any building or other structure located within the WMA .

Steptoe Valley WMA
(White Pine Co.)

Water skiing allowed only between 11 a.m. and sunset. Flat wake restrictions for boats during other hours.

Not Permitted

Not Permitted