Local residents and visitors are combing eastern Nevada’s backcountry in search of deer and elk antlers shed over the winter. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District encourages shed antler hunters to do so only on foot.
Driving trucks or OHVs off open roads and trails damages habitat that deer, elk and other wildlife depend on, says BLM Ely District Wilderness Ranger John Miller. “Vehicles cut deep tracks in the muddy ground that erodes the soil, reduces the land’s ability to support wildlife; and that can take years to heal,” Miller said.
Miller offered some suggestions that allow hunters to look for antlers without damaging the public lands, stressing animals in the area or being fined for improper motorized vehicle use:
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