Since the mid-1980's, an aggressive relocation program has expanded the elk range in Nevada to most of that state's suitable habitat, which lies principally in the central and northern regions of the state. The current elk population in Nevada is estimated at 5,500 animals. The reason most people discount Nevada as a viable elk hunting state is the limited number of tags. While 1,251 elk tags were issued in 1999, only 263 were for bulls. Nonresidents can apply and in 1999 10 bull tags were awarded.
While the number of tags is few, the harvest statistics for the 1999 season are nothing short of phenomenal. Overall, about 200 bulls were harvested for a hunter success rate of 75 percent. But the real news is that one of the bulls scored 425 3/8 Boone & Crockett, making it the second largest typical elk taken in the 20th Century and the fourth all time. The animal was a massive 6-pointer taken on Table Mountain in Game Management Area 16 in Nye County. A second typical bull scoring 400 4/8 points and placing high in the book was taken in the Muleshoe burn in Management Area 22. A look at the record book will show that only 30 typical elk have ever been killed that scored 400 points or more, and Nevada had two in a single year.
Making last year even more impressive were four additional animals that made the book. All of them scored more than 375, the minimum score for typical Rocky Mountain elk. Finally,........(continued)