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NV Limits Times for Collecting Elk, Deer Antlers

PHOTO: The state of Nevada is banning collecting antlers shed by mule deer and elk between Jan. 1 and mid-April, starting in 2015. Photo courtesy National Park Service.
PHOTO: The state of Nevada is banning collecting antlers shed by mule deer and elk between Jan. 1 and mid-April, starting in 2015. Photo courtesy National Park Service.
March 26, 2014

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Nevada is cracking down on people who collect antlers shed by elk and mule deer during the winter and early spring.

The state Board of Wildlife Commissioners has approved a regulation that prohibits antler collection between Jan. 1 and mid-April.

Chris Healy, public information officer at the Nevada Department of Wildlife, said the animals shed their antlers during the fall and winter months, and limiting collection times is meant to protect the animals' habitat during the harshest time of year.

"Deer and elk are struggling to survive," he said. "The last thing they need are people out on their wintering ranges harassing them, at a time when maintaining their energy levels is extremely important to survival."

Collecting the shed antlers will be allowed after April 15 each year, Healy said, adding that violating the new rule could result in a fine, a misdemeanor charge or both.

Collecting shed antlers may not seem like a big money-making idea, but Healy said a pair of trophy elk antlers can fetch upwards of $1,000.

"The shed antlers of mule deer, and really the elk, that seems to be the biggest of the issues," he said. "People can make money off of it."

Other Western states have similar protections in place, Healy said. The Nevada regulations will go into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV