A decision by Nevada wildlife officials to double the number of mule deer tags for the coming season is drawing heated criticism.
Nevada Department of Wildlife officials say the decision to increase tags to more than 25,000 (overall) is based on science and annual population counts. The quota includes an increase of rifle season tags to 14,580 from last year’s 8,451.
“The bottom line is there are huntable bucks out there,” agency spokesman Chris Healy told The Associated Press. “We’re missing an opportunity if we don’t approve a lot of tags for our sportsmen to hunt.”
One of the current wildlife commissioners called the decision “crazy and nuts.”