NEVADA offers a wide variety of sport and recreation. The drillers' and muckers' contests, which, with thoroughbred racing, wrestling, and fighting, were popular in the early days of settlement, have been replaced by more modern sports. The earlier favorites are revived only during mining camp celebrations.
Hunting and Fishing (for seasons and license fees see General Information): One of the chief recreations is hunting, and many out-ofstate enthusiasts come in for it. Wild game is found over so wide an area that no one region can be recommended as better than another. Most areas where game abound are easily accessible from paved roads. Deer, found in nearly every county, are particularly numerous in the northern section of the State. Although the deer are fair game during proper seasons, antelope, mountain sheep, and elk--recently imported-- are protected at all times. The Humboldt National Forest is a natural habitat of grouse, sagehen, and deer, which are steadily increasing in number.
Ducks, pheasants, grouse, sage grouse, quail, partridge, sagehen, snipe, prairie chickens, cottontail rabbits, and mountain hare, doves, and migratory fowl can be hunted during certain seasons. Both waterfowl and grouse are numerous in the northern part of the State.
Fishing, which vies with hunting in popularity, is more practiced each year, as Federal, State and county fish hatcheries aid in stocking the streams. Several storage reservoirs have improved fishing by regulating the flow of streams. The Humboldt River tributaries, rising high in the Ruby, Jarbidge, and Independence Mountains, afford excellent trout fishing, and the main channel harbors bass and catfish. In the same region are the headwaters of the Little Salmon, Bruneau, and Owyhee rivers, also notable trout streams. Among the well-stocked small mountain streams of east central Nevada are those of the Schell Creek and Egan ranges; they offer chiefly the rainbow and eastern brook trout. In western Nevada the Truckee, Carson, and East and West Walker rivers, with their many tributaries, are popular fishing streams.