Nevada Wildlife Commission Bans TrackingPoint, .50 BMG for Hunting

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Nevada Department of Wildlife Commissioners voted 7-1 on Saturday to limit the use of “excessively large” caliber rifle cartridges and prohibit the use of laser tracking rifles by sportsmen for taking game in the state.

The Commissioners, in their notice for the hearing, said the purpose of the proposed regulation is “to adapt to technological advances and limit long range shooting in the spirit of fair chase and ethical hunting practice, limit the waste of edible game meat and clarify muzzleloader powder restrictions.”

The Commission held workshops on the proposed regulations in January and March as well as public comment at their June 25 meeting in Elko. In June, Chief Gamewarden Tyler Turnipseed spoke to the need to decide, “how big is too big” in terms of hunting big game animals in Nevada in keeping with “fair chase” practices.

The regulation will limit case length of cartridges used in the field to three inches with a caliber of no larger than .50.

“The case length of three inches would still allow pretty much any popular big game round today,” said Turnipseed in June.

Most large .30 caliber rounds, even belted magnums such as .338 Win Mag, .338 Lapua Mag., 340 Weatherby and .375 H&H Magnum have a case length of less than 3 inches. Among the cartridges affected by the ban would be .505 Gibbs, .50 BMG, .416 Barret and .450 Nitro Express. Stubby rounds such as .50 Beowulf, .500 Alaskan and .500 S&W, which fall under the three-inch case length limit, would still be allowed.

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