October 6, 2023
Dear Members and Shooting Rights Holders:
Most of you know the waterfowl season at the Club opens on Saturday, October 14th. As we have communicated to you previously on several occasions, THE DRAW FOR OPENING DAY WILL BE HELD FRIDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 13TH. WE WILL START PROMPTLY AT 7:00PM. Don’t be late!!!!!!
Enclosed you will find a variety of attachments with information to help you enjoy the Club during the upcoming year. Please read these documents as they include some general and safety reminders, the Draw/Shooting Time chart, a current Club Rulebook and other useful information.
The annual Blind Report will be provided for you electronically next week so that it is as current as possible. Please print this out so you have a copy at the Club.
Our very popular rifle range closed at sundown on October 1st. The rifle range will reopen in February after the Youth Waterfowl Hunt. The shotgun range will remain open under the modified hunting season schedule starting on Monday, October 2nd and be available for use every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11a.m. – 3p.m. until further notice. The shotgun range is closed on all waterfowl hunt days.
Remember that every licensed migratory bird hunter in the state of Nevada must register with the Harvest Information Program before hunting waterfowl and other migratory game birds. To do this, call 1-866-703-4605 and answer several questions. You will then receive a validation number. You must write your HIP number on your license prior to hunting.
Don’t forget to purchase and sign your Federal Duck Stamp. If your guests are 18 years old or older, they will need one as well.
Over the years on Opening Weekend we have had a number of members checked by game wardens on and off the property. The majority of citations are written for fairly common mistakes. Make sure your license and stamps are in your possession and properly signed, make sure your HIP number is written on your license, don’t forget to empty any lead shells out of your coat, vest or bag that you may have used for doves, pheasants or chukar, check your shotgun to insure it has a factory plug in the magazine and remind each hunter to keep his or her birds on a separate duck strap. All of these offenses are easy to avoid with a little prior planning.
NDOW has opted for a Split Season in January to allow the general waterfowl season to run through Sunday, January 28th. Therefore, all waterfowl hunting will be closed in the Northwest Region on January 8th and 9th, reopening on January 10th and continuing through January 28th. The Late Youth Hunt will be held February 10th on the Club and there is information specific to that event attached to this email.
Our popular Duck Phone will be back on the air waves again this year. The number to call is 775-841-1151 for the latest in duck conditions as well as other information relevant to the Club.
The combination for our gate locks is 8244 again this year. John Carrington’s phone number is 775-741-8244 in case you need to contact him. John will be available to help members on Opening morning if you have a problem.
A friendly reminder that all Club roads (other than the main Compound access from Hunter Road), canals, dikes, etc., are closed to ALL vehicle, boat and pedestrian traffic from sundown on Sunday, October 1st until you head out to go hunting on Saturday morning, October 14th and on every non-hunting day thereafter through January 28th.
Many thanks to our Ranch Foreman John Carrington for his diligent and creative work to provide the variety of waterfowl hunting habitat and feed you will see at the Club this year. John kept the massive amount of water coming through the system this year from adversely affecting us and that was no small feat!! We also want to thank our ranch hands Wyatt Hovde and Johnny Fromm, without whom John would not have been able to complete many of the projects and general work that ultimately was done. We have been lucky to have these fine young men working for us. They both have outstanding work ethics and great attitudes to match. Johnny is moving on this winter from working at the Club, to taking a job as a Nevada Game Warden!!! While we will miss his many contributions, we wish him the best in his new career.
for the Board of Directors
August 29, 2023
Our family at the Canvasback suffered a terrible loss earlier this month. Wyatt Hovde, one of our Ranch employees for more than four years now and his girlfriend Abbi Ibach, were in an automobile accident east of Fallon late in the evening of August 18th. Wyatt suffered some serious physical injuries that will take some time to fully recover from. Sadly, Abbi did not survive. If you knew Abbi, she was a hard working young lady who was quick to smile, adored Wyatt and was always looking forward to their next adventure together, whatever that might be! This is such a sad thing to have happened to anyone, but particularly to those so young and full of life. Our prayers go out to Abbi’s family and Wyatt’s family during this difficult time and of course to Wyatt for a complete and speedy recovery.
There has been a GoFundMe page set up by Wyatt’s brother Brett, to help Abbi’s family with the costs associated with transporting Abbi back to Wyoming as well as funeral costs. If you wish to make a donation, the page can be found at www.gofundme.com/f/abbi-ibach
Several members of the Club have inquired if there is a way to help Wyatt with his medical and personal expenses as a result of this tragedy. You can contact Rodd Garcia (Wyatt’s stepfather) directly via text at 775-240-7092 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will work out a way with you to get the funds to Wyatt.
Events such as this remind us all to hug our loved ones whenever we get the chance!