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NDOW, Boating Safety PSA Takes Top Award

A video public service announcement commissioned by the Nevada Department of Wildlife’s (NDOW) Division of Law Enforcement and produced by local marketing firm, the NEON Agency, took top awards from the Reno chapter of the American Advertising Federation at the 2017 “ADDY” Awards, March 10, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The public service announcement (PSA) […]

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Three Sentenced in Elk Killings, Obstruction

Game wardens have closed the case of two Utah residents, sentenced for the illegal killing and possession of elk in both Nevada and Utah. The case spanned several years, three states, and a multitude of charges and poached animals. The case stemmed from an October 2015 discovery of a 6×6 bull elk at the K- […]


Suspect Sentenced After Multi-Year Elk Poaching Investigation

A Utah man was recently sentenced for the felony killing and waste of a bull elk near Pioche, Nevada back in August of 2015. The case generated tremendous public interest and led to an incredibly complex investigation and a strong case against the shooter. Zackry Holdaway, 26, of Cedar City was sentenced to pay a […]

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OGT Holds Raffle To Generate Funds for Rewards

The Operation Game Thief Program is holding a raffle to generate the funds that pay rewards to the public for tips on wildlife crime. This is the second year of the raffle program, and all details are outline in the flier posted below.  If you wish to support wildlife, contact Game Warden Captain Brian Eller […]

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The Division of Law Enforcement is responsible for protecting Nevada’s wildlife resources and ensuring the safety of the boating public.
Chief Tyler Turnipseed

Chief Tyler Turnipseed

In my career as a game warden, I have seen unbelievable change, and the speed at which the ground is shifting is only growing. Despite the radical pace, I see an ever growing opportunity for the relevance [...]