Are you trespassing on Public Land?
Not all roads are created equal. As a matter of fact, some have been designated as "No Go" zones on Nevada's public land. Further, should you find yourself utilizing these roads or paths, you could be charged with a federal crime - pleading your case before a federal court judge and potentially subject to jail time and thousands of dollars in fines.
Little by little federal agencies such as the Unites States Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are restricting your access to public land. Regardless of whether you intend on hunting, ATVing, or prospecting, depending on where you are, you may be in violation of law and find yourself pleading your case before a Federal court judge.
In 2012 the USFS implemented the Travel Management Plan in Northeastern Nevada designating thousands of miles of trails and roads as “unauthorized.” In conjunction, they implemented policies that stated motorists could not retrieve big game harvests more than a 1/2 mile from the road, nor could recreational campers set up more than a car length from the edge of an “authorized” road.
To add insult to injury, very few of these areas have been marked with any signage that provides the traveler or camper with any indication they are in a restricted zone. In other words, the USFS has made Nevada's public lands a virtual mine field laden with charges that carry the full power of the federal government.... Watch where you step!
These are not policies that are being considered or pending approval, they are already on the books! So why haven't you heard any outcry? Simple, the USFS have yet to begin implementing or enforcing these policies. When they do, you can rest assured that there will be a multitude of protests. Let's just hope USFS directors and law enforcement agents don't decide to implement these directives when you and your family are enjoying your youngest child's first elk hunting trip.