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About the HMA

The Maverick-Medicine Herd Management Area (HMA) is located approximately 42 miles southeast of Elko, Nev. The HMA is 30 miles wide, 25 miles long and encompasses 285,960 acres of public lands.

The elevation of the HMA ranges from over 9,300 feet in the Medicine Mountain Range to 6,000 feet in the valley bottoms and playas. Between these high and low points, rolling pinyon and juniper covered hills broken by sagebrush-covered valleys make up the topography. Precipitation ranges from 5 to 14 inches; averaging 9 inches annually, occurring primarily in the winter and spring. Temperatures can be extreme, ranging from a high of 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer to well below freezing in the winter months.

The Maverick-Medicine HMA also provides seasonal or year-long habitat for elk, mule deer, pronghorn and other wildlife species.

The area is also utilized by domestic livestock and numerous wildlife species. The Maverick-Medicine HMA is bordered on the west by the Ruby Lake Wildlife Refuge, the Triple B HMA on the south, the Antelope Valley HMA on its eastern boundary and Ruby Valley on its northern boundary.

The majority of horses in the Maverick-Medicine HMA are descendants of horses turned loose from local ranches. The dominant colors are bay, sorrel, black and brown. Other colors found are gray, roan, buckskin, palomino and grulla.


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