David K. Rice Papers

Identifier: NC1323

Content Description

Collection contains materials from the Nevada Department of Wildlife collected by Rice during his 30 years of work. Series 1 contains official department publications, copies of the magazines Nevada Outdoors and Wildlife Review and Nevada Wildlife, job progress reports from the Fish and Game Commission, interviews by both David Rice and Marc Warren with other longtime employees of the Fish and Game Commission (includes Tom Trelease, Bill Griswold, and Fred Wright), and correspondence regarding Pyramid Lake and the Washoe Project (a Bureau of Reclamation project to supplement water in the lower Truckee River Basin). Some photographs are also included that document Pyramid Lake, fishing and hunting, and Cave Rock at Lake Tahoe.

Series 2 includes copies of the Reno Gazette Journal hunting and fishing column written by Rice from 2002-2009 after he retired from the Nevada Department of Wildlife.


  • 1887 - 2014


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Biographical Note

David Rice’s life-long interest in animals and wildlife management led him to pursue a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. After graduation from UNR with a dual degree in wildlife management and journalism, Rice worked for 30 years for Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), most of those as Chief Conservation Educator in the agency’s Reno Office. In addition, he also worked as the Chief Photographer from 1972-2001. In 1986, he was the first Conservation Educator to receive the designation as a Certified Wildlife Biologist in the USA by the National Wildlife Society. He retired from NDOW in August 2001.

Soon after his retirement, the local newspaper, the Reno Gazette Journal, asked him to become their hunting and fishing writer. For seven years, he wrote a weekly column that appeared every Friday. He also accepted a position with the Nevada Waterfowl Association as their business manager shortly after retirement. He served in that position for 15 years.

Rice travels and fishes extensively throughout Nevada, California and Oregon, but specializes in mackinaw trout at Lake Tahoe. He and his family live in Reno.


2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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David K. Rice worked for the Nevada Department of Wildlife for 30 years primarily as Chief Conservation Educator. He is also the author of a former weekly column for the Reno Gazette Journal on hunting and fishing. Collection contains material from the Nevada Department of Wildlife (and formerly the Nevada Fish and Game Commission) about the department's conservation work, particularly at Pyramid Lake. Also includes columns written by Rice for the RGJ.


Arranged in two series: 1) Nevada Department of Wildlife Career, 2) Reno Gazette Journal Hunting and Fishing Column

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by David K. Rice in May 2018.

  • Photocopies of material from UNR Special Collections made by various Fish and Wildlife employees during their research. Includes material from the following collections: 1) NC1035 Robert Leland Papers -Finding aid -3/1-3, 3/9, 3/11-13, 3/15, 3/20, 3/22-23 -1/19, 1/29, 1/32-33, 1/48-50, 1/53, 1/69, 1/127, 1/131, 1/133, 1/136, 1/139-140, 1/142, 1/145 - 2/40, 2/42, 2/47-49, 2/51


Guide to the David K. Rice Papers
Jessica Maddox
June 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
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