Archery Information


Archery Clinic Schedule


Bowhunter Education


There are no special certification requirements for bowhunters in Nevada. Please keep in mind, however, that all hunters born after January 1, 1960 are required to provide proof of Hunter Education, in order to purchase a Nevada hunting license.

Archery Regulation:

Per Nevada Law, (NAC 503.144), (NRS 501.105, 501.181, 503.150)

     1.  Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (c) of subsection 4, the bowstring of a bow used in hunting any game mammal or game bird must be moved or held entirely by the muscle power of the shooter through all points of the draw cycle until release and may only be released by direct and conscious action of the shooter, either by relaxing the tension of the fingers or by triggering the release action of a handheld release aid.

     2.  A bow used in hunting a big game mammal must have a peak draw weight of at least 40 pounds and, if the bow is a compound bow, a let-off of not more than 80 percent. Arrows used in hunting big game mammals must be at least 24 inches long, weigh at least 300 grains and have:

     (a) Fixed broadheads that are at least 7/8-inch wide at the widest point; or

     (b) Expandable, mechanical broadheads that are at least 7/8-inch wide at the widest point when the broadhead is in the open position.

     3.  An arrow that is used in hunting any game mammal or game bird may be equipped with a nock that is illuminated electronically or chemically.

     4.  It is unlawful for any person to:

     (a) Carry any rifle or musket or handgun equipped with a telescopic sight or with a barrel length of 8 inches or more in the field while hunting under archery regulations.

     (b) Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, carry a bow with an arrow nocked on the bowstring while in or on any motorized vehicle while the vehicle is on a public highway or other public right-of-way. The provisions of this paragraph do not apply to a person who is a paraplegic, has had one or both legs amputated or has suffered a paralysis of one or both legs which severely impedes his or her walking, if the motorized vehicle is not in motion.

     (c) Hunt any game mammal or game bird with a bow that uses any mechanical device that is capable of anchoring a nocked arrow at full draw or partial draw unless the person:

          (1) Is the holder of an archery disability permit issued pursuant to NAC 503.1465; and

          (2) Ensures that the permit is in his or her possession during any period in which he or she uses the bow to hunt any game mammal or game bird.

     (d) Hunt any wildlife with an arrow that has any explosive, electronic tracking device or poison attached. As used in this paragraph, “poison” means any substance that, upon contact with the species of wildlife that is hunted, is capable of causing injury, illness or death.

     5.  As used in this section, “let-off” means the amount of decrease in the draw weight of a compound bow from the peak draw weight to the holding draw weight after the bow has reached full draw.

     [Bd. of Fish & Game Comm’rs, No. 25 § 7 + No. 26 § 7, eff. 12-4-79] — (NAC A by Bd. of Wildlife Comm’rs, 5-9-88; R168-99, 1-19-2000; R176-03, 4-8-2004; R114-09, 4-20-2010; R107-14, 12-22-2014; R007-15, 10-27-2015)


 Check our seasons and regulations page for more information.


Bowhunter Education Field Days Schedule

Bowhunter Education certification classes consist of two parts. Online study material and testing and an in person field day. Both of which must be completed to receive a Nevada Bowhunter Certification.

Online Portion

For more archery information contact:

  • Holly Brisendine - (702) 668-3556 
  • Dawn Andersen - (775) 688-1622
  • Gayle Gregg - (775) 688-1559