What is there to hunt in Nevada?
Mule deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and black bear all require tags to be hunted. The tag application period is from mid-March to mid-April. Most tags are awarded through a random draw process in early June and are available to those 12 years old or older. A second drawing is conducted for remaining tags in early July, and any remaining tags after that draw can be applied for on a first-come, first-served basis. Mountain lion tags are available year-round over the counter at any authorized license agent or can be purchased online during the draw application period.
A second drawing is conducted for remaining tags in June, and any remaining tags after that draw can be applied for on a first-come, first-served basis.
Big Game Hunting and Seasons Regulations
Anyone 12-years of age or older who hunts upland game such as sage-grouse, blue and ruffed grouse, Himalayan snow partridge, chukar, Hungarian partridge, quail and pheasant must have an upland game bird stamp in addition to a hunting license while hunting. A upland game stamp is not required to hunt crows, turkey, cottontail or white-tailed jackrabbit.
Upland Game Seasons & Regulations
Migratory Game Birds and Waterfowl:
A hunting license and both state and federal duck stamps are generally required to hunt waterfowl in Nevada (check regulations for youth hunting and stamp requirement information). Waterfowl include: swan, ducks, mergansers and geese.
Migratory Bird Seasons & Regulations
Online tag applications can be found at www.huntnevada.com.
To purchase a license, please visit any of our NDOW offices or license agents. Hunting and fishing licenses, mountain lion tags, upland game stamps and trout stamps as well as duplicate licenses are also available for sale online at www.ndowlicensing.com.
Nevada law requires anyone born after 01/01/1960 who is buying a hunting license to show proof of hunter education. Learn more about Hunter Education requirements.
Please review the Big Game Seasons & Application Regulations. The Big Game Seasons & Application Regulations can be picked up at any NDOW office or license agent. The newest Hunt Book will not be available until early June at NDOW offices, license agents.
Any available/open hunting applications are listed below and are provided in PDF format, for download or can be completed online at www.huntnevada.com.
The tag hunt process is administered by Wildlife Administrative Services via huntnevada.com. If you have questions about a tag or your online application, please contact them at Wildlife Administrative Services Office,1-800-576-1020, or by email.
Big Game Tag Applications
Paper applications are not accepted at NDOW offices.
Mail Applications to: Wildlife Administrative Services, P.O. Box 1345, Fallon, NV 89407-1345
The applicant is responsible for mailing applications to the correct address. Applications received at Department of Wildlife offices will be date stamped and returned to the applicant. Do not mail applications to the Department of Wildlife.
First Come First Serve Tags
Closed - Main Draw Deadline – April 15, 2013 Mail 5pm, Internet 11pm. Online Application Withdraw/Bonus Points only Deadline: April 22, 2013
Closed - 2nd Draw Deadline – Application Deadline: 5 p.m., June 25, 2013 Mail 5pm, Internet 11pm. Online Application Withdraw/Bonus Points only Deadline: July 2, 2013
2013 questionnaire due back – 5 p.m., January 31, 2014
First Come First Serve online application starts - July 26, 2013
Spring Turkey Hunt
Spring Wild Turkey Application Instructions and Season Regulations
Mason Valley WMA Controlled Goose Hunt
Overton WMA Waterfowl Hunt
2014 Application available in August 2014
Key Pittman WMA Waterfowl Hunt
2014 Application available in August 2014
Overton Dove Hunt
2014 Application available in July 2014
Snowcock Free Use Permit Information
Persons planning to hunt snowcocks are requested to contact an NDOW office to obtain a snowcock hunting free-use permit.
Antelope/Deer Compensation and Elk Incentive Tags
An owner, lessee or manager of private land in this state may apply to the Department for the issuance of deer, antelope, or elk tags for compensation or incentive for these animals using their private lands. These tags can be used by the owner, lessee or manager if he holds a valid Nevada hunting license or the tags can be sold to any holder of a valid NV hunting license at any price mutually agreed upon. Any landowner, lessee or manager of private land, or any hunter wanting more information should call (775) 688-1507.
The Nevada Dream Tags program is an exciting new way to raise money for Nevada wildlife. There are five dream tags that will be awarded in 2012. One for Elk, California Bighorn Sheep, Desert Bighorn Sheep, Antelope and Mule Deer. If you win a dream tag you will have the ability to hunt that species in any area in Nevada at anytime during the regular hunting season (still must follow all other rules for weapon class and seasons for that weapon).
The Dream Tags program is raffle based. After purchasing a Resource Enhancement Stamp ($10) you have the ability to purchase as many raffle tickets that you want! For more information visit the Dream Tag Website
Partnership in Wildlife (PIW) Tags
Partnership in Wildlife (PIW) is a voluntary and optional participation program that offers unique hunting opportunities to hunters for a few statewide big game tags. A person with a PIW tag may hunt in any unit with an open season for the species listed on the tag, during the season dates when that unit is open for that species, and only with the weapon authorized to be used during that open season.
Silver State Tag
The Silver State Tag is similar to the state's Heritage Tags, sometimes called governors tags or bid tags, and will provide lucky recipients with the opportunity to hunt a specific big game animal statewide in those hunt units where there is an established season for the species specified on the tag. But unlike the Heritage Tags which generally sell at auction for thousands, Silver State Tags will be available through Nevada's normal tag application process at a far lesser price.
Wildlife Heritage Tags
Wildlife Heritage Tags - This program awards organizations tags for various species to auction at their fundraising events. The funds donated through the Heritage Tag program are placed in the Wildlife Heritage Trust account and the interest generated from these funds will be used each year for special projects benefiting game species.
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Call or email Wildlife Administrative Services to request hunt application forms and regulations. Current applications and related information will be posted to this page as they become available.
Wildlife Administrative Services Offices
P.O. Box 1345
Fallon , NV 89407-1345
web site: www.huntnevada.com
Deadlines & Dates
2012 Big Game Application and Draw Dates
Applications are generally available in mid-March and the big game tag application deadline is closed. A second drawing is conducted for remaining tags in June, and any remaining tags after that draw can be applied for on a first-come, first-served basis.
Restricted Nonresident Guided Deer Hunt 1235
Online Application Starts Feb. 10, 2012
Results for Restricted Nonresident Guided Deer Hunt
Main Big Game Tag Application
Online Application Starts March 19, 2012
Application Deadline: Closed
Online Application Withdraw/Bonus Points only Deadline: April, 23, 2012
Big Game Main Draw Results
Available Before 5 p.m., June 11, 2012
Big Game Second Draw Application
Online Application Starts June 11, 2012
Application Deadline: 5 p.m., June 26, 2012
Online Application Withdraw/Bonus Points only Deadline: July 3, 2012
Big Game Second Draw Results
Available Before 5 p.m., July 20, 2012
Remaining Tag Draw
(Following the 2nd drawing, any remaining quotas for deer, antelope, elk, mountain goat and any subspecies of bighorn sheep will be available to eligible applicants through a first-come-first-served process through the mail or online at www.huntnevada.com.)
On or after July 27, 2012
2012 Big Game Return Card Questionnaire Due Back
Any person who fails to return the questionnaire within the period specified or who submits incomplete or false information on the questionnaire will be denied all big game tags for one year. Any person who has been denied all big game tags pursuant to the provisions of this section may have those privileges reinstated if he pays the Department an administrative fee of $50 for each such questionnaire. Fax to 1-775-423-0799 or enter online from www.huntnevada.com. Deadline: 5 p.m., January 31, 2013
Non-return Administrative Fee Deadline
Hunters can go online to www.huntnevada.com to submit the data and pay the the $50 administrative fee for failure to return the 2011 big game hunting questionnaire, or they can mail the questionnaire and fee to Wildlife Administrative Services, PO Box 1345, Fallon, NV 89407-1345. The mail-in deadline is March 16, 2012. The online deadline is April 16, 2012.
Mail-in Deadline: Closed
There is a $10.00 non-refundable application fee for all big game hunts, except Rocky Mountain elk, which is $15.00.
A non-refundable $3 predator management fee is assessed on each tag application.
There is a $2.00 non-refundable convenience fee for resident applications submitted online, and a $3.50 non-refundable convenience fee for non-resident applications submitted online.
Hunters who applied through the mail and do not draw tags will receive a refund, excluding the non-refundable application fees.
The tag hunt process is administered by Wildlife Administrative Services. If you have questions about a tag or your online application, please contact them at Wildlife Administrative Services Office, 1-800-576-1020, or (775) 423-7577, or by email.