Big Game - 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. Click here for Big Game Application Information.

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.

Upland Game: 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

For more information about the application process, to download application forms or to view fees and deadlines, visit the Application Section.

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.

Dream Tags

The Nevada Dream Tag 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! .

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 Tags

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.

Returning a Tag

Game tags may be returned to the Department under four conditions as illustrated in the regulation on the reverse of this form.  For reasons of death, medical disability or military transfer, adequate documentation must be provided when the tag is returned to the Department before we can accept the returned tag. The fourth condition is for “any reason.”  Return of Tag Form

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