Guides and Subguides

There are licensed master guides in Nevada that provide guide service for big game, game birds, game fish, furbearers and unprotected wildlife. There are also licensed subguides working under master guides to provide guide services. Different hunters often desire to hire a guide ranging from a novice hunter that is a little uncomfortable with trekking into the remote Nevada outback alone to an experienced hunter that draws the tag of a lifetime, like a desert bighorn or bull elk tag.

When booking a guided hunt be sure that the master guide you hire is licensed to provide guide service in Nevada and be sure that you are provided with a contract before services are provided.

If you are a nonresident, you may participate in the nonresident restricted guided deer draw, a program that allots a number of tags specifically for a guided deer hunt. Starting in 2007, applicants for a nonresident restricted deer tag may not apply for a nonresident deer tag in the main draw. If a guide is going to apply and sign for the client, then the guide is required to have a current Power of Attorney for the client. The power of attorney must expire in February of the following year.

If you would like to become a master guide or subguide in Nevada you can learn about experience requirements, licensing fees, laws and the application process by clicking on the becoming a Nevada guide link.

Many hunters may never use or even see a guide, but understanding the rules, who can guide and how the process works can save problems for those hunters who want to use this type of service.


Licensed Guides, Taxidermists and Other Services

The following documents (pdf) list those businesses licensed in Nevada to provide various wildlife or hunting-related services such as guiding, taxidermy, falconry, commercial and scientific collection or possession, shooting preserves and wildlife rehabilitation.

Nevada Hunting and/or Fishing Guides

Commercial Taxidermists

Commercial Collectors

Live Bait Dealers

Commercial Possessors of Live Wildlife

Shooting Preserves

Wildlife Rehabilitators


Become a Guide

Note: New guides are now required to complete a test. Testing dates are January 1 to August 31 of each year.

Become a Subguide

New & Renewing Applicants

Note: Before submitting an application, new guides are now required to complete and pass a test. Testing dates are January 1 to August 31 of each year by appointment at NDOW regional offices (Elko, Reno, and Las Vegas).