Hunt Unit Advisory

New to the 2014 Big Game Seasons

Application Eligibility Changes and several NEW Elk Hunt/Harvest Strategies were approved by the Wildlife Commission to increase elk harvest to meet population objectives.

Application Eligibility and Draw changes allow an applicant to either:

  • Apply for and draw both an Antlered Elk and Antlerless (Cow) Elk Tag in same draw.
  • Apply for and draw both a Spike Elk Only and Antlerless Elk Tag in same draw.
  • Apply for all antlerless elk hunts (Antlerless Elk, Antlerless Elk Management, and Antlerless Elk Depredation) in the same draw but only draw one (1) of these tags in the same year.

You are not allowed to apply for both an Antlered Elk and Spike Elk hunt in the same draw.

Spike Elk Only rifle and archery hunts in all Area 6 unit groups

Combination Antlerless Elk Management hunt and Mule Deer hunt - allows a successful mule deer tag applicant to draw an antlerless elk management tag for the same season dates and within the same unit group as the mule deer tag. This will hopefully increase cow elk harvest without additional hunters and added hunter congestion.

Combination Antlerless Elk Management hunt and Antlered Elk hunt - allows a successful antlered elk tag applicant to draw an antlerless elk management tag for the same season dates and within the same unit group as the antlered elk tag.

With the new Ewe hunts a person will need to choose between applying for ram or ewe hunts in the same subspecies. They will not be able to apply for both in the same subspecies.

Changes to the 2014 Big Game Seasons

Added an additional pronghorn doe hunt for Units 131 and 145.

The early antlerless elk rifle season was moved to Sept. 17 – Oct. 6 in place of the elk muzzleloader season to have a more successful weapon class to increase cow elk harvest to meet population objectives. The primary October antlerless elk rifle "mid" season runs Oct. 7–20. A late antlerless elk season was added for Unit Groups 061, 071 and 062, 064, 068, running Nov 21–Jan 15.

Shift both Area 6 unit group’s bull muzzleloader hunts and the Unit Group 062, 064, 066-068 antlerless elk muzzleloader hunt to Sept. 1–16, and eliminate Unit 061, 071 antlerless elk muzzleloader season due to too much congestion with bull muzzleloader hunt.

Shift Area 6 unit group’s bull archery season to Aug. 16–31 and antlerless elk archery to Aug. 1-15.

All late antlerless elk rifle seasons were extended to January 15 to allow for more elk harvest.

"Wilderness Only" antlerless elk rifle seasons were established in Unit 162, 222, and 231 where hunters may only hunt within the designated wilderness areas managed by either the Bureau of Land Management or U.S. Forest Service.

Unit 144, 145 Depredation Bull Elk Hunt was expanded to 3 consecutive seasons to accommodate more tags.

For Hunt 4107, Antlerless Elk Depredation hunt, multiple season set for Unit 121 and Units 144, 145 to accommodate more tags and increase cow elk harvest and for Units 101–103 only a single long season due to very low hunter success in past years.

For desert bighorn ram hunt in Unit 212, Lone Mountain,2 split seasons to reduce hunter congestion.

Nonresident desert bighorn ram hunts closed in Units 262 and 266.

Nonresident California bighorn ram hunt closed in Unit 033.

Resident Rocky Mountain bighorn hunt closed in Unit 091.

Bighorn Ewe Hunts initiated in desert bighorn Units 212, 213, and 268 and in California bighorn Unit 068 due to herds exceeding their sustainable management levels and limited acceptable transplant opportunities.

Alternate Tag Process

Every year hundreds of tags are returned to the Department prior to the start of the season. Most of these returned tags are not reissued. In an effort to give more hunters the opportunity to hunt big game, the process was changed last year.

During the online application process an applicant will affirm their willingness to be an alternate and accept an alternate tag by marking a check-off box on each species they are applying for.

For example: When someone applies for an antelope tag, they will be able to check a box that affirms "If I am unsuccessful I will accept an alternate tag if it becomes available and (the/my) charge card will be charged immediately."

If you are unsuccessful in drawing an antelope tag you are then automatically placed on the alternate list for the choices on your application. To learn more check out NAC 502.4175 Application for tag or bonus point; fees (Page 13).

Pre-Register Your Hunter Education

The Department offers pre-registration of hunter education. The Department recommends hunters check to see if their hunter education records are on file. You can do so by going to www.huntnevada.com. Call 1-800-576-1020 to confirm your faxed records are received before April 14, 2014.

Hunt Unit Advisories

In an effort to improve your hunting experience, the Nevada Department of Wildlife has put together a table for hunter access restrictions and other advisories for specific hunts and unit groups. This information may affect your decision on where to apply this year.

2014 Big Game Hunt Applicant Advisories