What's New for 2021 Big Game Seasons

  • New this year, is an enhanced First-Come-First-Served (FCFS) queue that allows for the sale of tags through the NDOW licensing system. This queue offers NDOW customers the ability to purchase any tags remaining after the second draw or any returned tags without an eligible alternate. All application rules apply for the purchase of a FCFS tag except for residency. A resident will be able to purchase a tag returned by a nonresident and vice-versa. The only exception is for the junior mule deer tags, which will only be available to eligible resident junior hunters.
  • You now have the choice to defer a tag or restore your bonus points if you experience an extenuating circumstance before the beginning of the hunt but after the 14-day window of tag return. An extenuating circumstance is defined in NAC 502.422 and must accompany documentation evidence and be verified by the Department before approval.
  • An 11-year-old junior who will turn 12 before the beginning of the last season on their application is eligible to purchase a bonus point.
  • Active members of the armed forces who are stationed outside of the US and lose their bonus points due to a lapse of applying may now be refunded their lost points after they return to the country.
  • Party hunt members are able to return their party tag and receive a refund in bonus points if every member of the party choses to return their party tag as well.
  • New order to the Big Game Draw! Applicants with a low enough draw number to be awarded a tag will be awarded a male species tag before a female or horns shorter than ears tag even if they applied for both sexes of the same species. Tags will be awarded to the lowest draw number in the order of Specialty tag and Junior applications, followed by male and antlered species applications, then female or horns shorter than ear applications, lastly assigned would be spike elk applications.  

2021 Changes to Season Dates: 

ANTELOPE:

 Resident – Horns longer than ears - Muzzleloader in the following units:

031                                                                 Sept 25 – Oct 4

032, 034                                                        Sept 25 – Oct 4

035                                                                 Sept 25 – Oct 4

041, 042                                                         Sept 25 – Oct 4

043-046                                                         Sept 25 – Oct 4

051                                                                 Sept 25 – Oct 4

061, 062, 064, 071, 073                              Sept 25 – Oct 4

066                                                                 Sept 25 – Oct 4

067, 068                                                        Sept 25 – Oct 4

072, 074, 075                                                Sept 25 – Oct 4

141, 143, 151-156                                        Sept 25 – Oct 4

161, 162                                                        Sept 25 – Oct 4

171-173                                                         Sept 25 – Oct 4

181-184                                                         Sept 25 – Oct 4

202, 204                                                        Sept 25 – Oct 4

203, 291                                                        Sept 25 – Oct 4

205-208                                                         Sept 25 – Oct 4

211-213                                                         Sept 25 – Oct 4

251                                                                 Sept 25 – Oct 4

 

Nonresident – Horns longer than ears - Muzzleloader in the following units:

012-014                                                         Sept 25 – Oct 4

031                                                                 Sept 25 – Oct 4

043-046                                                         Sept 25 – Oct 4

061, 062, 064, 071, 073                              Sept 25 – Oct 4

067, 068                                                        Sept 25 – Oct 4

078, 105-107, 121                                        Sept 25 – Oct 4

101-104, 108, 109, 144                               Sept 25 – Oct 4

141, 143, 151-156                                        Sept 25 – Oct 4

 

Resident – Horns shorter than ears – Any legal weapon in the following unit:

043-046                                                         Sept 8 – Sept 24

 

ELK:

 

Resident – Antlered – Any legal weapon Depredation in the following unit:

115 1st                                                            Aug 1 – Aug 15

115 2nd                                                           Aug 16 – Aug 31

115 3rd                                                            Sept 1 – Sept 30

115 4th                                                            Oct 1 – Oct 31

115 5th                                                            Nov 1 – Nov 30

(All required to be within 1-mile of Great Basin Ranch Properties)

 

Resident – Antlered – Muzzleloader in the following unit:

051                                                                 Sept 1 – Sept 16

 

Resident – Antlered – Archery in the following unit:

091                                                                 Aug 21 – Sept 10

 

Resident – Spike – Any legal weapon in the following units:

104, 108, 121                                                Sept 25 – Oct 4

111, 112 Early                                              Sept 25 – Oct 4

111, 112 Late                                                Dec 5 – Jan 1

113 Early                                                       Sept 25 – Oct 4

113 Late                                                         Dec 5 – Jan 1

114, 115 Early                                               Sept 25 – Oct 4

114, 115 Late                                                Dec 5 – Jan 1

161 – 164                                                      Dec 5 – Jan 1

221 Early                                                       Sept 25 – Oct 4

221 Late                                                         Dec 5 – Jan 1

222, 223 Early                                               Sept 25 – Oct 4

222, 223 Late                                                Dec 5 – Jan 1

231 Early                                                       Sept 25 – Oct 4

231 Late                                                         Dec 5 – Jan 1

 

Nonresident – Antlerless – Any legal weapon in the following units:

113 Early                                                       Sept 25 – Oct 4

113 Late                                                         Dec 5 – Jan 1

113 N                                                             Jan 2 – Jan 31

114, 115 Early                                               Sept 25 – Oct 4

114, 115 Late                                                Dec 5 – Jan 1

221 Early                                                        Sept 25 – Oct 4

221 Late                                                         Dec 5 – Jan 1

222, 223 Early                                               Sept 25 – Oct 4

222, 223 Late                                                Dec 5 – Jan 1

 

Nonresident – Antlerless – Muzzleloader in the following units:

078, 105–107, 109                                       Aug 16 – Aug 31

104, 108, 121                                                Sept 17 – Sept 24

111, 112                                                        Sept 17 – Sept 24

113                                                                 Sept 17 – Sept 24

114, 115                                                        Sept 17 – Sept 24

161-164                                                         Sept 17 – Sept 24

221-223                                                         Sept 17 – Sept 24

231                                                                 Sept 17 – Sept 24

 

Nonresident – Antlerless – Archery in the following units:

061, 071                                                         Aug 1 – Aug 15

062, 064, 066-068                                        Aug 1 – Aug 15

078, 105-107, 109                                        Aug 1 – Aug 15

104, 108, 121                                                Aug 1 – Aug 15

111, 112                                                         Aug 1 – Aug 15

113                                                                 Aug 1 – Aug 15                                                           

114, 115                                                        Aug 1 – Aug 15                                            

161-164                                                         Aug 1 – Aug 15                                            

221-223                                                         Aug 1 – Aug 15                                            

231                                                                 Aug 1 – Aug 15                                                           

 

Resident – Antlerless – Any legal weapon Depredation in the following unit:

115 1st                                                            Aug 1 – Aug 15

115 2nd                                                           Aug 16 – Aug 31

115 3rd                                                            Sept 1 – Sept 30

115 4th                                                            Oct 1 – Oct 31

115 5th                                                            Nov 1 – Nov 30

(All required to be within 1-mile of Great Basin Ranch Properties)

 

BIGHORN SHEEP:

Resident Nelson (Desert) Bighorn Sheep – Any ram – Any legal weapon in the following units:

132 NorthA                                                    Nov 20 – Jan 1

132 SouthB                                                    Sept 15 – Oct 15

223, 221*                                                      Nov 20 – Jan 1

241*                                                               Nov 20 – Jan 1

264, 265, 266*                                              Nov 20 – Jan 1

*(All boundary changes)

 

Nonresident Nelson (Desert) Bighorn Sheep – Any ram – Any legal weapon in the following units:

244                                                                 Nov 20 – Jan 1

253                                                                 Nov 20 – Jan 1

 

Resident Nelson (Desert) Bighorn Sheep – Any ram – Archery in the following units:

163, 162                                                         Oct 20 – Nov 14

182, 044                                                         Oct 20 – Nov 14

202, 204                                                         Oct 20 – Nov 14

211                                                                 Oct 20 – Nov 14

212                                                                 Oct 20 – Nov 14

213                                                                 Oct 20 – Nov 14

 

Resident Nelson (Desert) Bighorn Sheep – Any ewe – Any legal weapon in the following unit:

161                                                                 Oct 20 – Nov 15

 

Nonresident Nelson (Desert) Bighorn Sheep – Any ewe – Any legal weapon in the following unit:

161                                                                 Oct 20 – Nov 15

 

Resident California Bighorn Sheep – Any ram – Any legal weapon in the following units:

011, 013                                                         Sept 1 – Oct 31

032A *                                                            Sept 1 – Oct 31

032B, 033*                                                     Sept 1 – Oct 31

035C*                                                              Sept 1 – Oct 31

*(All boundary changes)

 

Nonresident California Bighorn Sheep – Any ram – Any legal weapon in the following units:

032A *                                                            Sept 1 – Oct 31

035B *                                                             Sept 1 – Oct 31

*(All boundary changes)

 

MULE DEER:

 

Resident and Nonresident Mule Deer – Antlered – Any legal weapon in the following unit:

171-173 Early                                               Oct 5 – Oct 16

171-173 Mid                                                 Oct 17 – Oct 30

171-173 Late                                                 Oct 31 – Nov 8