You can apply for a bear tag on during Nevada's big game application period in March. Please view the Hunt Application Process and Deadlines page for details about application deadlines and rules, and for requests for application materials.

Big game quotas are set annually in May by the Nevada Wildlife Commission after NDOW biologists gather the latest information on big game herds status.

Important Information:

- Tag holders, or their licensed guide if applicable, must call the Black Bear Harvest Information Hotline prior to hunting to determine if the hunt has been closed due to the harvest limit being reached. The number is 1-800-800-1667 and is accessible 24 hours a day.

- Attendance at one black bear indoctrination class is mandatory for tag holders or their representative guides or sub-guides. A person represented by a guide or sub-guide at the indoctrination class may only hunt under the direct supervision of the guide or sub-guide who attended the class for them. Tags will only be issued upon completion of an indoctrination class.

- The Department phone number to call and report a harvested black bear is 775-688-BEAR. Leave a message.

Learn more about Nevada’s Black Bear hunt regulations by viewing the Nevada Big Game Hunting Guide.  

Big Game Seasons and Application Guide