MOUNTAIN LION

Mountain lion tags are available for residents and nonresidents to purchase over the counter (two per year) at NDOW offices, license agents, and online.

Resources:

  • View License and Tag Fees
  • Big Game Seasons and Application Guide

Harvested mountain lions must be inspected and sealed by a NDOW representative within 72 hours of harvest.

In Nevada, you do not need any special permits to use dogs for lion hunting. Unless you are guiding, the only requirements necessary are the hunting license and mountain lion tag.

Mountain lion quotas are established for each of Nevada's three regions. When the harvest objective has been met for a given region, the lion season is closed in that region. Before you hunt, please call the Mountain Lion Harvest Hotline at 1-800-800-1667.

Mountain lion harvest information is available on this web page in the table below, as well as through the harvest hotline. It is the hunter's responsibility to check this page, or call the hotline prior to hunting to obtain updated information about the status of mountain lion harvest objectives.

Tooth and Tissue Samples

NDOW Requests Tooth & Tissue at Time of Sealing

Phone the Harvest Hotline at 1-800-800-1667

Western Region Hunt Units:

011-015,021,022,031,032,034,035,041-046,051,181-184,192,194-196,201-208, 291

Estern Region Hunt Units

061,062,064-068,071-079,081,101-109,111-115,121,131-134,141-145,151-156, 091

Southern Region Hunt units:

161-164,171-173,211-213,221-223,231,241-245,251-254,261-268, 271-272

Harvest Information

Resident 5132 and Nonresident 5232
Mountain Lion - Either Sex -
Any Legal Weapon Hunt A
Limit: 1 animal per tag, 2 tag maximum per person
Hours: Any time of the day or night, mountain lion hunters must abide by their county regulations regarding artificial light sources at night.

Western Region

Units:
015,021,022,031,032,034,035,041-046,051,181-184,192,194-196,201-208, 291
Season Dates:
March 1, 2015 – Feb. 29, 2016 or earlier if harvest objective met.
Harvest Objectives:
83
Status:
Open
Unit:
033
Season Dates:
Closed
Hunt Status:
Closed
 

Eastern Region:

Units:
061,062,064-068,071-079,081,101-109,111-115,121,131-134,141-145,151-156, and 091
Season Dates:
March 1, 2015 – Feb. 29, 2016 or earlier if harvest objective met.
Harvest Objectives:
111
Unit:
091*
Season Dates:
March 1, 2015 – Feb. 29, 2016 or earlier if harvest objective met.
Harvest Objectives:
2 Hunt Status:
Open
 

Southern Region

Units:
161-164,171-173,211-213,221-223,231,241-245,251-254,261-268, and 271-272
Season Dates:
March 1, 2015 – Feb. 29, 2016 or earlier if harvest objective met.
Harvest Objectives:
49
Hunt Status:
Open
Units:
280 - 284, 286
Hunt Status:
Closed
Limit:
1 animal per tag, 2 tag maximum per person
Hours:
Any time of the day or night
SPECIAL REGULATION:
A hunter, or their licensed guide if applicable, must call the mountain lion hotline at 1-800-800-1667 prior to hunting to determine if a unit group or region is open or closed. *Interstate hunt with Utah. Nevada and Utah hunters may hunt within open units in both states (Nevada unit 091, Utah Unit 1c). Nevada hunters hunting in Utah must abide by Utah regulations and season dates on the Utah portion of the hunt area.

Mountain Lion Tags

  1. Limit: 1 animal per tag, 2 tag maximum per person.
  2. A person who harvests a mountain lion shall, within 72 hours after harvesting it, personally present the skull and hide to a representative of the Department for inspection. The representative shall affix the seal of the Department permanently to the hide.

    NDOW Requests Tooth & Tissue at Time of Sealing
    NDOW is requesting that hunters allow for the removal and retention of one premolar tooth from each harvested mountain lion when presenting the skull and hide to the NDOW for sealing. Please present the skull unfrozen or with the mouth fixed open. The premolar tooth will be used to accurately age harvested mountain lions. NDOW is also asking that a one inch square piece of tongue or other muscle tissue from each lion be turned in at the same time for future DNA testing.
  3. It is unlawful for any person to:
    1. Transport the hide of a mountain lion from this state without a seal permanently affixed to the hide.
    2. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, possess the hide of a mountain lion without a seal permanently attached to it.
    3. Kill a female mountain lion which is accompanied by a spotted kitten.
    4. Kill or possess a spotted mountain lion kitten.
     
  4. If a mountain lion is accidentally trapped or killed, the person trapping or killing it shall report the trapping or killing within 48 hours to a representative of the Department. The animal must be disposed of in accordance with the instructions of the representative.

NOTE: Contact NDOW dispatch at (775) 688-1331 or Operation Game Thief at 1-800-992-3030 to make reports.

Special Mountain Lion Information

  1. Mountain lion tags will be available to residents and nonresidents over the counter at all license agents, Department offices, and online at www.ndowlicensing.com.
  2. There is no quota on the number of mountain lion tags that will be issued.
  3. Each mountain lion management unit, unit group, or region shall have a sport harvest objective.
  4. The hunting season for mountain lion in each unit, unit group, or region shall be open from the first day through the last day of the established season or until the sport harvest objective is reached for the specific unit, unit group, or region, whichever occurs first.
  5. Tag holders may hunt in any mountain lion unit, unit group, or region within the established season where the sport harvest objective has not been reached.
  6. It shall be the tag holder’s responsibility to determine if the harvest objective has been reached in a specific unit, unit group, or region.
  7. Tag holders may call the Mountain Lion Harvest Information Hotline at any time to determine if a unit, unit group, or region has been closed due to the harvest objective being reached. The hotline number is 1-800-800-1667 and is accessible 24 hours a day.
  8. Attention non-U.S. residents: Mountain lions are a listed species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). In order to be exported from the United States a CITES export permit (number 3-200-28) is required. Permits and Information

Tag holders may also obtain information on the status of a unit, unit group, or region by contacting Division offices in Fallon, Reno, Winnemucca, Elko, Ely, Las Vegas, and Henderson.