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. View License and Tag Fees

Big Game Seasons and Application Guide

Harvested mountain lions must be inspected and sealed by a NDOW representative.

In Nevada, you do not need any special permits to use dogs for lion hunting. Unless you are guiding, the only permits needed 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

The Western Region is comprised of the counties of Washoe, Humboldt, Pershing, Churchill, Mineral, Lyon, Douglas, Carson City and Storey. The Eastern Region is comprised of Elko, Lander, Eureka, and White Pine. The Southern area includes Nye, Esmeralda, Lincoln and Clark counties. Hunt areas listed on the Information Hotline correspond to the first two digits of the hunt unit groups listed here: Area 1 = Units 011-015, Area 2= Units 021 and 022, and Area 19= Units 192, 194, 195, and 196.


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

Western Region

Units:
011-015, 021, 022, 031, 032, 034, 035, 041-046, 051, 181-184, 192, 194-196, 201-206, 291

Season Dates:
March 1, 2011 – Feb. 29, 2012 or earlier if harvest objective met.

Harvest Objectives:
169

Status:
Open

Unit:
033

Season Dates:
Closed

Hunt Status:
Closed

Eastern Region:

Units:
061, 062, 064-068, 071-079, 081, 101-108, 111-115, 121, 131-134, 141-145, 151, 152, 154, 155

Season Dates:
March 1, 2011 – Feb. 29, 2012 or earlier if harvest objective met.

Harvest Objectives:
229

Unit:
091*

Season Dates:
March 1, 2011 – Feb. 29, 2012 or earlier if harvest objective met.

Harvest Objectives:
3

Hunt Status:
Open

Southern Region

Units:
161 - 164, 171 - 173, 211, 212, 221-223, 231, 241-245, 251-253, 261-268, 271-272

Season Dates:
March 1, 2011 – Feb. 29, 2012 or earlier if harvest objective met.

Harvest Objectives:
99

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 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:

(a) Transport the hide of a mountain lion from this state without a seal permanently affixed to the hide.
(b) Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, possess the hide of a mountain lion without a seal permanently attached to it.
(c) Kill a female mountain lion which is accompanied by a spotted kitten.
(d) 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 or unit group shall have a sport harvest objective.

4. The hunting season for mountain lion in each unit or unit group 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 or unit group, whichever occurs first.

5. Tag holders may hunt in any mountain lion unit or unit group 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 or unit group.

7. Tag holders may call the Mountain Lion Harvest Information Hotline at any time to determine if a unit or unit group 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 or unit group by contacting Division offices in Fallon, Reno, Winnemucca, Elko, Ely, Las Vegas, and Henderson.