Seasons and Quotas

Big Game Quota Recommendation and Public Process for Approving Big Game Tag Numbers

Every spring, Game Division’s biologists are extremely busy analyzing the past year’s data collected from both field surveys and hunt results from hunters to determine herd status and to recommend big game quotas that meet both population objectives and harvest objectives (buck ratios, average age of rams, etc.)

The quota setting process is dependent on a very critical piece of data to be collected: spring mule deer fawn ratios. The helicopter surveys that measure the severity of the winter on the fawns and also adults is conducted from late February to early April statewide. That is why big game quotas for the current year’s application process are not available until after the application deadline: biologists are still compiling data in early April used in setting the quotas and to accommodate the 3-week public process of reviewing and commenting on those quota recommendations.

We strongly encourage all sportsmen to participate in this public process to learn about the status of the various big game herds, hear the rationale and requirements used for developing quota recommendations, and to provide comments on those recommendations. All this happens at 2 separate levels: at the county level during County Wildlife Advisory Board meetings held in most counties and then at the single statewide Board of Wildlife Commissioners meeting on May 9-10 in Reno where the final big game quotas are adopted.

Below is support material for big game quota process:

Please take the time to review the support material on big game quota recommendations and attend your county’s next Wildlife Advisory Board meeting! Be aware that meeting agendas may not be posted all at once and to check back as they become available.