Upland Game Forecast
The last couple of chukar hunting seasons have been tough on hunters and their dogs. Low bird numbers and spooky adult birds left hunter success very low in 2012-13 and 2013-14.
Good news for the 2014-15 season after the annual survey of chukar country shows a 43% increase in bird numbers. Why the increase in chukar numbers? Spring and summer moisture created good conditions for the hatching, rearing and survival of chukar chicks.
To find out more, read the 2014 Nevada Chukar Forecast and watch this video which discusses the factors that led to the increase in chukar numbers and shows how the birds are counted during the survey.
Hunt Units map
Nevada residents aged 12 or older, and all nonresidents need to have a valid Nevada hunting license to hunt upland game birds and rabbits in Nevada.
An upland game bird stamp is required of any person 12 or older who is hunting any upland game bird except dove, turkey and crow, effective March 1, 2004.
Upland Game Regulations
Get a HIP number online
Hunt Permits: Apply online
Hunters are required to have a "HIP" number written on their hunting license when hunting for doves and other migratory game birds (waterfowl, coots, snipe and gallinules).
The validation number is free, and is available by one of two ways:
- Call 1-866-703-4605
Units referenced are Game Management Units described in NAC 504.210 and shown in the Nevada Hunt Book map. Be aware of restrictions on Wildlife Management Areas.
Hunting hours for upland game birds and rabbits are sunrise to sunset except as noted.
Regulations pertaining to upland game species are included in the Nevada Hunt Book, Small Game/Upland Game Laws & Regulations.
Nontoxic Shot Rule on Management Areas
A lot of upland game hunters use the Water Development Atlas.
FAQs about Upland Game Stamp
Do I need to purchase an upland game stamp?
If you hunt the following upland game birds: Hungarian and chukar partridge, quail, pheasant, snowcock and sage, blue and ruffed grouse you will need the Upland Game Bird Stamp. This applies to both residents and nonresidents with an annual hunting license or a short term permit to hunt.
What upland game are excluded?
If you hunt dove, crow, wild turkey or waterfowl, you are not required to have Nevada’s Upland Game Bird Stamp.
Upland game bird stamps are not required when hunting migratory game birds such as doves (dove is a migratory game bird, not an upland game bird) ducks, geese and other waterfowl.
You do not need an upland game bird stamp to hunt rabbits in Nevada.
How much is the Upland Game Stamp?
Where will the funds from this stamp be used?
Funding from the $10 stamp will be accounted for separately and will be used solely for the protection and propagation of upland game birds, and for the acquisition, development and preservation of upland game bird habitats in Nevada. This will include, but is not limited to: development of range projects and developments of water sources, such as guzzlers.
Who decides which projects NDOW pursues with these funds?
Upland game bird projects must be reviewed and approved by the Board of Wildlife Commissioners. No more than 10 percent of the funding may be used to reimburse the Department for the cost of administering the program.