Wildlife Heritage Trust

The Wildlife Heritage Trust is administered by the Board of Wildlife Commissioners. The money in the account is used for the ‘protection, propagation, restoration, transplanting, introduction, and management of any game fish, game mammal, game bird, or fur-bearing mammal and the management and control of predatory wildlife in this state."

The funds are obtained from bid, auction or partnership in wildlife drawings or from a gift of money made by any person to the Wildlife Heritage Trust Account. The amount of funds available from year to year for projects depends on funds deposited each year and interest earned annually on the account. The department is allowed to expend no more than 75% of the money deposited in the account the previous year, plus any interest earned during the prior year.

The Heritage Trust account started in 1998 and due to the generosity of its participants over the years, the account has now grown to over $5 million. The table below displays the organizations that were awarded Wildlife Heritage tags to auction at their fundraising events. The auctioned tags benefit the Wildlife Heritage Trust Account.

You may also be interested in learning about our Partnership in Wildlife (PIW) program. PIW is a voluntary and optional participation program that offers unique hunting opportunities to hunters for a few statewide big game tags.

Heritage Fundraising schedule

Wildlife Heritage Tags

The Board of Wildlife Commissioners under the authority of section s 501.181, 502.140, 502.250, 503.140 of the Nevada Revised Statutes, does hereby adopt the following regulation for the management of the wildlife resource. NRS 502.250 authorizes the Wildlife Commission to designate the number of Wildlife Heritage game tags to allocate each year.

Hunting Hours: Big game mammals: one-half hour before sunrise to sunset, the same to be considered according to Government sunrise-sunset tables. Wild Turkey: one-half hour before sunrise to 4:00 p.m., the same to be considered according to Government sunrise-sunset tables.
Limit: One animal per tag.
Legal Weapon: Big game species: Any legal weapon may be used throughout the season. Wild Turkey: Any legal weapon per NAC 503.187 or shotgun or longbow and arrow may be used throughout the season.

Species Quota Class Season Organization
Mule Deer 2 Any Mule Deer July 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 TBD at a future Commission meeting for each tag
Pronghorn Antelope 2 Any Pronghorn Antelope July1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 TBD at a future Commission meeting for each tag
Rocky Mountain Elk 2 Elk with at least one antler July 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 TBD at a future Commission meeting for each tag
Nelson Bighorn Sheep* 2 Any Ram July 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015, except for Unit 252, 280, 281, 282 which will be the season dates as established by the Commission for Hunt 3151 TBD at a future Commission meeting for each tag
California Bighorn Sheep 1 Any Ram July 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 TBD at a future Commission meeting for each tag
Wild Turkey 5 Any Wild Turkey Earliest date established in regulation by the Board of Wildlife Commission for Spring Wild Turkey through the last day of the last season for Spring Wild Turkey TBD at a future Commission meeting for each tag
Total 14      

Special Regulation for Each Tag:

  1. Unless his privilege is revoked pursuant to law, any resident of Nevada or nonresident is eligible to submit a bid for a Wildlife Heritage tag.

    The bid includes the fee for a combination hunting and fishing license and the fees for processing the Wildlife Heritage tag.
  2. The bid must be delivered to the Organization at the auction.

    The Organization shall submit the full amount of the bid as well as the name of the designated hunter to the Department of Wildlife no later than 30 days after the auction is held. Failure to comply with this provision shall result in the Department initiating a sealed bid process for the Wildlife Heritage hunt tag.
  3. Should a sealed bid process become necessary, sealed bids will be accepted by the Department of Wildlife, 1100 Valley Road, Reno, Nevada 89512, on or before 5:00 p.m., on the third Friday following the deadline established in subsection 2. In the event of an identical sealed bid, the tag will be awarded based on the bid having the earliest postmark or date stamp.

    The successful bidder of the sealed bid shall submit the full amount of his bid within 10 calendar days after notification by the Department. Failure to comply with this provision shall result in the tag being awarded to the next highest bidder.
  4. The successful bidder for each tag type may hunt statewide in units where a season is established by Commission for that species except those areas closed to hunting in NAC 504.340 and Units for Nelson (desert) Bighorn Sheep where the previous year harvest for the Heritage Nelson (desert) Bighorn Sheep hunt occurred.

    * Fallon NAS - There are portions of Unit 181 in Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon where public access is restricted. To hunt Nelson (desert) bighorn sheep in the NAS portions of this unit, the tag holder is required to attend a NAS hunter safety briefing.

    *Portions of Hunt Units 252, 280, 281, 282 are within the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) where public access is restricted. Hunters and everyone in their respective hunting parties, must comply with all Nevada hunting requirements and all NTTR safety and security requirements including the following: 1) consent to and pass a criminal history background check, 2) be at least 14 years old on opening day of the respective hunting season, 3) attend the Nellis Air Force Base hunter safety briefing, and 4) within the NTTR portion of Unit 252 limit party size to 5 including tag holder. Additional party members may complete background check and safety briefing, but only maximum of 5 party members including tagholder may be present within the NTTR portion of Unit 252 at any given time.

    *Hunters and members of their parties who fail to comply with these requirements may be denied access to the NTTR. Hunters and members of their parties may not access the NTTR after a tag is filled and animal has been removed and in possession of tagholder. No pets are allowed on NTTR. It is the hunter’s responsibility to meet and/or comply with all NTTR eligibility requirements. In some units there may be adjustments to season dates to accommodate Department of Defense operations. The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners hereby delegates authority to the Nevada Department of Wildlife to adjust season dates to accommodate Department of Defense operations so long as there is no change to the overall length of the season.

    *The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners hereby delegates authority to the Nevada Department of Wildlife to adjust season dates to accommodate Department of Defense operations so long as there is no change to the overall length of the season.
  5. The Department reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids.
  6. There shall be no refunds except as authorized by the Board of Wildlife Commissioners.
  7. Eligibility restrictions as established by the Commission in NAC 502.341, 502.345 and 502.361 regulations do not apply to these tags.