Silver State

The Silver State Tag is similar to the state's Heritage Tags, sometimes called governors tags or bid tags, and will provide lucky recipients with the opportunity to hunt a specific big game animal statewide in those hunt units where there is an established season for the species specified on the tag. But unlike the Heritage Tags which generally sell at auction for thousands, Silver State Tags will be available through Nevada's normal tag application process at a far lesser price.

Tag applicants can expect to pay a nonrefundable application fee of $20 plus the $3 predator control and $2 online convenience fee, which bring the total to $25 for mule deer and pronghorn antelope. An additional $5 is required for the elk application. Tag recipients will be charged the current fees established for the tag received. Applications may only be submitted electronically at Hunt Nevada.

In addition to expanded choice of hunt location, tag holders also will have an extended season in which to harvest their game animal. Silver State Tag bearers can begin hunting the Saturday prior to the opening of the earliest season for the species noted on their tag and continue hunting until they fill their tag or the season ends, whichever comes first.

The Silver State Tag draw is open to both resident and nonresident hunters who are eligible to hunt big game, even those who are fulfilling waiting period requirements for the species available. However, if an applicant is in a waiting period he is only eligible to apply for the Silver State Tag for that species. If he is not in a waiting period, an applicant could apply for a Silver State Tag, a regular big game tag and a Partnership in Wildlife tag all in the same year. But once an applicant is awarded a tag his application will not be considered in subsequent drawings for the same species in that year. With the exception of tags for certain depredation hunts, a hunter may obtain only one tag per species per year.

As for bonus points, they are not considered nor awarded in the Silver State Tag draw. Applicants who receive a Silver State Tag will retain their bonus points for that species.

Like the money generated through the sell of Heritage Tags, Nevada law requires that Silver State tag application fees be deposited in the Wildlife Heritage Trust Account. Funds from this account must be used for the protection, propagation, restoration, transplantation introduction and management of Nevada's game species and fur-bearing mammals as well as management of predatory wildlife.


Silver State Hunts

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 Wildlife Heritage game tags and Silver State tags to allocate each year.

Hunting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset, the same to be considered according to Government sunrise-sunset tables.
Limit: One animal per tag.
Legal Weapon: Any legal weapon may be used throughout the season.

Species Age/Sex Class Unit Group Season Dates Quota
Mule Deer Hunt1300 Any Mule Deer Any management unit where there is an open season for antlered deer. July 1, 2014 through February 28, 2015 1
Pronghorn Antelope Hunt 2300 Any Pronghorn Antelope Any management unit where there is an open season for antelope with horns longer than the ears. July 1, 2014 through February 28, 2015 1
Rocky Mountain Elk Hunt 4300 Elk with at least one antler Any management unit where there is an open season for antlered elk except for Unit 091. July 1, 2014 through February 28, 2015 1
Nelson (Desert) Bighorn Sheep* Hunt 3300 Any Ram *Any management unit where there is an open season for Nelson (desert) bighorn sheep except for Unit 253 where the previous year harvest for the Silver State tag Hunt 3300 occurred. July 1, 2014 through February 28, 2015, except for Unit 252, 280, 281, 282 which will be the season dates as established by the Commission for Hunt 3151 1
Total       4

* 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.