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 $1 processing fee, which bring the total to $24 for mule deer, desert bighorn 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 here.

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 they are only eligible to apply for the Silver State Tag for that species. If they are 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 their application will not be considered in subsequent drawings for the same species in that year. With the exception of tags for certain depredation hunts, an applicant 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 one-half hour after 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 Hunt  Any Mule Deer Any hunt unit where there is an open season for antlered deer. August 1 through December 31 1
Pronghorn Antelope Hunt  Any Pronghorn Antelope Any hunt unit where there is an open season for antelope with horns longer than the ears. August 1 through December 31 1
Rocky Mountain Elk Hunt  Elk with at least one antler Any hunt unit where there is an open season for antlered elk except for Unit 091 which is closed. August 1 through December 31 1
Nelson (Desert) Bighorn Sheep Hunt  Any Ram Any hunt unit where there is an open season for Nelson (desert) bighorn sheep, except for unit 271.   July 1 through December 31 1
Total       4