Big Game Draw Set for Today

With the big game draw set for today, sportsmen and women might have a little trouble sleeping until the results come out on Friday. Is this the year I finally pull that bighorn sheep or bull elk tag? If I pull more than one tag, how will I ask for that time off from work? If one of my friends pulls a tag but I don’t, how am I going to pretend to be happy for them?  

One question that hunters will not have to worry about, however, is the draw process and the issuing of tags will remain the same. 

Nevada awards big game tags through a random draw process with every application assigned a random number or “draw number”. The applications are sorted in ascending order by draw numbers and allotted by species in areas with available remaining quotas. This year alone, almost 6 million random numbers will be generated and distributed across all species, hunts and weapon classes. 

As required by state law the Department uses a third party vendor to administer the draw.  This year, NDOW followed a strict state guided procurement process and selected a new forward thinking vendor in Kalkomey Enterprises, LLC (Kalkomey). 

“Nevada’s big game draw is a unique, complicated and precise system of distributing tags,” said Tony Wasley, Director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). “We are fortunate to be partnering with Kalkomey and look forward to working with them as we continue to strive for the most convenient, modern and simple process for our sportsmen.” 

Wasley points to Kalkomey’s long history of working with state fish and wildlife agencies as another reason for the Department’s confidence in their abilities. 

“Kalkomey partners with over 100 different government agencies in all 50 states and other countries including Canada, New Zealand and Mexico,” said Wasley. “The innovation and technology that Kalkomey brings to the table will help us get sportsmen outside faster.” 

The draw results will be released on Friday, May 25. Applicants will be notified by email and results will be posted to their individual customer accounts on under the “Applications and Points” tab on the left. 

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