A tag is needed by all hunters in Nevada to pursue big game populations like mule deer, bighorn sheep, elk, mountain goats or pronghorn antelope.
In Nevada, big game tags are distributed through a computerized draw process, handled by a contracted third party, Kalkomey Enterprises, LLC.
Mountain lions are also a big game species. Mountain lion tags are available online at www.ndowlicensing.com or over the counter at local license agents. Call 1-800-800-1667 to identify open hunt units.
The application period for the Nonresident Guided Mule Deer Hunt is generally open around mid-February, with results available by late-March. This hunt is only available to nonresidents.
The main application period for big game, which includes the Silver State and Partnership in Wildlife tags, generally runs from mid-March to mid-May. Results from this draw are available at the end of May or beginning of June.
A second draw follows the main draw and offers any tag that is left over or returned without an eligible alternate. The second draw is generally held in mid-June. Second draw tags are offered to any residency regardless of the residency originally assigned to the tag for the main draw.
Tags that are returned to the Department with no eligible alternate or any tags remaining after the second draw may be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis. The First-Come, First-Served program generally opens early-July. First-Come, First-Served tags are offered to any residency regardless of the residency originally assigned to the tag for the main draw.
All application periods and the The First-Come, First-Served program can be found at www.ndowlicensing.com during their respectful open dates.