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BEGIN YOUR

Hunting Experience

Fall is a busy time of year for hunters. If you still don’t have your hunting license and are considering upland game hunting or waterfowl hunting, buy and get your hunting license today.

LICENSE FEES

Many different options are offered for licenses including youth and adult, as well as combination licenses so you can make the most of the outdoors. Tags and other fees may apply for hunting as well.

Hunting and Hunting/Fishing Combination Licenses
Adult Combination – 18 & older$75.00
Youth Combination – 12-17$15.00
Adult Hunting – 18 & older$38.00
Apprentice Hunting License 12 & older
Available at NDOW offices only
$15.00
Specialty Combination Licenses (Verification Required)
Senior Specialty Combination – 65+ & 5 years residence$15.00
Serviceman Specialty Combination$15.00
Severely Disabled Specialty Combination$15.00
Disabled Veteran Specialty Combination$15.00
Native American Specialty Combination$10.00

Your Hunting License

Nevada’s hunting license gives you the ability to hunt upland game and waterfowl during the open seasons. Big game animals require a tag in addition to a license and can be obtained by a draw process or purchased through a landowner; the First-Come, First-Served program; or through auctions and raffles hosted by third-party non-governmental organizations.

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Big Game Hunting Information

If you are looking to find out more information about hunting big game in Nevada, check out the resources below.

Tag Costs

Big Game hunting throughout Nevada has different fees based upon each species.

Specialty Combination Licenses (Verification Required)
Mule Deer Tag$30.00
Landowner Damage Compensation Tag-Mule Deer & Antelope$50.00
Antelope Tag$60.00
Bighorn Sheep Tag$120.00
Elk Tag$120.00
Elk Incentive Tag$120.00
Rocky Mountain Goat Tag$120.00
Mountain Lion Tag$29.00
Black Bear Tag$100.00
Duplicate Tag$10.00
Nonrefundable Predator Fee$3.00
Nonrefundable Elk Damage Fee$5.00
Nonresident Tag Costs
Mule Deer Tag$240.00
Restricted Nonresident Guided Deer Tag$300.00
Landowner Damage Compensation Tag-Mule Deer & Antelope$50.00
Bighorn Sheep Tag$1,200.00
Antelope Tag$300.00
Elk Tag$1,200.00
Elk Incentive Tag$1,200.00
Rocky Mountain Goat Tag$1,200.00
Mountain Lion Tag$104.00
Black Bear Tag$300.00

Non-refundable Applications Fees

  • $15 for elk (includes $5 elk damage fee)
  • $10 for all other big game species or bonus point only
  • $3 predator control fee per application
Application Process

A tag is needed by all hunters in Nevada’s 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. You can learn more about Nevada’s draw system here.

Mountain lions are also a big game species. Mountain lion tags are available online at 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 Hunt is generally open around mid-March, with results available by late-March.

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. You can watch for the opening at www.ndowlicensing.com. 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.

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.

All application periods and the The First-Come, First-Served program can be found at www.ndowlicensing.com during their respectful open dates.

2021 Big Game Application Calendar

The 2021 Big Game Application Calendar dates are below:

Main DrawSecond DrawFirst Come
Application Period OpensMarch 22June 7N/A
Application Period DeadlineMay 10June 14N/A
Bonus Point Application and Application Withdrawal ClosesMay 17June 21N/A
Results Release DateMay 26July 9N/A
Draw Process

Applications are evaluated for bonus points and squared, adding one extra number for the application, to provide the number of entries for each eligible species. The more bonus points an applicant has, the better their chances of receiving the lowest draw number. 

Randomly generated numbers are assigned to each number of entries. The lowest number assigned to an application for each species is used in the draw. 

Groups of applications are pulled and ranked from lowest draw to highest draw number. Tags are assigned to the first lowest draw number followed by the second, third, and so forth until all quotas are filled and each application is evaluated. 

The explanation of groups and order of the group’s evaluation are as follows:

  1. Silver State
  2. Partnership in Wildlife
  3. Junior Mule Deer Antlered/Antlerless
  4. Assigned simultaneously in no particular order: Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Ram, California Bighorn Sheep Ram, Nelson (Desert) Bighorn Sheep Ram, Elk Antlered, Elk Depredation Antlered, Antelope Horns Longer than Ears, Mule Deer Antlered, Mountain Goat, Black Bear.
  5. Assigned simultaneously in no particular order: California Bighorn Sheep Ewe, Nelson (Desert) Bighorn Sheep Ewe, Elk Antlerless, Elk Depredation Antlerless, Antelope Horns Shorter than Ears, Mule Deer Antlerless
  6. Spike Elk

Species within the same group do not affect the ability to receive a tag for a different species within the same group, with the exception of the subspecies of Bighorn Sheep. 

An applicant is only allowed to draw one tag per species. Once the first tag of a species is awarded to an applicant, all other applications for that species, regardless of type or sex, is marked ineligble. For example: if an applicant draws a Silver State Mule Deer Antlered tag, any application for a Mule Deer Antlered or Antlerless tag would then become ineligible.

Eligibility

The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners has adopted the following regulation for the management of wildlife resources in Nevada. The document below outlines the Big Game Tag Application Eligibility and Tag Limits.

Bonus Point Program

Bonus points increase a hunter’s probability of receiving a low draw number in hopes of drawing a tag, but, unlike a preference point, they do not provide any guarantee of drawing a tag after so many points are accumulated. 

Residents and nonresidents can purchase a bonus point or automatically receive a bonus point for an unsuccessful big game tag application. An applicant can only obtain one point per species or subspecies a year under a single active license. 

Bonus points are awarded by specific species categories, each encompassing all separate weapons hunts available in that category.

Returning a Tag

Game tags may be returned to the Department for the return of bonus points, a refund of the tag fee, deferral of the tag to the next applicable hunting season, or a transfer of the tag to another eligible hunter. The reasoning and specific conditions around the tag’s return will determine which option a person is eligible for. Tag returns are outlined in NAC 502 and the regulations can be found on the reverse of this form.

Small Game Hunting Information

There are many different upland game and small game species to pursue in Nevada. Find more about those species here. Learn about Nevada small game hunting opportunities today.

Fee Structure

To hunt most small game and upland game species you only need a hunting license, but for some species you do need a tag. To learn more about these tags see the information provided below.

Eligibility

Nevada has a wide variety of upland game that include dusky, sooty, and ruffed grouse; sage grouse; chukar and Hungarian partridge; Himalayan snowcock; ring-necked pheasant; California, Gambel’s, and mountain quail; and North American wild turkey.

Small game are also abundant in Nevada and include cottontail, pygmy, and white-tailed jackrabbits. 

Falconry seasons are in effect for waterfowl (the Federal E-duck stamp is still a requirement for all types of take of a waterfowl) as well as dove, chukar, sage, blue and ruffed grouse, pheasant, Himalayan snowcock, Hungarian partridge, quail, and rabbit.

Youth seasons include chukar and Hungarian partridge; California and Gambel’s quail; and cottontail, pygmy, and white-tailed jackrabbits.

Rules & Regulations

Hunting hours for upland game birds and rabbits are sunrise to sunset except as noted. Regulations pertaining to upland game species are included in the Nevada Big Game and Small Game Regulations and Seasons guide books.

Turkey Hunting in Nevada

Turkey Seasons and Limits: You will need a valid turkey tag to hunt turkey in Nevada. To receive one of these tags, similar to a big game tag, there is an application process and draw.

Turkey Tag Fees: The following turkey tag fees apply to all turkey hunts, in addition to a hunting license.

Resident Tag Fees
Wild Turkey Tag$20.00
Nonresident Tag Fees
Wild Turkey Tag $50.00
*Prices do not include nominal processing fee
Research

In Nevada, migratory game bird seasons are established for ducks and mergansers, coots and gallinules, snipe, Canada geese, white fronted geese, snow geese and Ross’ geese and swan. Migratory waterfowl are a subgroup of migratory game birds, and include ducks, mergansers, geese, and swans.

Stamps Required

To pursue waterfowl within Nevada, a hunter is required to have a Nevada hunting license as well as a Nevada HIP number and Federal E-Duck Stamp. Purchase your license and Federal E-Duck Stamp today at www.ndowlicensing.com.

Waterfowl include: swan, ducks, mergansers and geese.

Rules & Regulations

There are different seasons and bag limits for migratory birds depending on which part of the state you are hunting in. Make sure to review the rules and regulations before heading into the field this season. You can learn more about Nevada’s migratory bird hunting rules and regulations by following this link.

Swan Hunting in Nevada

Swan Hunt Permits: Swan hunters in Nevada can hunt swans with a swan permit available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis.

Swan Fees: In order to hunt swans, hunters must have a hunting license and a Nevada HIP number, pay for the permit as well as purchase a federal duck stamp.

Resident Tag/ Permit Fees
Swan Permit$10.00
Nonresident Tag/ Permit Fees
Swan Permit $10.00
*Prices do not include nominal processing fee
Heritage Tag

The Wildlife Heritage Trust Account 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 Heritage Trust account started in 1998 and due to the generosity of its participants over the years, the account has now grown to more than $10 million. 

Heritage Tags can be obtained by bidding auctions through third party vendors designated by the Board of Wildlife Commission. A Heritage tag allows for the ability to hunt the species of the tag purchased in any open unit during the seasons specified for Heritage tags. Weapon types are not restricted and customers can purchase a Heritage tag regardless of current waiting periods.  

The table below displays the organizations that were awarded Wildlife Heritage tags to auction at their fundraising events. To learn more about the Heritage Tag, click here: Heritage Tag – NDOW.

For details on how you can get a Nevada Heritage Tag find resources below:

Nevada Dream Tag

The Nevada Dream Tag Program is a raffle-style drawing that allows sportsmen and women a chance at the hunt of a lifetime while also contributing to Nevada’s wildlife habitat. The raffle is conducted by a third party, non-profit organization established through the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. Funds raised are deposited into the Wildlife Trust Account and used for the betterment of Nevada’s wildlife. One of the best aspects of this raffle is the ability to purchase tickets for your family and friends. Purchase your Dream Tag raffle at www.nvdreamtag.org.

The Dream Tag allows the holder to hunt their tag’s species in any open and is not restricted by weapon type. Customers can draw a Dream Tag regardless of current waiting periods.

Tickets for the Nevada Dream Tag raffle are available now and will be sold until June 30. The winners will be announced in early July.

Partnership in Wildlife (PIW) Tag

Partnership in Wildlife (PIW) is a voluntary and optional participation program that offers unique hunting opportunities to hunters. The PIW tag is offered to applicants during the big game application period and is awarded during the draw. Funds raised through the PIW program are deposited into the Wildlife Heritage Trust Account and are utilized each year on projects that benefit the wildlife of Nevada. 

A PIW tag allows for the ability to hunt the species listed on the tag in any open unit where weapon type is dependent upon the current season. Waiting periods apply but the award of a PIW Tag does not cost an applicant their bonus points.

Silver State Tag

The Silver State Tag or Governor’s Tag is a voluntary participation program that generates revenue for the Wildlife Heritage Trust Account and is 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. The Silver State tag is offered to applicants during the big game application period and is awarded during the draw. 

A Silver State Tag allows for the ability to hunt the species listed on the tag in any open unit during the seasons specified for the Silver State Tags. Weapon type is not restricted and anyone can apply for a Silver State Tag regardless of waiting periods. The award of a Silver State Tag does not cost an applicant their bonus points.

NEVADA HUNT UNITS AND AREAS

Hunters are responsible to know their hunt areas and read the unit descriptions. Contact the appropriate municipal, county, state, or federal agency to identify areas closed to hunting, or to determine whether other restrictions or ordinances are in effect.

SPECIALTY HUNTING PERMITS

Hunting Accessibility resources include hunting blinds, hunting programs, and special hunting permits that are geared for hunters with disabilities.