Wildlife Heritage Tag

Here is your one stop shop for all items related to Nevada’s Heritage Tag. Find out what you can hunt, when and related policies. 

  1. Apply for Heritage Funding
  2. Annual Heritage Timeline
  3. 2022 Wildlife Heritage Tag Seasons and Quotas
  4. Heritage Tag Vendor Fundraising Event Schedule
  5. 2022 Proposal Procedure (Memo)
  6. Commission Policy 10 (Policy, Purpose, Procedure)
  7. Vendor Information Form
Annual Wildlife Heritage Timeline
  • November: The Department notifies sportsmen and conservation groups, other non-profit organizations, and other interested individuals about the Heritage project funding opportunity for the upcoming state fiscal year. The notice provides the public with the link to this web page where the proposal form and other program documents can be found.
  • January 1 – March 1: Completed Heritage project proposals are accepted and reviewed by the Department.
  • April: Packets including the new Heritage project proposals and program financial information are sent to each Wildlife Heritage Committee member, other Board of Wildlife Commission members, and the chairman of each County Advisory Board to Manage Wildlife by April 15.
  • May: A Wildlife Heritage Committee meeting is held each year, usually the night before the May Board of Wildlife Commission meeting, to review the new project proposals and to make recommendations for the Commission. Project proponents or their representatives are encouraged to come to this May Committee meeting. The Committee provides its recommendations to the full Wildlife Commission during the May Commission meeting.
  • June: The Wildlife Heritage Committee usually meets again the night before the June Board of Commissioners meeting. At this meeting, the Committee addresses extension requests from existing Heritage project managers, considers the reallocation of funds from projects that do not need all of their awarded funds (if any), and makes adjustments to their recommendations for the full Wildlife Commission. The Commission then reviews the recommendations of the Committee at their June meeting and either approves or denies the proposed projects. They may also award funds to approved projects that are a different amount than what was requested in a project’s proposal. All parties that have submitted project proposals will be notified of the Commission’s decisions. Successful parties are required to complete a Heritage Program Grant Agreement.
  • Late June/ Early July: The Department’s upper management approves the Heritage Program Grant Agreements for new projects and, absent any unforeseen events, work can commence on the projects in July.

The Wildlife Heritage Trust Account is authorized by NRS 501.3575 and 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 Department may annually expend from the Wildlife Heritage Account an amount of money not greater than 75 percent of the money deposited in the Account during the previous year and the total amount of interest earned on the money in the Account during the previous year. In addition, the Department may, at any time, expend from the Account any portion of the amount of money in the Account which exceeds $5,000,000. 

The Heritage Trust Account started in 1998 and due to the generosity of its participants over the years, the account has now grown to the point that the Commission was able to award $979,703 to new Heritage projects for FY20.

Deadlines: 

All proposals must be submitted to the Nevada Department of Wildlife, Headquarters Office, 6980 Sierra Center Parkway, Ste #120, Reno, Nevada 89511 between January 1 and March 1 of each calendar year. The preferred method of submitting a proposal is sending the completed proposal form to Lee Davis at NDOW via email. His email address is lee.davis@ndow.org. The project year is on a state fiscal year basis of July 1 through June 30. The funds must be utilized in the fiscal year for which they were approved; however, due to unusual circumstances, which must be documented by the applicant prior to the end of the project’s first fiscal year, the Commission may consider an extension of project funds to the next fiscal year if requested by the organization or person that initiated the project proposal. All approved projects must submit a completion report within 30 days after completion of the project. PLEASE NOTE THAT INDIRECT COST CANNOT BE CHARGED ON HERITAGE PROJECTS.

Heritage Tag Seasons and Quotas

Heritage Tag Seasons and Quotas

CR 21-07

2022 Wildlife Heritage Tag Seasons and Quotas

The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners, under the authority of Section 501.181, 502.140, 502.250 and 503.140 of the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS), does hereby adopt the following regulation for the management of wildlife resources in the State of Nevada.

2022 Wildlife Heritage Tags

Hunting Hours: Big game mammals and wild turkey may be hunted from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset as listed on government sunrise-sunset tables. 

Take Limit: One animal allowed per tag. 

Legal Weapon: Any legal firearm or bow as described in NRS 503.150 and Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 503.141, 503.142, 503.143 and 503.144 may be used throughout the big game season. Additionally, any legal weapon or shotgun or bow as described in NAC 503.187 may be used throughout the wild turkey season.**Unit Closures: The Tag Allocation and Application Hunt Committee and Commission directive on unit closures is for the following: close units of harvest during the previous year’s California Bighorn Sheep, and Nelson Bighorn Sheep tags #1 and #2 hunts will be closed for the subsequent year’s hunt if the quota in that unit for the prior year is less than ten (10) for Nelson Bighorn Sheep or seven (7) for California Bighorn Sheep. This closure is subject to change on a yearly basis.

SpeciesClassUnit GroupSeasonQuotaOrganization
Mule DeerAny mule deerAny hunt unit with an antlered mule deer season.August 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022 in compliance with the dates set for each hunt unit group for the Mule Deer hunt.2To be determined at June NBWC meeting
Pronghorn AntelopeAny pronghorn antelopeAny hunt unit with a pronghorn antelope with horns longer than ears season.August 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022 in compliance with the dates set for each hunt unit group for the Pronghorn Antelope hunt.2To be determined at June NBWC meeting
Rocky Mountain ElkAny elk with at least one antlerAny hunt unit with an antlered elk season except for unit 091.August 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022 in compliance with the dates set for each hunt unit group for the Rocky Mountain Elk hunt.2To be determined at June NBWC meeting
Nelson (Desert) Bighorn Sheep Heritage Tag No. 1* Any RamAny hunt unit with a Nelson (desert) bighorn sheep open season except unit 263.**July1, 2022 through December 31, 2022, in compliance with the dates set for each hunt unit group for the Nelson (Desert) bighorn sheep any ram hunt.1To be determined at June NBWC meeting
Nelson (Desert) Bighorn Sheep Heritage Tag No. 2*Any RamAny hunt unit with a Nelson (desert) bighorn sheep open season except unit 263.** July 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022, in compliance with the dates set for each hunt unit group for the Nelson (Desert) bighorn sheep any ram hunt.1To be determined at June NBWC meeting
California Bighorn Sheep Heritage Tag No. 1*Any RamAny hunt unit with a California bighorn sheep season except unit 041.**July 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022 in compliance with the dates set for each hunt unit group for the California bighorn sheep any ram hunt.1To be determined at June NBWC meeting
Wild TurkeyAny wild turkeyAny hunt unit with a wild turkey season.March 21, 2021 through May 3, 2021 in compliance with the dates set for each hunt unit group for the Wild Turkey hunt.5To be determined at June NBWC meeting
Total14
* There are portions of hunt 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 tag holder 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 tag holder. 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. 

Bighorn Sheep tag holders will be notified by the Department of Wildlife of the date, time and location of the Indoctrination classes. Attendance at one Bighorn Sheep Indoctrination Class is mandatory for tag holders or their representative guides or sub-guides. A person represented by a guide or sub-guide at the Indoctrination class may only hunt under the direct supervision of the guide or sub-guide who attended the class on their behalf. Tags will only be issued upon completion of an Indoctrination class. Although attendance in mandatory, tag holders, guides, and sub-guides who can prove they have attended previous Bighorn seminars are exempt from attending future seminars.

2022 Heritage Tag Fundraising Schedule
Heritage Tag Memorandum

DATE: February 24, 2021 

TO: All Interested Parties SUBJECT: 2022 Wildlife Heritage Tags – Authorization of Vendors 

FROM: License Office – Julie Meadows


N.R.S. 502.250 authorizes the Wildlife Commission to designate Wildlife Heritage game tags to be auctioned each year. During the January 2021 Board of Wildlife Commission meeting the Commission approved the seasons and authorized species for the 2022 hunt year:

 – one California Bighorn sheep tag

– two Nelson (Desert) Bighorn sheep tag 

– two Mule Deer tags – two Pronghorn Antelope tags 

– two Rocky Mountain Elk tags 

– five Wild Turkey tags

The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the Wildlife Commission’s intent to select vendors for the auctioning of all 2022 Wildlife Heritage tags at the June 2021 commission meeting. The Department will post the meeting date on our website at www.ndow.org. If your organization is interested in being considered to auction off one or more of these tags for 2022, you may submit a proposal to be a vendor. The deadline for the proposal is in the vendor procedure. 

Enclosed are copies of the procedure for vendor proposal submission including the deadline date, CR 21-07 2022 Wildlife Heritage Tags season, quota and special regulations and Commission Policy P-10, including a form for the required information for your proposal.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Julie Meadows, Program Officer I, License Office, at (775) 688-1512 or FAX (775) 688-1509. Lastly, since there were questions last year we would like to remind vendors that if they are selected to auction a tag or tags the full amount of the bid is to be remitted to the Department.

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you.

2022 Wildlife Heritage Tag Vendor Proposal Procedure

Proposal Deadline: April 19, 2021

 Where to Submit Proposal: Mail to Nevada Department of Wildlife, License Office – Heritage Tags, 6980 Sierra Center Pkwy, Suite 120, Reno, Nevada, 89511 or submit your packet online at ndowinfo@ndow.org, subject line Heritage Tags.

Only those proposals will be considered which are submitted to the Department by the April 19, 2021 deadline. Proposals received after the deadline may be considered for award of Wildlife Heritage Tags by the Commission after the Commission has considered all other proposals received and when necessary to fulfill the purpose of this policy.

A vendor proposal to auction Wildlife Heritage Tag(s) must provide the following information:

(a) Organization name, contact person, phone number and email address. 

(b) Date, time and place of auction. If the proposed date, time and place of the auction changes due to circumstances beyond the organization’s control, it is the vendor’s responsibility to notify the Department in order to post the updated information. 

(c) Type of function (banquet, convention, etc.) 

(d) Estimated attendance. 

(e) Proposed advertising and marketing strategy. 

(f) An explanation of any “packaging” of the game hunt; i.e., other services to be provided in addition to the authorized tag, such as guide or taxidermy services, etc. 

(g) Except for subsection (b), no changes or alterations may occur to the proposal after the deadline for receipt of the proposals.

The Commission will review all proposals and select vendors to auction the respective tags. If no proposals are received, the Commission may authorize other organizations within or outside Nevada to auction the tag. If no acceptable organization can be found to administer an auction, the tag may be sold by sealed bid. 

The Commission reserves the right to refuse any proposal received for auctioning Wildlife Heritage Tags annually. 

All vendors who submit proposals will be notified in writing of the results by the Department.

By the deadline established in the regulation, all vendors must provide the successful bidder information on an application provided by the Department and the Wildlife Heritage donation. 

Commission Policy P-10, season dates and regulations for the 2022 Wildlife Heritage mule deer, pronghorn antelope, Rocky Mountain elk, Nelson (Desert) Bighorn sheep, California Bighorn sheep and wild turkey tags are enclosed

Commission Policy 10

STATE OF NEVADA BOARD OF WILDLIFE COMMISSIONERS 

Number: P-10 

Title: Wildlife Heritage Tags and Vendors 

Commission Policy Number 10 Reference: NRS 502.250 Effective Date: April 1, 2006 

Amended Date: September 23, 2016 

POLICY 

It is the policy of the Board of Wildlife Commissioners (Commission) to provide guidelines for the equitable distribution of Wildlife Heritage Tags to vendors to be auctioned at fundraisers for the benefit of game species. 

The intent of offering Wildlife Heritage Tags is to provide for a unique hunting opportunity and for generating revenue in the Wildlife Heritage Account. This will be accomplished without deleterious impacts to Nevada’s wildlife populations. To this end, it is the Commission’s intention to integrate public comment with sound biological practices in the authorization of seasons and special regulations for Wildlife Heritage Tags annually. 

PURPOSE

 To inform the public and guide the Nevada Department of Wildlife (Department) in administering the disbursement, through an auction or sealed bid process, of not more than 15 big game tags and 5 wild turkey tags annually, to be known as “Wildlife Heritage Tags,” as authorized by NRS 502.250. “Wildlife Heritage Tag” is defined to mean a big game or wild turkey tag auctioned or awarded by sealed bid for the purpose of providing a unique hunting opportunity and for generating revenue to be deposited in the Wildlife Heritage Account. 

PROCEDURE 

  1. The Commission, at the meeting which establishes big game seasons or the February Commission meeting, whichever occurs first, may authorize seasons, quotas, and special regulations, including regulations that outline procedures for the auctioning or sealed bidding of the Wildlife Heritage Tags.
  2.  Except for applicable administrative costs, license, Habitat Conservation Fee, application, Predator Management Fee, and tag fees, all monies derived from Wildlife Heritage Tags will be deposited into the Wildlife Heritage Account.
  3.  By the first Monday in March, the Department will email, mail and post on the Department website vendor solicitation packets which will include this policy, the annual regulation regarding species, season, quotas and special regulations, vendor proposal requirements, and proposal deadline information. 
  4. Proposals submitted to the Department by the third Monday in April of each year will be considered. Proposals received after the deadline may be considered for award of Wildlife Heritage Tags by the Commission after the Commission has considered all other proposals received and when necessary to fulfill the purpose of this policy. 5. 
  5. A vendor proposal to auction Wildlife Heritage Tag(s) must provide the following information:

 (a.) Date, time and place of auction. If the proposed date, time and place of the auction changes due to circumstances beyond the vendor’s control, it is the vendor’s responsibility to notify the Department in order to post the updated information. 

(b.)Type of function (banquet, convention, or other event.) Commission Policy 10 – p2 

(c.) Estimated attendance. 

(d.) Proposed advertising and marketing strategy. 

(e.) An explanation of any “packaging” of the game hunt; i.e., other services to be provided in addition to the authorized tag, such as guide or taxidermy services, etc. 

(f.) Except for subsection (a), no changes or alterations may occur to the proposal after the deadline for receipt of the proposals. 

  1. A vendor may not allow a Wildlife Heritage tag to be auctioned, resold, bartered, or traded at another fundraising event without the approval of the Commission. 
  2. The Commission will review all proposals and select vendors to auction the respective tags. If no proposals are received, the Commission may authorize other organizations within or outside Nevada to auction the tag. If no acceptable organization can be found to administer an auction, the tag may be sold by sealed bid. 
  3. The Commission reserves the right to refuse any proposal received for auctioning Wildlife Heritage Tags annually. 
  4. All vendors who submit proposals will be notified in writing of the results by the Department. 
  5. By the deadline established in annual regulation, all vendors must provide the successful bidder information on an application provided by the Department and the Wildlife Heritage donation. 

This policy shall remain in effect until amended, repealed, or superseded by the Commission. 

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF WILDLIFE COMMISSIONERS IN REGULAR SESSION, September 23, 2016.

Heritage Tag Information Form
2022 Heritage Tag Vendor Information Form

Please fill out this form and send back, along with proposal, to the address listed on the form. 

PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY

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