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Big Game Application Eligibility

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2020 Big Game Tag Application Eligibility and Tag Limits (CR 20-09)

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.

Big Game Tag Application Eligibility

Except as otherwise provided by regulation, a person may only apply for one (1) big game tag per species or subspecies per draw application period, with the following exceptions:

  • An eligible person may submit one (1) application for antlered mule deer and one (1) application for antlerless mule deer, or an eligible person may submit one (1) application for the junior antlered or antlerless mule deer hunt, per draw application period;
  • An eligible person may submit one (1) application for pronghorn antelope horns longer than ears and one (1) application for pronghorn antelope horns shorter than ears per draw application period;
  • An eligible person may submit one (1) application for antlered elk, one (1) application for antlered depredation elk, one (1) application for spike elk, and one (1) application for each type of antlerless elk, including antlerless elk, and antlerless depredation elk, per draw application period;
  • An eligible person may submit one (1) application for ram bighorn sheep per subspecies and one (1) application for ewe bighorn sheep per subspecies per draw application period;
  • An eligible person may submit one (1) application for antlered mule deer and one (1) application for antlerless mule deer per hunt application period; and
  • An eligible person may submit one (1) application for pronghorn antelope horns longer than ears and one (1) application for pronghorn antelope horns shorter than ears per hunt application period.

Big Game Tag Limits

Except as otherwise provided by regulation, a person may only obtain one (1) big game tag per species or subspecies per year, with the following exceptions:

  • An eligible person may obtain one (1) bighorn sheep tag per subspecies per year;
  • An eligible person may obtain Heritage tags, Mule Deer or Pronghorn Antelope Landowner Damage Compensation tags, Elk Incentive tags, and Antlerless Elk Landowner tags in addition to any tags obtained through a draw process.

Big Game Second Draw Eligibility

A second drawing will be held for all mule deer, pronghorn antelope, black bear, elk, mountain goat and bighorn sheep tags that remain after the completion of the big game main draw process. Eligible residents and nonresidents may apply for any remaining tags during the big game second draw application period, with the exception of the junior mule deer and antlerless mule deer hunt tags, which will only be available to eligible resident applicants.

First-Come, First-Served Remaining Big Game Tag Eligibility

Any mule deer, pronghorn antelope, elk, mountain goat or bighorn sheep tags remaining after the completion of the big game second draw process will be available to eligible resident and nonresident applicants through a first-come, first-served process, with the exception of the junior mule deer and antlerless mule deer hunt tags, which will only be available to eligible resident applicants. Applicants must be at least 12 years old at the time the application for a first-come, first-served tag is submitted for a hunt season that is already in progress.

Harvest Return Card Questionnaire

The issuance of a big game tag includes an online harvest questionnaire that tag recipients are required to complete, regardless of whether or not they hunted or harvested big game. Harvest questionnaires may be submitted online at
www.ndowlicensing.com or by telephone at 1-855-542-6369.

Except as otherwise noted, successful hunters for bighorn sheep ram, mountain goat and bear who have their harvest physically inspected at a Department office will not be required to return a harvest questionnaire.

Properly completed harvest return card questionnaires must be submitted before 5pm (pacific time) on January 31 following the close of the hunt season for which the tag was issued, with the exception of hunts that end on or after January 31, which must be properly completed and submitted before 5pm (pacific time) on February 28 following the close of the hunt season for which the tag was issued.

 

Big Game Application Seminars

If you have questions about Nevada’s tag application process, the Nevada Department of Wildlife has the answers.

Las Vegas

Clark County Shooting Complex

11357 N Decatur Blvd.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Reno

NDOW Conference Room

1100 Valley Road

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

To register go to www.register-ed.com/programs/nevada and click on the Advanced Hunter Education Program.

 

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Since 1939, excise taxes collected from hunters and anglers have contributed nearly $30 billion in real funding for state-based conservation work.