Big Game Seasons
Limits and Hours
The limit is one animal per tag and the hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset for all big game hunts, unless otherwise specified.
Important: The quotas listed are from the 2019 big game seasons. Big game quotas will not be set until the May 2020 Commission meeting in order to accommodate the most current data on big game herds. New hunts, dates or units added to a hunt are marked in bold blue italics.
Note: Standard dates for opening and closing of seasons are set by calendar date and not based on a Saturday opening and Sunday closing.
Before you apply
The Department maintains several informational resources on our website at www.ndow.org to help with planning your hunt including: Hunter Information Sheets (facts on terrain, vegetation, land ownership, hunter access, map references, local services and recommended hunting areas), hunt application advisories, big game demand, hunter success rates, harvest point class and bighorn sheep age and scores.
Big Game Main Draw Electronic Tag Return
NEW FOR 2020: Within seven (7) days of public release of draw results, the successful tag recipient can choose to electronically return his or her tag at ndowlicensing.com.
Important Information for 2020
Helicopters and your Hunt
Each year, the Nevada Department of Wildlife conducts about 1000 hours of surveys with two Department helicopters to determine the productivity and distribution of wildlife species from mule deer to eagles. These aircraft are occasionally supplemented by contracted fixed-wing aircraft or helicopters to assist during high-demand periods. Wildlife surveys are essential to harvest regulation, and the Department strives to avoid conducting surveys during hunting seasons. Unfortunately, due to weather and demands associated with optimal survey timing, the Department sometimes must conduct surveys during seasons when a hunt may be ongoing. We are asking hunters to recognize that a survey may occur during any open hunting season, although the Department will do its best to reduce this to the extent possible.
Notable Changes to the Application Process
- Within seven (7) days of public release of draw results, the successful tag recipient can choose to electronically return his or her tag at ndowlicensing.com.
- Eligible persons may apply for both antlered AND antlerless mule deer hunts, but may only obtain one (1) mule deer tag per year; OR eligible juniors may apply for the junior antlered/antlerless mule deer hunt.
- Eligible persons may apply for both antelope horns longer than ears AND antelope horns shorter than ears hunts, but may only obtain one (1) antelope tag per year.
- Harvested bighorn sheep ewes do not need to be physically inspected by the Department.
- Successful bighorn sheep ewe tag winners and mountain goat tag winners must complete a mandatory sheep and goat gender identification course prior to receiving their tags.
- Harvest return card questionnaires are not required if a harvested bighorn sheep ram, black bear, or mountain goat is physically inspected by the Department.
- Eligible persons may apply for antlered elk, antlered depredation elk, spike elk, antlerless elk, and antlerless depredation elk but may obtain only one (1) elk tag per draw application period;
- Antlerless elk management hunts have been closed for the 2020-2021 Big Game Season.
Important 2020 Application Calendar Dates
2020 Application Calendar
Big Game Main Draw
Big Game Second Draw
|Application Period Opens||3/16/2020||6/8/2020|
|Application Period Deadline||5/4/2020||6/15/2020|
|Bonus Point Application & Application Withdrawal Period Closes||5/11/2020||6/22/2020|
|Initial Draw Results Released||5/22/2020||7/8/2020|
Big Game First Come/First Serve is available beginning 7/24/2020