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Imposition of Liability (NRS 41.472)

  1. If a parent, guardian or other person legally responsible for a minor under the age of 18 years:
    1. Knows that the minor has previously been adjudicated delinquent or has been convicted of a criminal offense;
    2. Knows that the minor has a propensity to commit violent acts; or
    3. Knows or has reason to know that the minor intends to use the firearm for unlawful purposes, and permits the minor to use or possess a firearm, any negligence or willful misconduct of the minor in connection with such use or possession is imputed to the person who permits such use or possession for all purposes of civil damages, and, notwithstanding the provisions of subsection 2 of NRS 41.470**, that person is jointly and severally liable with the minor for any and all damages caused by such negligence or willful misconduct.

NRS 41.470** Subsection 2 states the joint and several liability of one or both parents or guardian having custody or control of a minor under this section shall not exceed $10,000 for any such act of willful misconduct.

Application Process, Payments, Rejection of Applications

Limitation on number of big game tags; application and fee for tag or bonus point
NAC 502.331

  1. Unless otherwise authorized by the Commission, it is unlawful for any person to obtain more than one tag for an antelope, any subspecies of bighorn sheep, an elk or a mountain goat for a season.
  2. An application for a tag or bonus point must be:
    1. Completed in accordance with the regulations of the Commission.
    2. Made for one applicant only.
  3. Except as otherwise provided in NAC 502.4292 (Silver State Tag ), the following nonrefundable fees must be charged for acting upon each application for a tag or bonus point:
    1. Elk tag $15
    2. Any other tag, other than a mountain lion tag $10
    3. Bonus point $10

Withdrawal of application; electronic submission of new application
NAC 502.4183

  1. An application for a tag, permit or bonus point for a species or category of species may be withdrawn after it is received by the Department:
    1. Electronically, if the application was submitted electronically; or
    2. By submitting a written request to the Department which includes the applicant’s client number if the request is received by the Department on or before the Friday next preceding the draw.
  2. If an application is submitted electronically and is withdrawn before the deadline for the draw, the applicant may submit a new application for a tag, permit or bonus point for the same species or category of species in that draw on or before the deadline for the draw.
  3. If an application is submitted electronically and is withdrawn after the deadline for the draw, the applicant may submit a new application for a bonus point for the same species or category of species within 7 days after the deadline for the draw.
  4. The Department shall not consider a withdrawn application in the procedure for awarding tags or bonus points.

Bonus points: Electronic submission of application under certain circumstances
NAC 502.41895

An eligible applicant who has submitted an application for a tag, permit or bonus point for a species or category of species and who withdraws the application pursuant to NAC 502.4183 of this regulation or who fails to submit an application for a species or category of species may, within 7 days after the deadline for the draw, electronically submit an application for a bonus point for that species or category of species.

Application for tag or
bonus point; fees
NAC 502.4175

  1. Except as otherwise authorized by the Commission, a person desiring to obtain a tag , permit or a bonus point without the opportunity to obtain a tag must submit an electronic application provided by the Department. In addition to any information required pursuant to section 9 of this regulation, the application must:
    1. Specify whether the applicant is a resident or nonresident of this State;
    2. Specify the species or category of species for which the applicant is applying;
    3. If the applicant is applying for a tag to hunt deer, bear, elk, antelope, bighorn sheep, mountain goat , moose or wild turkey, include a selection of not more than five hunter choice numbers; and
    4. Set forth an acknowledgment of the affidavit that is included in the application provided by the Department.
  2. A person who desires to be placed on an alternate list pursuant to NAC 502.421 or 502.4275 must apply to the Department electronically to obtain a tag and must indicate on the electronic application his or her desire to be placed on an alternate list.
  3. If an applicant desiring to obtain a bonus point without the opportunity to obtain a tag specifies a hunter choice number on his or her application, the Department shall ignore the specification of the hunter choice number by the applicant and process the application for the bonus point.
  4. The Commission will establish the seasons and quotas for a hunt, and the method for submission and deadline for receipt of applications.
  5. An applicant must obtain a valid hunting license or combination hunting and fishing license before submitting his or her application for a tag , permit or bonus point, except that an applicant may apply for a hunting license when submitting the application for a tag, permit or bonus point .
  6. A hunting license or combination hunting and fishing license may not be used to comply with the provisions of this section for more than one application period for each random draw during a 1-year period after the date of issuance of the license.
  7. The electronic application for a tag , permit or bonus point must be accompanied by:
    1. The fee required pursuant to NRS 502.253 for the support of programs to control predators and protect wildlife habitat;
    2. Any donation the applicant wishes to make to a program specified in paragraph (a) or any other program conducted by the Department;
    3. The fee for a hunting license or combination hunting and fishing license, as provided in NRS 502.240, as amended by section 7 of Senate Bill No. 511, chapter 533, Statutes of Nevada 2017, at page 3633, if the application is for:
      1. A tag or permit and the applicant:
        1. Has not obtained a hunting license or combination hunting and fishing license; and
        2. Indicates on the application that he or she wishes to purchase the hunting license or combination hunting and fishing license regardless of whether his or her application is successfully drawn; or
      2. A bonus point and the applicant has not obtained a hunting license; and
    4. The applicable fee required pursuant to NAC 502.331 for the Department to act upon the application. The Department shall apply the proceeds of the fee in accordance with the provisions of NRS 502.255.
  8. If an application for a tag specified in subsection 7 is:
    1. Successfully drawn, the Department shall collect from the applicant:
      1. The appropriate fee for the tag as provided in NRS 502.250;
      2. The fee for a hunting license or combination hunting and fishing license, as provided in NRS 502.240, as amended by section 7 of Senate Bill No. 511, chapter 533, Statutes of Nevada 2017, at page 3633, if the applicant:
        1. Has not obtained a hunting license and indicates on the application that he or she wishes to purchase the hunting license or combination hunting and fishing license only if his or her application is successfully drawn; or
        2. The hunting license or combination hunting and fishing license submitted with the application for the tag or permit will expire before the opening day of the season for the permit or tag.
  9. An application to obtain a tag that is issued by random selection may be submitted by a person who is under 12 years of age if he or she will attain the age of 12 years before the commencement of each season to which the application relates. An application to obtain a tag that is issued on a first-come, first-served basis may not be submitted by a person who has not yet attained the age of 12 years.
  10. The Department and its agents and employees shall not:
    1. Amend or otherwise alter an application to obtain a tag, permit or bonus point.
    2. Issue a tag or permit or award a bonus point to an applicant who fails to submit the fees required pursuant to this section.

Restriction on applications
NAC 502.4179

A person may not submit an application for a:

  1. Tag and an application for a bonus point for the same category or species in the same drawing unless authorized by the Commission.
  2. Bonus point in a subsequent drawing if a tag or bonus point was obtained for that category of species in a previous drawing that year unless authorized by the Commission.

Rejection of application
NAC 502.418

The Department shall reject an application to obtain a tag, permit or bonus point if any of the following occurs:

  1. The applicant fails to provide the information required pursuant to section 9 of this regulation, unless that information exists in the records of the Department .
  2. The applicant fails to specify or incorrectly specifies the number of his or her hunting license or combination hunting and fishing license, unless that information exists in the records of the Department.
  3. The applicant fails to specify his or her social security number pursuant to section 9 of this regulation, unless that information exists in the
    1. records of the Department.
  4. The parent or legal guardian of an applicant who is at least 12 years of age but
    1. less than 18 years of age fails to provide the acknowledgment required pursuant NRS 502.060, as amended by section 2 of Senate Bill No. 511, chapter 533, Statutes of Nevada 2017, at page 3629.
  5. The applicant fails to specify on the application the species or the category of the species for which the application was submitted and, if the application is for a tag, a valid hunter choice number for that type of hunt. If the applicant specifies valid and invalid numbers, the Department shall accept the application for the valid numbers only.
  6. The applicant fails to provide the acknowledgment required pursuant to NRS 502.030.
  7. The applicant fails to submit the fees required pursuant to NAC 502.4175 .
  8. The applicant fails to comply with the provisions of NAC 502.405, unless, on or
    1. before the deadline set forth in an annual regulation of the Commission for the year in which the application is submitted, he or she pays the applicable administrative fine and submits the properly completed questionnaire issued as part of the tag or permit or the information required by the questionnaire.
  9. Except as otherwise provided in NAC 502.4183, the applicant submits more than one application to hunt for the same species or category of species of wildlife during the same year, unless such an application is specifically authorized by the Commission. If such an application is not specifically authorized by the Commission, all applications submitted by the applicant to hunt for the same species must be rejected.
  10. Except as otherwise provided in NAC 502.4183 and 502.41895, the application is received after the deadline set by the Commission or by the Director pursuant to NAC 502.4196.
  11. The applicant fails to comply with the provisions of NRS 502.330.
  12. The applicant is otherwise ineligible to apply for the tag or bonus point.

Correctable errors
NAC 502.4197

  1. The Department shall allow an applicant to correct a correctable error in an application for a tag for the main draw if:
    1. The Department receives the application and enters the information on the application into the computer;
    2. The application contains an error that causes the computer to send to the applicant a letter of rejection and blank correction document; and
    3. The Department receives the completed correction document on or before the deadline set forth in the correction document.
  2. If the Department receives the completed correction document on or before the deadline set forth in the correction document, the Department shall:
    1. Use the information contained in the correction document to update the applicant’s file on the computer; and
    2. Consider the applicant in the procedure for awarding a tag.
  3. The Department shall not consider an applicant in the procedure for awarding a tag if:
    1. The applicant submits a correction document that does not contain information sufficient to correct every error in the application; or
    2. The correction document is not received by the Department on or before the deadline set forth in the correction document.
  4. As used in this section:
    1. “Correctable error” means:
      1. An incorrect or missing date of birth;
      2. An incorrect, invalid or missing number of a hunting license;
      3. An incorrect, invalid or missing hunter choice number;
      4. Failure to specify the species or the category of the species for which the application was submitted;
      5. Failure of the applicant to specify his social security number on the application for a hunting license if:
        1. The application is included with his application for a tag or bonus point; and
        2. The Social Security Administration has issued a social security number to the applicant;
      6. Failure to include the proper fee;
      7. Failure of the applicant to sign the application;
      8. If the applicant is less than 18 years of age, failure of his parent or legal guardian to sign the application; or
      9. Failure to complete a course in the responsibilities of hunters as required pursuant to NRS 502.330.
    2. “Main draw” means the draw pursuant to which the greatest number of big game tags are issued to residents and nonresidents.

Method of payment; fee for application submitted electronically
NAC 502.118

  1. A payment for any license, permit, tag, certificate of ownership, certificate of number or any other service provided by the Department must be:
    1. Made payable to the Department;
    2. In the form of:
      1. Cash;
      2. A personal check that is drawn by a drawer who is a resident of this State and that includes on the face of the check the address of the drawer in this State;
      3. If required by the Department, a cashier’s check, certified check or money order; or
      4. If an application for the service is submitted electronically, an electronic method of payment that is specified by the Department; and
    3. Paid in United States currency.
  2. The Department shall not accept the following forms of payment:
    1. A check or draft that does not comply with subparagraph (2) of paragraph (c) of of subsection 1; or
    2. A check or draft that is endorsed to a third party.
  3. The Department may, in accordance with NRS 353.1465, charge and collect a nonrefundable processing fee.

Dishonored checks or drafts; effect of dishonored payment or nonpayment
NAC 502.119

  1. If a person submits a check or draft to the Department and the check or draft is dishonored by the bank upon which the check or draft is drawn, the Department shall charge and collect a fee of $25 from the person.
  2. An application for a license, permit, tag, certificate of ownership, certificate of number or any other service provided by the Department shall be deemed invalid if any payment that is required to be included with the application is not received by the Department or if a check or draft for that payment is dishonored by the bank upon which the check or draft is drawn.
  3. Any person who submits an application that is deemed invalid pursuant to subsection 2 is ineligible to receive or exercise any privilege conferred upon him pursuant to title 45 of NRS until:
    1. The Department receives the payment specified in subsection 2; and
    2. The person pays any costs incurred by the Department in collecting the payment.
  4. The Department may require a person specified in subsection 3 to submit a payment in the form of a cashier’s check, certified check or money order for:
    1. Any license, permit, tag, certificate of ownership, certificate of number or any other service provided by the Department; and
    2. Any delinquent fees associated with the original transaction for the license, permit, tag, certificate of ownership, certificate of number or service.

Applications by group of persons
NAC 502.4185

  1. Except for a restricted nonresident deer hunt, residents and nonresidents may apply for tags as one party if they:
    1. Submit individual applications to obtain tags;
    2. Indicate the desire to hunt as a party on their applications; and
    3. Select the corresponding valid hunter choice numbers for a species or category of species.
  2. If the Department is required, pursuant to NAC 502.418, to reject an application submitted by one member of a party, the Department is not required to reject the applications of the remaining members unless the ground for rejecting the one application also applies to the other applications.
  3. Except as otherwise provided in NAC 502.4195, the Department shall not exceed its quotas for the respective resident and nonresident units of a season when issuing tags to a party.
  4. As used in this section, “party” means two or more persons applying together as a group to obtain tags for a season to hunt any deer, antlerless elk or antelope with horns shorter than its ears.

New Shed Hunting Regulation

The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners has approved a new regulation that prohibits the taking or gathering of shed antlers from public land in Elko, Eureka, Lander, Lincoln, Nye or White Pine counties from January 1 – April 30 each year.