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Special Regulations

Hunting Regulations Icon Nevada Hunting

Antelope Special Regulations (refer to NAC 502.341)

Any resident of Nevada or nonresident is eligible to apply in any year for a tag to hunt antelope unless his or her privilege is limited or revoked pursuant to law.

The antelope waiting period for horns longer than ears is 3 years regardless of harvest success.

Black Bear Special Regulations (refer to NAC 502.373)

Any resident or nonresident of this State is eligible to apply in any year for a black bear tag to hunt black bear unless his or her privilege is limited or revoked pursuant to law.

A person who obtains a black bear tag or a replacement black bear tag and who is successful in harvesting a black bear is not eligible to apply for another black bear tag during the next 5 years.

A person who harvests a black bear must call the Black Bear Harvest Information Hotline (1-800-800-1667) within 24 hours to report the harvest. He/she must also personally present the skull and hide to a representative of the Department for inspection within 72 hours of harvesting.

If a person accidentally traps or kills a black bear, the person must report the trapping or killing to a representative of the Department within 48 hours and dispose of the remains of the black bear in accordance with the instructions of the Department.

It is unlawful for any person to kill a female black bear that is accompanied by a black bear cub; or kill or possess a black bear cub.

As used in this subsection, “black bear cub” means any black bear which is less than 1 year of age or less than 50 pounds.

A tag holder must call the Black Bear Harvest Information Hotline prior to hunting to determine if the hunt has been closed due to the harvest objective being reached. The number is 1-800-800-1667 and is accessible 24 hours a day.

Deer Special Regulations (refer to NAC 503.170)

In the fenced or cultivated lands of the Smith and Mason Valleys, in the Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area and in the zones within the Fort Churchill State Historic Park and the Lahontan State Recreation Area that are designated for hunting by the Administrator of the Division of State Parks of the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources:

Deer may be hunted only with a shotgun no larger than 10 gauge and no smaller than 20 gauge, using rifled slugs or shotgun rounds with sabots that contain rifled slugs or a single expanding projectile; or a longbow and arrow.

The use or possession of shotgun rounds with sabots that contain other than rifled slugs or a single expanding projectile is prohibited.

A shotgun that is used to hunt deer may be equipped with a smoothbore barrel or a barrel that is partially or fully rifled.

In the Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area deer may be hunted only on the following days during the season set for the hunting of deer:

  • Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays;
  • Nevada Day, as observed;
  • November 11, Veteran’s Day;
  • Thanksgiving Day; and
  • Family Day.

Bighorn Sheep Special Regulations
NAC 502.345

  1. Unless his or her privilege is limited or revoked pursuant to law, any resident of Nevada or nonresident is eligible to apply for a tag to hunt for a ram from one or more of the following subspecies of bighorn sheep:
    1. Nelson bighorn sheep;
    2. California bighorn sheep; or
    3. Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep,

    if, in the immediately preceding 10 years, he or she did not receive a tag or replacement tag to hunt for a ram from that subspecies of bighorn sheep.

  2. Unless his or her privilege is limited or revoked pursuant to law, any resident of Nevada or nonresident is eligible to apply for a tag to hunt for a ewe from one or more of the following subspecies of bighorn sheep:
    1. Nelson bighorn sheep;
    2. California bighorn sheep; or
    3. Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep,

    if, in the immediately preceding 2 years, he or she did not receive a tag or replacement tag to hunt for a ewe from that subspecies of bighorn sheep.

  3. A person who kills a bighorn sheep, regardless of subspecies or gender, shall, within 5 days after killing it, personally present the skull and horns of the animal to a representative of the Department for inspection. For a ram, the inspector shall permanently attach a seal to one of the horns by plugging the seal into the horn or permanently brand an identification number on one of the horns. It is unlawful for any person to alter or remove the seal after the seal is permanently attached to a horn or to alter or remove the permanently branded identification number. It is unlawful to possess or sell the horns of a ram without a seal having been so attached or number so branded.
  4. As used in this section, “ewe” means any female bighorn sheep having a horn or horns of at least 5 inches in length each as measured on the outside curve of the horn from the skull to the tip.

Elk Special Regulations
NAC 502.361

  1. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 3 or NAC 502.4293, or unless his or her privilege is limited or revoked pursuant to law, a person is eligible to apply for a bull elk tag in any year if he or she did not receive a bull elk tag or a replacement tag for a bull elk in the previous 7 years. Unless his or her privilege is limited or revoked pursuant to law, a person is eligible to apply for an antlerless elk tag in any year.
  2. Except as otherwise provided in NAC 502.4293, unless his or her privilege is limited or revoked pursuant to law, a person is eligible to apply for a spike elk tag in any year if he or she did not receive a spike elk tag or a replacement tag for a spike elk in the previous year.
  3. The waiting period for bull elk is 7 years regardless of harvest success.

Mountain Goat Special Regulations
NAC 502.364

  1. Before a person may hunt a mountain goat, he or she must obtain a tag from the Department. Except as otherwise provided by a regulation of the Commission or title 45 of NRS, a person may apply for a mountain goat tag in any year if, in the immediately preceding 10 years, he or she did not receive a tag or replacement tag for a mountain goat.
  2. A person who harvests a mountain goat shall, within 5 days after harvesting it, personally present the skull, hide and any edible portion of the animal, or its carcass, to a representative of the Department for inspection.