General Hunting Laws & Regulations

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Definitions (as used in these regulations)

Antlerless deer — any deer without antlers (NAC 502.008).

Antlerless elk — any elk without antlers (NAC 502.009).

Antelope with horns longer than its ears — any pronghorn antelope having at least one horn that is longer than either ear of the antelope (NAC 502.002).

Antelope with horns shorter than its ears — any pronghorn antelope without horns or with both horns that are shorter than its ears (NAC 502.003).

Antlered deer — Any deer having at least one antler that is visible above the hairline of the deer (NAC 502.007).

Antlered elk — any elk having at least one antler that is visible above the hairline of the elk (NAC 502.0074).

Spike elk — any antlered elk having not more than two points above the top of the ear on either antler (NAC 502.104).

Ewe — 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 (NAC 502.345).

Junior hunt — a hunt authorized by a regulation of the Commission which is limited to an applicant who (NAC 502.063):

  1. Possesses a hunting license or a combined hunting and fishing license;
  2. Will attain his or her 12th birthday before the first day of each hunting season to which his or her application relates; and
  3. Will not attain his or her 18th birthday until after the last day of each hunting season to which his or her application relates.

Note: A person who is otherwise eligible to apply for a junior hunt may apply for a junior hunt not more than 5 years (NAC 502.333).

Unlawful Use of Aircraft, Helicopter, Motor-driven Vehicle or Boat

An individual:

  1. May not molest, rally, stir up or drive game mammals or game birds with aircraft, helicopter, or motor driven vehicle (includes motorboat or sail boat). Exceptions in NRS 503.005.
  2. May not shoot at any game mammal or game bird with a weapon from aircraft, helicopter, or motor driven vehicle. Exception: a paraplegic, amputation of leg(s), or paralysis of one or both legs which severely impedes walking may shoot from a stopped motor vehicle that is not on the traveled portion of a public highway. However s/he may not shoot from, over or across a highway or road specified in NRS 503.175.
  3. May not spot or locate game mammals or game birds with any kind of aircraft or helicopter and communicate that information, within 24 hours after the aircraft or helicopter has landed for the purpose of hunting or trapping.
  4. May not use any information obtained from the aircraft or helicopter occupants to hunt or kill game mammals or game birds.
  5. May not use a helicopter to transport game, hunters or hunting equipment unless the cargo or passengers or both are loaded and unloaded at airports, airplane landing fields or heliports established by a department or agency of the Federal, State, County or Municipal government.

(Refer to NRS 503.010)

Scouting from Aircraft

  1. A person shall not, for the purpose of hunting, locate or observe or assist a person in locating or observing any big game mammal, game bird or fur-bearing mammal in a management unit described in NAC 504.210 during the period beginning on July 1 and ending on the last day of February of each calendar year with the use of:
    1. An aircraft, including, without limitation, any device that is used for navigation of, or flight in, the air:
    2. A hot air balloon or any other device that is lighter than air;
    3. An unmanned aerial vehicle; or
    4. A satellite or any other device that orbits the earth and is equipped to produce real-time images.
  2. Evidence of an act constituting a violation of subsection 1 includes, without limitation;
    1. Flying slowly at low altitudes;
    2. Hovering;
    3. Circling; or
    4. Repeatedly flying over a forest, marsh, field, woodland or rangeland where a big game mammal, game bird or fur-bearing mammal is likely to be found.

(Refer to NAC 503.148)

Radio Telemetry and Satellite Transmitter

  1. It is unlawful to hunt any wildlife using a radio signal or other transmission received from any transmitting device that is attached to the wildlife.
  2. If you harvest any wildlife with a transmitting device, notify the Department of Wildlife without undue delay. Devices must be returned to the Department.
  3. Do not intentionally break, destroy or damage any transmitting device. Transmitting device means any collar or other device which:
    1. Is attached to any wildlife; and
    2. Emits an electronic signal or uses radio telemetry or a satellite transmission to determine the location of the wildlife.

(Refer to NAC 503.1475)

Baiting Big Game Animals

A person may not bait big game mammals for the purpose of hunting; or knowingly hunt big game mammals that were baited by another person.

Bait means the intentional placing, exposing, depositing, disturbing or scattering of salt, minerals, grain or any other food material, whether natural or manufactured, that could attract, entice or lure wildlife to an area.

(Refer to NAC 503.149)

Wildlife Transport Permit

  1. Required whenever game mammals, tagged species, game birds, game fish, mammals taken by trapping, or raw furs will be transported in or out of the state by any person other than the lawful harvester; or
  2. Whenever any person will be transporting more than one possession limit of game mammals, game birds, game fish, mammals taken by trapping or raw furs.
  3. A person may not transport more than one daily limit of migratory birds.
  4. Permits can be obtained free from Department offices or game wardens. License agents may charge a fee. A list of vendors who sell permits can be found on Transportation Permit Vendors.

(Refer to NRS 503.040)

Use of Tag as Transportation Permit; Requirements

  1. A person with a lawfully issued game tag may use his or her game tag as a transportation permit after the animal has been lawfully harvested; tag punched and attached to the carcass and the transportation permit is filled out by the tag holder, transporter and a witness after harvest.
  2. The transportation permit (tag holder copy and transporter copy) must contain:
    1. The signature and driver’s license number (or DOB if anyone does not have a government issued identification card) of the tag holder, transporter and witness in their designated areas on the transportation permit.
    2. The date and time of the transfer.
    3. Destination of the carcass, hide or pelt (meat and evidence of sex must stay together until arrival at destination written on transportation tag)
  3. The game tag must stay with the majority of the meat
  4. The tag holder and transporter must each retain their copy of the transportation permit for 1 year.

(Refer to NAC 502.401)

Disguising Sex of Animals

It is unlawful for a person to disguise or attempt to disguise the sex characteristics of any harvested animal if sex characteristics are a determining factor in regulation of hunting seasons or possession of the animal.

(Refer to NAC 503.175)

Cape and Horns/Antlers of Wildlife Must Be Maintained with Carcass

Except as otherwise provided in NAC 502.403, any person who kills a deer, elk, mountain goat, antelope or bighorn sheep shall, until the carcass is frozen, smoked, dried, consumed or accepted by a commercial processing plant for processing, maintain possession of at least that portion of the cape or scalp that includes the ears to the base of the muzzle and any antlers or horns. The cape or scalp and any antlers or horns from the animal must be possessed in such a manner that they remain or are kept together with the carcass of the animal.

(Refer to NAC 503.173)

Highway Wildlife Crossing

  1. You cannot hunt or take any big game mammal within ½ mile of a wildlife highway crossing.
  2. You cannot discharge a firearm from, upon, over or across a wildlife highway crossing.
  3. “Wildlife highway crossing” means any overpass or underpass designed and constructed to facilitate the safe passage of wildlife across a highway.

(Refer to NAC 504.105)

Firing Firearm from/over Roads

A person may not discharge a firearm from, upon, over or across any federal, state, main or general county road as described in NRS 408.285 and 403.170.

(Refer to NRS 503.175)

Restrictions on Deer Hunting in Particular Areas: Prohibition on Use or Possession of Certain Shotgun Rounds in Particular Areas

  1. 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:
    1. Deer may be hunted only with:
      1. A shotgun no larger than 10 gauge and no smaller than 20 gauge, using:
        1. Rifled slugs; or
        2. Shotgun rounds with sabots that contain rifled slugs, or a single expanding projectile; or
      2. A bow and arrow.
    2. The use or possession of shotgun rounds with sabots that contain other than rifled slugs or a single expanding projectile is prohibited.
  2. A shotgun that is used to hunt deer pursuant to subsection 1 may be equipped with a smoothbore barrel or a barrel that is partially or fully rifled.
  3. In the Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area:
    1. Deer may be hunted only on the following days during the season set for the hunting of deer:
      1. Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays;
      2. Nevada Day, as observed, pursuant to NRS 236.015;
      3. November 11, Veteran’s Day;
      4. Thanksgiving Day; and
      5. Family Day, as declared pursuant to NRS 236.015.
    2. Deer may be hunted only with longbow and arrow during the season set for the archery hunt for deer.

(Refer to NAC 503.170)

Unlawful to Waste Game

  1. It is unlawful to cause through carelessness, neglect or otherwise any edible portion of any game bird, game mammal, game fish or game amphibian to go to waste.
  2. You cannot just take head, antlers, horns or tusks and leave carcass to waste.
  3. You can leave the carcass of a carnivore.

(Refer to NRS 503.050)

Reasonable Effort Required to Take Wildlife

Each person who shoots and wounds any wildlife while hunting shall make a reasonable effort to take that wildlife, including, without limitation, pursuing and tracking it.

Hunting on Posted Lands Without Permission

  1. It is unlawful for any person to hunt, fish in nonnavigable waters or trap upon land which is private property where the person has been warned by the owner or occupant of the property not to trespass in the manner prescribed in NRS 207.200, or where signs are displayed forbidding hunting, trapping or fishing without permission obtained from the owner or occupant of the private property.
  2. Any person using that private property for hunting, fishing or trapping shall comply with the provisions of NRS 207.220.

(Refer to NRS 503.240)

Shed Antler Hunting

A person may not take or gather shed antlers from public land in Elko, Eureka, Lander, Lincoln, Nye or White Pine counties from Jan 1–April 30 of each year.

Camping Near Water Hole

It is unlawful for any person to camp within 100 yards of a water hole in such a manner that wildlife or domestic stock will be denied access to such water hole.

(Refer to NRS 503.660).

Sale of Nonedible Parts

The sale of the hide, head, antlers or horns or other nonedible parts of game animals which were legally killed is permitted.

Note: The sale of bear gall bladders is unlawful.

(Refer to NAC 503.174)

Hunter Education Requirements

Anyone born after January 1, 1960 is required to provide proof of Hunter Education, in order to purchase a Nevada hunting license. Proof of Hunter Education is an official Hunter Education card or certificate from any state or Canadian province, with the Hunter Education number and state or provincial logo or seal or a previous year’s hunting license with the Hunter Education number or mark. If you have taken a hunter education class in another state or Canadian province, verification must be provided.

(Refer to NRS 502.330)

Trail Cameras

With certain exemptions, it is illegal to place, maintain or use a trail camera on public land from August 1 – December 31 of each year. July 1 through December 31 if the camera is capable of transmitting.