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Tag & Permit Regulations

Hunting Regulations Icon Nevada Hunting

Cancellation/Return of Tag and Conditions for Refund (NAC 502.422)

Species

Cancellation / Return of Tag & Condition for Refund

Date Restrictions on returns

Refund

Bonus Points Reinstated

Eligibility Reinstated

Tag to Alternate

Bighorn Sheep

Stipulation: Death, Medical Disability, Armed Forces Transfer

Must be received at least one (1) business day before the opening day of season

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes**

Stipulation: Any Reason

Must be received no later than July 15th

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes**

After July 15th

No

Yes

Yes

Yes**

Mountain Goat

Stipulation: Death, Medical Disability, Armed Forces Transfer

Must be received at least one (1) business day before the opening day of season

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes**

Stipulation: Any Reason

Must be received no later than July 15th

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes**

After July 15th

No

Yes

Yes

Yes**

Elk

Stipulation: Death, Medical Disability, Armed Forces Transfer

Must be received at least one (1) business day before the opening day of season

Yes

Yes*

Yes

Yes**

Stipulation: Any Reason

No

Yes*

Yes

Yes**

Antelope

Stipulation: Death, Medical Disability, Armed Forces Transfer

Must be received at least one (1) business day before the opening day of season

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes**

Stipulation: Any Reason

No

Yes

Yes

Yes**

Mule Deer

Stipulation: Death, Medical Disability, Armed Forces Transfer

Must be received at least one (1) business day before the opening day of season.

Yes

Yes*

Yes

Yes**

Stipulation: Any Reason

No

Yes*

Yes

Yes**

Black Bear

Stipulation: Death, Medical Disability, Armed Forces Transfer

Must be received at least one (1) business day before the opening day of season.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes**

Stipulation: Any Reason

No

Yes

Yes

Yes**

Wild Turkey

Stipulation: Death, Medical Disability, Armed Forces Transfer

Must be received at least one (1) business day before the opening day of season.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes**

Stipulation: Any Reason

No

Yes

Yes

Yes**

Unlawful Possession of Wildlife Without Attached Tag; Unlawful Removal of Tag.

  1. Whenever tags are required for any species of wildlife, it is unlawful to have any of that species in possession without the tag attached thereto and such possession without an attached tag is prima facie evidence that the game is illegally taken and possessed.
  2. It is unlawful to remove any tag from any wildlife for reuse or to be in possession of excess tags or used tags.

(Refer to NRS 502.150)

Use of Tag or Permit

  1. The tag must be signed, dated and time of signature written on tag by the tag holder prior to hunting.
  2. The tag must be carried by the OWNER at all times while s/he is hunting or trapping.
  3. The tag CANNOT be carried by another regardless of age.
  4. No one other than the tag holder may use the tag.
  5. The tag must be used in the management area or unit(s) that is listed on the tag.
  6. The tag can only be used during the dates on the tag.

(Refer to NAC 502.385)

Validation of Tag or Permit

When a person reaches any wildlife which the person has killed, he or she must validate his or her tag or permit immediately by clearly punching out the spaces necessary to properly identify the physical description of the animal, including its sex and antler points, where appropriate, and the day and month of the kill.

(Refer to NAC 502.390)

Tag or Permit Must be Attached to Animal

  1. The tag must be firmly attached to the carcass on the animal killed by him, at or before the time he reaches his means of transportation or camp, whichever comes first.
  2. The tag must remain with the major portion of the meat until it is consumed.
  3. Mountain lions, bears and furbearing mammals need to have the tag or permit attached to the hide or pelt until it is processed.

(Refer to NAC 502.400)

Black Bear Tags

  1. A hunter, or their licensed guide if applicable, must call the bear hotline at 1-800-800-1667 prior to hunting to determine if the season has closed.
  2. If a black bear tag holder is successful in harvesting a black bear the tag holder must:
    1. Within 24 hours after harvesting the black bear, call the department at 1-800-800-1667 to report the harvest.
    2. Within 72 hours after harvesting the black bear, PERSONALLY present the skull and hide to a representative of the Department for inspection.
  3. A tag holder CANNOT kill a female black bear that is accompanied by a black bear cub or kill a black bear cub. (Cub means a “black bear cub” which is less than 1 year of age or less than 50 pounds).
  4. If a bear is trapped or accidently killed, within 48 hours of trapping or killing the black bear, the person needs to report the trapping or killing to a representative of the Department.
  5. If the tag holder is successful in harvesting a black bear, s/he is not eligible to apply for another black bear tag during the next 5 years.

(Refer to NAC 502.373)

Bighorn Sheep Tags

  1. You may obtain a ram or ewe tag in one or more of the three subspecies of bighorn sheep:
    1. Nelson bighorn sheep;
    2. California bighorn sheep; or
    3. Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep
  2. If you obtained a ram tag within 10 years preceding application, you cannot apply
  3. If you obtained a ewe tag within 2 years preceding application, you cannot apply.
  4. A tag holder who kills a bighorn sheep, regardless of subspecies or gender, shall personally present the skull and horns of the animal to a representative of the Department for inspection within 5 days of the kill.
  5. Rams will have a seal placed in the horn. You cannot possess or sell ram horns without the seal affixed to the horn.
  6. A ewe is any female bighorn sheep that has a horn or horns that are at least 5 inches in length, on the outside from skull to tip.

(Refer to NAC 502.345).

Mountain Goat Tags

  1. You may obtain a Mountain Goat Tag if in the immediately preceding 10 years you did not receive a tag or replacement tag for mountain goat.
  2. Within 5 days of harvesting a mountain goat, you must personally present the skull, hide and any edible portion of the animal to a representative of the Department for inspection.

(Refer to NAC 502.364)

Presentation of Wildlife, Calculation of Days

Saturday, Sunday and state holidays do not count in computation of days for presenting the animal for inspection/sealing.

(Refer to NAC 502.411)

Remaining Tags – Bonus Points

A person who obtains a tag during the first-come, first serve process will not lose bonus points for that bonus points species category. (Refer to LCB file R113-14)

Eligibility Waiting Periods

IF AN APPLICANT DRAWS A BIG GAME TAG

Hunt #

(and) Harvests…

(or) Does not Harvest…

Big Horn Sheep

3000 (PIW), 3151, 3251, 8000 (PIW), 8151, 8251, 9151, 9251

Applicant may not apply the next 10 open seasons

Applicant may not apply the next 10 open seasons

Bighorn Sheep Ewe

3181, 3281, 8181

Applicant may not apply the next 2 open seasons

Applicant may not apply the next 2 open seasons

Bull Elk

4000 (PIW), 4151, 4156, 4161, 4251, 4256, 4261

Applicant may not apply the next 7 open seasons

Applicant may not apply the next 7 open seasons

Elk Depredation

4102 (Bull), 4107 (Cow)

Applicant may apply the next open season

Applicant may apply the next open season

Antlerless Elk (includes Management Hunts)

4111, 4176, 4181, 4281, 4411, 4476, 4481

Applicant may apply the next open season

Applicant may apply the next open season

Spike Elk

4651

Applicant may apply the next open season

Applicant may apply the next open season

Antelope – Horns Longer

2000 (PIW), 2151, 2161, 2171, 2251, 2261

Applicant may not apply the next 3 open seasons

Applicant may not apply the next 3 open seasons

Antelope – Horns Shorter

2181

Applicant may apply the next open season

Applicant may apply the next open season

Mountain Goat

7000, 7151, 7251

Applicant may not apply the next 10 open seasons

Applicant may not apply the next 10 open seasons

Black Bear

6151, 6251

Applicant may not apply the next 5 open seasons

Applicant may apply the next open season

Silver State Tags

1300, 2300, 3300, 4300

Applicant may apply the next open season

Applicant may apply the next open season

Dream Tags

1500, 2500, 3500, 4500, 8500

Applicant may apply the next open season

Applicant may apply the next open season

Get Involved

If you are interested in getting more involved with Nevada’s wildlife, NDOW recommends attending your local County Advisory Board to Manage Wildlife. The County Advisory Boards job is to advise the Wildlife Commission about local perceptions about wildlife management and hunting recommendations for their counties. Learn more on the NDOW website at ndow.org.