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Tag & Permit Regulations

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Cancellation/Return of Tag and Conditions for Refund

Big game tags may be returned to the Department due to tag holder death, medical disability or military deployment or transfer at least one (1) business day before the opening day of the season to receive a refund on the tag fee, reinstate applicable bonus points and remove applicable waiting periods.

Big game tags may be returned to the Department for any reason at least one (1) business day before the opening day of the season to reinstate applicable bonus points and remove applicable waiting periods. Elk, antelope, mule deer and black bear tag fees will not be refunded. Bighorn sheep and mountain goat tag fees will be refunded if received by the Department on or before July 15.

All returned tags received by the Department up to 14 business days before the opening day of the season will be issued to the first eligible Alternate.

(Refer to NAC 502.421 and 502.422)

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 carried by the OWNER at all times while s/he is hunting or trapping.
  2. The tag CANNOT be carried by another regardless of age.
  3. No one other than the tag holder may use the tag.
  4. The tag must be used in the management area or unit(s) that is listed on the tag.
  5. 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 notching 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.

(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. 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.
  3. Rams will have a seal placed in the horn. You cannot possess or sell ram horns without the seal affixed to the horn.
  4. 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. 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)