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Falconry

Hunting Regulations Icon Nevada Hunting

Open Counties

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Limits Daily/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Statewide

Sept. 1, 2017 – Feb. 28, 2018

2/8

Limits: Singly or in the aggregate.

Hunting Hours: Sunrise to sunset daily.

Open to nonresidents.

Note: All resident upland game birds except turkey and sharp-tailed grouse.

Rabbit refers to cottontail, pygmy and White-tailed jackrabbits.

The taking of sage-grouse by falconry is only allowed in those units where there is an established open season. The daily and possession limit for sage-grouse and pygmy rabbit is 2 and 4.

Falconry Seasons for Migratory Game Birds

Open Counties

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Limits Daily/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Northeast Zone

Sept. 23, 2017 – Oct. 22, 2017

Oct. 25, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018

3/9*

Limits: Singly or in the aggregate.

Hunting Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset.

Open to nonresidents.

* Included within general duck limit, not in addition to.

Migratory game bird species allowed for take include: geese, ducks, mergansers, coots, common moorhens and common snipe.

Northwest Zone

Oct. 7 2017 – Oct. 22, 2017

Oct. 25, 2017 – Jan. 21, 2018

3/9*

South Zone – Clark and Lincoln County (except the Moapa Valley)

Oct. 14, 2017 – Oct. 22, 2017

Oct. 25, 2017 – Jan. 28, 2018

3/9*

South Zone – Moapa Valley to the confluence of the Muddy and Virgin Rivers

Oct. 28, 2017 – Jan. 28, 2018

3/9*

Falconry License

A person must possess a valid falconer’s license when practicing falconry. A person who releases a raptor at game birds or game animals during the open season must also possess a valid hunting license.

HIP Number

Any person, except a Nevada resident under 12, who plans to hunt any kind of migratory game bird, including ducks, geese, swans, coots, dove, snipe, or moorhens in Nevada this year, is required to ANNUALLY obtain a Harvest Information Program (HIP) validation number and write it on their hunting license before entering the field. The validation number is free and is available by simply calling 1-866-703-4605 or go online to www.ndowlicensing.com. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting the nationwide harvest survey. Additionally, NDOW would like migratory bird hunters to complete an online questionnaire at the conclusion of the season.

Practice of Falconry

When practicing falconry on game species, a falconry licensee shall comply with the provisions of title 45 of NRS and all regulations of the Commission. A species of wildlife which is classified as protected and further classified as threatened or endangered by the Commission, or as threatened or endangered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, that is taken incidentally by a raptor may not be retained or possessed by a falconry licensee and the falconry licensee shall report the taking to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service not later than 72 hours after the taking. A species of wildlife which is classified as a game species by the Department that is taken incidentally by a raptor during the closed season may not be retained or possessed by the falconry licensee, except that the falconry licensee may allow the raptor to feed on the game species. A falconry licensee shall not intentionally release a raptor after any wildlife which is in a refuge or in a state or national park or is on privately owned property where the falconry licensee does not have permission to hunt. A falconry licensee may fly a raptor at an animal raised in captivity and at any species of bird that is not listed as a protected species by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, as amended, 16 U.S.C. §§ 703 et seq. (Note: A complete list of falconry regulations can be found at www.ndow.org under the “Laws & Regulations” section.)

(Refer to NAC 503.210)