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Furbearer Hunting Seasons

Hunting Regulations Icon Nevada Hunting

A trapping license is required to trap any furbearer including bobcat, fox, otter, mink, beaver and muskrat. See pages complete list of areas closed to trapping.

Note: The following species can be hunted without a hunting license in Nevada, but a trapping license is required to trap them: Coyote, black-tailed jackrabbit, badger, weasel, spotted skunk, striped skunk, raccoon and ring-tailed cat. Any person of any age who sells raw furs of any kind, whether taken by trap or by firearm, is required to purchase a trapping license.

Furbearer Seasons and Limits

Species

Season

Open Area

Special Regulations

Beaver, Muskrat and Mink

Oct. 1, 2017 – April 30, 2018

Statewide

Open to Nonresidents

Otter*

Oct. 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018

Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Pershing

Counties closed to otter trapping:

Carson City, Churchill, Clark, Douglas, Esmeralda, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Storey, Washoe, and White Pine

Open to Nonresidents

Kit and Red Fox

Oct. 1, 2017 – Feb. 28, 2018

Statewide

Open to Nonresidents

Bobcat

Nov. 1, 2017 – Feb. 28, 2018

Statewide

Closed to Nonresidents

Gray Fox

Nov. 1, 2017 – Feb. 28, 2018

Statewide

Closed to Nonresidents

Bobcat Pelt Sealing Dates

City

Dates

Carson City Dec. 27 ( 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) at NDOW Warehouse on corner of South Carson and Colorado St.
Elko Jan. 16, Feb. 7 and March 9 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.) at NDOW Office
Ely Jan. 18 (8 a.m. – Noon) and Feb. 22 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) at NDOW Office
Eureka Jan. 17 (noon – 4 p.m.) at NDOW Office
Fallon Jan. 24 and March 9 and March 10 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) at NDOW Office

February 23, 24 and 25 (7 a.m. – 11 a.m.) at Nevada Trappers Association Fallon Fur Sale

Las Vegas Jan. 24 and Feb. 14 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and March 9 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.) at NDOW Office
Panaca Feb. 16 and March 9 (8 a.m. – 1 p.m.) at Nevada State Parks – NDOW Office
Tonopah Feb. 6 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and March 9 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.) at NDOW Office
Winnemucca Jan. 25 ( 8 a.m. – noon) at NDOW Office

“Trapping,” “Trapped” and “To Trap” Defined

The words “to trap” and their derivatives, “trapping” and “trapped,” mean to set or operate any device, mechanism or contraption that is designed, built or made to close upon or hold fast any animal and every act of assistance to any person in so doing.

(Refer to NRS 501.090)

Trapping License Required; Unlawful to Remove or Disturb Trap of Licensee

  1. Every person who takes fur-bearing mammals by trap, snare or similar device or unprotected mammals by trapping or sells raw furs for profit shall procure a trapping license.
  2. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 3, it is unlawful to remove or disturb the trap, snare or similar device of any holder of a trapping license while the trap, snare or similar device is being legally used by the holder on public land or on land where the holder has permission to trap.
  3. A person may:
    1. Remove or disturb a trap, snare or similar device if the trap, snare or similar device creates an immediate risk of physical injury or death to any person or animal accompanying a person
    2. Release any person or animal accompanying a person from a trap, snare or similar device in which the person or animal is caught.

(Refer to NRS 503.454)

Manner of Hunting Furbearing Mammals

It is unlawful for any person at any time to hunt any furbearing mammal in any manner other than by trap, gun or bow and arrow. You can take furbearers by gun/bow with only a hunting license, but you will need a trapping license to sell pelts.

(Refer to NRS 503.450)

Steel Leghold Traps: Definitions

  1. “Bait” means the flesh, fur, hide, viscera or feathers of any animal.
  2. “Exposed bait” means bait, any portion of which is visible from any angle.
  3. “Trap” means any device designed, built or made to close upon, contain, confine, or hold fast any wild mammal or wild bird.

(Refer to NAC 503.153)

Steel Leghold Traps: Spacers

All steel leg hold traps of size number 2 or larger or with an outside jaw spread of 5½ inches or larger used in the taking of any wildlife must have lugs, spacers or similar devices permanently attached so as to maintain a minimum trap opening of three-sixteenths (3/16″) of an inch.

(Refer to NAC 503.155)

Steel Leghold Traps: Use of Bait

  1. It is unlawful for a person to:
    1. Place, set or maintain a steel leghold trap within 30 feet of exposed bait;
    2. Capture a mammal or raptor with a steel leghold trap that is placed, set or maintained within 30 feet of exposed bait; or
    3. Use any part of a game mammal, game bird, game fish, game amphibian or protected species of wildlife for bait.
  2. A person using bait is responsible if it becomes exposed for any reason.
  3. As used in this section, raptor means any species of the order Falconiformes or Strigiformes that are protected by the Migratory Bird Treat Act of July 3, 1918, as amended, 16 U.S.C §§ 703 et seq.

(Refer to NAC 503.157)

Minimum Visitation of Traps

A person who is required pursuant to “https://www.leg.state.nv.us/NRS/NRS-503.html”\l “NRS503Sec570” NRS 503.570 to visit or cause to be visited a trap, snare or similar device shall ensure that the trap, snare or similar device is visited:

  1. 1. At least once every other calendar day in the following units for wildlife, as designated in “https://www.leg.state.nv.us/NAC/NAC-504.html” \l “NAC504Sec210” NAC 504.210, or portions of those units specified in this subsection other than any private property located within those units or if a box or cage trap is used:
    1. All of Unit 194;
    2. The following portions of Unit 195:
      1. West of Lagomarsino Canyon-Lousetown Road from its intersection with Interstate Highway No. 80 to its intersection with State Route No. 341; and
      2. West of State Route No. 341 from its intersection with Lousetown Road to its intersection with U.S. Highway No. 50;
    3. All of Unit 196; and
    4. The portion within the Clark County Illegal Firearms Discharge Area created by the Clark County Geographic Information Systems Management Office on September 11, 2013;
  2. At least once each 96 hours in all other units for wildlife, as designated in “https://www.leg.state.nv.us/NAC/NAC-504.html” \l “NAC504Sec210” NAC 504.210, or portions of those units not specified in subsection 1, including any private property located within those units;
  3. At least once each 96 hours if a box or cage trap is used;
  4. By a person who is a holder of a trapping license issued by the Department; and
  5. In a manner which ensures that any mammal caught in the trap, snare or similar device is removed from the trap, snare or similar device.

(Refer to NAC 503.152)

Hunting with a Dog

It is unlawful to hunt, chase or pursue any fur-bearing mammal with a dog except during the open season and under the authority of a trapping license.

Department May Obtain Data From Trappers

If a trapper obtains a trapping license and the Department requests a questionnaire or form to be filled out and returned, whether the trapper trapped or not, the trapper shall complete and return the questionnaire or form by May 31.

Failure to return the questionnaire or form within that period or submit false information the Commission can suspend the trappers trapping license for a period of 1 year.

(Refer to NAC 503.160)

Bobcats: Miscellaneous Requirements; Prohibited Acts; Fee for Seal

  1. Bobcat trapping is closed to nonresidents.
  2. Any bobcat killed must be personally presented by the person who harvested the bobcat to the Department for inspection and shall have the bobcat seal affixed to the pelt within 10 days after the close of the season.
  3. The lower jaw must be saved and given to a representative of the department when pelts are brought in.
  4. The person must complete a bobcat harvest report form in accordance with the Departments instruction.
  5. A bobcat pelt cannot be sold, bartered, traded, purchased, transfer ownership, tanned, shipped out of state or be transported from the state without a seal affixed on the pelt.
  6. During the bobcat season, the entire unskinned carcass or a pelt that has not be stretched, dried or cured can be taken from this State, without the seal being affixed to the pelt, for the purpose of returning to the person’s residence within the State by the most expedient route.
  7. A person shall not possess a bobcat pelt 10 days or more after the close of the season without a Department seal affixed to the pelt.
  8. Each seal costs $5.
  9. Only Nevada harvested bobcats may be presented for sealing.

(Refer to NAC 502.347)

Trapping Within 200 Feet of Public Road/Highway

  1. For the purposes of this section, “public road or highway” means:
    1. A highway designated as a United States highway.
    2. A highway designated as a state highway pursuant to the provisions of NRS 408.285.
    3. A main or general county road as defined by NRS 403.170.
  2. It is unlawful for any person, company or corporation to place or set any trap, snare or similar device used for the purpose of trapping mammals within 200 feet of any public road or highway within this State.
  3. This section does not prevent the placing or setting of any trap , snare or similar device inside, along or near a fence which may be situated less than 200 feet from any public road or highway upon privately owned lands.

(Refer to NRS 503.580)

Note: Certain areas are closed to trapping.

Trapping in a Congested Area

  1. Trapping is prohibited, other than with a box or cage trap, within ½ mile of a residence in a congested area of Washoe and Clark counties.
  2. Congested area is an area of a county in which discharge of firearms is prohibited; or the area within the boundaries of an incorporated city in the county.
  3. This regulation does not pertain to a person trapping on private property or a person trapping in a waterway that is not within an incorporated city. A “waterway” is any river, stream, canal or channel that contains water, including the banks and bed of any such river, stream, canal or channel.

(Refer to NAC 503.165)

Bears/Mountain Lions

If a bear is trapped or accidentally 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)

Likewise, If a mountain lion is accidentally trapped or killed, the person trapping or killing it shall report it within 48 hours to a representative of the Department. (Refer to NAC 502.370)