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Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons

Hunting Regulations Icon Nevada Hunting

In Nevada, migratory game bird seasons are established for ducks and mergansers, coots and moorhens (gallinules), common snipe, Canada and white fronted geese, snow geese and Ross’ geese, tundra swan and mourning dove. Migratory waterfowl are a subgroup of migratory game birds, and include ducks, mergansers, geese and swans.

It is unlawful for any person to hunt or take any dead or alive birds, nests of birds or eggs of birds protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of July 3, 1918.

Stamp Requirements

A Nevada State Duck Stamp ($10) is required for any person 12-64 years old who hunts migratory game birds, except mourning or white-winged dove, snipe, coots, moorhen or crows. A Federal Migratory Game Bird Hunting Stamp ($27 at NDOW) is required for any person age 16 or older who hunts any migratory waterfowl (ducks, mergansers, geese and swans).

Note: Shotguns must be plugged to limit overall shotshell capacity to 3 when hunting all migratory birds. (Note: See Snow and Ross’ geese season for exception.)

Species ID

Head or fully feathered wing must remain attached to bird while in transit from the field to the hunter’s residence for ducks, mergansers, coots and moorhens, snipe, geese and swan.

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.

Federal Migratory Bird Stamp

The Federal Migratory Bird Stamp is now an electronic stamp privilege. The physical stamps are NO LONGER available at NDOW offices or NDOW license agents that sold them in the past. However, the US post offices will continue to sell the physical stamp. You can purchase your electronic Federal Migratory Bird Stamp privilege at the NDOW Online Consumer site (www.ndowlicensing.com), at NDOW offices, and from most license agents. The privilege is valid for 45 days to allow for receipt of the physical Federal Migratory Bird stamp in the mail from the USFWS. For assistance, contact NDOW’s License Office at Toll Free 855-542-6369.

WATERFOWL SEASON CLOSURE: OCTOBER 23-24

Attention hunters: All Nevada waterfowl seasons will be closed for two days, October 23 and 24, 2017. Due to Federal limitations on the maximum allowable hunting days, this closure allows for both the youth waterfowl hunts and the regular season to end on a weekend rather than a weekday.

Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Limits Daily/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Northeast Zone

Sept. 9-10, 2017

Daily bag limit is the same as that for the general season for ducks, mergansers, geese, coots and moorhens. Limits singly or in the aggregate for Canada geese and Brant. Limits singly or in the aggregate for Snow and Ross’ geese.*

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

Open to hunters 17 years of age or younger. Youth hunters 16 years of age and older must possess a Federal duck stamp. Youth hunters 12 years of age and older must possess a state duck stamp. Youth must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years old. Adults are not allowed to hunt during this season.

Open to nonresidents.

* Ruby Valley within Elko and White Pine counties is closed to hunting for Snow and Ross’ geese.

Northwest Zone

Sept. 23, 2017 & Feb. 3, 2018

South Zone (to include the Moapa Valley portion of the Overton WMA)

Feb. 10-11, 2018

Moapa Valley portion of the Overton WMA

Oct. 14, 2017

It is unlawful for any child who is under 18 years of age to hunt any wildlife with any firearm, unless the child is accompanied at all times by the child’s parent or guardian or is accompanied at all times by an adult person authorized by the child’s parent or guardian to have control or custody of the child to hunt if the authorized person is also licensed to hunt.

Ducks and Mergansers

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Limits Daily/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Northeast Zone

Sept. 23, 2017 – Oct. 22, 2017

Oct. 25, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018

7/21*

* Limit: The combined daily limit on all ducks is 7, including not more than 2 hen mallards, 1 pintail, 2 redheads, 2 canvasback and 3 scaup (check scaup for season dates). The possession limit is three times the daily limit.

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

Open to nonresidents.

Northwest Zone

Oct. 7, 2017 – Oct. 22, 2017

Oct. 25, 2017 – Jan. 21, 2018

7/21*

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

Oct. 14, 2017 – Oct. 22, 2017

Oct. 25, 2017 – Jan. 28, 2018

7/21*

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

Oct. 28, 2017 – Jan. 28, 2018

7/21*

Scaup (Lesser and Greater)

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Limits Daily/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Northeast Zone

Sept. 23, 2017 – Oct. 22, 2017

Oct. 25, 2017 – Dec. 19, 2017

3/9*

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

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

Open to nonresidents.

Northwest Zone

Oct. 28, 2017 – Jan. 21, 2018

3/9*

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

Nov. 4, 2017 – Jan. 28, 2018

3/9*

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

Nov. 4, 2017 – Jan. 28, 2018

3/9*

Canada Geese and Brant

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Limits Daily/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Northeast Zone

Sept. 23, 2017 – Oct. 22, 2017

Oct. 25, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018

4/12

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

Open to nonresidents.

Northwest Zone

Oct. 7 2017 – Oct. 22, 2017

Oct. 25, 2017 – Jan. 21, 2018

4/12

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

Oct. 14, 2017 – Oct. 22, 2017

Oct. 25, 2017 – Jan. 28, 2018

4/12

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

Oct. 28, 2017 – Jan. 28, 2018

4/12

White-Fronted Geese

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Limits Daily/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Northeast Zone

Sept. 23, 2017 – Oct. 22, 2017

Oct. 25, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018

10/30

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

Open to nonresidents.

Northwest Zone

Oct. 7 2017 – Oct. 22, 2017

Oct. 25, 2017 – Jan. 21, 2018

10/30

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

Oct. 14, 2017 – Oct. 22, 2017

Oct. 25, 2017 – Jan. 28, 2018

10/30

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

Oct. 28, 2017 – Jan. 28, 2018

10/30

Snow and Ross’ Geese

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Limits Daily/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Northeast Zone

Oct. 25, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018

Feb. 24, 2018 – Mar. 10, 2018

20/60

Limit: Singly or in the aggregate.

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

Open to nonresidents.

Closed: Ruby Valley within Elko and White Pine Counties.

Closed: Kirch WMA, Mason Valley WMA and Scripps WMA/ Washoe State Park during Feb. 25, 2017 – March 10, 2017 season.

Restrictions on three shotshell capacity and recorded or amplified bird calls do not apply during the light goose seasons from Feb. 24 – March 10, 2018.

(This exception does not apply to Nevada Wildlife Management Areas.)

Northwest Zone

Oct. 25, 2017 – Jan. 21, 2018

Feb. 24, 2018 – Mar. 10, 2018

20/60

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

Oct. 14, 2017 – Oct. 22, 2017

Oct. 25, 2017 – Jan. 28, 2018

20/60

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

Oct. 28, 2017 – Jan. 28, 2018

20/60

Coots and Common Moorhens

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Limits Daily/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Northeast Zone

Sept. 23, 2017 – Oct. 22, 2017

Oct. 25, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018

25/75

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

Open to nonresidents.

Northwest Zone

Oct. 7 2017 – Oct. 22, 2017

Oct. 25, 2017 – Jan. 21, 2018

25/75

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

Oct. 14, 2017 – Oct. 22, 2017

Oct. 25, 2017 – Jan. 28, 2018

25/75

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

Oct. 28, 2017 – Jan. 28, 2018

25/75

Common Snipe

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Limits Daily/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Northeast Zone

Sept. 23, 2017 – Oct. 22, 2017

Oct. 25, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018

8/24

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

Open to nonresidents.

Northwest Zone

Oct. 7 2017 – Oct. 22, 2017

Oct. 25, 2017 – Jan. 21, 2018

8/24

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

Oct. 14, 2017 – Oct. 22, 2017

Oct. 25, 2017 – Jan. 28, 2018

8/24

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

Oct. 28, 2017 – Jan. 28, 2018

8/24

Swan

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Limits Daily/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Churchill, Lyon, and Pershing

Oct. 7, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018

1 swan per day(maximum two swan permits per season)

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

Persons may apply for one of the 650 swan hunt permits. Applications for the draw must be submitted online through the Internet at www.huntnevada.com. Permits are to be awarded through an initial drawing.

Deadline: Applications must be received by 11 p.m. Monday, August 21, 2017. No hand delivered applications for the drawing. Initial draw results will be posted online no later than 48 hours after the completion of the draw. Draw result notifications may not reflect the final status of an application due to ongoing processing of credit cards after the result notifications have been posted. The results of the draw will be provided by Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

Beginning on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 any remaining swan hunt permits will be available on a first come, first served basis, online at www.huntnevada.com. Applications may also be submitted through the mail or over the counter during normal business hours (M-F 8:00 am – 5:00 pm) at the Wildlife Administrative Services Office, 185 North Main Street, Fallon, Nevada. Persons may apply for a second swan permit beginning on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Applicants can submit one application per draw period. Applicants that did not apply for the initial drawing period may submit two applications during the first come, first served draw period.

Successful swan hunters are required to validate their permit pursuant to NAC 502.380, and then present at least the head and neck of their swan to an NDOW agent at selected sites for species verification within five (5) days of harvest. Mandatory inspection sites and requirements will be provided with the swan hunt permits.

If a total harvest of five (5) trumpeter swans is reached, the swan season is closed for the remainder of the season.

Persons must possess a valid annual Nevada hunting license and both a current Federal Migratory Game Bird Hunting Stamp and a current Nevada Duck Stamp, when required, to hunt swan in Nevada.

Open to Nonresidents who have a valid annual Nevada hunting license or a Nonresident Short-Term Permit to hunt Upland game & Waterfowl and required waterfowl stamps.

ATTENTION WOOD DUCK HUNTERS

A research project is currently under way to study wood ducks in western Nevada. At hatch, a webtag (small metal staple) is attached to ducklings. Reports of wood ducks with a webtag is extremely valuable to researchers. If you harvest a wood duck with a webtag, please contact Chris Nicolai by phone at (775)861-6333 or email at chris.a.nicolai@gmail.com

Nontoxic Shot Requirements

  1. A hunter of ducks, mergansers, geese, swans, coots, moorhen (gallinules) or snipe shall use nontoxic shot in muzzleloaders or in shells for a shotgun when hunting in this state.
  2. The possession of shells for a shotgun which contain other than nontoxic shot is prohibited while hunting any birds designated above.
  3. The possession of shot for a muzzleloading shotgun other than nontoxic shot is prohibited while hunting any birds designated above.
  4. As used in this section, “nontoxic shot” means any shot which has been approved by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service pursuant to 50 C.F.R. Part 20.134. (see Sec 20.21).

(Refer to NAC 503.183)