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Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons

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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. Migratory waterfowl are a subgroup of migratory game birds, and include ducks, mergansers, geese and swans.

Stamp Requirements

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 going online to www.ndowlicensing.com or calling 1-855-542-6369. 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.

Waterfowl Season Closure: October 22-23

Attention hunters: All Nevada waterfowl seasons will be closed for two days, Oct. 22-23, 2018. Due to Federal limitations on the maximum allowable hunting days, this closure allows for youth waterfowl hunts as well as the regular season to to end on a weekend rather than a weekday.

Zone Designations

Northeast Zone

Elko and White Pine Counties.

Northwest Zone

Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, Storey and Washoe Counties.

South Zone

Lincoln and Clark Counties.

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. Once the physical stamp is received it must be signed and affixed to the license. For assistance, contact NDOW’s License Office at Toll Free 855-542-6369.

Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Limits Daily/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Northeast Zone

Sept. 8 – 9, 2018

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 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. 22, 2018 & Feb. 2, 2019

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

Feb. 9 – 10, 2019

Moapa Valley portion of the Overton WMA

Oct. 13, 2018

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. 22, 2018 – Oct. 21, 2018

Oct. 24, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019

7/21*

* The combined daily limit on all ducks is 7 including not more than:

  • 2 hen mallards
  • 2 pintails
  • 2 redheads
  • 2 canvasback
  • 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. 6, 2018 – Oct. 21, 2018

Oct. 24, 2018 – Jan. 20, 2019

7/21*

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

Oct. 13, 2018 – Oct. 21, 2018

Oct. 24, 2018 – Jan. 27, 2019

7/21*

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

Oct. 27, 2018 – Jan. 27, 2019

7/21*

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

Scaup (Lesser and Greater)

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Limits Daily/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Northeast Zone

Sept. 22, 2018 – Oct. 21, 2018

Oct. 24, 2018 – Dec. 18, 2018

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. 27, 2018 – Jan. 20, 2019

3/9*

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

Nov. 3, 2018 – Jan. 27, 2019

3/9*

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

Nov. 3, 2018 – Jan. 27, 2019

3/9*

Canada Geese and Brant

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Limits Daily/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Northeast Zone

Sept. 22, 2018 – Oct. 21, 2018

Oct. 24, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019

4/12

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

Open to nonresidents.

Northwest Zone

Oct. 6, 2018 – Oct. 21, 2018

Oct. 24, 2018 – Jan. 20, 2019

4/12

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

Oct. 13, 2018 – Oct. 21, 2018

Oct. 24, 2018 – Jan. 27, 2019

4/12

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

Oct. 27, 2018 – Jan. 27, 2019

4/12

White-Fronted Geese

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Limits Daily/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Northeast Zone

Sept. 22, 2018 – Oct. 21, 2018

Oct. 24, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019

10/30

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

Open to nonresidents.

Northwest Zone

Oct. 6, 2018 – Oct. 21, 2018

Oct. 24, 2018 – Jan. 20, 2019

10/30

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

Oct. 13, 2018 – Oct. 21, 2018

Oct. 24, 2018 – Jan. 27, 2019

10/30

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

Oct. 27, 2018 – Jan. 27, 2019

10/30

Swan

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Limits Daily/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Churchill, Lyon, and Pershing

Oct. 6, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019

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

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

A total of 650 swan hunt permits will be available through a first-come-first serve basis.

Permits will be sold beginning on August 20, 2018 until the close of season or until all permits are sold, whichever comes first.

Permits will be available from all license agents and online at ndowlicensing.com until a total of 600 permits have been sold. Remaining permits will then only be available from Department of Wildlife Offices.

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

Residents must possess a valid Nevada hunting or combination license and a current Federal Migratory Game Bird Hunting Stamp, when required, to hunt swan in Nevada.

Open to nonresidents. Nonresidents must possess a valid Nevada Combination license or a Nonresident 1-day Combination license and a Federal Migratory Waterfowl Stamp, when required, to hunt swan in Nevada.

Swan Check-In

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 check-in stations are as follows (see Wildlife Offices for address):

  • Western Region NDOW Office
  • Eastern Region NDOW Office
  • Southern Region NDOW Office
  • Fallon NDOW Office

Snow and Ross’ Geese

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Limits Daily/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Northeast Zone

Oct. 24, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019

Feb. 23, 2019 – March 10, 2019

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: The following WMAs are closed during the February 23, 2019 – March 10, 2019 season: Kirch, Mason Valley, Fernley, Alkali Lake, Humboldt, Steptoe and Scripps/ Washoe State Park.

Restrictions on three shotshell capacity and recorded or amplified bird calls do not apply during the light goose season from February 23, 2019 until March 10, 2019.

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

Northwest Zone

Oct. 24, 2018 – Jan. 20, 2019

Feb. 23, 2019 – March 10, 2019

20/60

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

Oct. 13, 2018 – Oct. 21, 2018

Oct. 24, 2018 – Jan. 27, 2019

20/60

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

Oct. 27, 2018 – Jan. 27, 2019

20/60

Coots and Common Moorhens

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Limits Daily/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Northeast Zone

Sept. 22, 2018 – Oct. 21, 2018

Oct. 24, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019

25/75

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

Open to nonresidents.

Northwest Zone

Oct. 6, 2018 – Oct. 21, 2018

Oct. 24, 2018 – Jan. 20, 2019

25/75

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

Oct. 13, 2018 – Oct. 21, 2018

Oct. 24, 2018 – Jan. 27, 2019

25/75

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

Oct. 27, 2018 – Jan. 27, 2019

25/75

Common Snipe

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Limits Daily/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Northeast Zone

Sept. 22, 2018 – Oct. 21, 2018

Oct. 24, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019

8/24

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

Open to nonresidents.

Northwest Zone

Oct. 6, 2018 – Oct. 21, 2018

Oct. 24, 2018 – Jan. 20, 2019

8/24

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

Oct. 13, 2018 – Oct. 21, 2018

Oct. 24, 2018 – Jan. 27, 2019

8/24

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

Oct. 27, 2018 – Jan. 27, 2019

8/24

Please report bird bands at www.reportband.gov

 

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)