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Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Daily Limits/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Northeast Zone

Sept. 7 – 8, 2019

Daily bag limit is the same as that for the general season for ducks, mergansers, geese, swans, 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.

Youth hunters possessing a valid Nevada Swan Permit may hunt swans in open areas (see swan regulation), provided the trumpeter swan quota has not been reached.

Open to nonresidents.

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

Northwest Zone

Oct. 5, 2019 & Feb. 8, 2020

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

Feb. 8 – 9, 2020

Moapa Valley portion of the Overton WMA

October 19, 2019

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)

Daily Limits/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Northeast Zone

Sept. 21, 2019 – Oct. 20, 2019

Oct. 23, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020

7/21*

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

2 hen mallards

1 pintail

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. 19, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

7/21*

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

Oct. 19, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

7/21*

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

Nov. 2, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

7/21*

Scaup (Lesser and Greater)

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Daily Limits/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Northeast Zone

Sept. 21, 2019 – Oct. 20, 2019

Oct. 23, 2019 – Dec. 17, 2019

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

Nov. 7, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

3/9*

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

Nov. 7, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

3/9*

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

Nov. 7, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

3/9*

Canada Geese and Brant

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Daily Limits/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Northeast Zone

Sept. 21, 2019 – Oct. 20, 2019

Oct. 23, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020

4/12

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

Open to nonresidents.

Northwest Zone

Oct. 19, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

4/12

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

Oct. 19, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

4/12

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

Nov. 2, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

4/12

White-Fronted Geese

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Daily Limits/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Northeast Zone

Sept. 21, 2019 – Oct. 20, 2019

Oct. 23, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020

10/30

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

Open to nonresidents.

Northwest Zone

Oct. 19, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

10/30

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

Oct. 19, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

10/30

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

Nov. 2, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

10/30

Snow and Ross’ Geese

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Daily Limits/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Northeast Zone

Oct. 23, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020

Feb. 22, 2020 – March 8, 2020

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 22, 2020 – March 8, 2020 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 22, 2020 – March 8, 2020.

(On Nevada Wildlife Management Areas the three shot capacity still applies).

Northwest Zone

Nov. 4, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

Feb. 22, 2020 – March 8, 2020

20/60

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

Oct. 19, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

20/60

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

Nov. 2, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

20/60

Coots and Common Moorhens

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Daily Limits/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Northeast Zone

Sept. 21, 2019 – Oct. 20, 2019

Oct. 23, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020

25/75

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

Open to nonresidents.

Northwest Zone

Oct. 19, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

25/75

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

Oct. 19, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

25/75

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

Nov. 2, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

25/75

Common Snipe

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Daily Limits/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Northeast Zone

Sept. 21, 2019 – Oct. 20, 2019

Oct. 23, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020

8/24

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

Open to nonresidents.

Northwest Zone

Oct. 19, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

8/24

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

Oct. 19, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

8/24

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

Nov. 2, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

8/24

Swan

Location

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Daily Limits/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Churchill, Lyon, and Pershing

Oct. 19, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

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

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

Mandatory check-in of swan.

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

Permits will be sold beginning on August 19, 2019 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 650 permits have been sold.

If a total harvest of ten (10) 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 QUESTIONNAIRE

The Nevada Swan Questionnaire can be found online at www.ndowlicensing.com. This questionnaire should be completed by January 31 of each year. Though this is a voluntary questionnaire, federal regulations stipulate that if Nevada does not receive a minimum of 80% return rate on questionnaires, the state’s swan permit allocation the following year will be reduced by 10%.

 

Mandatory 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 three (3) days of harvest. Mandatory check-in stations are as follows:

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

 

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.
      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)

 

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