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Upland Game Bird, Rabbit, Dove & Crow

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In Nevada, upland game bird species include blue and ruffed grouse, sage grouse, chukar and Hungarian partridge, snowcock, ring-necked pheasant, California, Gambel’s and mountain quail, and North American wild turkey.

Small game species include cottontail, pygmy and white-tailed jack rabbits. Falconry seasons are in effect for waterfowl (all migratory bird stamp requirements apply), dove, chukar, sage, blue and ruffed grouse, pheasant, Himalayan snowcock, Hungarian partridge, quail and rabbit.

Youth seasons include chukar and Hungarian partridge, California and Gambel’s quail, and cottontail, pygmy and white-tailed jack rabbits.

Small Game Hunt Questionnaire

The small game hunt questionnaire (upland game birds, rabbits and waterfowl) can be found online in February of each year at www.ndowlicensing.com. Even though this is a voluntary questionnaire, we encourage those sportsmen that pursue these species to do their best to track their hunting excursions in terms of number of days hunted, what county they hunted in and how many animals were taken. These surveys typically close around the end of April. This information is instrumental in helping the Nevada Department of Wildlife determine harvest estimates each year and make recommendations for upcoming seasons and bag limits.

Distribution Maps

Youth California and Gambel’s Quail

Open Counties

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Daily Limits/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Statewide

Sept. 28 – Oct. 6, 2019

10/30

Hunting Hours: Sunrise to sunset daily.

Open to hunters 17 years of age or younger only. Youth must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years old.

License requirements apply pursuant to NRS 502.010 and NRS 502.292.

Youth Rabbit (cottontail, pygmy and white tailed jackrabbit)

Open Counties

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Daily Limits/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Statewide

Sept. 28 – Oct. 6, 2019

10/30

Limit: Limit singly or in the aggregate except for pygmy rabbit where limits may not include more than 2 daily and 6 in possession.

Hunting Hours: Sunrise to sunset daily.

Open to hunters 17 years of age or younger only. Youth must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years old.

License requirements apply pursuant to NRS 502.010 and NRS 502.292.

Distribution Maps

Youth Chukar and Hungarian Partridge

Open Counties

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Daily Limits/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Statewide

Sept. 28 – Oct. 6, 2019

6/18

Hunting Hours: Sunrise to sunset daily.

Open to hunters 17 years of age or younger only. Youth must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years old.

License requirements apply pursuant to NRS 502.010 and NRS 502.292.

Sage-Grouse

Open Counties

Season Dates

Daily Limits/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

That portion of Unit 184 in Churchill and Lander Counties

Unit 031 of Humboldt County

Unit 141 in Eureka County

Oct. 5-6, 2019

2/4

Hunting Hours: Sunrise to sunset

Closed to nonresidents

Hunt Units, or those portions of hunt units, 062, 064, 065, 067, 071-077, 081, 101-103 and 109 in Elko County

Hunt Units, or those portions of hunt units, 155, 162 and 163 in Eureka County

Hunt Units, or those portions of hunt units, 155, 161, 162, 172 and 173 in Lander County

Hunt Units, or those portions of hunt units, 161-163, 172, and 173 in Nye County

Sept. 28 – Oct. 13, 2019

2/4

Hunting Hours: Sunrise to sunset

Closed to nonresidents

Hunt Unit or portion of hunt unit 012 in Humboldt County.

Hunt Units, or those portions of hunt units, 011-015 in Washoe County

Hunt Units, or those portions of hunt units, 143, 144 and 145 in Eureka County

Hunt Unit 154 of Lander County

Hunt Units 104 and 121 in Elko County

Hunt Units, or those portions of hunt units, 104, 108, 111-113, 121, 131, and 144 in White Pine County

Sept. 28 – Oct. 6, 2019

2/4

Hunting Hours: Sunrise to sunset

Closed to nonresidents

Unit 033 of Washoe and Humboldt Counties (Sheldon NWR) excluding the Little Sheldon and other areas as posted

Sept. 21-22, 2019

Application available online at ndowlicensing.com

2/4

Hunting Hours: Sunrise to sunset

Note: Up to 4 applicants may apply as a party. Parties may be comprised of a combination of residents and nonresidents. Limited to 45 reservations awarded through random draw.

Sheldon Special Sage-grouse Hunt applications must be submitted online through www.ndowlicensing.com. Paper applications will not be accepted. Applications will be accepted until 11 p.m. PST. Aug. 2, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified via e-mail.

Open to nonresidents

Unit 033 of Washoe and Humboldt Counties (Sheldon NWR) excluding the Little Sheldon and other areas as posted

Sept. 28-29, 2019

Application available online at ndowlicensing.com

2/4

Sage Grouse

The Nevada Department of Wildlife is conducting a long-term study of the state’s sage grouse populations and is collecting wing samples to help determine the status of the sage grouse population in Nevada. Sage grouse hunters are asked to remove one wing from each sage grouse taken. This diagram illustrates where the wing should be cut.

Please keep the wing dry and away from flies. A paper lunch bag works well. Deposit the wing at any of the Department’s wing barrels, at check stations, or with Department employees who contact you in the field.

Due to large fire occurrence in sage grouse habitat, hunt units may be subject to closure upon approval by the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners.

Distribution Map

Himalayan Snowcock

Open Counties

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Daily Limits/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Elko and White Pine Counties

Sept. 1, 2019 – Nov. 30, 2019

2/2

Hunting Hours Sunrise to sunset

Open to nonresidents.

Prior to hunting Himalayan snowcock, persons must obtain a snowcock hunting free-use permit available online at ndowlicensing.com.

Mourning and White-Winged Dove

Open Counties

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Daily Limits/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Statewide

Sept. 1, 2019 – Oct. 30, 2019

15/45

Limits: Limits for mourning dove and white-winged dove are singly or in aggregate.

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

Open to nonresidents.

Shotguns must be plugged to limit overall shotshell capacity to 3 when hunting dove.

Note: The Eurasian Collared Dove is an unprotected species, and does not count towards your bag limit.

HIP Requirements: Any person 12 years or older who hunts dove is required to obtain a Harvest Information Program number ANNUALLY by visiting www.ndowlicensing or calling 1-855-542-6369.

American Crow

Open Counties

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Daily Limits/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Statewide

Sept. 1 – Nov. 17, 2019

March 1 – April 15, 2020

10

Hunting Hours: Sunrise to sunset daily.

Shotguns only.

Open to nonresidents.

Note: All crows must be retrieved and removed from the field.

Season closed on common ravens. See illustration.

The crow (17.5 inches) is bigger than a blackbird (9 inches) and noticeably smaller than a raven (24 inches). Crows often flock, while ravens are more solitary birds. Note that the crow’s bill is much smaller than the raven, and that its tail is square. The raven’s heavy bill, shaggy throat feathers and wedge-shaped tail also set it apart from the common crow.

Distribution Maps

Blue Grouse (Dusky and Sooty) and Ruffed Grouse

Open Counties

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Daily Limits/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Carson City, Douglas, Elko, Eureka, Esmeralda, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Washoe, White Pine.

Sept. 1 – Dec. 31, 2019

3/9

Limit: Limit singly or in the aggregate.

Hunting Hours: Sunrise to sunset.

Open to nonresidents.

As part of long-term monitoring of the state’s blue grouse populations, hunters are asked to remove one wing from each grouse taken. Please keep the wing dry and away from flies, deposit in a paper lunch sack and drop it off in any of the Department’s wing barrels, at NDOW offices or with NDOW employees.

Persons harvesting ruffed grouse in Humboldt County are requested to report harvest in person to the Department of Wildlife office, in person or by mail at 705 E. 4th St., Winnemucca, NV 89445. Phone (775) 623-6565.

Transportation Identification

When hunting blue grouse or ruffed grouse please recognize NAC 503.185 which states: A person shall not transport a blue or ruffed grouse within this State unless the head or one fully feathered wing remains attached to the grouse from the time it is removed from the place where it was taken until it arrives at the person’s residence or a commercial facility for its preservation.

Distribution Map

Chukar and Hungarian Partridge

Open Counties

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Daily Limits/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Statewide

Oct. 12, 2019 – Feb. 2, 2020

6/18

Limit: Limit singly or in aggregate.

Hunting Hours: Sunrise to sunset.

Open to nonresidents.

Distribution Map

California and Gambel’s Quail

Open Counties

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Daily Limits/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Statewide

Oct. 12, 2019 – Feb. 2, 2020

10/30

Limit: Limit singly or in the aggregate, except for mountain quail where limits may not include more than 2 daily and 6 in possession.

Hunting Hours: Sunrise to sunset.

Open to nonresidents.

Distribution Map

Mountain Quail

Open Counties

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Daily Limits/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Statewide

Oct. 12, 2019 – Feb. 2, 2020

2/6

Limits: Limit singly or in aggregate.

Hunting Hours: Sunrise to sunset.

Open to nonresidents.

The Department of Wildlife is interested in collecting harvest information on mountain quail throughout Nevada. The Department requests that hunters contact the Reno Headquarters at (775) 688-1523 or an NDOW representative to report your mountain quail harvest.

Rabbit (cottontail, pygmy and white tailed jackrabbit)

Open Counties

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Daily Limits/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Statewide

Oct. 12, 2019 – Feb. 28, 2020

10/30

Limits: Limit singly or in aggregate.

Hunting Hours: Sunrise to sunset.

Open to nonresidents.

Limit singly or in the aggregate except for pygmy rabbit where limits may not include more than 2 daily and 6 in possession.

The Department of Wildlife is interested in collecting harvest information on pygmy rabbits throughout Nevada. The Department requests that hunters contact the Reno Headquarters at (775) 688-1523 or an NDOW representative to report your pygmy rabbit harvest.

Pheasant

Open Counties

Season Dates (Inclusive)

Daily Limits/Possession

Special Regulations and Information

Statewide

Nov. 1 – 30, 2019

2/6

Roosters only

Shooting Hours: Sunrise to sunset.

Open to nonresidents.

Minimum legal requirements for taking edible meat from the field

Hunters are encouraged to use as much of their harvest as possible. Although most meat from small game is edible, below are the minimum lawful requirements.

Upland Game Bird

  1. Breast meat must be retrieved.

Migratory Bird

  1. Breast meat must be retrieved.

Small Game

The meat of the front quarters as far as the distal joint of the tibia-fibula (hock), and the meat along the backbone between the front and hind quarters.

  1. Shoulder
  2. Hind Quarter (Thigh)
  3. Backbone (Backstrap)