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Wildlife Management Areas

Hunting Regulations Icon Nevada Hunting

Public Hunting On Wildlife Management Areas and Designated State Lands

Alkali Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Bruneau River WMA, Fernley WMA, Franklin Lake WMA, Humboldt WMA, Scripps WMA, Steptoe Valley WMA and Wayne E. Kirch WMA

  1. Hunting is allowed every day for wildlife species upon which there is an established open season.

Mason Valley WMA

  1. During any waterfowl season open within the hunt zone, hunting is permitted only on Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays and the following legal State holidays: Nevada Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Family Day (day after Thanksgiving), Christmas, New Years Day, and Martin Luther King Day. Hunters with a valid turkey tag for the Mason Valley WMA may hunt each day of the established turkey season. Before or after the waterfowl season, hunting is allowed every day for wildlife species upon which there is an established open season.

Ft. Churchill Cooling Pond Cooperative WMA

  1. The Ft. Churchill Cooperative Cooling Pond Wildlife Cooperative WMA is closed year-round to all hunting.
  2. From October 1, through the Friday preceding the second Saturday of February, the area shall be closed to trespass.

Overton WMA

  1. Waterfowl hunting is permitted on the Moapa Valley portion of the area on:
    1. the opening day of the earliest opening waterfowl season,
    2. even days thereafter through the end of regular duck and goose seasons,
    3. the closing two days of any duck and goose season, and
    4. during any youth waterfowl hunt.
  2. Before or after the regular duck and goose seasons, hunting is allowed every day for wildlife species upon which there is an established open season.
  3. Upland game bird and rabbit hunting is prohibited during the regular duck and goose seasons, except for persons possessing a valid wild turkey tag to hunt turkeys in the Moapa Valley of Clark County. These persons may hunt turkeys every day for which the tag is valid. These persons are prohibited from pursuing any other upland game birds or rabbits during such time that the fall turkey season is concurrent with the waterfowl season.
  4. During the waterfowl season on the Moapa Valley portion of the area, hunters must hunt from assigned hunt locations (blinds) constructed by the Department of Wildlife. A maximum of up to four hunters are permitted at each hunt location. Assigned hunt locations are marked by numbered stakes. Hunters shall hunt only within their assigned hunt location and moving to vacant locations is prohibited. The only exception involves reasonable accommodation of the disabled.
  5. During the opening day and the first weekend of the dove season, the maximum capacity for the Moapa Valley portion of the area is 60 hunters by reservation. Vacancies will be filled by stand-by hunters on a first-come, first-served basis.
  6. On Overton Hunt days, only persons authorized to hunt waterfowl may use vessels on the portion of the area inundated by Lake Mead.

Key Pittman WMA

  1. Waterfowl hunting is permitted on:
    1. the opening weekend of the earliest opening waterfowl season within the hunt zone,
    2. odd-numbered days thereafter through the end of regular duck and goose seasons,
    3. the closing two days of any duck or goose season, and
    4. during any youth waterfowl hunt.
  2. The maximum hunter capacity during the opening day of duck season and the opening day of goose season will be 55 at any time.
  3. All hunters will check-in and out at the main entrance and will park in designated parking areas only. No vehicles are allowed on the area during the hunting season.
  4. The area is closed to fishing during the waterfowl season.
  5. No motorized boats are allowed on the area during the waterfowl season.

Overton-Key Pittman Hunter Reservation System

  1. To guarantee an opportunity to hunt, reservations must be made for the following specified days of each hunt listed:
    • The Key Pittman WMA
      1. The earliest opening day of the general duck and goose seasons.
        • The Moapa Valley portion of the Overton WMA
      2. Opening day and the first weekend of the dove season.
      3. The entirety of any open waterfowl season.

      Special Regulation for the Moapa Valley Portion of the Overton WMA: A person or his representative applying for reservations for group hunting will be limited to up to four hunters per party.

  2. Dove Reservation Process:Hunters wishing to make reservations for opening day and the first weekend of the dove season at the Overton WMA will do so via a paper application available at the Las Vegas and Henderson offices of NDOW or on the NDOW web site at www.ndow.org. Unless their privilege is limited or revoked pursuant to law, any resident or nonresident is eligible to have their name included on one application for each hunt day for which reservations are required. A person whose name appears on more than one application for each hunt day for which reservations are required will be rejected from the drawing. Hunters will be permitted to draw only one reservation during this mail-in application process unless there are less than 60 applicants on a day for which reservations are required. Applications for the dove hunt at the Overton WMA shall be received at the Headquarters Office in Reno (through a postal service only) no later than the second Wednesday in July. A public drawing will be held at the Headquarters Office in Reno at 10:00 a.m. on the last Wednesday in July. Successful applicants will receive a reservation confirmation by return mail. Successful reservation holders will be allowed to substitute one person of a hunt party but that substitute must not have been included in an application of the mail-in process or part of a stand-by group.
  3. Waterfowl Opening Day/Weekend Reservation Process:Hunters wishing to make reservations for the first two hunt days of the earliest opening duck and goose seasons at the Overton WMA and the opening day of the duck and goose seasons at the Key Pittman WMA will do so via a paper application available at the Las Vegas and Henderson offices of NDOW or on the NDOW web site at www.ndow.org. Unless their privilege is limited or revoked pursuant to law, any resident or nonresident is eligible to have their name included on one application for each hunt day for which reservations are required. A person whose name appears on more than one application for each hunt day for which reservations are required will be rejected from the drawing. For the Overton WMA, hunters will be permitted to draw only one reservation through the mail-in application process unless there are available blinds on a day for which mail-in reservations are required. Applications for these waterfowl hunt days shall be received at the Headquarters Office in Reno (through a postal service only) no later than the second Wednesday in September. A public drawing will be held at the Headquarters Office in Reno at 10:00 a.m. on the last Wednesday in September. Successful applicants will receive a reservation confirmation by return mail. Successful reservation holders will be allowed to substitute one person of a hunt party but that substitute must not have been included in an application of the mail-in process or part of a stand-by group.
  4. Waterfowl Remainder of Season Reservation Process:Reservations for the remainder of the waterfowl hunting season at the Overton WMA will be available the Monday prior to the opening of the waterfowl season and must be made in person (or by a representative) at the Las Vegas or Henderson offices or at the Overton WMA. Hunters that are successful during the mail-in application process for the first two hunt days must use those reservations before making reservations for the remainder of the season. An individual may reserve no more than one assigned hunt location on the Moapa Valley portion of the area for no more than four individuals to hunt as a party and this reservation must be utilized prior to reserving another hunt day. The reservations must be in the hunter’s possession and be shown to the check station attendant to constitute a valid reservation for the day specified. At the Key Pittman WMA, reservations for hunting will be required only on the earliest opening day of the regular duck season and goose seasons. All hunters will check in at the main entrance on the opening day of waterfowl season. For the remainder of the waterfowl season, hunters will complete a reservation card obtained from the Frenchy Lake or Nesbitt Lake check station box and deposit the card in an appropriate drop box for each day hunted. Failure to turn in a completed card at the Key Pittman WMA or failure to check out at the Overton WMA may result in a citation being issued, and the loss of hunting privileges for the remainder of the season. No vehicles are allowed on the areas during the hunting season.
  5. During the waterfowl season at the Overton WMA, an assigned hunt location program will be in effect. Hunters will make a reservation for one of three types of hunt locations (field, pond or bulrush plot) and the specific hunt location will be determined by a drawing at the check station prior to each day’s hunt. NDOW reserves the right to adjust blind availability and blind assignments based on the conditions present on the day of the hunt.
  6. A hunter with a reservation will be considered as a “no-show” if he does not present himself at the check station by one full hour before shooting time, except that at the Overton WMA, a hunter with a reservation will be considered a “no-show” if he does not present himself at the checking station one and one-half hours before shooting time during the waterfowl season.
  7. Standby hunters must register at the check station upon arrival.
  8. All reservations, permits and assigned hunting locations are nontransferable.

HUNTING ON WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS

Non-toxic shot must be used for all species when hunting on wildlife management areas. (NAC 503.183)

The use or possession of shells for a shotgun containing shot that is toxic, or larger than standard-sized T is prohibited on the Overton, Key Pittman, W.E. Kirch, Scripps, Mason Valley, Fernley, Alkali Lake, Humboldt, Steptoe and Franklin Lake Wildlife Management Areas. (NAC 504.135)

The use of shotguns capable of holding more than three shells is prohibited on all wildlife management areas unless it has been plugged with a one-piece filler, incapable of removal without disassembling the gun so its total capacity does not exceed three shells. (NAC 504.135)

Small Game Hunt QUESTIONNAIRES

The small game hunt questionnaire (upland game birds, rabbits and waterfowl) can be found online in February of each year at www.nevadasmallgame.org. 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 or mid-May. 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.

The Nevada furbearer harvest questionnaire can be found online in May of each year at www.nevadafurbearer.org. This questionnaire must be completed by May 31st. Any person who obtains a trapping license must complete the questionnaire whether or not they harvested or participated in any furbearer harvest activities. Failure to submit your questionnaire will result in suspension of trapping privileges for one year.

The Nevada Swan Questionnaire can be found attached to your swan hunting permit. This questionnaire should be returned by January 31st 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%.

In addition to these groups of species, sportsmen who receive a turkey tag must submit a harvest return card. Regardless of harvest, the questionnaire must be received by November 30, 2017 for 2017 fall hunts and by May 31, 2018 for the spring hunt in 2018. A person who fails to return the questionnaire by this date will be denied all turkey tags for one year.