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Welcome to 2022-23 Nevada Big Game Hunting Regulations & Seasons

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Photo of Tony Wasley, Director, Nevada Department of Wildlife

Nevada is the driest state in the nation, so it’s only natural that we are focused on water and the impact that it has on our wildlife and wild spaces. Unfortunately, as it relates to precipitation, times have been more than a little tough recently. Nevada—and indeed the entire southwest—is experiencing a megadrought, which in 2022, is presenting the worst drought conditions in more than 1,200 years. In many areas, this drought is having a major impact on Nevada’s wildlife. Less precipitation typically means less food for wildlife on the landscape, and the sparse food that is available provides fewer nutrients.

That’s not to say that all hope is lost, however. Much like the ebbs and flows in Nevada’s water cycles, some species in certain parts of the state are experiencing bright spots in terms of population growth and herd performance. Mule deer herds in areas 6 and 10 are above management objectives for buck ratios. In addition, some antelope herds in Lander and Elko Counties are experiencing good population growth.

It’s important for us sportsmen and women, as stewards of the landscape and the state’s natural resources, to examine our own impact on the state’s water supply. While the average person might not think their water-conservation efforts have a huge impact in the grand scheme of things, together we can make a difference. However big or small of an impact you’re able to make, just remember that wildlife conservation starts at home. When we work together to protect and conserve this state’s resources, great things can be accomplished.

I further encourage you to make your voice heard when it comes to wildlife management policy. Successful and durable wildlife conservation thrives via collaboration and partnership and includes significant public input. Head to and to read about how the Department and the public play a role in conservation decisions. After all, the wildlife of Nevada belongs to the citizens of Nevada.

I wish you luck in your big game hunting adventures this year and ask you to remember to keep in mind your impact on wildlife as you’re out recreating. From the farthest reaches of this great state and everywhere in between, the wildlife and NDOW thank you for making an impact.


Tony Wasley

Director, Nevada Department of Wildlife