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Big Game Hunting

Big Game Hunting

Eligibility Information

Species Eligibility:

Applicants may only obtain one tag per species in a year. This means that eligible persons may apply for all categories of a species but only obtain one (1) tag of that species during the current year’s season. This includes Silver State and PIW specialty tag options.

Species Categories:

  • Junior, Antlered, and Antlerless Mule Deer
  • Antlered, Antlerless, Depredation, and Spike Elk
  • Antelope Horns Longer and Horns Shorter Than Ears
  • Ram and Ewe Bighorn Sheep, including all subspecies (California, Desert and Rocky Mountain)
  • Mountain Goat
  • Bear
  • Mountain Lion


Q: I am in a waiting period for Antlered Elk, can I apply for the Spike Elk hunt?

A: Yes. Antlered Elk and Spike Elk are considered two separate bonus point and hunt categories.

Q: If I apply for all available elk hunts, how many elk tags can I obtain during the year’s season?

A: Only one (1) Elk tag per season regardless of what draw or tag program you receive the tag through.

Q: I am eligible for a Rocky Mountain Bighorn Ram hunt. Can I apply for the Desert Bighorn Ewe hunt?

A: Yes. As long as you are eligible to apply for that hunt.

Q: Can I purchase an Antelope Horns Shorter Than Ears tag through the First Come, First Served program if I drew an Antelope Horns Longer Than Ears tag in the main draw?

A: No. A person is only allowed one (1) tag of the same species during a single year’s season.

Q: Will I use my Antlered Elk bonus points if I purchase an Antlerless Elk tag through the First Come, First Served program?

A: No. Your points for Antlerless Elk will be used but not your points for Antlered Elk. Bonus points are also not necessary in order to purchase a tag through the First Come, First Served program.

How does the draw system work?

All applications, regardless of species or gender, are assigned a random number. Applications with bonus points are assigned additional random numbers by squaring the bonus point total and adding one for the current year (however only the lowest number within the bonus point application is used). Applications are drawn in sequential order starting with the lowest random number then evaluated within the following group order:

Group #1

Silver State, Partnership in Wildlife (PIW), and Junior Mule Deer

Group #2

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Ram, California Bighorn Sheep Ram, Nelson (Desert) Bighorn Sheep Ram, Elk Antlered, Elk Depredation Antlered, Antelope Horns Longer than Ears, Mule Deer Antlered, Mountain Goat, and Bear.

Group #3

California Bighorn Sheep Ewe, Nelson (Desert) bighorn Sheep Ewe, Elk Antlerless, Elk Depredation Antlerless, Antelope Horns Shorter than Ears, and Mule Deer Antlerless.

Group #4

Spike Elk, Management 1-Horned Ram

This allows applicants to put in for all species and gender classifications they wish to hunt, without worry of drawing a less preferred tag over a more preferred, due to changes in eligibility requirements (i.e. because you are now only allowed to draw a single tag for each species or subspecies category). For instance, in this draw order, if you draw an Antlered Elk tag early in the draw process, your application for Antlerless Elk will not be considered. However, you can apply for both Antlered and Antlerless Elk in the same draw and not worry about your Antlerless tag being drawn first before Antlered Elk.