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Nevada

Big Game Hunting

Eligibility Information

Mule Deer

Eligible persons may apply for both antlered AND antlerless mule deer hunts, but may only obtain one (1) mule deer tag per year; OR eligible juniors may apply for the junior antlered/antlerless mule deer hunt.

Antelope

Eligible persons may apply for both antelope horns longer than ears AND antelope horns shorter than ears hunts, but may only obtain one (1) antelope tag per year.

Applying for Elk

An eligible applicant can apply for antlered, spike, and antlerless elk in the same draw period but may only obtain one (1) elk tag per year. In addition to antlered and antlerless elk, an applicant may also apply for antlered depredation and antlerless depredation hunts. Be advised that once an elk tag is drawn, all remaining elk applications become unsuccessful.

Elk Eligibility Q&A

Q: Can I put in for both a antlered tag and an antlerless elk tag?

A: Yes. However, you may only obtain one (1) elk tag in the same draw. Applications for antlered elk will be evaluated and assigned if eligibility and quota requirements remain available before applications for an antlerless cow or spike elk are evaluated.

Q: How many elk tags could I obtain in the draw?

A: Only one (1) elk tag may be obtained in the same draw regardless of sex or antler class.

Q: Can I apply for the antlered elk and the spike elk hunt in the same draw?

A: Yes. However, you may only obtain one (1) elk tag in the same draw. Applications for antlered elk tags will be evaluated and assigned if eligibility and quota requirements remain available before applications for spike elk are evaluated.

Q: I put in for antlered elk. Can I apply for the spike elk hunt and the antlered elk depredation hunt in the same draw?

A: Yes. However, you may only obtain one (1) elk tag in the same draw. Applications for antlered elk and antlered elk depredation tags will be evaluated at the same time. Tags will be assigned if eligibility and quota requirements remain available before applications for spike elk are evaluated.

Q: I am in a waiting period for antlered elk, can I apply for the spike bull hunt?

A: Yes.

Q: I am eligible for antlered elk. Can I apply for the antlered elk hunt, the antlered elk depredation hunt, the spike elk hunt, the antlerless elk hunt, and the antlerless elk depredation hunt?

A: Yes. However, you may only obtain one (1) elk tag in the same draw. Applications for antlered elk and antlered elk depredation tags will be evaluated at the same time. Tags will be assigned if eligibility and quota requirements remain available. Next, antlerless elk and antlerless elk depredation applications will be evaluated at the same time and assigned if eligibility and quota requirements remain available. Spike elk applications will be evaluated last.

Q: Can I earn bonus points on the spike elk hunt if unsuccessful?

A: Yes.

Q: Can I apply for both the spike elk hunt and an antlerless elk hunt in the same draw?

A: Yes. However, you may only obtain one (1) elk tag in the same draw. Applications for antlerless elk will be assigned if eligibility and quota requirements remain available before applications for spike elk are evaluated.

Ram and Ewe Sheep Eligibility Q&A

Q: I am eligible for a bighorn sheep ram hunt (Desert or California). Can I apply for the bighorn sheep ewe hunt?

A: Yes, if you are eligible for both. However, you will only be able to obtain one tag in the same subspecies.

Q: I am eligible for a Rocky Mountain ram hunt. Can I apply for the Desert and California bighorn ewe hunt?

A: Yes. As long as you are eligible for those hunts.

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 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.