General Hunting Laws & Regulations
Radio Telemetry and Satellite Transmitter
- It is unlawful to hunt any wildlife using a radio signal or other transmission received from any transmitting device that is attached to the wildlife.
- If you kill any wildlife with a transmitting device, notify the Department of Wildlife without undue delay. Devices must be returned to the Department.
- Do not intentionally break, destroy or damage any transmitting device. Transmitting device means any collar or other device which:
- Is attached to any wildlife; and
- Emits an electronic signal or uses radio telemetry or a satellite transmission to determine the location of the wildlife.
(Refer to NAC 503.1475)
Carrying Loaded Rifle or Shotgun in/on Vehicle
- A rifle or shotgun is loaded when there is an unexpended cartridge or shell in the firing chamber.
- A rifle or shotgun cannot be loaded in or on any vehicle (including ATV’s and motorcycles) which is standing on or along, or is being driven on or along any public highway or any other way open to the public.
- Exception: a paraplegic, amputation of leg(s), or paralysis of one or both legs which severely impedes walking may shoot from a stopped motor vehicle that is not on the traveled portion of a public highway. However s/he may not shoot from, over or across a highway or road specified in NRS 503.175.
(Refer to NRS 503.165)
- Required whenever game mammals, tagged species, game birds, game fish, mammals taken by trapping, or raw furs will be transported in or out of the state by any person other than the lawful harvester; or
- Whenever any person will be transporting more than one possession limit of game mammals, game birds, game fish, mammals taken by trapping or raw furs.
- A person may not transport more than one daily limit of migratory birds.
- Permits can be obtained free from Department offices or game wardens. License agents may charge a fee.
(Refer to NRS 503.040)
Use of Tag as Transportation Permit; Requirements
- A person with a lawfully issued game tag may use his or her game tag as a transportation permit after the animal has been lawfully harvested; tag punched and attached to the carcass and the transportation permit is filled out by the tag holder, transporter and a witness after harvest.
- The transportation permit (tag holder copy and transporter copy) must contain:
- The signature and driver’s license number (or DOB if anyone does not have a government issued identification card) of the tag holder, transporter and witness in their designated areas on the transportation permit.
- The date and time of the transfer.
- Destination of the carcass, hide or pelt (meat and evidence of sex must stay together until arrival at destination written on transportation tag)
- The game tag must stay with the majority of the meat
- The tag holder and transporter must each retain their copy of the transportation permit for 1 year.
- It is unlawful to cause through carelessness, neglect or otherwise any edible portion of any game bird, game mammal, game fish or game amphibian to go to waste.
- You cannot just take head, antlers, horns or tusks and leave carcass to waste.
- You can leave the carcass of a carnivore.
(Refer to NRS 503.050)
Reasonable Effort Required to Take Wildlife
Each person who shoots and wounds any wildlife while hunting shall make a reasonable effort to take that wildlife, including, without limitation, pursuing and tracking it.
Hunting on Posted Lands Without Permission
- It is unlawful for any person to hunt, fish in nonnavigable waters or trap upon private property which is cultivated, or private property where the person has been warned by the owner or occupant of the property not to trespass in the manner prescribed in NRS 207.200, or where signs are displayed forbidding hunting, trapping or fishing without permission obtained from the owner or occupant of the private property.
- Any person using that private property for hunting, fishing or trapping shall comply with the provisions of NRS 207.220.
(Refer to NRS 503.240)
Camping Near Water Hole
It is unlawful for any person to camp within 100 yards of a water hole in such a manner that wildlife or domestic stock will be denied access to such water hole.
(Refer to NRS 503.660).
Sale of Nonedible Parts
The sale of the hide, head, antlers or horns or other nonedible parts of game animals which were legally killed is permitted.
Note: The sale of bear gall bladders is unlawful.
(Refer to NAC 503.174)
Hunting with a Dog
It is unlawful to hunt, chase or pursue:
- Any black bear or mountain lion with a dog except during the open season, in an open management area and under the authority of a hunting license and:
- A black bear tag, if the person is hunting, chasing or pursuing a black bear; or
- A mountain lion tag, if the person is hunting, chasing or pursuing a mountain lion.
- Any fur-bearing mammal with a dog except during the open season and under the authority of a trapping license.
- Any wild turkey with a dog from March 1 – June 30.
(Refer to NAC 503.147)