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License Fees

Many different options are offered for licenses including youth and adult, as well as combination licenses so you can make the most of the outdoors. Tags and other fees may apply for hunting as well.

Hunting and Hunting/Fishing Combination Licenses
Adult Combination - 18 & older $75.00
Youth Combination - 12-17 $15.00
Adult Hunting - 18 & older $38.00
Apprentice Hunting License 12 & older
Available at NDOW offices only
$15.00
Specialty Combination Licenses (Verification Required)
Senior Specialty Combination - 65+ & 5 years residence $15.00
Serviceman Specialty Combination $15.00
Severely Disabled Specialty Combination $15.00
Disabled Veteran Specialty Combination $15.00
Native American Specialty Combination $10.00

Your hunting license

Nevada’s hunting license gives you the ability to hunt upland game and waterfowl during the open seasons. Big game animals require a tag in addition to a license and can be obtained by a draw process or purchased through a landowner; the First-Come, First-Served program; or through auctions and raffles hosted by third party non-governmental organizations.

Big Game Hunting Information

If you are looking to find out more information about hunting big game in Nevada, check out the resources below.

Tag Costs

Big Game hunting throughout Nevada has different fees based upon each species.

Resident Tag Costs
Mule Deer Tag $30.00
Landowner Damage Compensation Tag-Mule Deer & Antelope $50.00
Antelope Tag $60.00
Bighorn Sheep Tag $120.00
Elk Tag $120.00
Elk Incentive Tag $120.00
Rocky Mountain Goat Tag $120.00
Mountain Lion Tag $29.00
Black Bear Tag $100.00
Duplicate Tag $10.00
Nonrefundable Predator Fee $3.00
Nonrefundable Elk Damage Fee $5.00
Nonresident Tag Costs
Mule Deer Tag $240.00
Restricted Nonresident Guided Deer Tag $300.00
Landowner Damage Compensation Tag-Mule Deer & Antelope $50.00
Bighorn Sheep Tag $1,200.00
Antelope Tag $300.00
Elk Tag $1,200.00
Elk Incentive Tag $1,200.00
Rocky Mountain Goat Tag $1,200.00
Mountain Lion Tag $104.00
Black Bear Tag $300.00

Non-refundable Applications Fees

  • $15 for elk (includes $5 elk damage fee)
  • $10 for all other big game species or bonus point only
  • $3 predator control fee per application

Application Process

A tag is needed by all hunters in Nevada's to pursue big game populations like mule deer, bighorn sheep, elk, mountain goats or pronghorn antelope.

In Nevada, big game tags are distributed through a computerized draw process, handled by a contracted third party, Kalkomey Enterprises, LLC. You can learn more about Nevada's draw system here.

Mountain lions are also a big game species. Mountain lion tags are available online at ndowlicensing.com, or over the counter at local license agents. Call 1-800-800-1667 to identify open hunt units.

The application period for the Nonresident Guided Hunt is generally open around mid-March, with results available by late-March.

The main application period for big game, which includes the Silver State and Partnership in Wildlife tags, generally runs from mid-March to mid-May. You can watch for the opening at www.ndowlicensing.com. Results from this draw are available at the end of May or beginning of June.

A second draw follows the main draw and offers any tag that is left over or returned without an eligible alternate. The second draw is generally held in mid-June.

Tags that are returned to the Department with no eligible alternate or any tags remaining after the second draw may be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis. The First-Come, First-Served program generally opens early-July.

All application periods and the The First-Come, First-Served program can be found at www.ndowlicensing.com during their respectful open dates.

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2021 Big Game Application Calendar

The 2021 Big Game Application Calendar dates are below:

Main Draw Second Draw First Come
Application Period Opens March 22 June 7 N/A
Application Period Deadline May 10 June 14 N/A
Bonus Point Application and Application Withdrawal Closes May 17 June 21 N/A
Results Release Date May 26 July 9 N/A

Draw Process

Applications are evaluated for bonus points and squared, adding one extra number for the application, to provide the number of entries for each eligible species. The more bonus points an applicant has, the better their chances of receiving the lowest draw number.

Randomly generated numbers are assigned to each number of entries. The lowest number assigned to an application for each species is used in the draw.

Groups of applications are pulled and ranked from lowest draw to highest draw number. Tags are assigned to the first lowest draw number followed by the second, third, and so forth until all quotas are filled and each application is evaluated.

The explanation of groups and order of the group’s evaluation are as follows:

  1. Silver State
  2. Partnership in Wildlife
  3. Junior Mule Deer Antlered/Antlerless
  4. Assigned simultaneously in no particular order: 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, Black Bear.
  5. Assigned simultaneously in no particular order: California Bighorn Sheep Ewe, Nelson (Desert) Bighorn Sheep Ewe, Elk Antlerless, Elk Depredation Antlerless, Antelope Horns Shorter than Ears, Mule Deer Antlerless
  6. Spike Elk

Species within the same group do not affect the ability to receive a tag for a different species within the same group, with the exception of the subspecies of Bighorn Sheep.

An applicant is only allowed to draw one tag per species. Once the first tag of a species is awarded to an applicant, all other applications for that species, regardless of type or sex, is marked ineligble. For example: if an applicant draws a Silver State Mule Deer Antlered tag, any application for a Mule Deer Antlered or Antlerless tag would then become ineligible.

Eligibility

The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners has adopted the following regulation for the management of wildlife resources in Nevada. The document below outlines the Big Game Tag Application Eligibility and Tag Limits.
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Bonus Point Program

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Residents and nonresidents can purchase a bonus point or automatically receive a bonus point for an unsuccessful big game tag application. An applicant can only obtain one point per species or subspecies a year under a single active license.

Bonus points are awarded by specific species categories, each encompassing all separate weapons hunts available in that category. Those categories are:

  • Antlered mule deer and Antlerless mule deer,
  • Antelope buck and Antelope doe
  • Antlered elk, Antlerless elk, and Spike elk
  • Desert bighorn sheep ram and ewe
  • California bighorn sheep ram and ewe
  • Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep
  • Mountain goat
  • Black bear
  • Wild turkey

Bonus points are not awarded for depredation or management hunts.
Those points cannot be transferred to another person or into another species category. Applicants are only able to accumulate one bonus point per species category each year. So, if you applied for any legal weapon tag and were unsuccessful, and then applied for a left over archery tag, and were unsuccessful, you still only accrue one point because these are both in the antlered deer category. However, if you apply for mule deer buck any legal weapon tag, and are unsuccessful, and then apply for a leftover doe tag, and are unsuccessful, you would receive a bonus point for each because they are in two different categories- antlered deer and antlerless deer.

Bonus points are squared by species category to determine how many random numbers from 1 to 99 million will be drawn from the random number generator. The lowest of the random numbers for each species category will be assigned as the “draw” number for that species category application. For example, if an applicant has 10 bonus points for antlered elk, you square 10 to get 100 and add 1 (applicant with zero bonus points is assigned 1 random number) for a total of 101 random numbers with the lowest being the draw number assigned to the antlered elk application. Those applying as a "party hunt" will have their bonus points averaged (total points of all hunters in the party, divided by the number of hunters) and rounded to the closest whole number. All applications for all species categories are sorted in ascending order and tags are awarded to applications with the lowest draw numbers. An applicant’s bonus points revert to zero in a particular species category when they are successful at obtaining a tag or fail to apply for two consecutive years. Bonus points are not earned if an applicant requests and receives a hunting license refund.

You can also purchase bonus points without applying for a tag. This requires a non-refundable $10 fee for each bonus point purchase. A customer must have an active hunting license to purchase a bonus point.

Because the draw numbers that determine an applicant’s success are generated randomly, there is no guarantee that a hunter will draw a tag for the unit group of his or her choice just because he or she may have more bonus points than anyone else. Overall, there is a greater percentage of maximum bonus-point applicants that draw tags than the percent of applicants in lower bonus point categories. But, as you review the bonus point data you will see that not all of the maximum point applicants draw tags. In fact, even in mule deer hunt unit groups with several hundred tags, there are maximum point applicants that do not draw a low enough draw number and are not successful.

Bonus points increase a hunter's probability of receiving a low draw number in hopes of drawing a tag, but, unlike a preference point, they do not provide any guarantee of drawing a tag after so many points are accumulated. Consider your application strategy when applying. Season dates, areas and units, as well as the available quota of those units will help the probability of obtaining a tag for a species.

Nevada Hunt Units and Areas

Hunters are responsible to know their hunt areas and read the unit descriptions. Contact the appropriate municipal, county, state, or federal agency to identify areas closed to hunting, or to determine whether other restrictions or ordinances are in effect.

Specialty Hunting Permits

Hunting Accessibility resources include hunting blinds, hunting programs, and special hunting permits that are geared for the hunters with disabilities.

Special Assistance Permit

Visual Disability Permit

Archery Disability Permit