Rules & Regulations

Rules & Regulations

Make sure you understand the current hunting rules and regulations before heading out into the field.

Big Game Applications

Nevada's big game hunts are conducted by a random draw process and are available to those 12 years old or older. Learn more about the big game tag application process here.

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Big Game Quotas & Regulations Book

The Nevada Big Game Quotas & Regulations Book is the annual publication that serves as a one-stop-shop for all things big game in the Silver State.

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New or Changes in Big Game Regulations

Every other year, Game Division’s biologists review big game hunt results, herd management objectives, sportsmen comments and other information to develop big game season recommendations for when, where and how long hunting seasons should be. These recommendations are presented at County Wildlife Advisory Board meetings for public input and ultimately the statewide Board of Wildlife Commissioners, who set the seasons in February.

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Legal Weapon Types for Hunting Big Game: Archery

Weapons legal for archery hunts include longbow, compound bow, or re-curved bow. A crossbow cannot be used for Archery only hunts.

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Legal Weapon Types for Hunting Big Game: Muzzleloader

Muzzleloaders must have a single barrel of .45 caliber or larger, use an ignition system with a primer or percussion cap, and have an open or peep sight.

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Shooting from a Car or Road

It is unlawful for sportsmen and women to shoot at any game animal from a motor vehicle or aircraft.

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Hiring a Hunting Guide

There are many expert licensed guides in Nevada that provide guide service for big game, game birds, game fish, furbearers and unprotected wildlife. Many hunters may never use or even see a guide, but understanding the rules surrounding guide licensing and how the process works can save problems for those hunters who want to use this type of service.

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Boating Under the Influence

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Handbook of Nevada Boating Laws

Unsure about certain boating laws? The Nevada Handbook of Boating Laws is your one-stop shop for all things boating in Nevada.

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Handbook of Nevada Boating Laws

Unsure about certain boating laws? The Nevada Handbook of Boating Laws is your one-stop shop for all things boating in Nevada.

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Handbook of Nevada Boating Laws

Unsure about certain boating laws? The Nevada Handbook of Boating Laws is your one-stop shop for all things boating in Nevada.

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NDOW TIP

The NDOW Tip app provides citizens the ability to submit anonymous tips to the Nevada Department of Wildlife. The app also displays organization web and social media content. NDOW Tip is available for download for free via the Google Play Store, iTunes App Store, or by visiting the agency’s website, ndow.org.

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