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In Nevada, while there is no lifetime hunting license like is offered in some states, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) does offer both residents and nonresidents alike an array of options to choose from when it comes to applying for a license. The NDOW offers out of state hunting licenses for individuals meeting certain requirements who are temporarily residing in the state, in addition to the option to enter all open tag lotteries. The NDOW also offers discounted youth hunting license options for NV residents and non-residents under 18 years of age.

Regardless of whether a hunter has a non resident hunting license or a resident hunting license in Nevada, he or she is required to enter the lottery and receive the requisite hunting tags in order to be able to legally hunt many types of game in the state. It is required to have the applicable hunting tags in order to be able to legally hunt various types of game throughout the state, even for hunters with the basic permit. These hunting tags are specific to a game species or sex, a location and more. Keep reading for more information about different hunting licenses in Nevada.

How do the different types of hunting licenses work in Nevada?

To make sure most people residing in Nevada can have legal access to hunting if desired, the NDOW offers a military hunting license for servicemen and women temporarily living in the state. A type of senior hunting license can also be requested by hunting guides and others who have extensive experience in the Nevada wilderness. Visitors to Nevada can request a temporary hunting license that lasts just a few days to enable them to legally hunt while traveling. All of these special hunting permits in addition to the basic categories of permits can be applied for within a specific window of time in the spring of every year. It should be noted that a hunter’s education course is required for most types of licenses.

Also during the spring, the NDOW sets the annual game quota limits for all types of hunting licenses available in Nevada based on a professional consensus of the health of the wildlife populations. Once the quotas are set, NDOW holds a lottery for hunting tags for those game species requiring a tag to hunt. All hunting permit and tag applications in Nevada require hunters to share identifying information and history of their past hunting licenses and permits to meet NDOW guidelines.

Hunters can click here to get an informative guide to hunting in Nevada.


What are the main types of hunting licenses in Nevada?

Without a lifetime hunting license, hunters in Nevada are required to continuously renew both their licensure and tags before every hunting season they would like to participate in. This is true for all of the four major types of wildlife licenses available in Nevada.

The process to receive an out of state hunting license also differs somewhat than the process that state residents must follow. As such, NV non-resident hunting license holders are considered a separate category for example. The NDOW divides hunting license applications by the applicant’s residency status or length of time in Nevada into one of five categories:

  • Resident Hunting License For legal adult residents of Nevada whose primary home and activities are based in the state
  • Non-resident Hunting License For adult residents of other states who regularly visit Nevada
  • Temporary Hunting License For adult visitors to Nevada for a short number of days
  • Youth Hunting License For young NV residents between the ages of 12 and 17
  • Military Hunting License For military personnel stationed in Nevada

Which game species can but hunted with a basic hunting permit in Nevada?

Whether requesting a youth hunting license, resident hunting license or any other type of wildlife permit, it is important to be aware of which game species can be legally hunted in Nevada with each permit. With the basic annual or temporary hunting license and necessary tags, Nevada hunters can hunt for the following three primary groups of game:

  • Big Game Pronghorn antelope, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, mountain goats, mountain lions, etc.
  • Upland Game Sage grouse, Hungarian partridge, quail, blue grouse, pheasant, ruff grouse, etc.
  • Migratory Birds Mergensers, swans, ducks, geese, etc. (tags always required)

What types of hunting tags are available in Nevada?

Both out of state hunting license applicants and resident hunting license applicants can enter the NDOW’s annual lotteries for hunting tags. The number of tags that will be award on an annual basis is completely dependent on the Wildlife Commission’s recommendations for the season. Who receives a tag can vary based on what tags that hunter has received in the past in addition to other factors. Hunting tags are divided by game category. Some of the most popular hunting tags available in Nevada include:

  • Big Game Tags Certain categories of big game require tags to be hunted, including the following game:
    • Deer
    • Mule
    • Bighorn sheep
    • Elk
    • Mountain goats,
    • Longhorn antelope
    • Black bear
    • Mountain lion
  • Dream Tags The NDOW issues dream tags to five resident hunting license holders every year. Dream tags allow NV hunters to hunt for California bighorn sheep, elk, desert bighorn sheep, antelope and mule deer in any Nevada territory during the normal hunting season.
  • Wildlife Heritage Tags – These are senior hunting license tags awarded specifically to organizations to use for auction at fundraising event, with profits going to benefit the preservation of game species.
  • Silver State Tags Similar to heritage tags, governor’s tags and bid tags, Silver State tags are awarded through the regular drawing system to lucky hunters living anywhere in Nevada. These tags enable hunters to hunt one big game animal anywhere allowed in Nevada without the high fees typically associated with heritage tags.
  • Antelope, Deer and Elk Compensation and Incentive Tags Private land owners who hold resident hunting licenses can petition the NDOW for special tags allowing them to receive compensation or some other incentive for allowing hunters to hunt designated animals on their land.
  • Partnership in Wildlife (PIW) Tags These types of hunter license tags are issued to participants in a voluntary program for the hunting of specific game species in eligible areas around the state.
  • Upland Game Tags Holders of both adult and youth hunting licenses in Nevada must must request an upland game stamp when hunting upland game, except for the hunting of cottontail and white-tailed jackrabbits, crows and turkeys.
  • Migratory Game Birds and Waterfowl: All hunters of migratory birds and other waterfowl must have both state and federal duck stamps to legally hunt in Nevada. Snowcock hunting requires a separate special permit.