Wildlife - Hunting

Nevada is a state known for its endless outdoor adventure and for many nature enthusiasts, a big part of that adventure revolves around the sport of hunting. Whether their preference is for bow or rifle hunting, big game or small, Nevada’s sprawling wilderness is the perfect hunting ground. Safari Club International, the largest and most active hunting organization worldwide, has chosen Reno-Tahoe as the destination to host their annual convention the last seven years.

With its varying topography, Nevada offers refuge suitable to an assortment of big game animals. Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer, three sub-species of bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, mountain goats and mountain lions all make their home in varying parts of the state. Most can be found in northeastern Nevada, which is famous for its phenomenal hunting conditions. Bow hunters are routinely drawn to the wilds surrounding Jarbidge to stalk deer, and the Elko area has earned quite a reputation for its trophy game. A random draw process determines Nevada’s big game hunting tags, which are available to anyone 12 years and older. The application process typically begins by the middle of March with a deadline in mid-April. In June, a second drawing is held. Tags remaining after the second drawing are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tags for hunting mountain lions can be purchased over the counter, and no license is required to hunt unprotected native species such as coyote and black-tailed jackrabbit. Trapping such animals does require a trapping license.

Nevada also enforces hunting regulations for its winged game. In addition to an annual hunting license or short-term hunting permit, an upland game bird stamp is required to hunt birds including the chukar and Hungarian partridge, California and Gamble’s quail, dove, blue, sage and ruffed grouse, and Himalayan snowcock, among others. Similarly, a hunting license as well as state and federal duck stamps are necessary to hunt waterfowl, which include ducks, swans, mergansers and geese.

Before setting out to stalk Nevada’s backcountry, be certain to familiarize yourself with state hunting regulations specific to your hunt and obtain all required licenses, tags, stamps and permits.