Hunting in Nevada

Nevada Hunting at Glance

Nevada is a desert state, but still has a diverse landscape with habitat that supports a variety of game. You can find big-game species such as mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, pronghorn antelope, mountain goat, black bear, mountain lions, and desert bighorn sheep.

Nevada is home to a variety of upland game birds, including chukar partridge, California and Gambel’s quail, ruffed grouse, blue grouse, doves, and Himalayan snowcock. Many waterfowl species may be found there.
Residents and nonresidents may hunt unprotected species like coyotes and black-tailed jackrabbits without a hunting license.

Currently, Nevada’s big-game hunts are awarded by a random draw process and are available to hunters twelve years old or older. Tags for mountain lion hunts are available over the counter.

Nevada ranks #32 in the nation for hunting license per capita with over 0.029 of the population classified as registered hunters.

Key Insights

  • Nevada has a diverse landscape that supports a variety of game, including big game animals such as mule deer, elk, antelope, mountain goats, bears, mountain lions, and bighorn sheep as well as upland game birds and waterfowl.
  • Residents and nonresidents can hunt unprotected species like coyotes and jackrabbits without a license.
  • Big-game hunts in Nevada are awarded by a random draw process and are available to hunters twelve years old or older, while tags for mountain lion hunts are available over the counter.
  • The Nevada DNR is the best source for accurate information on hunting seasons and requirements, including tag and bag limits.
  • Nevada offers great hunting opportunities in a variety of settings, including open desert, mountains and forests, with a hunting season that lasts nearly year-round.

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Hunters (Based on Hunting Licenses)
Population: 3,104,614
Hunters 90,034
Hunter % 2.90%
Hunters Rank 32
Land Types (Acres)
Acres % Rank
Total 70,275,800
Huntable Public 53,752,000 76.49% 1
Private Land 12,151,520 17.29% 49
Tribal Land 1,152,000 1.64% 9

Nevada ranks #49 for the percentage of private land vs total acres and number 9 in terms of acres of tribal land.

Nevada Hunting Seasons & Requirements

For the most accurate information on Nevada Hunting Seasons, along with the state’s requirements for tag and bag limits, it’s a good idea to check with the Nevada DNR.  We’ve provided their contact information below, along with links to helpful resources, including licensing.

Nevada DNR

6980 Sierra Center Pkwy #120
Reno, NV 89511

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Popular Game to Hunt in Nevada

Big game animals that can be hunted in Nevada include elk, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats. Small game animals that can be hunted in Nevada include rabbits, squirrels, quail, and doves.

Small Game Hunting in Nevada

Nevada is a popular destination for hunters seeking to bag small game. The most popular species are chukar, dove, quail, pheasant, and grouse. Nevada’s diverse landscape provides ample opportunity to hunt these animals in a variety of settings, from open desert to mountains and forests. The state’s mild climate means that hunting season can last nearly year-round, making Nevada an ideal destination for those looking to get away for a weekend or extend their trip into a longer vacation. Whether you’re a seasoned hunter or just getting started, Nevada has something to offer everyone. So come on out and enjoy the hunt!

Big Game Hunting in Nevada

Nevada is home to a variety of big game, including mule deer, pronghorn, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, and elk. Of these, mule deer are the most popular game to hunt. They can be found in all parts of the state, and their large size makes them a challenging and rewarding target. Pronghorn are the second most popular big game to hunt in Nevada. They are found primarily in the western part of the state, and their long horns make them a trophy animal. Mountain goats are another trophy animal that can be found in Nevada. They tend to be found in the higher elevations of the state, and their thick fur makes them a valuable prize. Bighorn sheep are also found in Nevada, and their horns are prized by hunters. Elk are the largest big game animal in Nevada, and they can be found in all parts of the state. However, they are most commonly hunted in the northeastern corner of Nevada.

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Where are the Best Areas to Hunt in Nevada

Nevada offers great hunting opportunities across the state, both on public and private land. We’ve included some of the best areas for public hunting below and as we have access we’ll be adding more private land too.

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Popular Public Hunting Land in Nevada

The Ruby Mountains, located in northeastern Nevada, are a popular spot for elk and mule deer hunting. Meanwhile, the East Humboldt Range is known for its trophy-size antelope. The Toiyabe National Forest, located in central Nevada, is a prime spot for deer, elk, and grouse hunting. And Great Basin National Park, located in the southeast of the state, is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope. Finally, the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, located in southwestern Nevada, offers ample opportunities to hunt desert bighorn sheep. In short, Nevada provides something for every hunter, making it one of the most popular states for public land hunting.

1. Ruby Mountains
2. East Humboldt Range
3. Toiyabe National Forest
4. Great Basin National Park
5. Desert National Wildlife Refuge

Hunting Private Land in Nevada

Since the majority of Nevada is private land getting access for hunting can be very appealing. When you hunt private land, it’s not only less crowded, the animals also tend to be less skittish and this means you’ll have a better day out in the field.  Traditionally, accessing private land for hunting has been complicated and expensive.  You either needed to join a club, hire a guide, or start knocking on doors.

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