Posted by: williamefrazer | December 2, 2011

Big Game tags in Nevada

This is for people who have never put in for big game tags who live in Nevada or they are out-of-state or they have never put in before. I will talk about the difficulty of drawing each tag and how long it might take you to draw the tag that you want to get.

Nevada has a lottery system  for most of its big game tags, in the lottery you have a choice of 5 areas where you might want to put in for that animal. Each area has a different degree of difficulty for drawing that tag. So when the lottery starts and your number gets called upon they will see if your first selection is available and if it isn’t they will move on to your second and so on. 

Point System- Every year you don’t get picked for a big game tag you receive a bonus point which will increase your odds of drawing a big game tag the next year.

First let me talk about the odds of getting a big game tag if you are a non-resident compared to a resident.  Non residents have a much harder time drawing a tag because they give out less tags to non residents. Take for an example if you are a non-resident and you put in for an area. In that area they have a quota of 5 tags for Non residents while they will have 50 tags for residents.

Mountain Lion- Is one of the easiest big game tags to draw. Usually after the big game draw they have left over mountain lion tags that you can buy over the counter. You can get two mountain lion tags a year. Mountain Lion unlike the other big game animals can be hunted anywhere where there is a mountain lion and there is no restriction to where you have to hunt. But once the quota is hit they will call off the mountain lion hunt for that area.

Mule Deer- Depending on which area you put in for Mule deer tags can generally be drawn every 1-2 years. I put in for much harder areas for Mule Deer and I might get a tag once every 3-5 years. Mule deer hunting in Nevada can be some of the best.

Antelope is like deer depending on which area you put in for. You can generally draw a tag every 1-2 years depending on what area you put in for. I put in for much harder areas and I might draw a tag once every 5-7 years. I’m also very unlucky in this draw. Once you draw a tag and do not harvest an antelope you must wait one year before you can put in again. If you harvest an antelope then you must wait 5 years before you can put in again. Nevada has a healthy Antelope population and can usually produce some monsters.

Rocky Mountain Sheep- This tag is very hard to get and takes most people at least 10 -30 years to get. There are always cases where people draw it the first year they put in but it is pretty rare.  There are only four areas to put in for. Lately there has been a massive die off of Rocky Mountain Sheep in a certain area that will make this tag that much harder to get.  If you draw a tag and don’t harvest a sheep then you must wait 5 years before you can put in again. If you draw a tag and harvest a sheep then you must wait ten years. I have never drawn this tag before

Desert Sheep- Tag generally takes 10-20 years to draw. Unlike the Rocky Mountain this tag has more areas to choose from on which area you want to go to. Same rules applies if you draw and or harvest a desert sheep. I have never drawn this tag before. Nevada is pretty well-known for its Desert Sheep. The Governors tag which permits the hunter who buys the tag to hunt anywhere in the state that has an open season on Desert sheep generally sells for over $100,000.

California Sheep- Tag generally takes 10 -20 years to draw. I think there is around ten areas in which you can choose from. Same rules apply as the other sheep when it comes to drawing and harvesting an animal. I have never drawn this tag before. Nevada has a good population and there are generally a couple of bombers that are taken every year.

Elk-The elk numbers in Nevada are growing rapidly. When the elk were first transplanted in Nevada it was very hard to draw. Now there are more elk tags and they are getting easier to draw. If you draw a tag and do not harvest you have to wait five years before you can put in again. If you harvest an elk then you have to wait ten years before you can put in again. I drew this tag the first time I put in, it took my dad 30 years before he drew his tag. So results may vary on drawing this tag. I got a very nice 340 bull and generally bulls from 380-400 are taken every year. I have a friend who harvested a 408. So Nevada has big elk.

Goat- There are three areas in which you can put in for Goat at. These tags are very hard to draw and might take a minimum of 15 years before you draw one. Same rules apply as the elk if you draw and or harvest a goat. I have never drawn this tag before. Nevada has nice size goats and a good population.

Black Bear-Nevada just had its first black bear season where it issued 40 black bear tags but only 20 bears could be taken and of those 20 only 10 of those could be female. And if more than 10 female bears were taken then they would shut off the season for the year. I don’t know the odds for this tag since it is still in its first year. I knew a couple of people who drew the tag and were successful in harvesting a black bear.

I hope this helps you out about the big game situation in Nevada. If you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask.

Happy Hunting

Will

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