The Nevada Big Game Draw is the primary opportunity to obtain nearly all big game hunting tags in the state, with the exception of Mountain Lion, which are available over the counter, and non-resident guided Deer tags, which are available through a separate draw.
All primary tags are made available through the main draw. A second draw occurs after the main draw and includes any tag that is remaining or returned without an eligible alternate. Any tags left after the secondary draw are then made available in a first-come, first-served draw. In the secondary draw and leftover sale, tags are offered to any residency regardless of the residency originally assigned to the tag for the main draw.
Key dates – When is the New Mexico big game draw deadline?
The deadline for the 2023 Nevada big game draw is May 10th, 2023. Below is a summary of the all key dates in Nevada, including the species available on each. You can track these key dates and your application status in the OnPoint app.
Mule Deer, Elk, Antelope, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Desert Bighorn Sheep, California Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat, Black Bear
March 20, 2023
May 10, 2023
Nevada Big Game Second Draw
Mule Deer, Elk, Antelope, Rocky Bighorn Sheep, Desert Bighorn Sheep, California Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat, Black Bear
June 5, 2023
June 12, 2023
Leftover Tag Sale
Nevada Hunting Tag Quotas
Due to the generally low populations of game in the state, Nevada sets species by species quotas annually. Nonresidents tags are usually around 10% of the total tag allocation, but vary depending on final approved numbers.
Draw Process for Nevada Hunting Tags
Nevada Bonus Point System
Applicants are awarded bonus points for each year they apply for a hunting tag and are not successful. Points are specific to a species, regardless of the weapon or season type applied for. You can read more about the point system, and each type of point available in our Nevada summary.
Nevada Draw Process
The quantity of entries you receive in the draw for each species is based on the number current bonus points, squared, plus a single entry for your current application. Adding the bonus points squared plus the current entry determines the total number of entries for each eligible species. Each entry is then randomly assigned a number, amongst all other entries from other hunters for the species. The lowest number assigned to an application for each species is then used in the draw.
The applications are grouped based on the species and ranked from lowest draw to highest draw number. Tags are assigned to the first lowest draw number followed by the second, third, and so forth until all quotas are filled and each application is evaluated.
The following groups are used to allocate Nevada hunting tags:
Partnership in Wildlife
Junior Mule Deer Antlered/Antlerless
Assigned simultaneously in no particular order: Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Ram, California Bighorn Sheep Ram, Nelson (Desert) Bighorn Sheep Ram, Elk Antlered, Elk Depredation Antlered, Antelope Horns Longer than Ears, Mule Deer Antlered, Mountain Goat, Black Bear.
Assigned simultaneously in no particular order: California Bighorn Sheep Ewe, Nelson (Desert) Bighorn Sheep Ewe, Elk Antlerless, Elk Depredation Antlerless, Antelope Horns Shorter than Ears, Mule Deer Antlerless
Spike Elk, Management Bighorn Ram
Species within the same group do not affect the ability to receive a tag for a different species within the same group, with the exception of the subspecies of Bighorn Sheep. However, an applicant is only allowed to draw one tag per species. Once an applicant is awarded the first tag of a species, all other applications for that species, regardless of type or sex, become ineligible. For example, if you draw a Silver State Mule Deer Antlered tag, any application for a Mule Deer Antlered or Antlerless tag would then become ineligible.
Draw Requirements – What do I need to apply for Nevada hunting tags and points?
A valid hunting license and predator control fee are required to apply for Nevada draws, including for purchasing points only. An application fee is applied per species applied for, including for points purchases.
Given the somewhat long odds for many species in Nevada, it can be an expensive proposition to build points in the state. However, after the hunting license, the incremental cost of securing points is not high, so we recommend an “all or nothing” approach to point building. Additionally, given that Nevada doesn’t use a preference system and the cost of a point is the same as the cost of applying, we recommend applying in any year you are seeking to build points, unless you know you will be unable to hunt a drawn tag.
What do landowner tags cost in New Mexico?Danny2023-04-18T14:41:18+00:00
The cost of a landowner elk tag in New Mexico varies depending on the specific unit and the quality of the elk population in that area. However, on average, landowner tags can range from $5,000 to $12,000 or more. It’s important to note that landowner tags are limited and highly sought after, making them a valuable commodity for hunters. Additionally, landowner tags allow hunters to access private land otherwise unavailable to hunters on tags through the draw, which can significantly increase the chances of a successful hunt.
Can you buy landowner tags in New Mexico?Danny2023-04-18T14:35:41+00:00
Yes, New Mexico offers landowner tags for sale. Landowner tags for elk in New Mexico are available in two types. The first type is a private landowner tag that allows the buyer to hunt on the specific private land that the landowner tag was granted from. The second type is a unit-wide landowner tag that enables the buyer to hunt all public lands in a designated unit, any private lands that are part of the landowner program in the unit, as well as the specific landowner’s private property.