Nevada Hunting Seasons, 2016-2017

The western state of Nevada offers more than just the Las Vegas Strip and desert climates. Here you’ll find hunting opportunities that can bring home big game, including antelope, deer, elk and mountain goats.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife manages all hunting and fishing regulations in the state. For more information on tags, permits, licenses and other regulations for a legal and successful hunt, visit the department’s website.

The state’s beauty is reflected in its bounty — so get out there and explore the wilderness of the Silver State!

Antelope Seasons

General Season Aug. 22-Sept. 7*
Muzzleloader Sept. 25-Oct. 4
Archery Aug. 1-Aug. 20
Short-Horn Season Sept. 8-20

*Opening and closing season dates vary in some regions.
Legal antelope must have horns longer than their ears except during the specialty short-horn season.

Black Bear Seasons

General Season Sept. 15-Dec. 1

Bighorn Sheep Seasons


General Season Nov. 20-Dec. 26*
Ewe Hunts Oct. 5-25
Ram Hunts Sept. 1-Oct. 30
California Big Horn Ewe Hunts Nov. 6-30
Rocky Mountain Big Horn Hunts Sept. 1-Oct. 30*
Dec. 20-Feb. 20*

*Opening and closing season dates vary in some regions.

Elk Seasons

Antlered Elk Depredation Hunt Aug. 1-Jan. 15*
Antlerless Elk Depredation Hunt Aug. 1-Jan. 15*
Antlerless General Season Aug. 1-Aug. 24*
Oct. 1-Jan. 15*
Antlered General Season Sept. 10-Nov. 20*
Oct. 1-Jan. 15*
Antlered Muzzleloader Sept. 1-Nov. 5
Spike Season Sept. 17-Jan. 31*
Antlered Archery Season Aug. 16-Sept. 16
Antlerless Muzzleloader Sept. 1-Sept. 30*

*Opening and closing season dates vary in some regions.

Mountain Goat Seasons

General Season Sept. 1-Oct. 30

Mountain Lion Seasons

General Season Mar. 1-Feb. 28 or until quota is met

*Mountain lion hunts are closed in some units for the 2016-2017 season. Hunters are limited a maximum of two mountain lions per year.

Mule Deer Seasons

General Season Aug. 10-Sept. 9*
Sept. 10-Sept. 30*
Oct. 5-Nov. 2*
Antlerless Season Sept. 17-Nov. 20*
Antlered Season Oct. 5-Nov. 30*

*Opening and closing season dates vary in some regions.

Wild Turkey Seasons

Spring Season Mar. 26-May 1

*Turkey hunts require an approved application. Hunting dates for approved hunters vary by residency status and region.

Small Game Seasons

Snowcock Sept. 1-Nov. 30
Quail Oct. 8-Feb. 5
Crow Sept. 1-Nov. 17
Mar. 1-Apr. 15
Chukar and Partridge Sept. 24-Oct. 2
Rabbit Youth Hunt: Sept. 25-Oct. 2
General season: Oct. 8-Feb. 28
Pheasant Nov. 1-20
Blue Grouse, Ruffed Grouse Sept. 1-Dec. 31
Sage Grouse Closed to nonresidents
Sept. 24-Oct. 2*

*Opening and closing season dates vary in some regions.

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Nevada hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. Visit theevada Department of Wildlife website for more information.