Department of Wildlife Regional Offices & Commissioners

Nevada Department of Wildlife Regional Offices & Commissioners

Western Region Office

  • Address: 1100 Valley Rd., Reno, NV 89512
  • Phone: (775) 688-1506

Eastern Region Office

  • Address: 60 Youth Center Rd., Elko, NV 89801
  • Phone: (775) 777-2300

Southern Region Office

  • Address: 3373 Pepper Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89120
  • Phone: (702) 486-5127

Ely Office

  • Address: 1218 N. Alpha St., Ely, NV 89301
  • Phone: (775) 289-1655 ext. 21
  • Hours subject to change, please call ahead.

Fallon Office

  • Address: 380 West B. St., Fallon, NV 89406
  • Phone: (775) 423-3171
  • Hours subject to change, please call ahead.

Winnemucca Office

  • Address: 705 E. Fourth St., Winnemucca, NV 89445
  • Phone: (775) 623-6565
  • Hours subject to change, please call ahead.

For inquiries, wildlife-related assistance, or to confirm office hours, please contact the respective regional office.

Chronic Wasting Disease Prevention

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To safeguard Nevada from Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), it is imperative that each individual contributes to prevention efforts. As of 2019 (SB85), bringing a big game carcass into Nevada from another state is illegal unless it has been thoroughly cleaned and is entirely free of spinal column and brain tissue.

Acceptable to Transport:

  1. Meat
  2. Quarters with leg bones
  3. Skull-capped antlers and horns
  4. Capes and skins
  5. Taxidermy mounts
  6. Teeth

Intact skulls are permissible only if they have undergone boiling, beetle-stripping, or any other process that ensures complete removal of brain tissue.

To have your animal tested for CWD, please visit your local Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) office or access www.ndow.org. For additional information, refer to www.cwd-info.org.

Nevada Department of Wildlife Regional Offices & Commissioners

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Haga su parte para ayudar a mantener el estado de Nevada libre de la enfermedad de desgaste crónico (CWD). Según la ley SB85 de 2019, es ilegal traer un cadáver de caza a Nevada desde otro estado a menos que haya sido limpiado y esté completamente libre de la columna vertebral y del tejido cerebral.

Es aceptable el transporte de:

  1. Carne
  2. Cuartos con huesos de piernas
  3. Astas y cuernos con casquetes
  4. Capas y pieles
  5. Monturas de taxidermia
  6. Dientes

Los cráneos intactos solo se permiten si han sido hervidos, despojados de escarabajos o completamente limpios de tejido cerebral.

Para realizar la prueba de CWD en su animal, visite la oficina local del Departamento de Vida Silvestre de Nevada (NDOW) o acceda a www.ndow.org. Para obtener más información, consulte www.cwd-info.org.

BLM Information for Hunters

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Nevada is committed to promoting responsible hunting practices and ensuring the safety and well-being of both hunters and the environment. Before embarking on your hunting expedition, consider the following information from the BLM:

Call Before You Hunt

Hunters are strongly encouraged to call the relevant BLM office ahead of the hunting season to inquire about ongoing land management activities. While BLM field offices are aware of hunting seasons, certain management activities, such as prescribed burns, wild horse gathers, road closures, or fire restrictions, may temporarily affect hunting activities.

Contact Information

  • Battle Mountain District Office: (775) 635-4000
  • Carson City District Office: (775) 885-6000
  • Elko District Office: (775) 753-0200
  • Ely District Office: (775) 289-1800
  • Southern Nevada District Office: (702) 515-5000
  • Winnemucca District Office: (775) 623-1500

Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs)

Some hunting units encompass BLM lands designated as wilderness or wilderness study areas. In these areas, motor vehicle use, including trucks, ATVs, and motorcycles, is prohibited unless designated routes are indicated by signs. Mechanized vehicles, such as game carriers, are also restricted in these zones. Hand-held GPS units remain permissible.

Responsible Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Use

With the increasing use of OHVs by hunters, it's crucial to exercise responsible off-highway vehicle use. While most public lands allow OHV use, traveling cross-country on OHVs can cause unnecessary habitat damage. Hunters are urged to stay on existing roads and trails. If venturing off-road is necessary for game retrieval, hunters should exercise caution to minimize impact and avoid creating new routes.

Big Game Hunt Survey Compliance and Deadlines

For all big game tags, submission of hunt surveys is a mandatory requirement, regardless of whether the hunt was successful or not. The critical deadlines for these submissions are:

  • For Hunts Ending Before January 31: The survey must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. PST on January 31 of the year following the hunt season's closure.
  • For Hunts Ending After January 31: In this case, the deadline extends to 5 p.m. PST on February 28.

To facilitate the process, hunters can submit their hunt survey questionnaires online. This can be done through the individual’s account at ndowlicensing.com by navigating to the “Surveys” section.

It is crucial to note the consequences of non-compliance:

  • Penalty for Non-Submission: Hunters who do not submit their harvest return card, if they were successful tag holders, face a significant penalty. This includes a $50 fine.
  • Suspension from Next Season’s Application: Additionally, these individuals will be barred from participating in the application period for the next hunting season. This suspension remains in effect until both the penalty is paid, and the survey is completed.

This regulation is enforced under NAC 502.405, underscoring the importance of timely and accurate survey submission in big game hunting. Compliance with these regulations ensures sustainable hunting practices and contributes to effective wildlife management.

Nevada Testing and Training Range (NTTR) Desert Bighorn Sheep Hunts

Unique Hunting Experience

The Nevada Testing and Training Range (NTTR), under the United States Air Force, offers an extraordinary opportunity for desert bighorn sheep hunting. Since its establishment in 1940, the NTTR lands have been largely undisturbed, providing a stable habitat for bighorn sheep.

Hunter Requirements

To participate in these hunts, hunters must adhere to several stringent requirements:

  • Criminal Background Check: Every applicant must pass a criminal background check.
  • Equipment Inventory Submission: Hunters are required to submit a detailed inventory of all their hunting equipment.
  • Mandatory Safety Briefing: Prior to accessing the withdrawn lands, hunters must attend a compulsory safety briefing.

Consequences of Violations

The 2022 hunting season on the NTTR lands witnessed multiple violations, which prompted the Air Force to consider severe measures:

  • Threat of Closing Hunts: Due to these violations, the Air Force has warned that they may permanently close the hunting opportunity on these lands.
  • Additional Restrictions: In response, both the Department and the Desert National Wildlife Refuge have agreed to impose further restrictions to ensure the continuation of these hunts.

Importance of Compliance

The NTTR has stressed the importance of adherence to rules and regulations:

  • Zero-Tolerance Policy: The NTTR has made it clear that any further violations could lead to the permanent closure of the hunt.
  • Serious Commitment Required: Prospective hunters are urged to take the application and participation process seriously, considering the strict enforcement and significant consequences of non-compliance.

Illegal Outdoor Marijuana Grow Gardens: A Guide for Sportsmen in Nevada

Awareness in the Outback

The Nevada outback has witnessed a significant uptick in illegal outdoor marijuana cultivation over the past year. This emerging trend poses various challenges and potential dangers for sportsmen enjoying outdoor activities. It is crucial for individuals venturing into these areas to remain vigilant and observant of their environment.

Identifying Suspicious Sites

Key indicators of these illicit gardens include:

  • Remote Campsites: Often used by growers to stay near their crops.
  • Irrigation Equipment: Signifying the cultivation of plants in unnatural settings.
  • Visible Marijuana Plants: The most direct indicator of an illegal grow garden.

Action Steps for Sportsmen

Upon encountering any signs of marijuana cultivation, sportsmen are advised to:

  1. Leave the Area Immediately: For safety and to avoid inadvertent legal complications.
  2. Record the Location: Note specific details about the site's location without disturbing the scene.
  3. Report to Authorities: Promptly inform law enforcement of the suspicious activity.

Collaborative Law Enforcement Efforts

Game wardens are actively collaborating with other law enforcement agencies to address these illegal gardens. Their joint efforts focus on:

  • Apprehending Growers: Law enforcement aims to capture those responsible for these operations.
  • Eradicating Illegal Crops: Removing marijuana plants to prevent further illegal activity.
  • Environmental Rehabilitation: Restoring areas damaged by these unauthorized activities.

Reporting Channels

For reporting suspicious activities related to illegal marijuana gardens, use the following contacts:

  • Operation Game Thief: Call 1-800-992-3030 for anonymous tips.
  • Department of Public Safety (DPS): Dial 1-866-2REPORT for direct communication.
  • Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) Tip App: An accessible option for quick reporting.

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