Falconry Regulations Overview

Upland Game Birds & Rabbits Falconry Season

Open Counties & Season Dates:

  • Statewide:
    • Dates: September 1, 2023, to the last day of February 2024.

Daily Limits & Possession:

  • Limit: 2 birds/rabbits daily, with a total possession limit of 8, either singly or in aggregate.

Hunting Hours & Accessibility:

  • Hours: Sunrise to sunset daily.
  • Access: Available to nonresidents as well.

Species Specifics:

  • Exclusions: All resident upland game birds except turkey and sharp-tailed grouse.
  • Rabbit Types: Cottontail and white-tailed jackrabbits.
  • Sage-Grouse Regulations: Only in units with an established open season; daily and possession limit is 2.

Falconry Seasons for Migratory Game Birds

Northeast Zone

Season Dates:

  • First Phase: September 23 to November 28, 2023.
  • Second Phase: December 9, 2023, to January 15, 2024.

Daily Limits & Possession:

  • Limit: 3 birds daily, with a total possession limit of 9. *Included within general duck limit.

Species & Hunting Hours:

  • Species: Geese, ducks, mergansers, coots, gallinules, and snipe.
  • Hours: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset.
  • Note: Open to nonresidents.

Northwest Zone

Season Dates:

  • First Phase: October 14, 2023, to January 7, 2024.
  • Second Phase: January 10 to 28, 2024.

South Zone Regulations:

  • Clark and Lincoln County (Excluding Moapa Valley):
    • October 14-22, 2023, and October 25, 2023, to January 28, 2024.
  • Moapa Valley:
    • October 28, 2023, to January 28, 2024.

Falconry License Requirements


  • Must have a valid falconer’s license and, when targeting game animals, a valid hunting license.
  • For waterfowl hunting, a federal migratory bird stamp is required.

HIP Number for Migratory Game Bird Hunting

HIP Validation:

  • Required for all hunters of migratory game birds, except Nevada residents under 12.
  • Obtain annually and write on the hunting license before hunting.
  • Free and available online or via phone.

Practice of Falconry Guidelines

Compliance and Reporting:

  • Must comply with title 45 of NRS and Commission regulations.
  • Incidental catch of threatened or endangered species must be reported within 72 hours.
  • Incidental catch of game species during closed season can’t be retained.

Hunting Restrictions:

  • No hunting in refuges, state or national parks, or private property without permission.
  • Allowed to fly raptors at captive-raised animals and non-protected bird species.

Additional Information:

  • Detailed regulations available at ndow.org under “Laws & Regulations”.

(Reference: NAC 503.210)

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