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How to apply for Nevada’s 2017 mule deer guided draw

How to apply for Nevada's mule deer guided draw

Do you have big plans to hunt Nevada this year? Or are you looking for a way to improve your odds of drawing a coveted mule deer tag in Nevada? Then the Nevada restricted mule deer guided draw might be your solution. The deadline to apply is March 10 with draw results available late March. 

What is the Nevada guided draw?

Every year Nevada has a separate drawing where they set aside a certain number of rifle mule deer tags that are available exclusively for nonresident applicants that apply through a licensed Nevada outfitter. There are currently 27 Nevada outfitters eligible for the guided draw (as of Jan. 17, 2017) and that list can be found here. The restricted guided draw is completed prior to the general draw that takes place in late March.

The tags are broken down by the season and unit number. There are not a lot of tags set aside for the guided draw… but the odds of drawing are better than the regular pool. Bonus points for mule deer in the main draw are also applicable in the guided draw. The same method of squaring points is used.

For example: five bonus points will be squared to 25 points plus one additional chance for the current application — giving you 26 total chances to draw if you have five bonus points.

Note: A hunter that submits an application through the guided-draw cannot apply for mule deer in the Nevada-main-draw that takes place roughly between March 21 to April 18 of each year. It's also important to know that although you cannot apply for both the guided draw and main draw for mule deer in the same year, accrued bonus points are shared between each draw.

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Benefits of the guided draw

If you are nonresident and apply for mule deer with the mindset that when you draw, you will use an outfitter, then the guided draw is for you. Additionally, an outfitter will be able to help you in selecting a unit that may fit your goals and objectives. The Nevada guided draw option for mule deer will help to improve your odds of drawing that coveted tag. Having a guide in your corner will also greatly improve your chances of harvesting the buck that meets your expectations.

So what are your draw odds?

Nevada guided draw odds on INSIDER

New for 2017: Now you can see the draw odds for the Guided Draw on INSIDER. You can view the odds two ways. On the stand alone draw odds page or on Filtering 2.0.

Draw odds can be drastically better in the guided draw. For example: In Unit Group 111, 112, 113 the draw odds for an early rifle tag in the main draw pool is 1.4% at zero points, but in the guided draw they are 24%! Also, in some cases a nonresident can have better draw odds by applying through the guided draw than even a resident!

Check out your draw odds

Required steps to take

  • Hunters interested in applying in the guided draw must first contact an eligible outfitter. That list can be found here.
  • After the outfitter walks you through the process, you will then need to fill out a Power of Attorney Form and get it notarized.
  • After finalizing that last step, the outfitter can then apply you in the guided draw.

Nevada Business Members in the 2017 Guided Draw

The outfitters listed below are goHUNT Business Members that we work with closely. You can contact them directly to get started on the process of applying for the mule deer guided draw. Outfitters below are listed in alphabetical order.

7L Outfitters

7L Outfitters 2016 mule deer buck sample
Some of the 2016 mule deer taken with 7L Outfitters — A goHUNT Business Member

Contact: Brad Lloyd
Phone: (775) 962-1998
Outfitter information: 7L Outfitters
Social accounts: Facebook — Instagram

Bull Creek Outfitters

Bull Creek Outfitters logo

Contact: Cleave Dwire
Phone: (775)-293-1917
Outfitter information: Bull Creek Outfitters

G&J Outdoors

G&J Outdoors mule deer photos
Mule deer taken with G&J Outdoors — A goHUNT Business Member

Contact: Cary Jellison
Phone: (530) 885-1492
Outfitter information: G&J Outdoors
Social accounts: Facebook 

Nevada Outfitters

Nevada Outfitters 2016 mule deer harvest photo sample
Some of the 2016 mule deer taken with Nevada Outfitters — A goHUNT Business Member

Contact: Robert Wallin
Phone: (775)-335-5234
Outfitter information: Nevada Outfitters
Social accounts: FacebookInstagram — Twitter

Pine Peak Outfitters

Pine Peak Outfitters 2016 mule deer succes
Some of the 2016 mule deer taken with Pine Peak Outfitters — A goHUNT Business Member

Contact: Jake Rosevear
Phone: (775)-293-1686
Outfitter information: Pine Peak Outfitters
Social accounts: FacebookInstagram

Special notes

The only seasons eligible through this special drawing are the any legal weapon rifle seasons. You can find these seasons on Filtering 2.0 if you're looking to start some research on units to apply for. Unlike New Mexico, the Nevada guided draw requires that the outfitter actually complete and submit the application for the hunter by using a guide permit number and password. The outfitter guided draw application can be found here.

Also, the client must be accompanied in the field by a designated guide associated with the outfitter that submitted the application in the guided draw. Even if the tag you draw has season dates that run longer than the duration of the guide contract (time in field with guide), then it is illegal for the hunter to hunt with a tag obtained in the guided draw without being accompanied by a designated guide.

The deadline to apply is March 10, 2017. It is important that you contact a licensed Nevada outfitter right away if you want to take part in this drawing. It will improve not only your odds of drawing a tag, but also your chance at harvesting a dream buck! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Best of luck in the 2017 draws!





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Ray B. - posted 3 years ago on 01-28-2017 09:00:49 pm

In the post above, you mention that NV averages points and rounds to the nearest whole number. Do you know if they round up or down? In other words, is 2.5 rounded up to 3 or down to 2? I have looked for this response in the refs, but could not find it.

By the way, I just received my hat and was really impressed with the quality. Really nice!

Lorenzo S.
Lorenzo S. - posted 3 years ago on 01-23-2017 04:40:25 pm world headquarters
goHUNT Team

@Ernie W. -

When goHUNT was being founded we went to some graphic designers to design us a logo in our orange and grey tones that would reflect the outdoors, but not having any horns, trees or realistic attributes to it and also resembling a feel of high end technology. The reasoning for this was, we wanted to standout within the industry and stay away from the typical logo types.

The graphic designers turned over hundreds of options, but at first sight, even before we looked through them all, we knew what our logo was going to be.

Everyone of us in the room had the image of a mountain reflecting off of a lake, but also could see the resemblance of an arrow head, the beginning of our hunting heritage.

Thanks for reaching out!
-Lorenzo S.

Ernie W. - posted 3 years ago on 01-23-2017 04:13:08 pm

ive been trying to figure out your logo, what is the meaning of it ?

Brady J. Miller
Brady M. - posted 3 years ago on 01-19-2017 11:06:52 am
Las Vegas, NV
goHUNT Team

You're very welcome, Sean. You can apply for the Nevada nonresident guided draw as a group. Keep in mind that your bonus points will be averaged and rounded to the closest whole number.

Sean M. - posted 3 years ago on 01-18-2017 09:28:02 pm
San Diego, CA

Thanks for the info. This looks like a good opportunity. I did have one question, can you apply for this as a group with a buddy or is this only a single person draw? Thanks in advance for the answer and keep up the great work!

Brady J. Miller
Brady M. - posted 3 years ago on 01-18-2017 11:40:00 am
Las Vegas, NV
goHUNT Team

Hey Jesse. The Arizona elk and antelope application strategy article will be released next week. I'm currently going through the final stages of the article and graphs. Right now I have the submit and get winner to be pulled and the article to go live on January 26. But we might pull the winner earlier in the week. We decided to release the submit and get winner a little later in the month to not confuse people with the INSIDER rifle giveaway winners we pulled earlier in January.

On a separate note. Will you be at the Sacramento ISE show this week? Currently a few of us (including me) are running the goHUNT booth at the ISE show. It would be great to finally meet you.

jesse d. - posted 3 years ago on 01-18-2017 11:47:33 am

I assume you're probably busy at the shot show but i was wondering if you are going to put out a strategy article on arizona elk? Also who won the submit get submit??