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Nevada 2021 First Come First First Served license process now live!

2021 Nevada first come first served license opportunity

If there was a fun and exciting way to re-allocate turned back tags... Nevada Department of Wildlife's new first come, first served process is it! This list just went live today, so keep checking back as more licenses can show up at any time.

NDOW first come first served license location

To see the license list, head over to NDOW Licensing, then click on the "First Come, First Served Tags" section in the upper right portion of the screen if you are on a computer, and then log in. If you're on a mobile device, tap the three line deal and it will drop down a toolbar.

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How does this new system work?

When tags are turned back and processed, they will now go up on the first come, first served list where they can be picked up by both residents and nonresidents. The part that makes this interesting is the time and day they go online is random. You could have tags show up at 3 a.m. or 11 p.m. and any other time of the day. This now gives NDOW a way to re-allocated tags that are turned in.

What the tag page looks like

Nevada first come first served hunting license available

You'll see any available tags on this page. Plus, tags that you are inelible to pick up due to wait periods will be greyed out.

If you are eligible to purchase the tag, it will show up like the image below.

Eligible Nevada first come first serve tag view

Another neat feature is at the right it shows how many tags are available for that unit/unit group and also how many days are remaining in the season. This is huge in case some tags get offered up late in the season when there isn't many days of hunting left before the season closes.

Easy to filter the options

Nevada first come first serve filter option


Key information

Below is information I was given directly from NDOW earlier this morning.

  • You will have 5 minutes once a tag has been added to your cart to checkout. Once that timer runs out, your tag will be taken from your cart, and the tag will re-appear on the first come, first served list within the next 24 hours.
  • To ensure a quick checkout, make sure your payment and shipping information is up to date before adding a tag to your cart. You can make changes to this information in your profile. 
  • You are allowed one tag in your cart at a time. If you want to purchase multiple tags, you will have to purchase them in separate transactions. This ensures that the first come first served checkout process is fair for all hunters.
  • Take shipping times into account when purchasing your tags.  Some tags may have few days left in-season and standard mail would arrive after the season ends. Typical standard mail times are 5-7 business days. Overnight shipping is available for an increased fee and tags are free to be picked up at an NDOW office during business hours.  

What is the First Come, First Served (FCFS) program?

This is a way to offer additional hunting opportunities to the public. The Department’s goal is to not have any tag go unused and this new program allows us to offer these tags to all eligible hunters.

Why are these tags available in this program?

The tags available for purchase in the FCFS program are tags not issued from the main and second draws, returned to NDOW with no eligible alternate, or was returned with less than 14-days prior to the start of the season.

When do FCFS tags become available for purchase?

Tags eligible for the FCFS program will appear for purchase at a randomized time 24-hours after a tag has been processed by NDOW.

Can anyone purchase a FCFS tag?

Customers with an active Nevada hunting license who are not currently in a waiting period for the specific species, do not have an active suspension on their account, and do not already hold a tag for the same species will be able to purchase a tag from the FCFS program.

Will I lose my bonus points if I purchase a FCFS tag?

Yes. All standard draw rules apply to purchased FCFS tags, including the loss of bonus points and applied waiting periods.

Will I be in a waiting period if I purchase a FCFS tag?

Yes. All standard draw rules apply to purchased FCFS tags, including the loss of bonus points and applied waiting periods.

I applied and was unsuccessful for the same tag in the main draw, why is it available in the FCFS program?

The tags available for purchase in the FCFS program could have been from an identical hunt offered to a different residency, was returned to NDOW with no eligible alternate, or was returned with less than 14-days prior to the start of the season.

Can I purchase a resident tag if I am a nonresident?

Yes, with the exception of any junior mule deer, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goat tags. Tags returned to the Department become residency agnostic before becoming available for purchase in the FCFS program. Residency pricing will remain the same at checkout.

Can I buy more than one FCFS tag?

Yes, but only through separate transactions. Only one tag can be placed in a shopping cart at a time and will be the only item, outside of a hunting license, that can be purchased at that time.

Can I return my purchased FCFS tag?

Yes. Returned FCFS tags will again appear for purchase through the FCFS program randomly 24-hours after the tag has been processed by NDOW. Tag returns will be accepted, and bonus points are reinstated if the tag is received 1-day prior to the start of the tag's season.

Do I need a hunting license to purchase a FCFS tag?

Yes. If you wish to purchase a FCFS tag and do not currently hold an active Nevada hunting license, you will be prompted to purchase a license along with your tag at the time of checkout.

Do I need a hunter’s safety certification before purchasing a FCFS tag?

Yes, to anyone born after January 1, 1960. If you do not currently have a hunter’s safety certification attached to your account, you will not be allowed to select a FCFS tag that is currently available for purchase.

I marked to be an alternate why wasn’t I assigned a FCFS tag?

Selecting to be an alternate qualifies your first choice per application for alternate consideration. Any tag not matching an alternate’s first choice selection, or any tag returned to NDOW with fewer than 14-days before the season opener are assigned to the FCFS program.

Why don’t I see the same tags available as my friend?

Customers who currently hold a tag will not be shown available FCFS tags of the same species. A customer can only be awarded one tag per species, per season.

How can I receive my FCFS tag once I’ve purchased it?

Tags can be shipped standard, overnighted, or available for pick up at NDOW offices around the state during regular office hours. Shipping fees are nonrefundable. NDOW and Kalkomey are not responsible for the timing of the shipping carrier.

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