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Online hunter education course now accepted in Nevada for those over 11 years old

Nevada hunter education class changes

Nevada just made it easier to apply for their big game draw if you're an aspiring hunter and haven't taken a formal hunter education course before. If you have family or friends who are interested in hunting for the first time, this is the perfect opportunity to get everything they need to start applying in Nevada.

In order to further promote hunting, last week Nevada started allowing people over the age of 21 to complete an online hunter education course and skip the in-the-field day. But due to the coronavirus, Nevada has dropped the minimum age to complete online hunter education to 11 years old. This has been confirmed with a phone call I had this morning with NDOW.

If you are 11 years old or older, you can complete hunter ed online then apply for Nevada tags

Now if you have anyone 11 years or older, they can complete the online Nevada hunter education course, and then instantly apply for big game tags in Nevada. There is no in the field course required. This new change applies to both residents and nonresidents. So a nonresident can still take the Nevada online hunter education course and then apply for big game tags.

The cost for the hunter education course online is only $24.50. In the past, you had to take a course in-person to complete the hunter education process in order to apply in Nevada. Also, with everything going on with the coronavirus lately (see all COVID-19 updates here), this is always a step in the right direction to still allow aspiring hunters a way to get into the draw.

Sign up for the Nevada Online hunter ed course here

Once you've completed your hunter education course, new hunters can then buy their Nevada hunting license and apply in the big game draw here.

Summary of required steps

Apply for Nevada big game tags here



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Kent S. - posted 1 month ago on 04-23-2020 11:07:29 am

They are already almost guaranteed a deer tag. It is possible for adults to draw a deer tag every year if they want to. Archery 17 is an example. Every year they have tags available in the second draw. The only reason a junior wont draw is if they only apply for hard to get tags. An example of where that would hurt all hunters is down in in southern nevada. 2/3rds of the states populations lives here. We have awesome trophy mule deer hunting around us but those numbers are low. If you had every junior hunter from Vegas hunting these units, those deer numbers will be even lower, which would end adult hunters. Deer tags are easy to get here, just most people don't want to hunt those units or don't know about them (which is why goHUNT is so awesome), but like you said that is a different conversation. On the topic of hunter safety, some states already don't require it. Arizona doesn't require hunter safety for anyone over the age of 14. South Dakota only requires it for hunters 16 and under. Once you purchase a license in one of these states, you can now hunt in some states that normally require hunter safety like California, Maine, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Virginia. These states only require evidence that you have had a license in another state. Even more states don't require hunter safety for 1 day and 7 day hunting licenses. And even with the day time class, it doesn't prepare you at all for real hunting. If someone doesn't have the common sense to identify what they are shooting at before they shoot, then a training class isn't going to help them. The only thing I could see someone learning in a class is the laws and regulations. I think that is where most states are failing, but like the guaranteed junior tag conversation, that doesn't apply to this topic.

RICH H. - posted 1 month ago on 04-23-2020 09:59:47 am
Dayton, NV

I'm sorry you don't agree Kent, but I understand what you are saying. I too believe the best learning experience comes from being around other responsible hunters and spending time around firearms. But unfortunately there are plenty of those that do go from never touching a firearm to hunting. I have a relative that is a firearms dealer and he sees this often - "I need to buy my first rifle because I was invited to go hunting next month" situation. I'm sure you've also read just about every year where someone shot at a sound or a flash of movement, only to find out they just killed another hunter. Online courses can be cheated, so IMO why even bother. Only way to know if one is even slightly responsible enough to be out there hunting is for a trained teacher to see first hand how they handle a weapon. If they are deemed not ready/unsafe then go back and get some more training in. There are plenty of firearm 101 type classes available out there if they don't have someone to spend time training with. After all, we are talking about walking around with a weapon, not golf clubs. I simply don't feel by reducing training requirements for anything that requires a license to be better for us, only the state and hunting industries pockets. If we want to get more youth interested, how about the states making it guaranteed that juniors get a deer tag so they have those years to learn more about hunting with an licensed adult. Then after their junior years they deal with draw odds like the rest of us. By that time they will be hooked and a hunter for life! But that's for another conversation :-)

Kent S. - posted 1 month ago on 04-23-2020 08:11:01 am

I don't agree with you on this one Rich. What I see is the field class keeps a lot of people from taking hunter safety which reduces interest in the sport. Someone doesn't go from never shooting a gun, to hunting. People get interested in shooting guns (which has zero training requirements), then they start hunting. The fact that Nevada still requires an online course is more than some states require for people over the age of 21. Now when it comes to junior hunters, they have even less reasons to need hunter safety because they have to hunt with a licensed adult anyways. I learned more about hunter safety from my dad and uncles than I ever would in any class. I think its a step in the right direction for Nevadans. I have a coworker who wants to get into hunting and was really dreading sitting in a class on a Saturday.

RICH H. - posted 1 month ago on 04-10-2020 10:00:36 am
Dayton, NV

Being allowed to get your hunting license by only taking an online course is ridiculous! Could you imagine allowing people to get their drivers license by only taking an inline course. My 11yo son just completed the Nevada Hunters Safety course in February and from what I witnessed during the 'in-field' portion told me that Nevada needs to require more training, not less. But you could tell these instructors just wanted to fly through the day and hand out certs like it was candy. Expect more so-called hunting accidents with this move, which in turn will just continue give firearms and hunting a bad name.