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Nevada’s 2016 restricted mule deer guided draw updates


Mule deer buck taken with Pine Peak Outfitters
Mule deer taken with Pine Peak Outfitters — A goHUNT Business Member

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 this might be your solution. The deadline to apply is March 11, 2016 at 5 p.m. by mail and 11 p.m. online.

What is the Nevada guided draw?

Every year Nevada has a separate drawing where they set aside a certain number of tags that is available exclusively for nonresident applicants that apply through a licensed Nevada outfitter. There are currently 29 Nevada outfitters eligible for the guided draw and that list can be found here. The restricted guided draw is completed prior to the applications going out for 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 between March 21 to April 18. It is also important to know that although you cannot apply for both the mule deer guided draw and main draw in the same year, accrued bonus points are shared between each draw.

Benefits of the guided draw

Mule deer buck taken with G and J Outdoors
Mule deer taken with G and J Outdoors — A goHUNT Business Member

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.

Required steps to take

•   Hunters interested in applying in the guided draw must first contact an eligible outfitter. 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.

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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. 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.

Giant mule deer buck taken with 7L Outfitters
Wide mule deer taken with 7L Outfitters — A goHUNT Business Member

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 online is March 11 at 11 p.m. and Friday is quickly approaching. 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! A list of licensed Nevada outfitters can be found in the goHUNT Outfitter Directory.


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