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Nevada's Restricted Non-Resident Mule Deer Draw (Hunt #1231)

Nevada is very unique when it comes to allotting Mule Deer tags to the non-resident Mule Deer hunter. Every year up to 400 Mule Deer tags are set aside from the non-resident hunting pool, for those hunters who want to specifically hunt with an outfitter or guide.

The tags are still broken down by the hunt unit number, with obviously many less tags than the general draw offers, but with a much greater success rate of drawing the coveted Mule Deer tag.

This "Restricted Outfitters" draw takes place in mid-March with the applications going directly to the individual outfitters to send to their clients in late January. This draw is completed prior to the applications going out for the "General Draw" in April of every year.

The selection process is still done by computer with each application receiving a random number. Those applicants with "bonus points" will have their numbers squared, i.e. if they have 5 bonus points they will receive 25 numbers with only the best number being used. Hunters can obtain bonus points in either application process and can be used in one application or the other. Bonus points are earned by unsuccessful applicants applying in the drawings and buying a NV hunting license. Applicants can only earn one bonus point per year for each species.

As you can see by the charts below, the "guided hunts" consistently have a 375%+ better chance of drawing (9.5% compared to 35.9%), but also year after year, has more bucks harvested (56% to 50%). The most glaring statistic being that of 4 point or better bucks, with the guided hunts outdistancing the "General Draw" hunters 66% to 53%, a whopping 13% better chance of obtaining the trophy buck that most hunters seek!

So, if you are a serious Mule Deer hunter, you can see putting in with a NOGA approved outfitter gives you many benefits that you will not regret. We hope to hear from you soon.

Non-resident Regular Draw
Year Applicants Tags Drawn Tag Success Rate # Harvested Harvest % 4 pt or Better
2016 9,468 557 5.9% 347 62% 56%
2015 9,013 682 7.6% 385 56% 55%
2014 8,576 790 9.2% 387 49% 47%
2013 8,233 918 11.2% 424 46% 52%
2012 8,409 1,198 14.2% 567 47% 53%
5 Yr. Total 43,699 4,144 9.5% 2110 50% 53%
Non-resident Guided Draw
Year Applicants Tags Drawn Tag Success Rate # Harvested Harvest % 4 pt or Better
2016 1,031 327 30.2% 196 60% 67%
2015 1,045 342 32.7% 213 62% 69%
2014 1,017 368 36.1% 193 52% 59%
2013 945 400 42.3% 209 52% 67%
2012 822 311 37.8% 168 54% 66%
5 Yr. Total 4,860 1,748 35.9% 979 56% 66%