Turkey Hunting in Nevada

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  • C
  • 1,200

    Wild Turkey Population

  • Rio Grande and Merriam's

    Turkey Subspecies

  • N/A

    Number of Licenses Sold Annually

  • $68

    Hunting license ($38), turkey tag ($20) and turkey tag application ($10)

    Cost of Resident License and Permit

  • $215

    Combo license ($155), turkey tag ($50) and turkey tag application ($10)

    Cost of Non-Resident License and Permit

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Nevada? I guarantee it's not wild turkeys or turkey hunting.

Then again, Super Slam candidates, turkey hunters who try to kill a bird in all 49 states open to our great tradition (Alaska has no season), might take an interest. I know several who have, and enjoyed their hunts in the so-called Silver State.

First, some history. Wild turkeys were introduced to Nevada in 1960. In fact, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) has trapped and transferred several thousand turkeys since 1987.

A modest effort, sure, in this somewhat inhospitable desert habitat.

Where to Hunt

Rios have been the primary subspecies and populations are now located along river corridors in western Nevada, the Ruby Mountains of Elko County, Paradise Valley in Humboldt County and in eastern White Pine County. 

In southern Nevada, they populate Lincoln County, as well as the Moapa Valley (where some Merriam's also roam), and the Overton area of Clark County.

Silver State turkeys are limited in number (1,200 birds according to recent National Wild Turkey Federation estimates), and their range is extremely small, but transplant efforts and habitat improvement projects have established huntable populations in a handful of regions.

Available public land for hunting is widespread in Nevada otherwise.

The fact that you'll probably have a good turkey hunt if you can draw a tag keeps the state from receiving a lower Turkey Hunting Nation grade. Both landowner and public property options are available.

That said, because Nevada has such low turkey densities, predation and poor habitat conditions caused by drought can have extreme effects on turkey populations. 

– Steve Hickoff

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