Proof of Hunter Education is Becoming Easier for Hunters

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Hunters who purchase their Nevada hunting licenses online when applying for big game hunting tags now only have to show proof once that they have completed an approved hunter education class, according to the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW).

Les Smith, NDOW hunter education coordinator, said hunters can mail or fax copies their hunter education cards to the Wildlife Administrative Services office in Fallon to have them kept on record permanently. After this is done, residents will no longer need to show proof of completion of a hunter education class when purchasing Nevada licenses online.

“This year, for the first time, Nevada residents have the opportunity to apply for licenses online when applying for their big game hunting tags,” said Smith. “So those hunters who choose to purchase their licenses online will never again have to show proof of hunter education if they send copies of their hunter education cards to Wildlife Administrative Services.”

Hunters can either mail or fax their proof of hunter education to the office. Forms for the process can be downloaded at after completing the forms, hunters will need to attach a copy of their hunter education card or certificate and send both to Wildlife Administrative Services.

The mailing address and fax number for the office is listed on the form. Forms and certificates must be received at the office by 5 p.m. on April 12 if hunters wish to apply for their licenses online with their tag applications. If the information is faxed, hunters should check to make sure the office has received their information and their records have been updated.

“This year resident hunters can apply for their hunting license online only if they do so when applying for big game tags. All other hunters will need to purchase their licenses from license agents (sporting goods stores) and Nevada Department of Wildlife offices,” said Smith.

The deadline for applying for 2004 big game hunting tags is Monday, April 19. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. that day at the Wildlife Administrative Services office to be eligible for the tag drawing. Hunters can send their applications through the mail or apply online.

Hunters born in 1960 or later are required to have successfully completed an approved hunter education class prior to purchasing a Nevada hunting license. Information about classes may be obtained by contacting any NDOW office or by viewing the agency’s web site at