By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large
In addition to the regular draw tags, many western states raffle conservation tags, typically offering extended seasons and access to difficult-to-draw or multiple units, depending on state and type of tag. The odds are terrible, but the cost is low and the potential reward priceless. Some are drawn by the state wildlife agency; others are offered through a conservation organization with the money being returned to the wildlife agency. This is not a complete listing, but if you're interested in the best Rocky Mountain bighorn tags, desert sheep tags, mule deer tags or Goulds turkey tags, you owe it to yourself to consider these special raffles.
The Nevada Dream Tag
) is a statewide permit good for any open season. A single dream tag is offered for pronghorn, California bighorn, desert bighorn, elk and mule deer. Entries are unlimited at $5 per chance. A $10 resource stamp is required to apply. The deadline is June 30
Nevada also offers one Silver State Tag
each for mule deer, pronghorn, elk or desert bighorn. If drawn, the hunter can hunt any open unit during any season. Applications are accepted online through the regular draw, and hunters are limited to a single Silver State application per species. You may, however, apply for the regular draw plus the Silver State tag. Applications are $25 each, except for elk, which is $30.
Finally, the Nevada Partnership in Wildlife Tag (PIW)
allows hunters to hunt any unit. Nonresidents are limited to the mule deer partnership tag. To apply for NV mule deer, check the box for PIW, and a $10 application fee will be added to your application. If drawn, your regular application and tag fee covers the PIW tag....