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Apprentice License Gives Beginners a Chance to Experience Hunting


If you care about the future of hunting, introduce hunting to someone you care about. It’s now easier than ever to get a new hunter into the field for the first time with NDOW’s Apprentice License.  In the past, if you wanted to take a new person hunting for the first time, they were required to take an eight hour hunter education course and purchase a hunting license.

The Apprentice Hunter License, introduced in 2011, allows anyone 12 and older to hunt upland game and waterfowl (no tagged species) for one season without first completing a Hunter Education Course. The apprentice must have never previously held a hunting license and must always be accompanied and closely supervised by a mentor 18 or older who holds a valid Nevada hunting license and is willing to assume legal responsibility for the apprentice hunter.

NDOW encourages you to be that mentor. Help get a new hunter as passionate about the sport as you are.

The Apprentice License is free, but with mandatory habitat conservation and license agent fees ($4) and applicable stamps (state upland and /or state and federal duck); the cost will be $14 for upland game, $29 for waterfowl or $39 for both. The new Apprentice License is currently only available at NDOW regional offices statewide, but will be offered online in the future. For more information call (775) 688-1553 or go to

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