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FUR-BEARING MAMMALS AND TRAPPING

Note: There are two sources to look up applicable laws: NRS (Nevada Revised Statutes) and NAC (Nevada Administrative Code)
Links below:

NRS: http://www.leg.state.nv.us/NRS/NRS-503.html
NAC: Nevada Administrative Code -- Just the sections detailing areas closed to hunting and trapping included in this website.

Nevada Administrative Code online -- NAC 501 - 505 deal with Wildlife Regulations, trapping, etc.

  Below are copied some relevant sections. Refer to complete laws online.

NRS 503.440 Open season for fur-bearing mammals.
NRS 503.450 Manner of hunting fur-bearing mammals.
NRS 503.452 Registration or marking of traps, snares and similar devices; fee for registration.
NRS 503.454 Trapping license required; unlawful to remove or disturb trap of licensee.
NRS 503.470 Control of fur-bearing mammals doing damage.
NRS 503.540 Authority of Department to enter land and remove beaver or otter.
NRS 503.570 Minimum visitation of traps, snares and other devices not designed to cause immediate death; removal of mammals.
NRS 503.575 Sale of live beaver by Department.
NRS 503.580 Unlawful to set trap within 200 feet of public road or highway; exception.
NRS 503.440  Open season for fur-bearing mammals.

 
1. Except as otherwise provided in NRS 503.470, it is unlawful to trap or kill fur-bearing mammals at any time during the year other than during an open season as designated by the Commission pursuant to the provisions of this title.

2. The Commission, in its sole discretion, may set the open season for fur-bearing mammals.

[73:101:1947; A 1949, 292; 1943 NCL § 3035.73]—(NRS A 1969, 1364; 1991, 267)

NRS 503.450 Manner of hunting fur-bearing mammals. It is unlawful for any person at any time to hunt any fur-bearing mammal in any manner other than by trap, gun or bow and arrow.

[Part 74:101:1947; 1943 NCL § 3035.74]—(NRS A 1983, 854; 1991, 267)

NRS 503.452 Registration or marking of traps, snares and similar devices; fee for registration. Each trap, snare or similar device used in the taking of wild mammals may bear a number registered with the Department or be permanently marked with the name and address of the owner or trapper using it. If a trap is registered, the registration is permanent. A registration fee of $10 for each registrant is payable only once, at the time the first trap, snare or similar device is registered.

(Added to NRS by 1979, 346; A 1983, 854; 1991, 267; 1993, 1674; 1995, 898; 2003, 1549, 2551)


NRS 503.454 Trapping license required; unlawful to remove or disturb trap of licensee.

1. Every person who takes fur-bearing mammals by any legal method or unprotected mammals by trapping or sells raw furs for profit shall procure a trapping license.

2. It is unlawful to remove or disturb the trap of any holder of a trapping license while the trap is being legally used by him on public land or on land where he has permission to trap.

(Added to NRS by 1979, 347; A 1983, 854; 1991, 267, 1575)
NRS 503.470 Control of fur-bearing mammals doing damage.

1. Fur-bearing mammals injuring any property may be taken or killed at any time in any manner, provided a permit is first obtained from the Department.

2. When the Department has determined from investigations or upon a petition signed by the owners of 25 percent of the land area in any irrigation district or the area served by a ditch company alleging that an excessive population of beaver or otter exists or that beaver or otter are doing damage to lands, streams, ditches, roads or water control structures, the Department shall remove such excess or depredating beaver or otter.

[Part 75:101:1947; R 1953, 671; added 1953, 671]—(NRS A 1967, 1201; 1969, 1364; 1991, 267; 1993, 1674; 2003, 1549)

NRS 503.540 Authority of Department to enter land and remove beaver or otter. Whenever the Department determines that beaver or otter are doing damage and that it will be necessary to remove beaver or otter from the land of a person to protect the lands of another landowner, the Department is not prevented from taking such beaver or otter by the refusal of the landowner to allow the employees of the Department to enter upon his land. The Department is authorized to enter upon the lands of such owner and remove beaver or otter for the relief of other landowners and the protection of the public welfare.

[Part 75:101:1947; R 1953, 671; added 1953, 671]—(NRS A 1969, 1365; 1993, 1674; 2003, 1550)

NRS 503.570 Minimum visitation of traps, snares and other devices not designed to cause immediate death; removal of mammals.

1. A person taking or causing to be taken wild mammals by means of traps, snares or any other devices which do not, or are not designed to, cause immediate death to the mammals, shall, if the traps, snares or devices are placed or set to take mammals, visit or cause to be visited at least once each 96 hours each trap, snare or other device during all of the time the trap, snare or device is placed, set or used to take wild mammals, and remove therefrom any mammals caught therein.

2. The provisions of subsection 1 do not apply to employees of the State Department of Agriculture or the United States Department of Agriculture when acting in their official capacities.

[1:107:1937; 1931 NCL § 3153.01] + [2:107:1937; 1931 NCL § 3153.02]—(NRS A 1967, 599; 1969, 1365; 1979, 348; 1981, 608; 1991, 268, 334; 1993, 1674; 1999, 3626)

NRS 503.575 Sale of live beaver by Department. The Department, with the approval of the Commission, may sell live beaver.

[Part 75:101:1947; R 1953, 671; added 1953, 671]—(NRS A 1969, 1365; 1993, 1675; 2003, 1550)

NRS 503.580 Unlawful to set trap within 200 feet of public road or highway; exception.

1. For the purposes of this section, “public road or highway” means:

(a) A highway designated as a United States highway.

(b) A highway designated as a state highway pursuant to the provisions of NRS 408.285.

(c) A main or general county road as defined by NRS 403.170.

2. It is unlawful for any person, company or corporation to place or set any steel trap, used for the purpose of trapping mammals, larger than a No. 1 Newhouse trap, within 200 feet of any public road or highway within this State.

3. This section does not prevent the placing or setting of any steel trap inside, along or near a fence which may be situated less than 200 feet from any public road or highway upon privately owned lands.

[1:155:1931] + [2:155:1931]—(NRS A 1960, 229; 1967, 599; 1969, 1365; 1979, 1175; 1991, 268)

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