Hunting or fishing in Nevada without a license is a misdemeanor in Nevada, punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Licensed adults may use guns to hunt, but children must abide by special (and confusing) rules:
Generally, children under eighteen may not use firearms to hunt UNLESS they are accompanied by a parent, guardian or other authorized person who is licensed to hunt. Furthermore, children under twelve may never hunt big game in Nevada.1
There are instances, however, where minors may use guns to hunt without adult supervision-as long as these children are fourteen years old or older and are licensed to hunt in Nevada, they may use firearms to hunt if:
- Their parents give permission for them to handle firearms
- Their rifles and shotguns are not fully automatic
- Their firearms are not capable of being concealed on the person unless their parents or guardians give them written permission
- They are on their way to hunt, at the hunting site, or on their way back from hunting
- The child is not otherwise prohibited by law to handle the firearm2
To learn more about Nevada firearm crime laws regarding children's use of guns in non-hunting situations, go to our Juvenile Law and Firearms Nevada information page. Note that people who wrongfully allow children to possess guns can be arrested: Learn more in our article on the Nevada crime of aiding children to possess firearms.
To learn more about Nevada's hunting rules and to apply for a license, visit the Nevada Department of Wildlife website.
Are you facing criminal charges? Call our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) to schedule a free consultation. We will research your case to see if we can get the charges dismissed or at least negotiate them down to lesser offenses. And if the prosecutors are not being fair, our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys are prepared to take your case to trial.
Go to our Nevada firearm crime laws homepage.