Hunters May Apply for Fall Turkey Permits August 9

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Turkey hunters may begin applying for fall hunting permits beginning August 9, according to Bob Zegar, assistant administrator of the Game and Parks Commission’s Budget and Fiscal Division’s permits division.

Zegar said applications received prior to August 9 will be returned. “Permits for both shotgun and archery fall seasons are unlimited this year and may be purchased until the last day of the seasons.”

This year’s fall archery turkey season will be Oct. 1 - Nov. 12, and the fall shotgun season will be Oct. 23 - Nov. 12.

Upland Game Program Manager Scott Taylor said the switch was made from individual units with specific numbers of permits to statewide seasons with unlimited numbers of permits was made because statewide turkey populations are at a record high and the rural mail carrier survey indicates turkey numbers have doubled during the past five years. He said hunter interest in the fall season is relatively low, and it would be desirable to increase fall turkey harvest.

Permits cost $21.00 for residents and $66 for nonresidents. A Habitat Stamp ($13) is required for all resident turkey hunters age 16 and older and for all nonresident hunters regardless of age. Hunters can obtain no more than two permits, which may include two shotgun permits, two archery permits or one of each.

Fall turkey permits will be available over-the-counter at Commission offices in Alliance, Bassett, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, Lincoln and the Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium near Gretna, as well as on the Commission’s Internet web site at www.outdoornebraska.org Applications that are mailed should be sent to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, P.O. Box 30370, Lincoln, NE 68503.