Nebraska Hunting News

Spring Turkey Season Opens April 14 for Nebraska Shotgun Hunters

The spring turkey season opens across the state for shotgun hunters on April 14, one week after it opens for youth shotgun hunters, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The season opened for archers in late March. All spring turkey seasons close May 31.

A spring turkey permit or spring youth turkey permit allows a person to hunt with archery equipment during the archery season and a shotgun during the shotgun season. Each hunter may have as many as three permits. The bag limit is one male or bearded female turkey per permit.

River Antlerless Deer Permit Part of Nebraska's Big Game Changes

A change in strategy has the state’s antlerless white-tailed deer harvest focused on river corridors. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners adopted big game regulation amendments at their meeting in Lincoln on March 9.

Family Archery Program to Begin in Lincoln, Nebraska

A new family archery-shooting program begins in Lincoln on March 10. The Families on Target Program will be held at the Air Park Recreation Center on Saturdays through April from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Families can enjoy archery shooting in a fun, relaxed atmosphere under the guidance of City of Lincoln Parks and Recreation staff. Equipment will be provided. The cost is $3 per person and $8 per family.

Families on Target is a joint effort of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Lincoln Parks and Recreation.

Nebraska Commissioners Will Consider Big Game Recommendations March 9

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners will consider staff recommendations for 2012 big game regulations when they meet March 9. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. at Game and Parks’ Lincoln headquarters, 2200 N. 33rd St.

There will be a public hearing at 9:45 a.m. for big game recommendations, which will include a new 126-day River Antlerless deer season that targets 1,800 miles of river corridor.

Bighorn Sheep Released into Pine Ridge, Nebraska

Forty bighorn sheep trapped in Alberta, Canada, were released into the Pine Ridge near Harrison on Feb. 9, giving Nebraska a fifth subpopulation of this mammal popular among hunters and wildlife watchers.

The 35 ewes and five rams were trapped on a reclaimed portion of a coal mine at the foot of the Canadian Rockies west of Edmonton, Alberta on Feb. 7. Seventeen Nebraska Game and Parks Commission staff and two U.S. Department of Agriculture veterinarians traveled to the site last week to assist in the operation and to bring the sheep home.

Nebraska Game and Parks Releases Unintentionally Trapped Mountain Lion

A mountain lion unintentionally caught in a foothold trap in Dawes County was tranquilized and released by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on Jan. 27.

The mountain lion, a female kitten weighing approximately 50 pounds, appeared to be in good health. After the release, the kitten followed tracks of an adult mountain lion and another kitten that biologists believe were the mother and a sibling.

Nebraska's February Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in February:

Nebraska Boating Has New Legal Requirement in 2012

Boaters should be aware of a new legal requirement that became effective Jan. 1, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Persons born after Dec. 31, 1985, who operate a motorboat or personal watercraft in Nebraska, must have successfully completed the Nebraska boating safety course. They also must be in possession of a course certificate when operating the boat.

Nebraska Spring Turkey Permits Available Jan. 9

Spring turkey hunting permits for 2012 will be available from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission starting at 1 p.m. Central Time on Jan. 9.

The archery season is March 25-May 31. The youth shotgun season is April 7-May 31 and the regular shotgun season is April 14-May 31.

CWD Found in Buffalo, Custer, Holt Counties Nebraska

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer has appeared for the first time in Buffalo, Custer and Holt counties, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

There were 1,565 lymph node samples collected from deer taken during the 2011 November firearm deer season, with 26 samples testing positive for CWD. In addition, samples were taken from 37 culled deer that showed clinical symptoms for CWD, with one male mule deer from Garden County testing positive. Those symptoms include a rough, emaciated appearance and a lack of fear of humans.