Nebraska Archery Turkey Season Opens Oct. 1

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Statewide turkey populations are at a record high, an increase of as much as 300 percent since 2000, and archers, modern shotgun and black powder shotgun hunters can look forward to an exciting fall turkey hunting season again this year.

The 2006 Nebraska fall archery turkey season will be Oct.1 - Nov. 10 and Nov. 20 - Dec. 31; the fall shotgun turkey season will be Oct. 14 - Nov.10 and Nov. 20 - Dec. 31, and there are an unlimited number of permits available for both seasons.

Anyone 12 years of age or older by the date the season opens are eligible to hunt turkeys in Nebraska.

Permits cost $21 for residents and $86 for nonresidents. A $13 Habitat Stamp is required for all resident turkey hunters age 16 and older and for all nonresident hunters. A hunters can obtain no more than two permits, which may include two shotgun permits, two archery permits or one of each.

Fall turkey permits can be purchased at Commission offices in Alliance, Bassett, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, Lincoln and the Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium near Gretna, as well as on the Commissions 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.