Nebraska Begins Bonus Fall Turkey Hunting

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A bonus awaits Nebraska fall turkey hunters this year – a bonus tag. Starting this fall, two birds may be taken with one permit. Hunters may begin buying those permits Aug. 13, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

An increasing Nebraska turkey population has resulted in liberalization of hunting regulations in recent years. In 2004, permits became unlimited in number and valid statewide. The shotgun season was lengthened in 2005 and shotgun and archery seasons were extended to the end of December last year.

The new bonus tag is the Commissions latest effort to increase turkey harvest and reduce crop damage.

Hunters may have no more than two permits, which means they make take as many as four turkeys this fall. Those permits may be two archery, two shotgun or one of each. Landowners may have two permits, only one being a landowner permit.

The archery season is Oct. 1-Nov. 9 and Nov. 19-Dec. 31. The shotgun season is Oct. 13-Nov. 9 and Nov. 19-Dec. 31.

Beginning Aug. 13 at 1 p.m. CST, hunters, including landowners, may buy permits online at the Commissions Web site: www.OutdoorNebraska.org, or at Commission offices in Lincoln, Omaha, Norfolk, Bassett, Alliance, North Platte and Kearney. They also may be bought at the Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium near Gretna.

Hunters filling out application forms to buy permits are asked to submit current e-mail addresses. The Commission uses e-mail surveys to estimate turkey harvest and determine hunter opinions about future hunting opportunities.