Nebraska Spring Turkey Opener Just Days Away
Another season of fantastic Nebraska spring turkey hunting is just around the corner.
Permits are on sale now. The 2008 archery season opens March 25 and the shotgun season April 12. For youth, archery season opens March 25 and the shotgun season April 5. All seasons close May 18.
Nebraska is prime turkey hunting country, with populations in all 93 counties. The turkey population in the state is growing, and hunters have an outstanding opportunity to bag a bird. A rural mail carriers’ survey in 2007 suggests the turkey population should be at a record level this spring.
Hunters may take more than just one bird. Three permits are allowed per hunter and permits are unlimited in number and valid statewide.
Resident permits cost $24 and nonresident permits $86. The three-permit limit may be any combination of shotgun and archery tags.
There is no minimum age requirement for hunting turkeys. Those hunters under the age of 12, when hunting with a shotgun permit, must be accompanied by a person 19 years of age or older who has a valid Nebraska hunting permit.
Youth permits are available to hunters under the age of 16. Youth age 16 may hunt on youth spring turkey permits provided they are age 15 when they apply and 15 on the opening day of the archery season. A Nebraska Habitat Stamp is required for all residents turkey hunters 16 years of age and older and all nonresidents.
Nebraskans can enhance the hunting season by taking a child hunting or introducing the sport to new participants. Mentored youth hunts, including the PATH (Passing Along The Heritage) program, are available for this purpose.
Last year, spring turkey hunters had a 56-percent success rate among the 33,000 permits issued.
The spring turkey harvest in recent years was as follows: 2007 – 18,001; 2006 – 17,531; 2005 – 14,782; 2004 – 12,858; 2003 – 10,536.
Turkeys may be found anywhere a reasonable amount of woody cover exists. The state has thousands of acres of public land in prime turkey country. Sportsmen hunting on private land must get permission.
For more information on turkey hunting in Nebraska, mentored youth hunts, state park areas, or to buy permits, go to the Commission's Web site, www.OutdoorNebraska.org. Nebraska 2008 Spring Turkey Season at a Glance Season Dates: Archery, March 25 - May 18; Youth Archery, March 25 - May 18; Shotgun, April 12 - May 18; Youth Shotgun, April 5 - May 18 Permit Limit: Three per hunter Bag Limit: One male or bearded female turkey per permit Permit Fees: Resident, $24; resident landowner, $12.50; nonresident, $86; nonresident landowner, $43.50; Habitat Stamp, $16 To Buy Permits: www.OutdoorNebraska.org .