Nebraska Turkey Season Ends May 20

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Nebraska's 2007 spring turkey hunting seasons will end Sunday, May 20, but while time is running out, archers and shotgun hunters who haven't taken their birds still may buy permits. Plenty of turkeys are available and the toms are actively seeking hens and responding to hunters' calls.

This will be another record year of permit sales and harvest. There have been 33,488 permits (25,189 shotgun, 6,815 archery and 1,484 youth) issued this year and a record harvest of more than 18,000 birds is expected. For the first time, hunters had the opportunity to take three birds and it would seem that many took advantage as permit sales increased more than 3,000 from 2006. “"We had the normal weather extremes, but the long season should have allowed most hunters ample opportunity to go afield," said Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Big Game Program Manager Kit Hams. “"If we get another warm dry nesting season, the string of record-breaking seasons likely will continue."

The Commission will send out e-mail surveys to hunters who provided e-mail addresses when they bought permits. The surveys should go out by mid-June and will provide hunters the opportunity to tell the Commission about their hunt and to provide it with harvest and opinion data that will be used in making future turkey season recommendations.

Hunters are urged to respond to the survey and to keep their e-mail addresses updated each time they buy permits online. Survey results will be posted on the Commission's Web site, www.OutdoorNebraska.org.

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 Habitat Stamp ($13) is required for all resident turkey hunters age 16 and older and for all nonresident hunters.

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 Commission's Web site. Applications that are mailed should be sent to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, P.O. Box 30370, Lincoln, NE 68503.