Nebraska Hunting News

Plenty of Spring Turkey Hunting Permits Available
Hunters still have time to purchase their 2004 Nebraska spring turkey hunting permits before the season opens. Hunters accustomed to applying for permits in the old “East Unit” should check their 2004 spring turkey hunting unit map carefully to determine if new unit boundaries will affect which permit they obtain.
Turkey Numbers Across the State Are Up - Way Up
For turkey hunters, this is the best time of the year. Hints of green are beginning to appear across the state promising that the harsh winter season is just about over and that the spring turkey season will soon begin.
Spring Turkey Hunting Workshop Set for March 31
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, in partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Lancaster County Extension Office, will host a Spring Turkey Hunting Workshop, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., March 31, at the Lancaster County Extension Office, 444 Cherry Creek Rd.
Commission to Set Antelope, Deer, and Elk Seasons March 24
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners will set dates and regulations for the 2004 antelope, deer and elk hunting seasons, select the winner of the 2005 Habitat Stamp Art Contest, and tackle a host of other issues at a March 24 meeting in Lincoln.
Hunter Education Apprentice Instructor Training
Nebraska Game and Parks Commissions Law Enforcement Division will conduct firearm hunter and bowhunter education apprentice instructor training at several locations around the state. Apprentice instructor classes are required for those interested in becoming a volunteer hunter education or bowhunter education instructor.
Spring Turkey Permits Available
Nebraska residents may now apply for 2004 turkey hunting. Permits for both shotgun and archery hunters are $21.00 and non-resident permits are $66.00. A current $13.00 Nebraska Habitat Stamp is also required of every resident 16 years of age or older who hunts game species or takes furbearers.
Bighorn Sheep Lottery
Resident big game hunters may apply for Nebraskas 2004 bighorn sheep lottery permit now through Aug. 13. Permit holders are provided horses, lodging, meals at Fort Robinson State Park during the hunt, and they are guided by Game and Parks Commission biologists.
18 New CWD Cases Found
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission completed testing of 4,850 samples submitted during the 2003-2004 deer seasons for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and 18 confirmed cases of CWD were found in six western Nebraska counties, according to Gary Schlichtemeier,district wildlife manager at the Game and Parks Commissions district office in Alliance.
Antler Scoring Workshop Set for March 13th
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host the Seventh Annual Antler Scoring Workshop at Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, March 13. Antlers from trophies taken in 2003 or in past years are eligible to be scored. Scorers will be on hand to score antlers for state citation, Pope and Young, Boone and Crocket, or the Longhunter Society.
Firearms Deer Hunting Results
Preliminary harvest figures for Nebraska’s 2003 nine-day November firearm deer season show that 52 percent of the 65,726 permit holders were successful, according to Kit Hams, the Game and Parks Commission’s big game program manager.