Spring Turkey Permits Available February 14

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Hunters may purchase a 2005 turkey hunting permits either online at www.outdoornebraska.org, or at any Game and Parks Commission permitting office beginning at 1 p.m. CST, February 14.

The state is again divided into two turkey hunting units - the West Unit, located west of U.S. Highway 81, and the East Missouri Unit, located east of U.S. Highway 81. The West Unit shotgun season dates will be April 16 - May 22. There will be early and late shotgun seasons in the East Missouri Unit: The early season will be April 16 - 24, the late season will be April 25 - May 22. The statewide archery season will be March 25 - May 22. There are unlimited permits available for both the archery and shotgun seasons.

Only persons 12 years of age and older are eligible to hunt turkeys in Nebraska. Those under age 12 may purchase a permit before the season starts only if they will reach age 12 by the date the season opens. Hunters ages 12-15 may obtain a permit that allows them to hunt statewide during both the archery and shotgun seasons. In addition to allowing hunting during the regular shotgun and archery dates for adult hunters, the youth permit allows for the use of shotguns during the week prior to the regular shotgun season. Youths age 16 may hunt on a youth spring turkey permit provided they are age 15 on the opening day of the archery season.

A hunter can have only two turkey permits of any type for the spring season. Only one shotgun permit for the East Missouri Unit may be obtained, except that a limited landowner permit for the East Missouri Unit will not count toward the one shotgun-permit limit in that unit.

Nebraska resident turkey hunting permits for both shotgun and archery hunters are $21.00, non-resident permits are $66.00. A current Nebraska Habitat Stamp is required of every resident 16 years of age or older who hunts game species or takes furbearers in Nebraska. All nonresidents, regardless of age, must have a Habitat Stamp to hunt game species or to harvest furbearers. Habitat Stamps may be purchased for $13 from Commission offices, online, or from permit vendors across the state. During the spring shotgun and archery turkey hunting seasons hunters are allowed to take one male or bearded female turkey. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.