Nebraska Looking Forward to a Great Fall Turkey Season

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Nebraska resident and nonresident turkey hunters can purchase fall archery and shotgun turkey hunting permits beginning at 1 p.m. on August 7. If preliminary information gathered by the July rural mail carrier survey remains an accurate portrayal of turkey numbers across the state, there will be more turkeys available than ever before when the fall archery and shotgun seasons open in October.

Scott Taylor, assistant administrator of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's wildlife division, says Nebraska's turkey population is at a record high. "The preliminary July rural mail carrier index is running more than 70 percent above 2005, and more than 90 percent above the previous five-year average."

This year's fall archery turkey season will be Oct. 1 - Nov. 10 and Nov. 20 - Dec. 31, and the fall shotgun season will be Oct. 14 - Nov. 10 and Nov. 20 - Dec. 31.

Taylor said both the archery and shotgun seasons will extend through the end of December this year, 31 days longer than the 2005 seasons. Both seasons will be closed during the nine-day November firearm deer hunting season, Nov. 11 - 19. There is an unlimited number of statewide permits available for both seasons.

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 regardless of age. Hunters can obtain no more than two permits, which may include two shotgun permits, two archery permits or one of each.

Fall turkey permits will be available over the counter at Commission offices in Alliance, Bassett, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, Lincoln and the Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, as well as on the Commission's web site at www.OutdoorNebraska.org. Mailed applications should be sent to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, P.O. Box 30370, Lincoln, NE 68503.