Nebraska Spring Turkey Permits on Sale Now

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Hunters may now purchase permits for the spring turkey season, a season that will offer better opportunities than ever, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

For the first time, turkey hunters may purchase up to three permits for the spring season. The permits may be any combination of shotgun and archery tags, are unlimited in number, and all are valid statewide. Permits may be purchased through May 20.

A strong population of turkeys made it possible for the Commission to liberalize the regulations from the two permits allowed in 2006.

"We offer a high-quality hunting experience," said Kit Hams, big game program manager for the Commission. "There are more turkeys than ever in Nebraska. It's a wonderful time to be a turkey hunter."

Nebraska's spring turkey archery season begins March 25; the shotgun season opens April 14.

Youth permits also are available. With the permit, a youth (at least 12 years of age by the opening of the archery season) may hunt during either archery or shotgun seasons. Plus, the permit allows a youth to hunt a week earlier (April 7) during the shotgun season.

The state has thousands of acres of public land in prime turkey country available for hunting by residents or nonresidents who may pursue the Merriam, Eastern and Rio Grande subspecies of turkey.

A Nebraska Habitat Stamp is required for all residents turkey hunters 16 years of age and older and all nonresidents.

Hunters are reminded that they must obtain permission to hunt on private land. Also, baiting and use of electronic calls are illegal.

Permits may be purchased online at the Commission's Web site, They also may be purchased at Commission headquarters in Lincoln and district offices in Omaha, Kearney, Norfolk, Bassett, North Platte, Alliance and the Ak-Sar- Ben Aquarium.

Hunters are urged to pick up a copy of the free 2007 Spring Turkey Hunting Seasons brochure available at all Commission offices and from 900 permit vendors across the state to review season dates and regulations.