Spring turkey hunting season has started
April 4, 2011
Spring turkey hunting season opened across the state for archers and youth archers on March 25, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
The season opens April 9 for youth shotgunners and April 16 for shotgunners. All spring turkey seasons close May 31.
A spring turkey permit or spring youth turkey permit allows a person to hunt with archery equipment during the archery season and a shotgun during the shotgun season. Each hunter may have as many as three permits. The bag limit is one male or bearded female turkey per permit.
A spring turkey permit and a Nebraska Habitat Stamp are required. Residents younger than age 16 do not require a stamp. While there is no minimum age requirement to hunt turkeys, there is a hunter education requirement.
In Nebraska, any hunter age 12 through 29 must complete firearm hunter education if hunting with a firearm or crossbow, or complete bow hunter education if hunting deer, antelope, elk, or bighorn sheep with a bow and arrow. In all cases, these hunters must carry proof of hunter education.
A hunter younger than age 12 must be accompanied at all times when hunting with a firearm or crossbow. Accompanied means under the direct supervision of a person who is at least 19 years old and has a valid hunting permit.
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Accompanying persons age 19 through 29 must have completed firearm hunter education if hunting with a firearm or crossbow or have completed bow hunter education if hunting with a bow and arrow. The accompanying person must at all times be in unaided visual and verbal communication with no more than two hunters.
To find a list of hunter education classes or places where to pattern a shotgun, visit huntsafenebraska.org. Permits may be purchased at OutdoorNebraska.org.