LINCOLN, Neb. –-(Ammoland.com)- Youth hunters ages 15 and younger are encouraged to participate in special youth pheasant hunts at nine wildlife management areas (WMA) across Nebraska during the Oct. 20-21 statewide youth pheasant, quail and partridge season.
This is the second year of the special hunt, which is intended to increase youth participation in upland game hunting. Rooster pheasants will be released at all designated sites before the special youth hunt season.
The special hunts are open to the public, and the number of participants is not limited. No registration or special permit is required but special regulations will be in effect and posted at each of the nine WMAs and apply to all portions of the designated areas normally open to hunting. All other current youth and regular hunting regulations will also be in effect on these designated areas.
The special regulations include:
- Adult mentors must be licensed hunters age 19 or older to accompany a youth.
- Adult mentors may harvest one rooster pheasant per day only.
- The nine WMAs are the only locations where adults may harvest pheasants during the youth season.
- Only one adult mentor per youth will be allowed to hunt (additional non-hunting mentors may accompany the youth on the hunt).
- Youth may harvest two roosters per day.
The special youth hunt WMAs are (* indicates new sites for 2012): Pressey (Custer County); Sherman Reservoir (Sherman County); Oak Valley (Madison County); Branched Oak (Lancaster County); Twin Oaks (Johnson County); *Hickory Ridge (Johnson County; *Wilkinson (Platte County); *Peru Bottoms (Nemaha County) and *Yankee Hill (Lancaster County).
For more information contact Jeff Lusk, upland game program manager, at 402-471-1756. To view photos from last year’s special youth hunt, visit the 2011 special youth hunt photo gallery at http://www.flickr.com/photos/