Nebraska Spring Turkey Season Opens March 25 2009

Nebraska Spring Turkey Season Opens March 25 2009

LINCOLN, Neb. – -( Nebraska turkey hunters will have unprecedented opportunities in 2009 when the spring season opens March 25, thanks to a growing bird population.

The archery and youth archery seasons begin March 25, the youth shotgun season starts April 11 and the shotgun season begins April 18. All seasons end May 31.

A spring 2008 rural mail carrier survey revealed that the turkey population has grown 500 percent in Nebraska since 2002. Kit Hams, big game program manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, said that population now can withstand additional harvest. As a result, the length of the spring seasons has been extended. The seasons end on May 18 last year.

Additional harvest means more chances to take to the field, bag a bird, and put food on the table and in the freezer. It also presents more opportunities for young hunters, first-time hunters, and one-time hunters who may want to return to the activity.

Hunters harvested a record 19,896 birds (on a record 33,922 permits sold) during the 2008 spring turkey season, compared to 18,001 the year before.

Youth permits are available to hunters under the age of 16. Youth age 16 may hunt on youth spring turkey permits provided they are age 15 when they apply and 15 on the opening day of the archery season. There is no minimum age requirement to hunt turkeys. A Nebraska Habitat Stamp is required for all residents turkey hunters 16 years of age and older and all nonresidents.

Nebraskans may enhance the hunting season by taking a child hunting or introducing the sport to new participants. Mentored youth hunts, including the PATH (Passing Along the Heritage) program, are available for this purpose.

Spring turkey hunting permits are not valid during the fall turkey season.

Turkeys may be found in all 93 counties, anywhere a reasonable amount of woody cover exists. The state has thousands of acres of public land in prime turkey country. Sportsmen hunting on private land must get permission.

2009 Nebraska Spring Turkey Hunting Season at a Glance

Season Dates: Archery, March 25-May 31; Youth Archery, March 25-May 31; Youth Shotgun, April 11-May 31; Shotgun, April 18-May 31

Changes for 2009: The spring season has been extended to the end of May.

Hunting Unit: Permits are valid statewide.

Permit Limit: Each hunter may have as many as three permits.

Bag Limit: One male or bearded female turkey may be taken with each permit.

Permit Fees: Resident, $24; resident landowner, $12.50; nonresident, $91; nonresident landowner, $46; habitat stamp, $16

To Buy Permits:

More Information:; 2009 Nebraska Spring and Fall Turkey Hunting Seasons brochure (available to Commission offices and vendors across the state)

The mission of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is stewardship of the state’s fish, wildlife, park, and outdoor recreation resources in the best long-term interests of the people and those resources.