Nebraska Turkey Hunters Urged to Practice Safety

Nebraska Turkey Hunters Urged to Practice Safety

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

LINCOLN, Neb. – -( As the shotgun turkey season approaches, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds hunters to be careful and safe while enjoying the experience of hunting for a turkey in Nebraska. The spring shotgun turkey hunting season begins April 18.

Turkey hunting largely is a safe sport. Nebraska issued approximately 45,000 permits to hunt the turkey in 2008 and only two incidents involved a turkey hunter being injured.

“The major cause of incidents where a turkey hunter is injured is basically the same year after year,” Hunter Education Coordinator Mike Streeter said. “It involves hunters shooting at what they think is a turkey when it is not, or when a shot is fired by one hunter finding another hunter that is behind or down range of the turkey.”

“Always identify the target as a turkey and always know for sure what is behind the target,” he said. “Never shoot at sound or movement. Never stalk what you think is a turkey. It most often will be another hunter. When in doubt, don’t shoot.”

Here are some additional safety principles:

  • — When on the move, show everyone blaze orange for safety.
  • — Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
  • — Always know where the muzzle is pointed.
  • — Be sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions.
  • — Unload guns when not in use.
  • — Never point a firearm at anything you don’t want to shoot.
  • — Never climb a fence or ditch creek or into a tree stand with a loaded firearm.
  • — Never shoot at a flat, hard surface or water.
  • — Always store guns and ammunition in separate locked locations.
  • — Avoid alcoholic beverages, medication and mind-altering drugs before and while hunting.
  • — If you see another hunter stalking you, call out in a loud voice to alert them to your presence.
  • — Avoid the colors blue, red and white on you while hunting as they are turkey colors

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.