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2011 Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations

Season Dates Transportation

Youth Archery March 25 - May 31 The head, beard or one leg must
Archery March 25 - May 31 remain naturally attached to the
Youth Shotgun April 9 - May 31 carcass until the turkey is delivered
Shotgun April 16 - May 31 to a commercial processing facility
or personal abode of the possessor.
Hunting Area Any bearded female turkey taken
Seasons are valid statewide, except during the spring season must have
on federal and state sanctuaries or the beard naturally attached. If the
refuges, unless otherwise authorized. permit holder does not accompany the
turkey, the cancelled permit must be
Legal Equipment attached to the carcass of the turkey.
Shotgun Season – Shotgun only,
10-gauge or smaller; shells containing Hunter Survey
shot size 2 to 7½ only, slugs are illegal. permits, and limited landowner At the end of the season, you may be
It is unlawful to have a loaded shotgun permit holders. selected to receive an e-mail survey
(magazine included) in a vehicle while questionnaire, which will be used to
on a public road. Minimum Age determine hunter success and total
Archery Season – Longbows, There is no minimum age to hunt harvest. Please help us by returning
compound bows and crossbows are turkeys in Nebraska. the questionnaire. Information on
legal. Arrows must have a sharpened determining the age of your turkey is
hunting head, with a blade of at Accompaniment
provided on the back of this sheet.
least 7/16-inch radius, or a blunt Hunters under the age of 12, when
(bludgeon) head, with a diameter of at hunting with a shotgun permit, must Get Permission
least 9/16-inch. be accompanied by a person age 19
Obtain permission before hunting
or older who has a valid Nebraska
on private land. It is unlawful to
Unlawful Devices and Methods hunting permit.
hunt turkeys within 100 yards of an
Use of the following is unlawful:
occupied dwelling or feedlot without
electronic calls, visible laser or light- Hunter Education
specific permission for that purpose,
projecting sights, baiting game birds, Hunters ages 12 through 29 must have
and you may not shoot from the right-
and live decoys. completed firearm hunter education
of-way of a public road.
when hunting turkeys with a firearm
Spring Turkey Permit or crossbow. An Apprentice Hunter
Hunter Orange
A spring turkey permit allows the take Education Exemption Certificate
Hunter orange is not required during
of turkeys with archery equipment is available for those who have not
the spring turkey season.
during the archery season and with a completed hunter education. Hunters
shotgun during the shotgun season. under the age of 12 and those using
A hunter may have as many as three the exemption certificate must be
accompanied by a licensed hunter It is unlawful for any person other
spring permits. Permits must be
age 19 or older. The accompanying than the successful permit holder to
signed by the permit holder and may
hunter, if age 19-29, must be certified possess a turkey or any portion of it.
not be transferred or loaned.
in hunter education. Bowhunter However, any person may possess
Bag Limit education is not required for hunting any portion of the turkey received as
One male or bearded female turkey turkeys. a gift, provided a statement of such
per permit. gift is available for inspection. The
Shooting Hours statement shall include: hunter’s name
Habitat Stamp Thirty minutes before sunrise to and telephone number, species and
A Nebraska Habitat Stamp is valid for sunset. Before sunrise, it is unlawful quantity of animal, and, if transferred
all hunting during the calendar year to take or attempt to take any turkey by gift, signature of donor, name of
as dated. It is required for all turkey perched in a tree. recipient and date of transfer. There is
hunters except residents under age no restriction on the length of time a
16, deployed military permit holders, Tagging turkey may be possessed.
some holders of veteran and senior See instructions on your permit.
Determining Turkey Age
Tail: Adult feathers are of equal length. Wing: In adults, the ninth and 10th
primaries are rounded and barred.

Tail: Junvenile turkeys have two middle Wing: In juveniles, the ninth and 10 primaries are
feathers that are longer than the others. pointed and indistinctly barred at the tip.

Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers

If you see a game violation, report it to Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers toll-free at (800) 742-7627. Your free call
will be kept confidential and you may be eligible for a cash reward.

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