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Nebraska Hunting

Everything you need to plan your hunting trips in Nebraska, from maps and regulations to season dates, game animals, quotas, and wildlife management units. Plus much more! Start your research right here.

Overview

Known For

Nebraska is known for having huntable populations of a wide variety of game animals. From whitetail and mule deer to antelope, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain lions, and four sub-species of wild turkeys, Nebraska is a popular hunting destination.

Terrain

Nebraska’s terrain is defined by two major land regions: the Dissected Till Plains and the Great Plains. The Dissected Till Plains are comprised of gentle rolling hills. The Great Plains, which is mostly in western Nebraska, are characterized by treeless prairie expanses.

Nebraska Hunting Seasons

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Season Start Date End Date
Antelope
Antelope – Archery
Aug 20, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Antelope
Antelope – Muzzleloader
Sep 17, 2022 Oct 2, 2022
Antelope
Antelope – Firearm
Oct 8, 2022 Oct 23, 2022
Antelope
Antelope – Late Firearm
Doe and fawn only.
Nov 1, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Bobcat
Bobcat – Hunting & Trapping
Dec 1, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Coyote
Coyote
Year round and no limit.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery
Sep 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – October River Antlerless
All federal and state public lands closed to River Antlerless permits.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 15, 2022
Deer
Deer – Special Landowner
Nov 5, 2022 Nov 7, 2022
Deer
Deer – November Firearm
Nov 12, 2022 Nov 20, 2022
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader
Dec 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Late River Antlerless
Jan 1, 2023 Jan 31, 2023
Deer
Deer – Late Firearm
Antlerless only.
Jan 1, 2023 Jan 15, 2023
Dove
Dove – Mourning & White-winged
Sep 1, 2022 Oct 30, 2022
Dove
Dove – Eurasian Collared
Year round.
Oct 31, 2022 Oct 30, 2023
Duck
Duck – High Plains Early Teal
Sep 3, 2022 Sep 11, 2022
Duck
Duck – Low Plains Early Teal
Sep 3, 2022 Sep 18, 2022
Duck
Duck – Youth Zone 2
Sep 24, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Duck
Duck – Zone 2 (Low Plains)
Oct 1, 2022 Dec 13, 2022
Duck
Duck – Youth Zone 1
Oct 8, 2022 Oct 9, 2022
Duck
Duck – Youth Zone 4
Oct 15, 2022 Oct 16, 2022
Duck
Duck – Zone 1
Oct 15, 2022 Dec 27, 2022
Duck
Duck – Youth Zone 3
Oct 15, 2022 Oct 16, 2022
Duck
Duck – Zone 4
Oct 22, 2022 Jan 3, 2023
Duck
Duck – Zone 3
Oct 22, 2022 Jan 3, 2023
Duck
Duck – Zone 3
Jan 4, 2023 Jan 25, 2023
Duck
Duck – Zone 2 (High Plains)
Jan 4, 2023 Jan 25, 2023
Elk
Elk – General Antlerless
All Antlerless permits are valid on Private Land only from Aug. 1 – Sept. 20, 2020.
Aug 1, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Elk
Elk – Early Antlerless
Cow elk only.
Aug 1, 2022 Oct 31, 2022
Elk
Elk – Antlerless (Private Land Only_
Aug 1, 2022 Sep 20, 2022
Elk
Elk – Archery Bull
Bull elk only.
Sep 1, 2022 Oct 31, 2022
Elk
Elk – Firearm Bull
Bull elk only.
Sep 21, 2022 Oct 31, 2022
Elk
Elk – Late Antlerless
Cow elk only.
Nov 1, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Fox
Fox – Red & Gray
Hunting and trapping.
Nov 1, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Goose
Goose – North Central Dark Goose
Oct 1, 2022 Jan 13, 2023
Goose
Goose – Light Goose Part 1
Oct 1, 2022 Dec 28, 2022
Goose
Goose – White-fronted Goose Part 1
Oct 1, 2022 Dec 11, 2022
Goose
Goose – Platte River Dark Goose
Oct 28, 2022 Feb 9, 2023
Goose
Goose – Niobrara Dark Goose
Oct 28, 2022 Feb 9, 2023
Goose
Goose – White-fronted Goose Part 2
Jan 25, 2023 Feb 9, 2023
Goose
Goose – Light Goose Part 2
Jan 25, 2023 Feb 9, 2023
Goose
Goose – Rainwater Basin Conservation Order
Light goose.
Feb 10, 2023 Apr 5, 2023
Goose
Goose – West Conservation Order
Light goose.
Feb 10, 2023 Apr 5, 2023
Goose
Goose – East Conservation Order
Light goose.
Feb 10, 2023 Apr 15, 2023
Grouse
Prairie Grouse – West zone
Daily bag limit: 3. West of US highway 81
Sep 1, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Grouse
Prairie Grouse – East zone
Daily bag limit: 3. East of US Highway 81
Sep 1, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Pheasant
Pheasant – Youth
Oct 22, 2022 Oct 23, 2022
Pheasant
Pheasant – General
Oct 29, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Quail Game Type
Quail – Youth
Oct 22, 2022 Oct 23, 2022
Quail Game Type
Quail – General
Oct 29, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Rabbit
Rabbit – Cottontail & Jackrabbit
Sep 1, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Sheep
Bighorn Sheep – Any Weapon
Nov 29, 2022 Dec 22, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Youth Archery
Bag limit of 1 male or bearded female turkey per permit.
Mar 25, 2022 May 31, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Archery
Bag limit of 1 male or bearded female turkey per permit.
Mar 25, 2022 May 31, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Youth Shotgun
Bag limit of 1 male or bearded female turkey per permit.
Apr 9, 2022 May 31, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring shotgun
Bag limit of 1 male or bearded female turkey per permit.
Apr 16, 2022 May 31, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall (Youth)
Archery or shotgun. Bag limit of 2 turkeys of either sex per permit.
Sep 15, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall
Archery or shotgun. Bag limit of 2 turkeys of either sex per permit.
Sep 15, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Upland Bird
Woodcock
Oct 8, 2022 Nov 21, 2022
Upland Bird
Partridge – Youth
Oct 22, 2022 Oct 23, 2022
Upland Bird
Partridge – General
Oct 29, 2022 Jan 31, 2023

Nebraska Licenses, Permits, and Regulations

Nebraska hunting licenses, permits, and regulations for resident and non-resident hunters can be purchased on the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s (NGPC) official website. Click below to view the website.

Hunting GPS Maps

Every Nebraska hunter should have hunting GPS maps on hand. Nebraska hunting maps are available from onX Hunt. With a paid membership you can access Satellite, Topo, or Hybrid Basemaps, over which you can view maps of wildlife management units, along with State, Forest Service, and other public and private property boundaries. You can view trails and roads, and even download maps to the Hunt App for use offline. Click below to get onX Hunt for Nebraska.

Wildlife Management Units

There are over 1.2 million acres of publicly accessible lands in Nebraska available for hunting, including state, federal, and conservation partner lands, as well as privately-owned lands enrolled in the Open Fields and Waters (OFW) program. Wildlife management areas in Nebraska are owned, leased, or managed by the NGPC for the enhancement of wildlife habitat and for public hunting. Click below to view Nebraska’s wildlife management units in more detail through an interactive map.

Hunting Layers

NE Private Lands Preview

NE Private Lands

Over 890,000 parcels mapped by the onX team, this layer helps you know who the property owners are in Nebraska. Tap any parcel to learn more info about the owner and acreage.

NE Gov Lands Preview

NE Gov Lands

onX has the most accurate public lands maps with over 2,400,000 acres in Nebraska to help you plan your next adventure. Tap any public land parcel to learn more.

NE Possible Access Preview

NE Possible Access

onX has mapped 69,000 acres of possible access lands in Nebraska including timber companies and land conservation groups. Research rules on these private lands before recreating.

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NE Hunt Units Thumbnail

NE Hunt Units

Nebraska Hunt Units and Waterfowl Zones. Please hunt responsibly, obey all signage and have a safe legal hunt.

Includes 12 Sublayers

  • Antelope (Firearm) Units
  • Antelope Muzzleloader Units
  • Bighorn Sheep Units
  • Deer (Firearm) Units
  • Deer Antlerless Only Units
  • Deer River Antlerless Units
  • Elk Hunt Units
  • Mountain Lion Units
  • Waterfowl Dark Goose Units
  • Waterfowl Duck Zones
  • Waterfowl Teal Zones
  • Waterfowl Light Goose Zones
NE Conservation Partner Lands Preview

NE Conservation Partner Lands

Nebraska Conservation Partner Lands. All hunters are expected to know the rules of the program. Please hunt responsibly, obey all signage and have a safe legal hunt.

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NE Open Fields and Waters

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Open Fields and Waters Program. All hunters are expected to know the rules of the program. Not available for off-grid use.

Includes 2 Sublayers

  • NE Open Fields and Waters
  • NE Open Fields and Waters


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