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Nebraska Hunting License Cost and Information

Deer Hunting Regulations

PERMIT REQUIREMENTS

Deer hunters in Nebraska must hold a Statewide or Unit Deer Permit along with a Habitat stamp. Exceptions are outlined in the Big Game Guide.

  • Draw Units and Buy Units:
    • Draw units are subject to overall demand and applied for during specific periods.
    • Buy units (over-the-counter permits) are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Youth Permits:
    • Youth permits are available for individuals under 16 years old.

VIEW DRAW RESULTS

  • Draw Unit Application:
    • June 12-23: Residents and nonresidents can apply for a preference point or one deer permit in specified draw units.
    • Results available by July 7, with successful applicants completing the purchase by July 21.

PERMIT SALE DATES

  • Unlimited Quota Permits:
    • July 10: Residents, nonresidents, and eligible landowners can purchase unlimited quota Nebraska deer permits.
  • Limited Quota Permits:
    • Residents: July 11
    • Nonresidents: July 24
    • Residents and nonresidents: Aug. 7 (for remaining draw unit deer permits)

APPLICATIONS

  • Special Hunt at Gifford Point WMA:
    • Acceptance period: Aug. 1-15.
    • Applications at Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Lincoln and Omaha offices and Schramm Education Center.

Antelope Hunting Regulations

PERMIT APPLICATION DATES

  • June 12-23: Residents, eligible nonresident landowners, and nonresident antelope archery hunters can apply for preference points or one antelope permit in specified draw units.

PERMIT SALE DATES

  • Unlimited Quota Permits:
    • July 10: Residents, nonresidents, and eligible landowners can purchase unlimited quota Nebraska antelope permits.
  • Limited Quota Permits:
    • Residents: July 12
    • Nonresidents: July 25
    • Residents, nonresidents, and eligible landowners: Aug. 8 (for remaining draw unit antelope permits)

Elk Hunting Regulations

DRAW PERMIT APPLICATION DATES

  • May 15 - June 2, 2023: Landowner; Limited Landowner elk permits and preference points.
  • June 12 - June 23, 2023: Resident; residents apply for bull and antlerless elk permits and preference points.

PERMIT SALE DATES

  • Aug. 9, 2023, after 1 p.m. CST, to close of season: Remaining elk permits available to eligible residents and landowners.

Bighorn Sheep Hunting Lottery

BIGHORN SHEEP LOTTERY

  • Application Dates:
    • April 17, 2023, after 1 p.m. CST, through Aug. 4, 2023.
  • Hunt Details:
    • Once-in-a-lifetime hunt with guide service and lodging at Fort Robinson State Park.

Turkey Hunting Regulations

PERMIT APPLICATION DATES

  • Spring:
    • Jan. 9 after 1 p.m. CST – May 31, 2023 (Up to two permits)
  • Fall:
    • Aug. 14 after 1 p.m. CST – Nov. 30, 2023 (One permit)

APPLICATIONS

Mountain Lion Hunting Regulations

APPLICATION DATES

  • Nov. 6 – Dec. 13, 2023.

PERMIT APPLICATIONS

  • Lottery permits accepted from Nov. 6 to Dec. 13, 2023, through mail or internet applications.

Multispecies Lottery Permits

APPLICATION DATES

Small Game and Fur Harvest Regulations

Fur Harvest Regulations

Trap Only:

  • Muskrat, Beaver:
    • Resident (hunt and trap): Fur Harvest permit, Habitat Stamp.
    • Nonresident (hunt and trap): Fur Harvest permit, Habitat Stamp.

Hunt and Trap:

  • Badger, Mink, Bobcat, Raccoon, Virginia Opossum, Striped Skunk, Long-tailed Weasel, Red Fox or Gray Fox:
    • Resident (hunt and trap): Fur Harvest permit, Habitat Stamp.
    • Resident Youth under 16 (hunt and trap): No permit required.
    • Nonresident (hunt and trap): Fur Harvest permit, Habitat Stamp.
    • Nonresident Youth (hunt and trap): Fur Harvest permit, Habitat Stamp.

Small Game Regulations

Small Game Definition

Small game includes pheasant, quail, prairie grouse, partridge, dove, snipe, rail, woodcock, crow, squirrel, cottontail, and jackrabbit.

Resident Regulations

  • Resident:

    • Hunt (small game) permit or Hunt/fish combo or Veteran Hunt permit or Senior Hunt/fish combo or Deployed military hunt/fish combo.
    • Habitat Stamp* (Not required for 64-and-older veteran or 69-and-older senior permit holders).
    • Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration number required for dove, snipe, rail, or woodcock.
    • *64-and-older veteran or 69-and-older senior permit holders exempt from Habitat Stamp requirement.
  • Resident Youth under 16:

    • No permit, stamps, or HIP number required.

Nonresident Regulations

  • Nonresident:

    • Hunt (small game) permit or Hunt/fish combo or 2-day small game hunt.
    • Habitat Stamp.
    • Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration number required for dove, snipe, rail, or woodcock.
  • Nonresident Youth under 16:

    • Nonresident youth hunt permit.
    • Habitat Stamp.
    • Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration number required for dove, snipe, rail, or woodcock.

Special Considerations

  • East Zone Prairie Grouse:
    • Special free grouse permit required east of Highway 81.
    • Obtainable at Game and Parks headquarters or online.
    • Requests accepted by phone, email, over the counter, or by mail.

Additional Information

  • Coyote, Porcupine, Prairie Dog, and Woodchuck Hunting:
    • Residents: No permit required.
    • Nonresidents: Hunt (small game) permit required.
    • Habitat Stamp not required.

Turkey and Waterfowl Regulations

Turkey Regulations

Waterfowl Regulations

Resident Regulations

  • Resident:

    • Hunt (small game) permit or Hunt/fish combo or Veteran Hunt permit or Senior Hunt/fish combo or Deployed military hunt/fish combo.
    • Habitat Stamp*.
    • Nebraska waterfowl stamp.
    • Federal duck stamp.
    • Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration number.
    • *64-and-older veteran or 69-and-older senior permit holders exempt from Habitat Stamp requirement.
  • Resident Youth under 16:

    • No permit required.
    • Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration number (Exempt from HIP for residents under age 16 except for Tier II).

Nonresident Regulations

  • Nonresident:

    • Hunt (small game) permit or Hunt/fish combo or 2-day small game hunt.
    • Habitat Stamp.
    • Nebraska waterfowl stamp.
    • Federal duck stamp.
    • Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration number.
  • Nonresident Youth under 16:

    • Nonresident youth hunt permit.
    • Habitat Stamp.
    • Nebraska waterfowl stamp.
    • Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration number.

Exceptions

  • Senior Annual Small Game Hunt/Fish/Fur Harvest Permit:

  • Landowner Exemptions:

    • Farmers or ranchers and immediate family hunting specific species without a permit or Habitat Stamp.
    • Landowners hunting big game on limited landowner permits on their land do not need a Habitat Stamp.
  • Lifetime Permits:

    • Not valid for deer, antelope, elk, mountain lion, bighorn sheep, or turkey.
    • Do not include stamps.
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