LINCOLN, Neb. -- The first application period for hunters wanting to participate in Nebraska’s 2001 spring turkey season will open at 9:00 a.m. CST Feb. 5 and continue through Feb. 23.
Beginning this year all application periods will open at 9:00 a.m. Central Time to allow walk-in and online customers across the state equal opportunity.
This year all units , except the Northwest Unit and Archery permits, will be considered “Draw Units.” Applications for the East Early, East Late, Southwest Early, Southwest Late, Verdigre Early and Verdigre Late units must be applied for by mail only at the Lincoln office, or applications may be made online at the Game and Parks Commission’s website at www.ngpc.state.ne.us . Hunters may list on their application a second choice that would be acceptable if they do not draw their first choice. Those who did not have a spring shotgun turkey permit in 2000 will have preference in the drawing. Permits will be drawn by computer and unsuccessful applicants will be notified.
Period two begins at 9:00 a.m. CST on March 12, when residents who did not receive a permit in a “Draw” unit, and nonresidents may purchase their FIRST permit online, by mail, or from any Commission permitting office. First and/or second archery and Northwest unit shotgun permits are available at this time, as are all remaining permits in “Draw” units.
Then, beginning at 9:00 a.m. CDT, April 2, residents and nonresidents may purchase a SECOND permit in a “Draw” unit.
Regardless of whether permits are for limited or unlimited units, a hunter can have only two turkey permits of any type during the spring season. Those who did not have a permit in a “Draw” unit last spring will have preference.
During the 2000 spring shotgun turkey season 15,768 shotgun hunters took a total of 6,650 turkeys, a hunter success rate of 42 percent. Hunters recorded a success rate of 34 percent during last year’s archery spring turkey season when 3,405 bowhunters took 1,162 turkeys.
Nebraska resident turkey hunting permits for both shotgun and archery hunters are $16.75, non-resident permits are $56. A current Nebraska Habitat Stamp is also required of every resident 16 years of age or older who hunts game species or takes furbearers in Nebraska. All nonresidents, regardless of age, must have a Habitat Stamp to hunt game species or to harvest furbearers. Habitat Stamps may be purchased for $10 from Game and Parks Commission offices and permit vendors across the state. During the spring shotgun and archery turkey hunting seasons hunters are allowed to take one male or bearded female turkey. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.
NEBRASKA’S 2001 SPRING TURKEY HUNTING SEASON
UNIT DATES PERMITS AUTHORIZED
Statewide Archery March 25 - May 20 Unlimited
East Early April 14 - April 22 1,800
East Late April 23 - May 20 2,200
Northwest April 14 - May 20 Unlimited
Southwest Early April 14 - April 22 2,300
Southwest Late April 23 - May 20 2,700
Verdigre Early April 14 - April 22 1,500
Verdigre Late April 23 - May 20 2,000