Nebraska offers youth-specific hunting seasons

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska wildlife officials say it’s never too early for a child’s first hunting trip.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is offering youth-specific hunting seasons, focused on those age 15 and younger.

NGPC said the youth waterfowl season begins Sept. 28-29 in Zones 2 and 4, Oct. 5-6 in Zone 1 and Oct. 19-20 in Zone 3.

They said duck hunting zones for youth waterfowl are the same as the regular duck season.

No permit is required for resident youths participating in the waterfowl season, but those age 11 or younger must be accompanied by a licensed hunter age 19 or older.

The accompanying adult may not hunt waterfowl.

Children age 12-15 must carry a Hunter Education certification card or Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate while hunting and must be accompanied by a person at least 18 years of age.

The adult does not need to be a licensed hunter.

The youth pheasant, quail and partridge season is scheduled for Oct. 19-20.

No permit is required for resident children, but hunting restrictions vary for accompanying adults.

For more information on both youth seasons, read the 2019-2020 Small Game and Waterfowl Guide.

NGPC is also encouraging adult hunters to introduce someone new to hunting this season with their “Take ’Em Hunting Challenge.”

They said those who take someone new hunting can upload a photo of their hunting trip to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s website and be registered to win prizes.

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