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During any firearm deer season which permits hunting deer with rifles using centerfire
cartridges, wild animals other than deer may be hunted only with a shotgun, .22 rimfire
rifle, .22 rimfire handgun, or a smaller caliber rimfire rifle or handgun.
This does not apply to the statewide muzzleloader season or to areas
outside late firearm season unit boundaries. Hunters with valid (unfilled) firearm deer
permits may hunt other animals with a centerfire rifle or centerfire handgun during the
It is unlawful to use or possess shotgun shells loaded with or containing shot other
than nontoxic shot while hunting, taking or attempting to take waterfowl. Nontoxic shot is
required for all shotgun hunting on federal Waterfowl Production Areas, National Wildlife
Refuges and some state Wildlife Management Areas, as posted.
For information on current legal shot and shooting nontoxic shot, write to the Wildlife
Division, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, P.O. Box 30370, Lincoln NE 68503, or call
Legal Methods of Taking
- SHOTGUN: Only 10 gauge or smaller may be used for game birds. For
waterfowl and other migratory game birds, including mourning doves, shotguns must be
plugged to limit shell capacity to no more than three shells in the chamber and magazine
combined. No plug is required for upland game birds. No plug or gauge restriction exists for
cottontail rabbits and squirrels.
- RIFLE or PISTOL: Illegal for all game birds.
BOW AND ARROW: Legal for rabbits, squirrels, and upland game birds. Legal for
turkey, deer, elk, antelope and bighorn sheep with a special permit.
CROSSBOW: Legal for all game species, except prohibited for waterfowl
and other migratory game birds. Special authority required to hunt deer, antelope or
- TRAPPING: Legal for furbearers, cottontail, jackrabbit and squirrel
during open season. Legal for unprotected species.