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Carl Wolfe-Grouse Season Tips 8-22-11

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- courtesy of Peter Berthelsen - Nebraska Pheasant Forever.

East Zone:
Open Area (E of U.S. Highway 81) 400 permits available
July 15. Requests can be made by mail, phone 402-471-5597 or at the Commission headquarters.

Special Permit Required
Daily Bag Limit: 3
Possession Bag Limit: 3

West Zone: Open Area (W of U.S. Highway 81)
Season Dates: Sept 1 - Jan. 31, 2014
Daily Bag Limit: 3
Possession Bag Limit: 12

Legal Methods of Take:

  • Shotgun (10 gauge or smaller. No plug is required.)
  • Bow and Arrow
  • Crossbow

Shooting Hours:
30 minutes before sunrise to sunset


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Two types of grouse can be hunted in Nebraska, the prairie chicken and sharp-tailed grouse.

Millions of prairie chickens once dotted the vast tallgrass prairies of the Midwest and Great Plains, and their booming communal courtship displays enchanted early naturalists. With more than 99 percent of their habitat now destroyed, prairie chickens have become scarce.

Sharp-tailed grouse are found in open prairie and steppe habitats with scattered deciduous trees and shrubs; they sometimes move into recently burned open areas at the edge of boreal forest and muskeg. This species digs snow burrows to keep warm during cold or foul weather.

Special Permit Information
A special free permit (in addition to the annual hunting permit) is required to hunt prairie grouse in the East Zone (that area of Nebraska lying east of U.S. Hwy 81). Four hundred special permits to hunt grouse in the East Zone will be issued,each allowing the harvest of three birds. Permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, with permit requests accepted at the Lincoln Game and Parks office by mail, phone (402-471-5597) or over-the-counter beginning August 1.

The postcard must include the following: name, address, date of birth, telephone number and 2011 hunting permit number or lifetime hunting permit number. Residents ages 12 to 15 must submit a hunter education number. Those not required to purchase a hunting permit must provide documentation of such exemption.

Postcards/letters should be mailed to:

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Attn: Grouse Permits
P.O. Box 30370
Lincoln, NE 68503.

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