Nebraska Game Parks

Deer

Youth Deer Permits Are Now Just $5!

Did you know youth can now hunt deer at age 10 as long as they are accompanied by a licnesed adult 19 or older?
Accompanied means in unaided verbal and visual contact at all times.

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Hunter Education Requirements

  • Hunters ages 12 through 29 must have completed firearm hunter education when hunting ANYTHING with a firearm or crossbow.
  • Bow hunter education is required for bow and arrow hunting of ONLY deer, antelope, elk or mountain sheep.
  • An Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate is available for those who have not completed the education requirements.
  • Firearm or crossbow hunters under age 12 and those using the exemption certificate can never hunt alone and must be accompanied when hunting anything with a firearm or crossbow. The accompanying person, must be  age 19 or older, a licensed hunter and if age 19-29, must be certified in hunter education. Accompanied means you must be in unaided verbal and visual communications at all times

Minimum Age

  • Age 10

License Requirement

  • Age 10 to 15 required to obtain a $5 Youth Deer Permit
  • Age 16 or older need to also obtain a habitat stamp

Seasons

  • Archery: September 15 – November 12 and November 22 – December 31
  • Firearm: November 13 – November 21
  • Muzzleloader: December 1 – December 31
  • October Antlerless: October 2 - 11
Click here for all big game seasons.

Special Seasons

  • Youth Deer Permits
    • Just $5
    • Allow youth to harvest any sex deer in any unit using the legal harvest method for that season.
  • Mentored Youth Deer Hunts
    • Special hunts for youth ages 10 – 17
    • For more information visit our programs