Nebraska Game Parks


Did you know that youth ages 15 and younger have a special opportunity to hunt waterfowl before the general waterfowl season?

September 25 – 26 is the date for this year’s Youth Waterfowl Season. No licenses or stamps are required but youth must obtain a free HIP certification number at Youth must be accompanied by an adult. For complete information about this opportunity see the Nebraska 2010 Waterfowl guide pdf.


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

  • No minimum age

License Requirement

  • Resident (15 years old or younger)
    • Do not need any state or federal permits or stamps
    • Hunter Education (if age 12 or older)
  • Nonresident (15 years old or younger)
    • Hunt permit
    • Habitat Stamp
    • Hunter Education (if age 12 or older)
    • Proof of Nebraska HIP registration


Special or Mentored Hunts

  • Youth Season: On Sept 25 – 26, 2010 - waterfowl hunters age 15 and younger, when accompanied by a non-hunting adult (age 18 and older, no license required) may take ducks, mergansers, geese, and coots from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. Bag limits are the same as the regular duck season. Five Canada geese may be taken statewide. Hunters age 12 or older must have a firearm safety certificate or apprentice certificate in their possession. All other migratory bird hunting regulations apply. No licenses or stamps are required. For more information visit the waterfowl youth season web page.

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