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Spring turkey season opens March 25

Spring turkey season opens March 25

By Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

It’s not just that Nebraska has a lot of turkeys – including highly sought Merriams – it also offers plentiful and affordable permits, long seasons, public access and $8 permits for youth.

2023 season dates and regulations: Spring archery: March 25 to  May 31; Spring youth shotgun: April 8 to  May 31;  Spring shotgun: April 15 to May 31;  Fall youth archery and shotgun: Oct. 1 to Nov. 30; and Fall archery and shotgun: Oct. 1 to Nov. 30.

To download Spring 2023 turkey regulations, click here.

Spring season changes include hunters now may purchase up to two spring permits instead of three, and a hunter may harvest no more than one turkey per calendar day during the spring season. In 2023, there are 10,000 spring permits available for sale to nonresident hunters instead of an unlimited quantity, as in the past.

Starting with the spring season, all turkey harvests must be reported via Telecheck. It is illegal to create a baited area on lands owner or controlled by the Commission.

Fall season changes: The season is shortened to Oct. 1 to Nov. 30. All hunters are limited to one permit, and the bag limit for all hunters is lowered to one turkey.

Permits may be purchased at Game and Parks permitting offices, online or by mail.

In 2015, Nebraska also began offering mobile turkey permits that are available before the spring 2023 season.

Permits are $30 for residents; $128 for nonresidents and $8 for youth. All permits must have a $25 habitat stamp.

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