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Nebraska’s spring turkey season opens March 25

From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

-- Nebraska hunters under age 16 may take advantage of the new $5 youth turkey permits when the season opens for archers and youth archers March 25. The season opens April 10 for youth shotgunners and April 17 for shotgunners. All spring turkey seasons close May 31.

In the past, youth hunters paid the same price as adults for a turkey permit. The new low-cost permits are designed to attract more youth to turkey hunting. The youth permits are for hunters under age 16 on the opening day of the youth archery season. All turkey hunters, except residents under age 16, require a Nebraska Habitat Stamp.

The 2010 permit prices, not including issuing fees, are for resident turkey, $23; resident youth turkey, $5; nonresident turkey, $90; and nonresident youth turkey, $5.

There is another permit change for 2010. In the past, spring hunters who wanted to hunt turkeys with a bow and shotgun had to purchase separate archery and shotguns permits. Those hunters now need just a single turkey permit, which allows taking turkeys with a bow in the archery season and a shotgun in the shotgun season.

Restrictions on draw weight of archery equipment have been lifted for 2010. A hunter still may have up to three spring turkey permits. The bag limit is one male or bearded female turkey per permit. Permits may be purchased at OutdoorNebraska.org.

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