From Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
-- A growing turkey population awaits sportsmen as permits for the 2008 spring turkey season go on sale at 1 p.m. CST on Jan. 14, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
The 2007 rural mail carriers' survey suggests the bird population should be at a record level this spring. With three permits allowed per hunter and permits unlimited in number and valid statewide, opportunities for a great hunting season have never been better.
Nebraskans can enhance the hunting season by taking a child hunting or introducing the sport to new participants. Mentored youth hunts, including the PATH program, are available for this purpose.
The archery season opens March 25 and the shotgun season April 12. For youth, archery season opens March 25 and the shotgun season April 5. All seasons close May 18. Resident permits are $24 and nonresident permits $86. The three-permit limit may be any combination of shotgun and archery tags.
There is no minimum age requirement for hunting turkeys. Those hunters under the age of 12, when hunting with a shotgun permit, must be accompanied by a person 19 years of age or older who has a valid Nebraska hunting permit.
Youth permits are available to hunters under the age of 16. Youth age 16 may hunt on youth spring turkey permits provided they are age 15 when they apply and 15 on the opening day of the archery season. A Nebraska Habitat Stamp is required for all resident turkey hunters 16 years of age and older and all nonresidents.
Hunters enjoyed a 56-percent success rate during the 2007 spring turkey season and more than 33,000 permits were issued.
Turkeys may be found in all 93 counties of Nebraska, anywhere a reasonable amount of woody cover exists. The state has thousands of acres of public land in prime turkey country. Sportsmen hunting on private land must get permission.
For more information on turkey hunting in Nebraska, mentored youth hunts, state wildlife management areas, or to buy permits, go to the Commission's website, www.OutdoorNebraska.org.