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Nebraska's Spring Turkey Season Opens Today

From Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

-- Nebraska is prime turkey hunting country, with populations in all 93 counties. The turkey population in the state is growing, and hunters have an outstanding opportunity to bag a bird. A rural mail carriers' survey in 2007 suggests the turkey population should be at a record level this spring.

Hunters may take more than just one bird. Three permits are allowed per hunter and permits are unlimited in number and valid statewide.

Resident permits cost $24 and nonresident permits are $86. A hunter may purchase up to three permits and can include 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 Nebraska resident turkey hunters 16 years of age and older and all nonresidents.

Last year, spring turkey hunters had a 56-percent success rate among the 33,000 permits issued.

Harvest figures for recent years are as follows:
2007 - 18,001
2006 - 17,531
2005 - 14,782
2004 - 12,858
2003 - 10,536

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