Nebraska Game and Parks

Great outdoor opportunities await youth hunters this fall, as well as those who take them hunting.

Youth waterfowl hunting begins Sept. 28-29 in Zones 2 and 4, Oct. 5-6 in Zone 1 and Oct. 19-20 in Zone 3. Duck hunting zones for youth waterfowl are the same as the regular duck season.

The youth waterfowl season is for hunters age 15 and younger. No permit is required for resident youth. Youth hunters age 11 or younger must be accompanied by a licensed hunter age 19 or older. The accompanying adult may not hunt waterfowl. Youth age 12-15 must carry a Hunter Education certification card or Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate while hunting and must be accompanied by a person at least 18 years of age. The adult does not need to be a licensed hunter.

The youth pheasant, quail and partridge season is Oct. 19-20. This gives youth the chance to go afield the weekend before the regular pheasant opener and bag birds. The youth pheasant season is for hunters age 15 and younger. No permit is required for resident youth. Hunting restrictions vary for accompanying adults.

For more information on both youth seasons, read the 2019-2020 Small Game and Waterfowl Guide at OutdoorNebraska.gov/guides.

The Take ‘Em Hunting Challenge runs through May 31, 2020. For more information or to take the pledge, visit OutdoorNebraska.org/TakeEmHunting.

Scholarships available for Project FeederWatch

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is now accepting scholarship applications to provide classrooms, afterschool programs, and assisted living facilities with supplies to participate in the 2019-2020 season of Project FeederWatch.

Project FeederWatch is an engaging winter-long (November-April) survey of birds that visit feeders across North America. Participants count the birds they see at their feeders and submit the information to the Project FeederWatch website. Collected information is used to better understand the winter distribution of birds.

Along with membership to the 2019-20 program season, supplies provided for participation in this citizen science program include:

— A high-quality bird feeder;

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— Full access to the Project FeederWatch website and data entry;

— Bird identification poster(s);

— FeederWatch handbook and instructions booklet;

— Bird-Watching Days Calendar;

— Tally sheet;

— “Winter Bird Highlights,” the project's annual summary publication; and

— Digital access to the “Living Bird,” the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's quarterly magazine.

Sites eligible for this scholarship include Nebraska schools, afterschool programs, retirement homes or other types of assisted living facilities. 

Applications will be accepted until Oct. 11, 2019.

Apply at OutdoorNebraska.gov/projectfeederwatch. For more information, contact Alie Mayes at alie.mayes@nebraska.gov or at 402-471-5631.

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