NGP Commissioners open entire state to teal hunting
All of Nebraska will be open for teal hunting in 2014.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Board of Commissioners adopted changes to teal and youth waterfowl hunting seasons at their meeting July 11 at Niobrara State Park.
The commissioners created new zone boundaries. The High Plains Zone encompasses the western half of the state and the Low Plains Zone the eastern half. Previously, teal hunting was generally restricted to the southern half of the state.
The 2014 season dates for teal hunting are Sept. 6-21 in the Low Plains Zone and Sept. 6-14 in the High Plains Zone.
Commissioners also set the youth waterfowl season in each of four zones for the Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding the start of the regular duck and merganser season.
The season dates for the regular duck and merganser season, as well as other waterfowl, will be determined at the commissioners’ Aug. 29 meeting in Grand Island.
In other business, the commissioners:
• Set new prices for several nonresident permits: deer, $214; statewide buck only deer, $535; season choice antlerless only deer, $60; special antlerless only deer, $60; landowner deer, $107; turkey, $95; and landowner turkey, $47.50. The corresponding resident permit prices will remain the same.
• Added language for the eligibility of fall youth turkey hunters to match the requirements for spring youth turkey hunters. Youths must be age 15 and under, except youth age 16 may hunt on youth fall turkey permits provided they are age 15 both when they apply and on the opening day of the season.
• Passed a regulation to ban the possession or use of explosive or incendiary targets while target shooting on wildlife management areas.