Hunting in Nebraska

Nebraska Hunting at Glance

The state of Nebraska is a hunter’s paradise with big and small game, birds, and waterfowl, as well as plenty of open space. From the gentle slopes of eastern Nebraska to the vast cattle ranches and world-famous Sandhills, there’s plenty of space for deer, pronghorn, elk, pheasants, and other species.

Nebraska is a destination for upland bird hunters, especially for pheasants, bobwhite quail, greater prairie chickens, and sharp-tailed grouse. Turkeys are also numerous throughout the state. In terms of waterfowl, more than fifteen distinct species of ducks pass through the state each year, and goose hunting is popular in every region.

Nebraska ranks #15 in the nation for hunting license per capita and has a strong hunting culture with over 9.4% of the population classified as registered hunters.

Key Insights

  • Nebraska is a popular hunting destination with a variety of big and small game, birds, and waterfowl.
  • Nebraska ranks #15 in the nation for hunting license per capita and has a strong hunting culture with over 9.4% of the population classified as registered hunters.
  • Big game hunting in Nebraska includes white-tailed deer, mule deer, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, and elk.
  • Hunting seasons and licenses are required for big game hunting in Nebraska.
  • The best areas to hunt in Nebraska depend on the type of game being hunted, but the western and eastern parts of the state are popular for different species.

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Hunters (Based on Hunting Licenses)
Population: 1,961,504
Hunters 184,381
Hunter % 9.40%
Hunters Rank 15

The state of Nebraska is predominantly private land and only 1.42% of the total acres could be considred huntable public land. In fact, Nebraska ranks #46 overall in acres of public huntable land.

Land Types (Acres)
Acres % Rank
Total 49,201,900
Huntable Public 699,000 1.42% 46
Private Land 48,392,340 98.35% 3
Tribal Land 23,800 0.05% 24

Nebraska ranks #15 for the percentage of private land vs total acres and number 24 in terms of acres of tribal land.

Nebraska Hunting Seasons & Requirements

For the most accurate information on Nebraska Hunting Seasons, along with the state’s requirements for tag and bag limits, it’s a good idea to check with the Nebraska DNR.  We’ve provided their contact information below, along with links to helpful resources, including licensing.

Nebraska DNR

2200 N. 33rd St.
Lincoln, NE 68503

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Popular Game to Hunt in Nebraska

There are many different types of hunting available in Nebraska, but some of the most popular include deer hunting, elk hunting, and turkey hunting. Read on for the complete list.

Small Game Hunting in Nebraska

Nebraska is home to a variety of small game, making it a popular destination for hunters from all over the country. The most popular species to hunt are pheasant, quail, rabbit, and turkey. Pheasant hunting is particularly popular in the western part of the state, where the majority of the pheasant population is concentrated. Quail hunting is also popular in this region, as the rocky terrain provides ideal habitat for these birds. Rabbit and turkey hunting are more commonly found in the eastern part of Nebraska, where the terrain is more open and there is less brush. However, all five of these animals can be found throughout the state, providing ample opportunity for hunters to find their perfect game.

Big Game Hunting in Nebraska

The most popular big game animals to hunt in Nebraska are white-tailed deer, mule deer, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, and elk. White-tailed deer are the most populous big game animal in Nebraska, with an estimated population of around 500,000. Mule deer are found in western Nebraska, and their populations have been gradually increasing in recent years. Pronghorn can be found in the sandhills of central Nebraska, while bighorn sheep are found in the mountains of northwestern Nebraska. Elk are found in the northeastern part of the state. Hunting these animals requires a license and can only be done during specific seasons, so it is important to check the regulations before planning a trip. With its abundant wildlife and wide open spaces, Nebraska is a paradise for hunters.

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Where are the Best Areas to Hunt in Nebraska

Nebraska offers great hunting opportunities across the state, both on public and private land. We’ve included some of the best areas for public hunting below and as we have access we’ll be adding more private land too.

Nebraska Hunting on Private Land

Popular Public Hunting Land in Nebraska

Nebraska is home to some of the best hunting grounds in the country. From the expansive grasslands of the Sandhills to the wooded river valleys of the Niobrara, there is a wealth of diversity to be found in the state’s landscape. Public hunting land can be found throughout Nebraska, but there are a few places that stand out as being particularly popular among hunters. Platte River State Park is a great spot for deer and turkey hunting, while Smith Falls State Park boasts excellent opportunities for waterfowl hunting. Eugene T. Mahoney State Park is a favorite destination for upland game hunters, and Fort Robinson State Park offers a unique chance to hunt bison. Finally, Ashland State Wildlife Management Area is a top spot for pheasant hunting. Whatever your game of choice may be, you’re sure to find plenty of opportunity to hunt on public land in Nebraska.

1. Platte River State Park
2. Smith Falls State Park
3. Eugene T. Mahoney State Park
4. Fort Robinson State Park
5. Ashland State Wildlife Management Area

Hunting Private Land in Nebraska

Since the majority of Nebraska is private land getting access for hunting can be very appealing. When you hunt private land, it’s not only less crowded, the animals also tend to be less skittish and this means you’ll have a better day out in the field.  Traditionally, accessing private land for hunting has been complicated and expensive.  You either needed to join a club, hire a guide, or start knocking on doors.

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