Duck zones and goose units provide an opportunity to better coincide duck and goose migration chronology and hunter preferences with hunting season dates for different areas within a state. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) allows changes to duck zone boundaries every 5 years and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has aligned input regarding dark (Canada) goose unit boundary changes with duck zone boundary changes. Any changes made will go into effect for the 2021/22 hunting seasons.
Criteria for submitting feedback
- This year, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is accepting feedback in two ways. Hunters may either submit feedback through an online form below OR by printing off the map available on this page, marking up changes on the map and returning marked up maps to Game and Parks. Other written comments also will be accepted. In order for comments to be considered, they MUST appear in written form.
- Comments indicating a preference for NO CHANGE are as important as comments indicating a preference for change.
- Zones or units must be contiguous (i.e., can’t create a new zone or unit).
- Boundaries must be readily identifiable. Roads are best, but other markers can be used. County lines and rivers are typically not acceptable.
- Make changes as small as possible. Larger changes typically affect other hunters that may not agree with your change, resulting in no change (see below).
Timeline for input and changes to duck zones and goose units
- October-November 2019 – Initial input on potential changes to zones and units.
- November 2019 – Develop proposed set of changes to zones and units.
- December 2019-January 2020 – Additional round of input on proposed changes.
- March 2020 – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Board of Commissioners approve changes in zones and units.
- May 2020 – Submit changes to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
- Fall 2021 – New zone and unit boundaries go into effect.