You love it: being in the blind, setting up the spread, turning a flock, watching them cup, taking the shot and seeing a great retrieve. Duck hunting, now that’s time well spent. This year, Nebraska Game and Parks, along with Ducks Unlimited, is proud to bring back the popular Nebraska Duck Slam, a challenge for duck hunters to take advantage of Nebraska’s great duck hunting opportunities.
About the Duck Slam
The concept of the Nebraska Duck Slam is simple: harvest four birds — an American wigeon (drake), mallard (drake), Northern pintail (drake) and a teal (blue-winged or green-winged, either sex) – in Nebraska and receive an official certificate, Nebraska Duck Slam pin and bragging rights. Additionally, all hunters who complete the slam during the 2020-2021 season will be registered to win one of several great prizes generously donated by Ducks Unlimited.
How it works
First, buy your Nebraska hunt permit, as well as your Nebraska habitat stamp, Nebraska waterfowl habitat stamp and federal waterfowl habitat stamp. After you harvest your first duck, create an account on our official entry page (entry will be available beginning Sept. 5, 2020) and submit a photo and details about your first bird. As you continue with other species, you can log back in to document your success.
Once you complete your slam, you will receive an official pin and certificate.
All hunters who submit at least one harvest to the Nebraska Duck Slam will be automatically entered into monthly drawings. Each hunter who completes the slam will be entered into our grand prize drawing.
Nebraska boasts a variety of wetland habitats that provide for different waterfowl hunting experiences across the state. The varied wetlands also provide opportunities at a diversity of ducks, whether it’s wigeon on a Sandhills lake, teal and pintails in the Rainwater Basins, or mallards on the Platte.
Duck season opens in Nebraska with the start of early teal season on Sept. 5, 2020, and closes with the end of duck and coot season in zones 2 and 3 on Jan. 27, 2021. Season dates vary by species and zone. More information is below. Hunters may view zone maps via our interactive map and our Small Game and Waterfowl Guide.
Low Plains: Sept. 5-20, 2020
High Plains: Sept. 5-13, 2020
Duck and Coot Seasons
Zone 1: Oct. 10-Dec. 22, 2020
Zone 2: Oct. 3-Dec. 15, 2020 (Low Plains); Oct. 3-Dec. 15, 2019 and Jan. 6-27, 2020 (High Plains)
Zone 3: Oct. 24, 2020-Jan. 5 2021 (Low Plains); Oct. 24, 2020-Jan. 5, 2021, and Jan. 6-27, 2021 (High Plains)
Zone 4: Oct. 3-Dec. 15, 2020.
Youth Waterfowl Season
Zone 1: Oct. 3-4, 2020
Zone 2: Sept. 26-27, 2020
Zone 3: Oct. 17-18, 2020
Zone 4: Sept. 26-27, 2020
Waterfowl hunters may find list of programs, requirements, information and other resources, including wetland conditions and harvest reports on our waterfowl hunter’s checklist page.
A complete list of hunters who have completed the Duck Slam may be found on the Duck Slam Finishers page.