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How to Hunt

For many Nebraskans, hunting is a treasured tradition, and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is working to keep that tradition strong. Game and Parks offers hunter education classes, workshops, demonstrations, tutorials and more geared toward those who want to become part of Nebraska’s hunting tradition. The resources below will help you get started.

Hunter Education classes

Hunters ages 12 through 29 must have completed firearm hunter education and carry proof on their person when hunting anything with a firearm or airgun when hunting in Nebraska. In addition, hunters ages 12 through 29 must have completed a separate bowhunter education course and carry proof on their person when hunting deer, antelope, elk or mountain sheep with a bow and arrow or crossbow. Hunter education is offered both online and in a traditional classroom course.
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Workshops

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission hosts a number of workshops throughout the year. Many of these workshops are designed to introduce inexperienced participants to hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation activities.
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Dog training

It doesn’t matter if you have a field trial dog, gun dog, hunting dog, upland dog, waterfowl dog or a bird dog, all dog owners want a well-conditioned dog. Those same owners know the first steps toward a well-conditioned dog happen in the off-season. Learn more about how, when and where to train your dog.
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Trapping

Regulated harvest through trapping seasons is an important management tool needed to control populations and damage that furbearer species can cause. Trapping seasons are typically designed to allow the harvest of furbearers during the fall and winter when the pelts are prime, and they are less likely to have dependent young. Furbearers with a harvest season include: badger, beaver, bobcat, mink, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, red fox, gray fox, striped skunk and long-tailed weasels.
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Falconry

Falconry is the art and sport of using trained raptors (birds of prey) to hunt game. The sport requires long hours, constant devotion, finesse, subtlety and skill. The falconer must train a bird of prey to fly free, hunt under the guidance of a human being and then accept a return to captivity. Falconers may use different species of raptors to hunt different types of game. Falconry is not an overnight achievement. Becoming a master falconer takes at least seven years.
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