Mentored hunts

Learning from an experienced hunter is one of the most effective and enjoyable ways to start your hunting journey. In Nebraska, many organizations offer learn to hunts where new hunters are paired with skilled hunters who share techniques and invaluable, interactive experience in the field.

Deer hunts

Mentored Youth Archery Program

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Mentored Youth Archery Program helps young hunters hone their archery hunting skills under the guidance of an experienced hunter. Applications are open to Bowhunter Education graduates who are 12 to 17 years old and have not yet graduated from high school. Selected applications are paired with qualified instructors for a full archery deer season. Participants will learn how to scout, hang tree stands, interpret animal sign, care for their harvest and more.

Programs are available for youth who live in Omaha, Gretna, Ashland, Plattsmouth, and Grand Island. To apply, please print, compete, and submit the application form below.

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Last Chance Deer Camp

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Last Chance Deer Camp is a weekend deer camp designed for youth with little to no deer hunting experience. Youth learn the basics of deer hunting from qualified instructors. For more information, contact Aaron Hershberger.

Turkey hunts

Learn to Hunt Turkeys

Several local Nebraska National Wild Turkey Federation chapters offer learn to hunt turkey programs for new youth and adult hunters in the spring. Participants learn the basics of turkey hunting from qualified instructors.

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Pheasant and dove hunts

Youth Mentor Hunt Program

In 1996, Pheasants Forever developed a program with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission that allows youth ages 12 to 15 who have recently completed a Hunter Safety Education class to attend a Youth Mentor Hunt.

Youth enrolling in this program are instructed on various hunting-related topics including dog training, reloading shotshells, hunter safety, blue rock shooting, how to ask a landowner for permission to hunt, and much more.

The highlight of the program is a pheasant or dove hunt with an instructor and dog handler. This program is designed for youth that have a strong interest in hunting, but limited opportunities to go hunting.

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Next Steps Hunt Program

The Pheasants Forever Next Steps Hunt Program provides follow-up opportunities for Youth Mentor Hunt graduates to continue to build their skills and confidence in hunting. The program connects a youth and adult hunting partner (a parent, relative or family friend) with an experienced adult instructor from a local Pheasants Forever or Quail Forever chapter.  The instructor will help coordinate and schedule up to three pheasant hunts at a participating Controlled Shooting Area.

Learn more > is a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission program that connects new adult hunters age 19 and older with a certified Nebraska Hunter Education Instructor. After connection, your instructor will work with you to determine what you need to get started hunting and provide electronic and in-field hunting instruction.

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Contact Us

Have questions on how to get started hunting in Nebraska? Contact Nebraska Game and Parks hunter education staff at