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Mountain Lion Hunting

2021 season information

  • The 2021 mountain lion season 1 will take place from Jan. 2-Feb. 28, 2021. The use of dogs will not be permitted during this season.
  • Applications for lottery permits shall be accepted from 1:00 p.m. CST on the first Monday in November through the second Wednesday in December prior to each open season. Mail applications must be received in the Commission’s Lincoln headquarters office by 5 p.m. CST, and internet applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST. It shall be unlawful to submit more than one application per calendar year for a mountain lion permit.
  • A harvest season will be held only for the Pine Ridge area, which has an established population that can sustain a harvest.
  • The season will allow up to four mountain lions to be harvested, with up to two of those being females.
  • Once four mountain lions, or two females, have been harvested, the season will close.
  • The harvest will take place in the Pine Ridge Unit. Public lands are open.
  • If the limit and/or sub-limit has not been reached by Feb. 28, then a limited number (equal to the animals remaining in the limit) of permittees will be allowed to hunt with the aid of dogs in an auxiliary season. Permits for the auxiliary season will be granted to unsuccessful permittees from the initial season via a lottery. If the auxiliary season occurs, it will take place from March 13-31, or until the harvest limit is met.

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Information for 2021 permit holders

  • Hunters must check that the season is open each day before hunting by calling the 1-800# provided on the permit or checking for announcements on this page.
  • Each permittee may only hunt in the Pine Ridge Unit.
  • The dates for Season 1 are Jan. 2 – Feb. 28; however, the season will end immediately if the harvest limit of four total mountain lions or two females has been met.
  • Bag limit for each permit is one mountain lion of either sex.
  • Shooting hours are sunrise to sunset.
  • Hunting with the aid of dogs is not allowed during Season 1 (Jan. 1 – Feb. 28, 2021).
  • A harvested mountain lion must be reported to Game and Parks within 8-hours of recovering the carcass, and checked in the Pine Ridge Unit, within 24-hours. Proof of gender must remain naturally attached until the animal is tagged by the Commission.
  • If the harvest limit has not been met by the end of Season 1, an Auxiliary Season that allows the use of dogs will be held during March 13 – 31, 2021.
  • Unsuccessful permittees from Season 1 may apply to convert their permit to an Auxiliary Season permit.
  • Applications to convert permits must be received by March 8th at 5 p.m. CST or 11:59pm CST if by internet.
  • A number of Auxiliary permits equal to the number of mountain lions remaining in the harvest limit for that subunit will be drawn (e.g., 2 permits will be converted if 2 mountain lions remain in the limit at the end of Season 1).
  • Baiting and/or trapping is prohibited.
  • It is illegal to harvest a mountain lion with a spotted coat (kitten) or a mountain lion accompanying another mountain lion (likely a family group).
  • Collared or ear tagged mountain lions may be harvested.

For more information on mountain lions in Nebraska including sightings, research, management information and more, visit the mountain lion species page.