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Permit and Stamp Requirements and Exceptions

Following is a list of the permits, stamps and hunter education requirements for anyone who wishes to hunt in Nebraska. This is intended to be a general overview; consult statutes and regulations for more specific requirements.

Deer

Resident

  • Deer permit
  • Habitat Stamp*

*Residents who hold a 64-and-older veteran or 69-and-older senior permit do not need to purchase a habitat stamp to hunt deer. They must carry their 64-and-older veteran or 69-and-older senior permit while hunting.
See below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements

Resident youth under 16

  • Deer permit

Must be at least 10 years of age; see below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements

Nonresident

  • Deer permit
  • Habitat Stamp

See below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements

Nonresident youth under 16

  • Deer permit
  • Habitat Stamp

Must be at least 10 years of age; see below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements

Antelope

Resident

  • Antelope permit
  • Habitat stamp*

*Residents who hold a 64-and-older veteran or 69-and-older senior permit do not need to purchase a habitat stamp to hunt antelope. They must carry their 64-and-older veteran or 69-and-older senior permit while hunting.
See below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements

Resident youth under 16

  • Antelope permit

Must be at least 12 years of age; see below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements

Nonresident

  • Antelope permit
  • Habitat stamp

See below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements

Nonresident youth under 16

  • Antelope permit
  • Habitat stamp

Must be at least 12 years of age; see below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements

Elk

Resident

  • Elk permit
  • Habitat stamp*

*Residents who hold a 64-and-older veteran or 69-and-older senior permit do not need to purchase a habitat stamp to hunt elk. They must carry their 64-and-older veteran or 69-and-older senior permit while hunting.
See below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements

Resident youth under 16

  • Elk permit

Must be at least 12 years of age; see below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements

Nonresident

Not eligible; (nonresident landowners with property in an elk management zone are eligible to apply)

Turkey

Resident

  • Spring or fall turkey permit
  • Habitat stamp*

*Residents who hold a 64-and-older veteran or 69-and-older senior permit do not need to purchase a habitat stamp to hunt turkey. They must carry their 64-and-older veteran or 69-and-older senior permit while hunting.
See below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements

Resident youth under 16

  • Spring or fall youth turkey permit

See below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements

Nonresident

  • Spring or fall turkey permit
  • Habitat stamp

See below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements

Nonresident youth under 16

  • Spring or fall youth turkey permit
  • Habitat stamp

See below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements.

Small game

Small game includes pheasant, quail, prairie grouse, partridge, dove, snipe, rail, woodcock, crow, squirrel, cottontail and jackrabbit.

Resident

  • Hunt (small game) permit or Hunt/fish combo or Veteran Hunt permit or Senior Hunt/fish combo or Deployed military hunt/fish combo
  • Habitat stamp*
  • Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration number required to hunt dove, snipe, rail, or woodcock.

*Residents who hold a 64-and-older veteran or 69-and-older senior permit do not need to purchase a habitat stamp to hunt upland game. They must carry their 64-and-older veteran or 69-and-older senior permit while hunting.

See below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements.

Resident youth under 16

  • No permit, stamps, or HIP number required

See below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements.

Nonresident

  • Hunt (small game) permit or Hunt/fish combo or 2-day small game hunt
  • Habitat stamp
  • Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration number required to hunt dove, snipe, rail, or woodcock.

See below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements

Nonresident youth under 16

  • Nonresident youth hunt permit
  • Habitat stamp
  • Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration number required to hunt dove, snipe, rail, or woodcock.

See below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements.

Special considerations

  • East Zone prairie grouse: Those hunting prairie grouse east of Highway 81 are required to obtain a special free grouse permit available at Game and Parks headquarters starting July 15. Requests also are accepted by phone at 402-471-5410, by email at ngpc.eastzonegrouse@nebraska.gov, over the counter or by mail.
  • Coyote, porcupine, prairie dog, and woodchuck hunting: Residents do not need a permit to hunt these species; but nonresidents must have a hunt (small game) permit. A Habitat Stamp is not required.

Waterfowl

Additional information and resources for waterfowl hunters is available on the waterfowl hunting checklist page.

Resident

  • Hunt (small game) permit or Hunt/fish combo or Veteran Hunt permit or Senior Hunt/fish combo or Deployed military hunt/fish combo
  • Habitat stamp*
  • Nebraska waterfowl stamp
  • Federal duck stamp
  • Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration number required to hunt dove, snipe, rail, or woodcock.

*Residents who hold a 64-and-older veteran or 69-and-older senior permit do not need to purchase a habitat stamp to hunt waterfowl. They must carry their 64-and-older veteran or 69-and-older senior permit while hunting.

See below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements

Resident youth under 16

  • No permit required

See below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements

Nonresident

  • Hunt (small game) permit or Hunt/fish combo or 2-day small game hunt
  • Habitat stamp
  • Nebraska waterfowl stamp
  • Federal duck stamp
  • Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration number required to hunt dove, snipe, rail, or woodcock.

See below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements

Nonresident youth under 16

  • Nonresident youth hunt permit
  • Habitat stamp
  • Nebraska waterfowl stamp
  • Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration number required to hunt dove, snipe, rail, or woodcock.

See below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements

Furbearer

Trap only: Muskrat, beaver
Hunt and Trap: badger, mink, bobcat, raccoon, Virginia opossum, striped skunk, long-tailed weasel, red fox or gray fox

Resident (hunt and trap)

  • Fur Harvest permit
  • Habitat Stamp*

*Residents who hold a 64-and-older veteran or 69-and-older senior permit do not need to purchase a habitat stamp to hunt. They must carry their 64-and-older veteran or 69-and-older senior permit while hunting.
See below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements

Resident Youth under 16 (hunt and trap)

  • No permit required

See below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements

Nonresident (hunt and trap)

  • Fur Harvest permit
  • Habitat stamp

See below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements

Nonresident youth (hunt and trap)

  • Fur Harvest permit
  • Habitat stamp

See below for hunter education/accompaniment requirements

Exceptions

  • Residents age 69 and over who are legal residents of Nebraska are eligible for the Senior Annual Small Game Hunt/Fish/Fur Harvest Permit for $5. This permit must be renewed annually and is available for purchase at any of our offices or online.
  • Veterans age 64 and older, deployed military and disabled veterans are eligible for special permits at reduced or no cost. For complete details, view the Veterans and Military Permits page.
  • A farmer or rancher and immediate family who actually live on the land they own or lease may hunt squirrel, cottontail, jackrabbit (west of U.S. 81), prairie grouse (special permit required east of U.S. 81), partridge, pheasant and quail without obtaining a Nebraska hunt (small game) permit or Habitat Stamp. Hunting seasons and regulations still apply. Landowners hunting antelope, deer, elk or turkey on limited landowner permits on their land do not need a Habitat Stamp. Landowners who wish to hunt big game on their property must fill out a landowner application. Visit the hunting seasons page for current applications.
  • Lifetime permits do not allow for the hunting of deer, antelope, elk, mountain lion, bighorn sheep or turkey, and do not include stamps.

Hunter Education

  • Hunters ages 12 through 29 must have on their person proof of successful completion of firearm Hunter Education while hunting with a firearm or air gun.
  • Hunters ages 12 through 29 must have on their person proof of successful completion of Bowhunter Education while hunting deer, antelope, elk or mountain (bighorn) sheep with bow and arrow or crossbow.
  • Hunters ages 12 through 29 who have not completed firearm and/or Bowhunter Hunter Education may obtain an Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate.

Accompaniment

  • Firearm hunters ages 11 or younger must be accompanied by a licensed person age 19 or older.
  • Any deer, elk, antelope or bighorn sheep hunters ages 15 or younger must be accompanied by a licensed person age 19 and older.
  • Hunters holding an Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate must be accompanied by a licensed person age 19 or older.

“Accompanied” is defined as being in the presence of a licensed hunter age 19 or older. The accompanying hunter may not accompany more than two hunters at a time using the Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate. The accompanying adult hunter must at all times be in unaided visual and verbal communication with the novice hunter.

“Licensed” is defined as a hunter who has a valid Nebraska hunting permit.