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Wildlife Surveys

In order to best manage Nebraska’s wildlife resources, each year Game and Parks, along with agency partners, conduct wildlife and hunter surveys. These survey capture harvest and population information for deer, wild turkey and upland game.

We also conduct annual hunter satisfaction and success surveys for big game species, small game and waterfowl. These surveys are integral in understanding harvest, hunter success and satisfaction, and population structures of game species in Nebraska.

Each of these surveys provides crucial information used to develop regulations, harvest quotas and research.

Explore our completed surveys below.

Big Game

Deer

Harvest reports

Harvest reports help Nebraska Game and Parks understand deer populations and provide valuable information that informs future bag limits and hunting season lengths.

Read our Big Game Recommendations for 2022.

Hunter surveys

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission periodically surveys the hunters of Nebraska regarding issues related to wildlife management. Below are results of the most recent surveys.

Landowner surveys

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission periodically surveys the landowners of Nebraska regarding issues related to wildlife management and issues on private land. Below are results of the most recent surveys:

2020 Survey of Nebraska Landowner Attitudes on Deer Damage – Summary Report

2020 Survey of Nebraska Landowner Attitudes on Deer Damage – Full Report

Pronghorn

Report to be available in 2022.

Landowner surveys

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission periodically surveys the landowners of Nebraska regarding issues related to wildlife management and issues on private land. Below are results of the most recent surveys:

2020 Survey of Nebraska Landowner Attitudes on Pronghorn Damage — Summary Report

Elk

Landowner surveys

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission periodically surveys the landowners of Nebraska regarding issues related to wildlife management and issues on private land. Below are results of the most recent surveys:

2020 Survey of Nebraska Landowner Attitudes on Elk Damage — Summary Report

Elk Management Plan

In 2021, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission worked with landowners, hunters and the public to create an elk management plan to guide elk management in the state.

Nebraska Elk Management Plan

Bighorn Sheep

Report to be available in 2022.

Waterfowl

Surveys of hunters, waterfowl population numbers, peak migration times and other information are compiled and used to inform season dates.

Waterfowl

Harvest estimates for potential waterfowl season dates.

Duck

Harvest estimates for potential duck season dates.

Teal

Harvest estimates for potential teal season dates.

Goose

Harvest report for the 2020-2021 light goose season.

Clear Creek Wildlife Management Area

Final harvest reports
Goose harvest totals will be updated here weekly during the season.