Hunting Programs

Nebraska Game and Parks offers a variety of resources and programs for hunters. Information on these programs follows.

Event calendar

Game and Parks offers hunting workshops, demonstrations, hunter education classes, volunteer opportunities and more. Visit our calendar for more information on these and other events.
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Telecheck (deer and antelope)

The Nebraska Telecheck Program allows hunters to check deer or antelope by telephone or online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All deer harvested outside the November firearm season must be checked via Telecheck, as manual check stations will only be available for the November firearm season. Antelope archers, muzzleloaders and lateseason hunters must use Telecheck. Elk must be delivered to a check station before leaving the state and within 48 hours of kill, but no later than 1 p.m. of the day following the close of any portion of the season. To use Telecheck call (844) 279-4564 or visit the link below. Telecheck is closed during the November firearm deer season.
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Harvest Information Program (HIP)

The Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) is a method Nebraska Game and Parks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) use to generate more reliable estimates of hunting activity, as well as of the numbers of migratory birds harvested throughout the country. These estimates give biologists the information they need to make sound decisions concerning hunting seasons, bag limits and species management.
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Waterfowl Hunting Programs

Because of their migratory nature, waterfowl species are managed differently from other game species. Nebraska Game and Parks works in cooperation with neighboring states, the Central Flyway and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to set season dates, bag limits and regulations for waterfowl seasons. Hunters, too, are asked to help manage these unique species by registering for the HIP (Harvest Information Program) number, purchasing waterfowl stamps and reporting any harvested birds with leg bands. A full list of requirements and programs for waterfowl hunters is available on the Waterfowl Hunting Checklist page.
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Hunters Helping the Hungry

This donation-funded program provides pure ground venison to needy Nebraskans. The Game and Parks Commission will accept cash donations to the program and use those funds to pay selected meat processors to process whole deer donated by hunters into ground venison. Additionally, the Commission will arrange with nonprofit organizations and processors for frozen venison to be picked up and distributed.
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Deer exchange

The Deer Exchange program is designed to accommodate the additional harvest of deer. Hunters who have filled their freezers may still bag a deer and need somewhere to take the meat. This program matches hunters who have extra meat with Nebraskans in their area who would like to receive venison.
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Big game trophy records

Nebraska big game trophy certificates have been awarded since 1962 for outstanding big game trophies taken in the state. The Nebraska trophy program uses the standard scoring method developed by the Boone & Crockett Club, the organization which maintains records of all North American big game. Anyone who has taken big game in Nebraska by legal means during an authorized season is invited to present the trophy for scoring. This includes white-tailed deer, mule deer, pronghorn, elk and bighorn sheep. Trophies taken in past years as well as the present are eligible.
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Game custody tags

Any person transferring game, fish or parts thereof to another person must provide a custody tag.
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