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White-tailed deer wade through the Platte River on private property.

White-tailed deer wade through the Platte River on private land in Hall County. Fowler, March 31, 2015. Copyright NEBRASKAland Magazine, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Landowner Hunting Opportunities

Nebraska offers many hunting opportunities to qualifying landowners and their immediate family.  Many of these opportunities are at reduced rates. Only weapons legal for archery and firearm seasons may be used.

Eligibility

  • A “Qualifying Landowner” is an individual that owns or leases farm or ranch land for agricultural production.
  • A partnership, corporation, or trust may designate one partner, officer, shareholder, or beneficiary as the Qualifying Landowner for lands owned by such entities.
  • Acreage requirements vary by species and residency, please see the individual permits listed below.
  • Qualifying lands must be owned or leased for agricultural purposes, hunting leases do not qualify.
  • Acreage requirements are based on the residency of the qualifying landowner and not the residency of the applicant.
  • Permit type/prices are based on the residency of the applicant.

Residency

A resident is any individual who has lived in Nebraska continuously for 30 days and intends to become a resident of this state. A new resident should be prepared to provide documentation of residency (driver’s license, voter registration card, etc.) to an officer when in possession of a resident permit.

Immediate Family Definition

Immediate family is defined as “the spouse of such person, any child or stepchild of such person or of the spouse of such person, any spouse of any such child or stepchild, any sibling of such person sharing ownership in the property, and any spouse of any such sibling.”  Immediate family no longer need to live in the household or reside on the property to qualify.

Limited Landowner Deer

Limited Landowner Deer

Qualifying landowners and immediate family are eligible to purchase one limited landowner deer permit that is valid for one any deer and one any antlerless deer per year.

Download 2021 Nebraska Landowner Deer Permit Application & Information

LIMITED LANDOWNER
Permit Fee Resident: $20

Nonresident: $144

Open Seasons Archery: Sept. 1 – Dec. 31

Firearm: November Firearm (begins Saturday nearest November 13)

Muzzleloader: Dec. 1 – 31

Late Firearm Antlerless: Jan. 1 – 16 (antlerless only)

Standard Landowner Deer permits are not valid for firearm during the Special Landowner Season dates.  They are valid for archery equipment during those dates.

Lands

  • Resident qualifying landowners must own or lease at least 80 acres of farm or ranch land used for agricultural purpose.
  • No more than one permit can be issued per 80 acres of land owned. (E.g. 240 acres = maximum of 3 permits).
  • Nonresident qualifying landowners must own at least 320 acres of farm or ranch land used for agricultural purpose.
  • Leased land does not qualify. No more than one permit can be issued per 320 acres.  (E.g. 960 acres = maximum of 3 permits).
  • Permits are only valid on the land listed on their permit.
  • Land leased for hunting or recreational purposes does not qualify for landowner permits.

Additional information

  • A habitat stamp purchase is not required with a landowner permit.
  • A small game hunt permit is not required to hunt deer.
  • Hunter Education: Hunter Education is required of hunters ages 12 through 29. Hunters who have not completed hunter education may obtain an Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate, if eligible.
  • Youth permits do not include the special landowner permit season dates, a special landowner permit is to be purchased for the youth to be able to hunt.
  • Hunters who harvest big game must immediately punch or notch the permit to indicate sex and date of harvest. The canceled permit must be attached to the animal or retained with the hunter if the carcass remains in the hunter’s possession. Deer harvested in the November Firearm Season must be taken to a checkstation no later than 1pm on the day following the season. Any deer harvested outside the November Firearm season must be checked within 48 hours of harvest and no later than 1pm on the day following the close of the season through Telecheck online or by calling the Telecheck number on your permit.
  • Refer to the Big Game Guide for additional information.

Read the Big Game Guide

Special Landowner Deer

Special Landowner Deer

Qualifying Landowners are eligible to purchase up to four Special Landowner permits to be designated to the QL or members of their immediate family*.  Permits are valid for the Saturday through Monday immediately preceding the November Firearm season.

Download 2021 Nebraska Special Landowner Deer Permit Application & Information

SPECIAL LANDOWNER
Permit Fee Resident: $8*

Nonresident: $8*

*Includes the $3 issuance fee.

Season Dates Saturday, Sunday and Monday preceding the November Firearm season

Land

  • Permits are valid only on the land owned or leased by the qualifying landowner and listed on the permit.
  • Resident qualifying landowners must own or lease at least 80 acres of farm or ranch land used for agricultural purpose. No more than one permit can be issued per 80 acres of land owned. (E.g. 240 acres = 3 permits).
  • Nonresident qualifying landowners must own at least 320 acres of farm or ranch land used for agricultural purpose. Leased land does not qualify. No more than one permit can be issued per 320 acres.  (E.g. 960 acres = 3 permits).
  • Land leased for hunting or recreational purposes does not qualify for landowner permits.

Permits

  • Limit of one special landowner permit per individual.
  • Of the 4 permits per Qualifying Landowner:
      • No more than two special landowner permits may be issued to individuals between the age of 10 and 19.
      • No more than two special landowner permits may be issued to individuals 19 or older.
  • Special Landowner permit bag limit counts towards the deer permit purchase limit of “two permits that allow the harvest of an antlered deer”. An antlered deer is defined as a deer with one antler at least 6 inches in length and an antlerless deer is defined as a deer with no antlers or antlers no more than 6 inches in length.
  • Eligible individuals may purchase a landowner deer permit to hunt during the normal deer seasons in addition to the Special Landowner Season Deer Permit, but that would fulfill the “two permits that allow the harvest of an antlered deer” limit.

Cost

$8 per permit ($5 permit fee plus $3 issue fee).

When applying via mail or in person at NGPC offices:  Payment must accompany application if all permits are to be issued.  The same individual may pay for all 4 permits at time of application.

Additional information

  • A habitat stamp purchase is not required with a landowner permit.
  • A small game hunt permit is not required to hunt big game.
  • Hunter Education: Hunter Education is required of hunters ages 12 through 29. Hunters who have not completed hunter education may obtain an Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate, if eligible.
  • Youth permits do not include the special landowner permit season dates, a special landowner permit is to be purchased for the youth to be able to hunt.
  • Hunters who harvest big game must immediately punch or notch the permit to indicate sex and date of harvest. The canceled permit must be attached to the animal or retained with the hunter if the carcass remains in the hunter’s possession. Deer harvested in the Special Landowner season must be checked within 48 hours of harvest and no later than 1pm on the day following the close of the season through Telecheck online or by calling the Telecheck number on your permit.
  • Refer to the Big Game Guide for additional information.

Read the Big Game Guide

Landowner Elk

Landowner Elk

Qualifying Landowners and their immediate family are eligible for landowner elk during the late May and early June application period.  Landowner elk permits have a set quota, are drawn based on a preference point system and are a set proportion of the allocation made available for the general drawing.  Currently that allocation is 50% of the general total, but will be moving to 75% of the total in 2022 after a statute change in 2021.

Please download the landowner elk application here.

LANDOWNER ELK
Permit Fee Resident: $48*

Nonresident: $542*

* Includes $10 nonrefundable application fee

Preference Point Only Resident: $15

Nonresident: $50

Lands

  • Resident qualifying landowners must own at least 320 acres or lease at least 640 acres of farm or ranch land in the landowner elk zone that is used for agricultural purposes.
  • Nonresident qualifying landowners must own at least 1240 acres of farm or ranch land used for agricultural purposes. Leased land does not qualify.
  • Land leased for hunting or recreational purposes does not qualify for landowner permits.
  • The maximum number of applicants allowed for one farm/ranch is determined by size of the property in total acres, divided by the minimum acreage requirement.
      • Example: Resident Elk LO – 640 acres owned / 320 acres = 2 LO applications allowed.
  • Landowner elk permits are only valid for the entire management unit.
  • Qualifying lands must fall within the Landowner Elk Zones

Additional information

  • Beginning in 2021, hunters may purchase a preference point in lieu of participating in the drawing if they wish to accumulate a point, but do not want to draw a permit this year.
  • A habitat stamp purchase is not required with a landowner permit.
  • A small game hunt permit is not required to hunt big game.
  • Hunter Education: Hunter Education is required of hunters ages 12 through 29. Hunters who have not completed hunter education may obtain an Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate, if eligible.
  • Youth permits do not include the special landowner permit season dates, a special landowner permit is to be purchased for the youth to be able to hunt.
  • Hunters who harvest big game must immediately punch or notch the permit to indicate sex and date of harvest. The canceled permit must be attached to the animal or retained with the hunter if the carcass remains in the hunter’s possession. Elk harvested must be taken to a checkstation within 48 hours of harvest and no later than 1pm on the day following the close of the season.
  • Refer to the Big Game Guide for additional information like season dates and permit quotas.

Read the Big Game Guide

Landowner Antelope

Landowner Antelope

Qualifying Landowners and their immediate family are eligible to apply for landowner antelope permits during the June application period. Landowner antelope permits have a set quota and are a set proportion of the allocation made available for the general drawing. Currently that allocation is 50% of the general total, but will be moving to 75% of the total in 2022 after a statute change in 2021.

New applications forms will be forthcoming.

LANDOWNER ANTELOPE
Permit Fee Resident: $26*

Nonresident: $108*

*Includes $6 nonrefundable application fee, except Late Doe/Fawn

Preference Point Only Resident: $15

Nonresident: $50

Lands

  • Permits are valid only on the land owned or leased by the qualifying landowner and listed on the permit.
  • Resident qualifying landowners must own or lease at least 80 acres of farm or ranch land used for agricultural purpose. No more than one permit can be issued per 80 acres of land owned. (E.g. 240 acres = 3 permits).
  • Nonresident qualifying landowners must own at least 320 acres of farm or ranch land used for agricultural purpose. Leased land does not qualify. No more than one permit can be issued per 320 acres.  (E.g. 960 acres = 3 permits).
  • Land leased for hunting or recreational purposes does not qualify for landowner permits.

Additional information

  • Beginning in 2021, hunters may purchase a preference point in lieu of participating in the drawing if they wish to accumulate a point, but do not want to draw a permit this year.
  • A habitat stamp purchase is not required with a landowner permit.
  • A small game hunt permit is not required to hunt big game.
  • Hunter Education: Hunter Education is required of hunters ages 12 through 29. Hunters who have not completed hunter education may obtain an Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate, if eligible.
  • Youth permits do not include the special landowner permit season dates, a special landowner permit is to be purchased for the youth to be able to hunt.
  • Hunters who harvest big game must immediately punch or notch the permit to indicate sex and date of harvest. The canceled permit must be attached to the animal or retained with the hunter if the carcass remains in the hunter’s possession. Antelope harvested during the October firearm season must be taken to a checkstation within 48 hours of harvest and no later than 1pm on the day following the close of the season. Antelope taken outside the October firearm season must be checked via Telecheck on the online or telephone.
  • Refer to the Big Game Guide for additional information.

Read the Big Game Guide

Turkeys

Turkeys

New applications forms will be forthcoming.

Qualifying landowners and immediate family are eligible to purchase one limited landowner spring turkey permit that is valid for one male or bearded female turkey and one limited landowner fall turkey permit per year that is valid for two turkeys.

LANDOWNER TURKEY
Spring Permit Fee Resident: $16.50

Nonresident: $65.50

Fall Permit Fee Resident: $16.50

Nonresident: $65.50

Lands

  • Permits are valid only on the land owned or leased by the qualifying landowner and listed on the permit.
  • Resident qualifying landowners must own or lease at least 80 acres of farm or ranch land used for agricultural purpose. No more than one permit can be issued per 80 acres of land owned. (E.g. 240 acres = 3 permits).
  • Nonresident qualifying landowners must own at least 320 acres of farm or ranch land used for agricultural purpose. Leased land does not qualify. No more than one permit can be issued per 320 acres.  (E.g. 960 acres = 3 permits).
  • Land leased for hunting or recreational purposes does not qualify for landowner permits.

Additional information

  • A habitat stamp purchase is not required with a landowner permit.
  • A small game hunt permit is not required to hunt big game.
  • Hunter Education: Hunter Education is required of hunters ages 12 through 29. Hunters who have not completed hunter education may obtain an Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate, if eligible.
  • TAGGING – Immediately after a turkey is taken, the hunter must punch or notch the permit tag showing the date the bird was taken. This automatically cancels the permit tag. This permit must be kept with the permit holder and/or turkey at all times. When the turkey is not with the permit holder, the entire permit must be attached to the turkey. The mobile turkey permit allows a hunter to cancel the permit once a turkey is harvested. If a hunter has a mobile permit, a turkey may be left unaccompanied by the hunter only if a document bearing the hunter’s name, permit number and time and date of permit cancellation is kept with the carcass.
  • POSSESSION – Only the successful permit holder may possess all or part of a turkey. Anyone may receive as a gift any part of the turkey if a statement of such gift is available to inspect. The statement must include: hunter’s name, telephone number and permit number; species and quantity of each; donor’s signature; recipient’s name; and date of transfer.
  • TRANSPORTATION – It is unlawful to possess any turkey unless the legs, thighs, and breast remain together until the bird is consumed or the bird arrives at the permanent abode of the possessor. The breast meat may be removed from the bone but must remain as two entire halves. Birds taken in the spring must have proof of sex consisting of: 1) the legs with spurs naturally attached; 2) the beard naturally attached to the breast; or 3) the detached beard with at least ¼-inch of skin remaining at the attachment site and kept together with the leg, thighs and breast.
  • Refer to the Turkey Guide for additional information.

Read the Turkey Guide

Small Game

Small Game

  • 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.