It’s December in Nebraska and it’s filled with many hunting traditions as family and friends get together, especially around Christmas.
Many hunters I know, including myself, are gonna be concentrating on hunting waterfowl, most notably hunting Canada geese.
There’s a lot that goes with waterfowl hunting.
With that in mind, I was reminded the other day by our local conservation officer, Rich Berggren, that I should cover some of our general regulations for waterfowl hunting in Nebraska. These are what I call the “Don’t Forgets” for waterfowling. So, let’s begin.
Residents of Nebraska 16 years of age and older, and all nonresidents regardless of age, need to have five things in order to be able to hunt ducks and geese here in the Cornhusker State. These must be carried on your person in the field. Make certain they are current. Do you know what they are?
1. Hunting Permit (signed)
2. Harvest Information Program (H.I.P.) Number
3. Habitat Stamp
4. State Waterfowl Stamp
5. Federal Waterfowl Stamp (actual stamp signed)
Please note that those hunters 12 through 29 years of age are required to have hunter education certification or get an Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate for $5.00.
These items can be acquired here.
You can find out about mobile device permit/stamp options that are available by going to this link.
Among other things that come into play regulation-wise regarding waterfowl hunting is the sole use and possession of nontoxic shot only.
Additionally, the shotgun plug requirement, exactness of daily opening and closing times for legal shooting hours, baiting and electronic call prohibitions, daily bag and possession limits, as well as the transport law as it applies to waterfowl (the head plumage or one fully-feathered wing attached to the body) – all need to be noted.
Read more details about waterfowling in Nebraska by visiting this location.
It’s also a good idea to designate a captain of the blind who reinforces this information to the other hunters in it and is the primary individual who is able to accurately identify various waterfowl species in flight both target and non-target.
I wish you the best of waterfowl hunting adventures and memories!