LINCOLN – Youth ages 15 and younger are encouraged to participate in special youth pheasant hunts during the Oct. 24–25 statewide youth pheasant, quail and partridge season.
Rooster pheasants will be released at 10 wildlife management areas before the special youth hunt season. The special hunts are open to the public, and the number of participants is not limited. No registration or special permit is required. Special regulations posted at each of the 10 WMAs will apply to all portions of the designated areas normally open to hunting. All other current youth and regular hunting regulations also will be in effect on these designated areas.
Pheasants will be released at the following WMAs: Pressey (Custer County); Sherman Reservoir (Sherman County); Oak Valley (Madison County); Branched Oak (Lancaster County); Twin Oaks (Johnson County); Hickory Ridge (Johnson County); Wilkinson (Platte County); Peru Bottoms (Nemaha County), Yankee Hill (Lancaster County) and Cornhusker (Hall County).
The special regulations on these WMAs include:
— Only nontoxic shot may be used at Wilkinson and Peru Bottoms.
— Adult mentors must be licensed hunters age 19 or older to accompany a youth.
— Adult mentors may harvest one rooster pheasant per day only.
— The 10 WMAs are the only locations where adults may harvest pheasants during the youth season.
— Cornhusker WMA is a new addition to the list of hunting sites this year.
— Only one adult mentor per youth will be allowed to hunt (additional non-hunting mentors may accompany the youth on the hunt).
— Youth may harvest two roosters per day.
This is the fifth year of the pheasant releases during the special youth season, which is intended to increase youth participation in upland game hunting.