LINCOLN, Neb. – Youth ages 15 and younger are encouraged to participate in special youth pheasant hunts at nine wildlife management areas (WMA) across Nebraska during the Oct. 19-20 statewide youth pheasant, quail and partridge season.
Rooster pheasants will be released at all designated sites 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 but special regulations will be in effect and posted at each of the nine WMAs and 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.
The special youth hunt WMAs are 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) and Yankee Hill (Lancaster County).
The special regulations 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 nine WMAs are the only locations where adults may harvest pheasants during the youth season.
— 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 third year of the special hunt, which is intended to increase youth participation in upland game hunting.