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Governor Proclaims Nebraska Top Turkey Hunting Destination

LINCOLN – Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation on April 6 declaring that Nebraska is the Best Turkey Hunting Destination in the United States.

The governor signed the proclamation in a ceremony at the Nebraska Capitol and presented it to Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Director Jim Douglas and District 3 Commissioner Mick Jensen of Blair (northeastern Nebraska).

In a recent survey, 90 percent of respondent Nebraska turkey hunters stated they had a satisfying experience. Several factors contribute to hunters’ fondness of turkey hunting in the Cornhusker State:

— Nebraska has an abundant turkey population, with hunting opportunities in all 93 counties. The state is home to three sub-species of wild turkeys – the Merriam’s, the Rio Grande and the Eastern.

— Nebraska is friendly to youth hunters. A youth turkey permit costs just $5. In 2015, 7,267 youth permits were sold.

— Turkey hunting is popular with out-of-state hunters. In 2015, 43,665 turkey hunting permits were sold in Nebraska. Of those, 13,651 were sold to nonresidents.

— Nebraska turkey hunters can enjoy seasons of up to 68 days in the spring and 139 days in the fall, with spring archers getting a longer season. The spring archery season is in progress. Spring shotgun season begins April 16 (April 9 for youth). All spring turkey seasons close May 31.

— Turkey hunting is allowed statewide. More than 400,000 acres of land are open to public hunting in the state.

— An unlimited number of turkey permits are available. A person may purchase up to three permits for the spring season and up to two for the fall season.

Hunting is big business in Nebraska. It has an $848 million annual financial impact in the state, fueling the economy of towns large and small. It also brings family and friends together in a way that encourages appreciation for the natural world.

Turkey permits may be purchased at OutdoorNebraska.org.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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