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Upland bird hunters encouraged to stay safe in the field

LINCOLN, Neb. – Upland bird hunting is enjoyed by thousands of Nebraskans who want to create memories, carry on traditions, and bring home a wild meal. While enjoying the hunt, Nebraskans should make safety their top priority.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission urges all those going afield for an upland bird hunt to remember the basics of hunting safety: point the gun in a safe direction; treat every firearm as if it is loaded; keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot; and know your target and what is beyond it.

Before heading into the field for the Oct. 31 opener of pheasant, quail and partridge seasons, hunters are encouraged to:

  • Read the 2020 Small Game Guide before heading out to become familiar with species-specific regulations.
  • Be prepared for longer trips with plenty of water and snacks. Keep your dog rested and hydrated, too.
  • Make sure you have landowner permission before hunting on private land, even if you asked and received permission last year. Remember to thank them for their hospitality afterward.
  • Since upland game bird hunting is frequently a group activity, know where your hunting partners are at all times and only shoot within your own zone of fire. Never shoot at a sound, shadow or movement.
  • Although not a requirement, all game bird hunters are strongly encouraged to wear blaze orange as a precaution in the field.

The Nebraska pheasant, quail and partridge season is Oct. 31 – Jan 31. Permits are available at OutdoorNebraska.org, including mobile permits.

For a closer look at the upcoming season, read the Upland Game Hunting Outlook at OutdoorNebraska.org/Upland.

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