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(Neb)-Game and Parks Commission Sets Waterfowl Seasons

By: John Axtell Posted at: 03/18/2017 08:43 PM

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has approved dates for the 2017-18 waterfowl seasons, acting Friday during a meeting in Grand Island.

The commission disagreed with staff on when the Early Teal season should begin, choosing the Saturday of Labor Day weekend – the same as last year and a week earlier than the staff proposed.

The Commission also discontinued a Public Nuisance and Health Hazard Order for crows in Buffalo, Dawson, Franklin, Harlan, Kearney, Lincoln and Phelps counties.

The 2017-18 waterfowl and crow season dates are:

Early Teal – Low Plains: Sept. 2-17; High Plains: Sept. 2-10. Daily Bag Limit: Six; Possession Limit: Three times the daily bag.

Duck and Coot – Zone 1: Oct. 14-Dec. 26; Zone 2: Oct. 7-Dec. 19 and Jan. 8-28 in High Plains; Zone 3: Oct. 26-Jan. 7 and Jan. 8-28 in High Plains; Zone 4: Oct. 7-Dec. 19; Daily Bag Limit: Six (with restrictions); Daily Possession Limit: Three times the daily bag.

Youth – Zone 1: Oct. 7-8; Zone 2: Sept. 30-Oct. 1; Zone 3: Oct. 21-22; Zone 4: Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Daily Bag Limit: Six (with restrictions); Daily Possession Limit: Three times the daily bag.

Dark Goose – East Unit: Oct. 30-Feb. 11; Niobrara: Oct. 30-Feb. 11; North Central: Oct. 7-Jan. 19; Panhandle Unit: Oct. 30-Feb. 11; Platte River Unit: Oct. 30-Feb. 11; Daily Bag Limit: Five; Possession Limit: Three times the daily bag.

White-fronted Goose – Statewide: Oct. 7-Dec. 10 and Feb. 3-11; Daily Bag Limit: Three; Possession Limit: Three times the daily bag.

Light Goose – Statewide: Oct. 7-Dec. 31 and Jan. 24-Feb. 11; Daily Bag Limit: 50; Possession Limit: no limit

Light Goose Conservation Order – Rainwater Basin Zone: Feb. 12-April 5; East Zone: Feb. 12-April 15; West Zone: Feb. 12-April 5; Daily Bag and Possession Limits: no limits

Crow – Statewide: Oct. 1-Nov. 15 and Jan. 20-April 6.

Falconry – Concurrent with teal, youth and duck season dates, as well as: Zone 1: Feb. 25-March 10; Zone 2: Feb. 25-March 10 in Low Plains and Oct. 7-Dec. 19 and Jan. 8-28 in High Plains; Zone 3: Feb. 25-March 10 in Low Plains and Oct. 26-Jan. 7 and Jan. 8-28 in High Plains; Zone 4: Feb. 25-March 10.


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