Nebraska Hunting Seasons, 2017-2018

Choose from a variety of large game during Nebraska’s hunting seasons. Bighorn sheep, antelope, elk and deer offer a great selection of game to bag.

Hunting and fishing permits can be purchased online. Applications for permit lotteries can also be accessed through the Nebraska Game and Parks commission website.

Deer Seasons

Archery Sept. 1-Dec. 31
Muzzleloader Dec. 1-31
Firearms Nov. 11-19
Jan. 1-15 (Antlerless only)


Antelope Seasons

Archery Aug. 20-Dec. 31
Muzzleloader Sept. 16-Oct. 1
Firearms Oct. 14-29
Nov. 1-Jan. 31 (Doe/fawn only)


Elk Seasons

Archery, Bull only Sept. 15-Oct. 29
Firearms, Bull only Sept. 30-Oct. 29
Private Land, Cow only Aug. 15-Oct. 29
Dec. 1-31
Public Land, Cow only Sept. 30-Oct. 29
Dec. 1-31


Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall, Archery & Shotgun Sept. 15-Jan. 31
Spring, Archery Mar. 25-May 31
Spring, Youth Shotgun Mar. 25-May 31
Spring, Shotgun Apr. 15-May 31


Big Horn Sheep Seasons

Fall/Winter Nov. 28-Dec. 22

*Big Horn Sheep hunting permits are available by lottery only. Only one permit is awarded. Only Nebraska residents are able to apply, and a $25 nonrefundable application fee is required.

Mountain Lion Seasons

2016 No Authorized Season

*Mountain lion hunts greatly vary by region, as do harvest quotas. For some regions, it is required to confirm that the season is open each day prior to hunting, as closure could happen at any time. Permits can be obtained through auction or lottery. For more information on mountain lion regulations, be sure to visit the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission website.

Small Game Seasons

Pheasant Oct. 28-Jan. 31
Grouse Sept. 1-Jan. 31
Quail Oct. 29-Jan. 31
Rabbit Sept. 1-Feb. 28
Squirrel Aug. 1-Jan. 31
Partridge Oct. 28-Jan. 31

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Nebraska hunting seasons do vary based on animal and region. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission website.