As hunting season kicks in you may be looking for a new destination to explore. Hunting is allowed on public lands in Grand Island and Hall County during the season, and year-round on all state wildlife management areas. Of course, unless it is otherwise posted.
In Nebraska state recreation areas hunting begins the day after Labor Day through April 1. Nebraska is nationally known for the thousands of ducks and geese that populate the area. Two of Nebraska's most popular waterfowl areas are the Rainwater Basins, which is a 17 county area in south central Nebraska, and the Platte River located in the central Nebraska region.
Nebraska ranks high in the country in the harvest of wild turkeys. Gobblers abound in the rugged Pine Ridge of northwest Nebraska and populate most of the state’s river valleys. Deer also are plentiful, and antelope, elk, and bighorn sheep roam the western regions.
Pheasants thrive in a band stretching from southwest Nebraska to the southeast, as well as in the northeast corner of the state. More than 800,000 acres of state and federal land are open to pheasant hunters. You also can stalk the birds on many farms and ranches after gaining permission from the landowner.
For more information on Nebraska’s hunting seasons, hunting guide or permit vendors, call the NE Games and Parks Commission, Kearney Office at 308-865-5310, or the Lincoln Office, 402-471-0641.
For information on Hunter Safety, contact the NE Game and Parks Commission Hunter Education Coordinator at 402-332-5487.
Explore local attractions, events, and plan your trip to the Grand Island area visit the Grand Island /Hall County Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.visitgrandisland.com.