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Nebraska - 2015-16 Season

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Season/ZoneDates/UnitsNotes
Early TealLow Plains: Sep 5 - Sep 20
High Plains: Sep 12 - Sep 20
For detailed zone maps, please refer to the Nebraska Waterfowl Guide
Duck & Coot
Zone 1
Oct 10 - Dec 22
Youth: Oct 3-4
All youth seasons apply to the entire zone, both high and low plains. Youth may hunt ducks, coots, mergansers and geese. Hunters age 11 or younger must be accompanied by a licensed non-hunting adult age 19+. Hunters age 12-15 are required to carry a Hunter Education certification card or Apprentice Hunter Education Certificate while hunting and must be accompanied by an adult age 18+.
Duck & Coot
Zone 2 (Low Plains)
Oct 3 - Dec 15
Youth: Sep 26-27
Duck & Coot
Zone 2 (High Plains)
Oct 3 - Dec 15
Jan 6 - Jan 27
Duck & Coot
Zone 3 (Low Plains)
Oct 24 - Jan 5
Youth: Oct 17-18
Duck & Coot
Zone 3 (High Plains)
Oct 24 - Jan 5
Jan 6 - Jan 27
Duck & Coot
Zone 4
Oct 3 - Dec 15
Youth: Sep 26-27
Dark GooseEast: Oct 28 - Feb 9
N. Central: Oct 3 - Jan 15
Niobrara: Oct 28 - Feb 9
Platte River: Oct 28 - Feb 9
Panhandle: Oct 28 - Feb 9
Canada, Brant, and all other goose species except white-fronted and light geese may be taken.
White-fronted GooseOct 3 - Dec 4
Jan 30 - Feb 9
Light GooseOct 3 - Dec 28
Jan 23 - Feb 9
White and blue-phase snow geese and Ross's geese may be taken.
Light Goose Conservation OrderRainwater Basin: Feb 10 - Apr 5
East: Feb 10 - Apr 15
West: Feb 10 - Apr 15
Unplugged shotguns and electronic calls are permitted.

Additional Information

Bag LimitSpecies/SeasonDaily Limit
Possession limit: 3 times daily bag limit
Ducks6, including no more than:
  • 5 mallards (max. 2 female)
  • 3 wood ducks
  • 2 redheads
  • 2 pintails
  • 2 canvasbacks
  • 3 scaup
Coots15
Mergansers5, including no more than 2 hooded mergansers
Dark Geese5
White-fronted Geese3
Light Geese50, no possession limit
Light Goose Conservation OrderNo bag or possession limits
Hunting TimesSeasonTimes
Light Goose Conservation Order1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset
All others1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset
Arms & AmmoTypeDetails
Shotgun10 gauge or smaller, incapable of holding more than three shells
ShotMust be non-toxic
ArcheryCrossbows prohibited