posted on November 01, 2004 00:00
Article Posted: 11/01/2004 8:41:37 AM
Nebraska's Pheasant, Quail, Partridge Seasons Open November 6
Lincoln, Neb. -- Nebraska’s pheasant, quail and partridge seasons open one-half hour before sunrise Saturday morning, November 6, and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission urges each of the more than 100,000 hunters expected to be in the field that day to hunt safely.
The pheasant, quail and partridge seasons will be November 6 - January 31, 2005. The bag and possession limits for pheasants and partridge are three per day, 12 in possession; and for quail it’s six per day and 24 in possession.
Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
Scott Taylor, the Commission’s upland game specialist, says “We generally expect good pheasant hunting conditions in eastern and southwestern Nebraska, where pheasant numbers should meet or exceed 2003 levels.”
Taylor said this year’s brood counts were unchanged from last year, but the July rural mail carrier counts improved 28 percent from last year and were at their highest level since 1995.
“Regionally, the northeast had the highest average counts in the state and showed healthy gains in both surveys. The southwest and southeast were the next highest regions, with pheasant abundance generally similar to last year,” Taylor said. Other areas of the state listed in order of pheasant abundance according to the surveys were central, panhandle and sandhills.
The results of quail spring whistle count surveys were similar to last year, but the July rural mail carrier surveys improved 21 percent, the highest since 1996. Taylor said southeast Nebraska, along with the eastern Platte and Republican River drainages, remain the general areas with the highest quail densities.
Nebraska Hunter Education Coordinator Mike Streeter urges hunters to hunt safely and offers some safety rules for them to follow:
Blaze orange -- though it is not required by law for upland bird hunters, hunters are encouraged to wear a blaze orange hat and vest in the field so they can be easily seen by other hunters.
Tell someone where you’ll be hunting – be sure someone knows where you will be in case you are injured and can’t make it back to your car.
Plan your hunt – talk with your hunting partners before entering a field, plan how you will hunt the area, and stick to the plan. Always know where each member of your hunting party is and where they will be. That’s a sure way to avoid hunting accidents.
Be aware of where you are shooting – always be sure of your target and what is behind the target before you shoot.
Always follow game laws and hunt legally.
Have necessary licenses – be sure you have a 2004 Nebraska hunting license and 2004 Nebraska Habitat Stamp on your person when hunting upland game birds.
Get permission – always obtain landowner permission before hunting private property whether it is posted or not.
No loaded shotguns in the vehicle – this is a common violation that can cost someone their life.
No road hunting – that means no hunting from property line to property line, and it is also illegal to shoot from the ditches on both sides of the road.
Transporting pheasants – a pheasant must have the head or one leg attached to its body during transport so it can be easily identified.
Know game laws – know the laws pertaining to hunting the game you are after and follow them to the letter. Free copies of the 2004 Nebraska Hunt Guide and Guide to Public Hunting Lands and the 2004 Nebraska CRP Map Lands are available from Game and Parks Commission offices and from some 900 permit agents across the state.
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