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Hunting in Nebraska: 13 Animals To Hunt in the Winter

By    |   Thursday, 04 June 2015 01:42 PM

Winter is the shortest of the four seasons, but if you’re hunting in Nebraska, there are many species legal to hunt in the cold winter months. Most of the species in the winter fall in the furbearer category, though other small game, big game and upland game seasons are part of the winter weeks as well.

Following are 13 animals to hunt legally and in season during the winter in Nebraska, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

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1. Bobcats
The state does not have a limit on the number of bobcats one may take, but NGPC rules state that bobcat season is only between the beginning of December and end of February. Oldaker Outfitting and other hunting companies host bobcat hunts in the state. The best method for bobcat hunting in the winter, says Oldaker, is with rabbit-in-distress calls.

2. Raccoons, Virginia Opossums, Long-Tailed Weasels, Mink, Red Fox, Gray Fox and Badger
All of these furbearers may be hunted and trapped between early November and the end of February. There are some details pertinent to specific species in this group, though. For instance, the NGPC extends raccoon and Virginia opossum hunting from early September through the end of October, as well, and hunters can run them (but cannot harvest) from March through August. Also, the red fox is legal for running but not harvesting from March through the end of October.

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3. Muskrat and Beaver
Hunters can trap muskrats and beavers – but not actively hunt – from November to March. The trapper’s manual from the NGPC said muskrats are among the easiest furbearers to trap and the simplest to pelt and handle.

4. Striped Skunks
Hunters have no restrictions on when they can hunt striped skunks in Nebraska, and they may be hunted or trapped.

5. Squirrels
The hunting season for squirrels is August through January, and they can be taken statewide. However, there is a bag limit of seven and a possession limit of 28, NGPC said.

6. Crows
Hunters may take crows from later January through early April. In addition to that season, there is a shorter one during the fall, and the NGPC allows for a crow public health hazard period from mid-November to mid-January.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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