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Hunting in Nebraska: 4 Animals To Hunt Year-Round

By    |   Thursday, 04 Jun 2015 01:55 PM

Hunting in Nebraska’s wide-open spaces with a relative lack of urban development gives hunters a massive amount of land to traverse. Some species may be hunted year-round. These animals, while not the most popular ones to hunt, give hunters a chance to get outdoors and have some fun no matter what time of year.

Here are four animals that are legal to hunt year-round in Nebraska.

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1. Coyotes
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission does not group coyotes under the “game” category, and that means hunters are free to hunt them year-round. According to the National Predator Hunters Association, Nebraska residents do not need a permit to hunt coyotes, and nonresidents need a nonresident permit. The only other condition is that spotlights may not be attached to vehicles or conveyances when hunting coyotes at night.

The Sandhills region in western Nebraska is the best area of the state to hunt coyotes, according to the Nebraska Outdoor Experience outfitting company.

2. Striped Skunk
Hunters are permitted to hunt and trap striped skunks at all times of the year in Nebraska, according to the “Nebraska Furbearer Guide” produced by the NGPC. In addition to the lack of blackout dates, hunters may take as many striped skunks as they please, as there is no limit.

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3. European Starling
The European starling is an invasive species, according to the Nebraska Invasive Species Project, and is considered a pest because it causes problems at livestock facilities. The bird eats the high-protein supplements in livestock rations and also carries the fungal respiratory disease histoplasmosis. The NGPC lists the European starling as unprotected.

4. Common Pigeons
Common pigeons also are considered unprotected in the state. According to NISP, they are an invasive species, and the United States Air Force considers them a threat to human safety because they can collide with aircraft. They are found throughout Nebraska, their droppings spread disease in urban and rural areas, plus they are “very dependent on humans to provide them with food and sites for roosting, loafing, and nesting,” the organization said.

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

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