Youth Waterfowl Hunting Opens This Weekend, Take ’Em Hunting Challenge Continues

LINCOLN – Close out the month of September and gear up for a month full of October opportunities for youth hunters this fall.

According to a release from the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, youth waterfowl hunting begins Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 in zones 2 and 4.

Other waterfowl youth hunting chances will be October 4-5 for zone 1 and October 19-20 for zone 3. Duck hunting zones for youth waterfowl are the same as the regular duck season.

The youth waterfowl season is for hunters age 15 and younger as no permit is required for resident youth. Youth hunters age 11 or younger must be accompanied by a licensed hunter age 19 or older and the accompanying adult may not hunt waterfowl. Youth age 12-15 must carry a Hunter Education certification card or Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate while hunting and must be accompanied by a person at least 18 years of age. The adult does not need to be a licensed hunter.

The youth pheasant, quail and partridge season is October 19-20. This gives youth the chance to go afield the weekend before the regular pheasant opener and bag birds. The youth pheasant season is for hunters age 15 and younger. No permit is required for resident youth as hunting restrictions vary for accompanying adults.

For more information on both youth seasons, read the 2019-2020 Small Game and Waterfowl Guide at


The Take ’Em Hunting Challenge is ideal for adult hunters. They are encouraged to take a pledge to introduce someone new to hunting during the 2019-2020 hunting seasons. Those who take someone new hunting can upload a photo of their hunting trip to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s website and be registered to win prizes.

The Take ‘Em Hunting Challenge runs through May 31, 2020. For more information or to take the pledge, visit