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with a possession limit of three times the daily bag.  In the CF, a "bonus teal" bag will allow two additional blue-winged teal in the daily bag for the first nine days of the season, Sept. 30 – Oct. 8.
The application deadline for a swan permit for both the CF and PF is Aug. 31.  Check the regulations for application details.
Special Youth Waterfowl Hunt
Youth 10 to 15 years old may participate in a special statewide two-day early hunt for waterfowl September 23-24.  This is a great time to get the kids out, when they're the only ones who can shoot, as well as giving your retriever a tune-up prior to the regular season. Consult the regulations for details.    
Waterfowl Outlook
Record or near-record duck numbers the last two years meant that a lot of ducks returned to breed this spring.  Some major duck production areas in Saskatchewan and Alberta had extremely wet weather last fall, and that water carried over into the 2017 nesting season.  There will be a lot of ducks produced in Prairie Canada.  The Dakotas and Montana will be a mixed bag as far as duck production, with good production in some areas.  Parts of the Dakotas and eastern Montana turned dry this spring, and duck production from these areas are expected to be only fair.  Canada goose numbers remain high in Montana and surrounding areas.
For on-line information on the spring duck survey, you can visit  Reports from the various pilot biologists are there now, and this site will have the Waterfowl Status Report giving the overall duck estimates and estimates by species by about Aug. 10.  These survey results are anticipated by duck hunters and will be used in setting regulations for next year.
Incentives available for landowners to improve pheasant habitat, hunting access
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is urging Panhandle landowners to enroll in programs to improve habitat for upland game birds and other wildlife while providing public hunting access. The programs are key components of the Commission's Berggren Plan, a five-year initiative for improving pheasant hunting in Nebraska.
"These programs not only provide incredible conservation benefits, but also help families get into the field to enjoy the state's hunting heritage," said Matt Steffl, the Commission's northwest district wildlife manager for private lands. "As a bonus, the programs provide extra income for producers and landowner liability has been addressed by the Nebraska Recreation Liability Act."
The Commission is especially targeting landowners within specified pheasant management areas, the eight sections throughout the state identified with best conditions and potential for the popular game birds. In the Panhandle, those areas exist in all of Box Butte, Cheyenne and Deuel counties, and parts of Dawes, Garden and Sheridan counties.
The incentives are helping increase acreage in Open Fields and Waters, the Commission's flagship program for opening private lands to hunters and anglers. With that program, the properties are listed in the Commission's annual Public Access Atlas and landowners receive an annual payment based on the quality of habitat and value to hunters.
Following are some of the programs available to Panhandle landowners. The funds are limited, so landowners are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.
Tall Wheat Stubble – Wheat producers may receive $3 per acre for providing access for the coming pheasant season and leaving stubble at least 14 inches high from harvest through Jan. 31. They also may receive an additional 50 cents per acre for leaving stubble for adjacent crops at that height.
Conservation Reserve Program Acres – Landowners in the specified pheasant management areas are eligible for up to $10 per acre for providing hunting access, depending on existing habitat conditions.
Habitat Incentive Program – This program provides payment for landowners seeking to manage acres under contract or establishing cover for new CRP contracts. It is in addition to a 50 percent cost-share provided by the USDA's Farm Service Agency. By working with Commission biologists to develop a habitat plan, landowners may receive up to $40 per acre. Landowners enrolled in this program also will receive an annual per-acre payment for providing hunting access for five years.
More information about these programs and others is available on the Commission's website, and
Survey indicates higher pheasant, cottontail, turkey numbers
Pheasant, cottontail and wild turkey population measurements indicated higher numbers in Nebraska in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to the April Rural Mail Carrier Survey.
If spring and early summer weather is moderate, production of young should be good this year, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
The population measurements indicated an increase in pheasant numbers that was highest in the Southwest region. The increase in wild turkey numbers was highest in Panhandle and Southeast regions. The Central and Southeast regions saw the greatest increase in cottontail numbers. The Republican region had the greatest increase for quail; however, statewide population measurements were slightly lower than in 2016.
The survey was conducted April 3-6 as 424 rural mail carriers observed species while traveling 176,863 miles of rural roads in 87 of Nebraska's 93 counties.
This annual survey provides a snapshot of wildlife populations entering the breeding season. Additional surveys throughout the summer will give more insight into conditions experienced by hunters this coming fall. To view the full survey, visit
North Dakota
Spring Breeding Duck Numbers Tallied
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department's 70th annual spring breeding duck survey conducted in May showed an index of 2.95 million birds, down 15 percent from last year. 
Migratory game bird supervisor Mike Szymanski said even though the index is below 3 million for the first time since 1994, it still stands 23 percent above the long-term average (1948-2016) and is the 24th highest on record.
"Fortunately, we still have a lot of ducks," Szymanski said.
Survey results indicate canvasbacks (up 23 percent), pintails (up 5 percent) and redheads (up 2 percent) increased from their 2016 estimates, while shovelers were unchanged. Mallards were fairly stable (down 5 percent), while ruddy ducks showed the largest decrease (down 36 percent). All other ducks were 16-28 percent below last year's numbers. However, most species, with the exception of pintails, blue-winged teal and ruddy ducks, were well-above the 69-year average.
The number of temporary and seasonal wetlands was higher than last year, as figures show the spring water index is up 78 percent. However, Szymanski said that is misleading.
"Last year's water index was very low during our survey, and was followed by a lot of rain in late spring," he added. "When you combine that with winter snow melt, the temporary and seasonal wetlands had water during the survey, but were struggling to hang on. It's been quite dry since we did the survey, and once again those wetlands are dry."
Szymanski said because of habitat concerns, it looks like there might be a struggle to produce ducks, with the exception of the northeast portion of the state and to a lesser degree the northern tier.
"We've lost a lot of nesting cover since 2007, and now we are going into summer without much water," he said. "I just don't think the ducks will have very good production in a lot of areas."


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