Big Game Hunting

Big Game Hunting in Nebraska

Whether you are comfortable with a bow and arrow, muzzleloader or a modern firearm, Western Nebraska has the available public land and species for just about any hunting enthusiast.

Deer, turkey, antelope and elk each have their own seasons and are abundant. There is even a very limited bighorn sheep season. One of the most appealing aspects of hunting in Western Nebraska is the available public land on which to hunt. By far, the majority of the 800,000-plus acres of federal and state public lands in Nebraska are located in Western Nebraska. Over 100,000 acres of national forest and grasslands are open to hunting.

The Nebraska National Forest’s Bessey Ranger District at Halsey, the Pine Ridge Ranger District at Chadron and the Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest south of Valentine provide great venues and access. Additionally, the Oglala National Grasslands in the northwest corner of the state are available to hunters. The National Wildlife refuges in Western Nebraska are another source of public land, including Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge and Valentine National Wildlife Refuge near Valentine and the Crescent Lake Wildlife Refuge near Oshkosh.

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission lands, including some state parks, wildlife management areas and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) program, provide additional access to big game hunting. On some of these lands a state park permit is needed, along with all hunting permits, stamps and licenses.

Hunting on private land or with an outfitter is another option. We recommend you visit if you are interested in hunting on private land, or visit with the chamber of commerce in the area you wish to hunt.

For more information on Nebraska hunting and fishing, contact the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission – Click Here.