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The Nebraska GPC issues the following types of permits:

  • Hunt
  • Antelope
  • Deer
  • Elk
  • Mountain (Bighorn) Sheep
  • Turkey
  • Fur Harvest

The type of permit you need depends on the game you plan to hunt or trap.

  • A Hunt Permit is required to hunt non-migratory upland game, migratory upland game birds, or waterfowl.
  • An Antelope Permit, Deer Permit, Elk Permit, Mountain (Bighorn) Sheep Permit, or Turkey Permit is required to hunt antelope, deer, elk, mountain (bighorn) sheep, or turkey, respectively.
  • A Fur Harvest Permit is required to:
    • Trap beaver or muskrat or …
    • Trap or hunt badger, bobcat, fox (gray or red), long-tailed weasel, mink, raccoon, striped skunk, or Virginia opossum.

When purchasing a Hunt Permit, Nebraska residents may choose an annual permit, a lifetime permit, or combination hunt/fish annual or lifetime permit.

  • The lifetime Hunt Permit:
    • Does not cover hunting antelope, deer, elk, mountain (bighorn) sheep, and turkey. Separate permits are required for hunting these animals.
    • Does not include habitat and waterfowl stamps.
  • A reduced-fee Hunt Permit that includes Nebraska habitat and waterfowl stamps is available for:
    • Nebraska residents 69 years of age or older
    • Qualifying veterans 64 years of age or older

When purchasing a Fur Harvest Permit, Nebraska residents may choose an annual or a lifetime permit.

Additional Information for Big Game Permits

Permits for antelope, deer, elk, and mountain (bighorn) sheep are issued for use during a specific season, with specific hunting equipment, and in a specific area. Permits cannot be transferred, and permit fees are non-refundable.

Most big game permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. However, due to increased demand for some species in some areas, some permits are issued through drawings. These include all elk permits, all mountain (bighorn) sheep permits, some antelope permits, and deer permits in some areas. Since this information may change annually based on demand, refer to the Nebraska Big Game Guide.