Nebraska Hunting License
How Do I Get My State Hunter and Bowhunter License?
Depending on your age, you may be required to have the Hunter and Bowhunter Education Certificate in order to legally buy a license or permit to hunt.
- Complete the Nebraska hunter education certification requirements.
- Choose the correct permit type.
- Buy the permit through the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission website or a Nebraska–approved vendor.
Types of Nebraska Hunting Permits
A resident is a person who has lived in Nebraska for at least 30 days. Active-duty military members and non-resident students who live in Nebraska and attend a school in Nebraska for at least 30 days are considered residents.
All Nebraska residents age 16 or older must have a resident hunting permit and must purchase the Habitat Stamp. Additional permits may be required.
All non-residents must have a non-resident hunting permit and must purchase the Habitat Stamp. Additional permits may be required. Visit the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission website for more details.
Youth Hunting Permit
Nebraska residents age 15 or under are not required to have a permit. Non-residents age 15 or under are required to have the Youth Hunt Permit and the Habitat Stamp.
Senior Hunting Permit
Nebraska residents age 69 or older are eligible for the reduced-fee Senior Annual Small Game Hunt/Fish Permit. This includes the Nebraska Habitat Stamp and Waterfowl Stamp.
Nebraska does not offer a hunting license specifically for people with disabilities except for disabled veterans.
Military and Veteran Permit
Active-duty military members who are stationed in Nebraska for at least 30 days may purchase a resident hunting permit. In addition, active-duty military members who are Nebraska residents but stationed elsewhere may purchase a resident hunting permit.
Nebraska residents who are or have been deployed out of the state may be eligible for a one-time reduced-fee combination hunt/fish permit. The deployment must be within the past 12 months.
Resident veterans age 64 or older may purchase a reduced-fee combination hunt/fish permit. This includes the Nebraska Habitat Stamp and Waterfowl Stamp. In addition, resident veterans with a disability may be eligible for the free Disabled Veteran’s Lifetime Annual Small Game Hunting/Fishing Permit. They must have 50% or more service-related disability or 100% non-service-related disability.
Migratory Waterfowl Requirements
All hunters age 16 or older must purchase the Nebraska Waterfowl Stamp and the Federal Duck Stamp when hunting migratory waterfowl. In addition, hunters are required to have proof of their participation in the Harvest Information Program (HIP).
Permit and Stamp Expiration
Permits and stamps are good for the calendar year. Nebraska residents and non-residents are able to purchase a lifetime hunting permit and stamp.
Where to Buy a Nebraska Hunting Permit
- Visit the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission website.
- Visit a Nebraska Game & Parks Commission office or an approved permit vendor.
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