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2011 Nebraska Light Goose Conservation Order

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2011 Nebraska Light Goose Conservation Order

Season Dates
Zone 1: Feb. 6 – April 15, 2012
Zone 2: Feb. 6 – April 1, 2012
Zone 3: Feb. 6 – April 15, 2012

Daily Bag and Possession Limit: None

Equipment Restrictions: The use of unplugged shotguns and electronic calls IS
ALLOWED while hunting light geese during the conservation order.

During the Light Goose Conservation Order, hunting will be allowed statewide with the
exception of several state wildlife management areas and federal waterfowl production
areas in the Rainwater Basin region of central Nebraska. Hunting will be limited to four
days per week (Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday) in the region.

Open Area:
Light Goose Zones 1, 2 and 3

Legal Methods of Take:
Shotgun (10 gauge or smaller. Unplugged shotguns and electronic calls are allowed.)
Bow and Arrow

Shooting Hours:
30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset

Requirements:

Resident: Nonresident:
Hunt Permit Hunt Permit
Habitat Stamp Habitat Stamp
Hunter Education Hunter Education
Nebraska Waterfowl Stamp Nebraska Waterfowl Stamp
Federal Migratory Bird Stamp Federal Migratory Bird Stamp
HIP Registration HIP Registration

Zone Restrictions:
White and blue-phase snow geese and Ross’ geese may be taken statewide during the
conservation action, but different regulations apply in each zone. In Zones 1 and 2,
hunting will be allowed four days a week (Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday).
Beginning March 24, hunting will be allowed seven days a week.

Zone 1
It is illegal:

  • to hunt within a half-mile of the outer channel of the Platte River between U.S. Highway 281 and Nebraska Highway 14.
  • to hunt on federal or state sanctuaries and refuges, unless authorized, and on the following lands owned or managed by Game and Parks or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Zone 1 Closed Areas:

Massie WPA Hultine WPA
Springer WPA Wilkins WPA
Bluebill WPA Verona WPA
Pintail WMA Eckhardt WPA
Nelson WPA Kirkpatrick Basin North WMA
Swan Creek WMA

Zone 2
It is illegal:

  • to hunt light geese within a half-mile of the outer channel of the Platte River between Feb. 6 and March 10. The no-hunting zone expands to 3 miles between March 11 and April 1 to provide protection for endangered whooping cranes.
  • to hunt on federal or state sanctuaries and refuges, unless authorized, and on the following lands owned or managed by Game and Parks or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Zone 2 Closed Areas:

Funk WPA Prairie Dog WPA
Bluestem WPA Lindau WPA
Clark WPA

Zone 3 (the conservation order will be open seven days a week)
It is illegal:

  • to hunt light geese within 3 miles of the outside channel of the Platte River between U.S. Highway 283 and U.S. Highway 281 between March 11 and April 15.
  • to hunt light geese on federal or state sanctuaries and refuges unless otherwise authorized.
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