Special Access Permit Areas for Hunting

Desoto National Wildlife Refuge

  • Access Requirement: Mandatory access permit for designated hunting areas.
  • Contact: Peter Rea (712-388-4803, peter_rea@fws.gov) or visit fws.gov/refuge/desoto.
  • Antlerless Seasons: Dec. 15 – 18, 2023 (muzzleloader only). Scout day on the Saturday prior to the hunt weekend.
  • Archery Season: Oct. 1, 2023 – Jan. 10, 2024. Contact the refuge for special regulations.

Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge

  • Access Requirement: Mandatory access permit for designated hunting areas.
  • Contact: Peter Rea (712-388-4803, peter_rea@fws.gov) or visit fws.gov/refuge/boyer-chute.
  • Antlerless Season: Dec. 9 – 17, 2023 (muzzleloader only, antlerless hunt).
  • Archery Season: Sept. 1, 2023 – Jan. 15, 2024. Antlerless only in January.

Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge

  • Access Requirement: Possible requirement for an access permit.
  • Seasons: Open to various permits with specific restrictions. Contact for season dates, weapons, and bag limits.
  • How to Apply: Contact at 402-376-3789 or visit fws.gov/refuge/fort-niobrara.

Gifford Point WMA

  • Access Requirement: Permit required, limited to 200 permits.
  • Seasons: Sept. 1, 2023 – Jan. 15, 2024. Specific regulations apply.
  • How to Apply: Contact Nebraska Game and Parks in Lincoln (402-471-5431) or Omaha (402-595-2144) or download from OutdoorNebraska.gov. Application period: Aug. 1 – 15, 2023.

Fort Robinson State Park

  • Access Requirement: Permit required.
  • Seasons: Open to all open seasons except firearm antelope.
  • How to Apply: Contact at 308-665-2900 or stop by the park office.

Antlerless Only Deer State Park Hunts

  • Archery Seasons: Specific dates throughout late 2023 and early 2024 for antlerless harvest.
  • Muzzleloader Seasons: Jan. 1 – 4, 2024; Jan. 8 – 11, 2024.
  • How to Apply: Contact Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Schramm Education Center, Platte River SP, or the Southeast District office. Application period: Oct. 1 – 31, 2023.

Other State Park Hunts

  • Details: Contact individual park offices for big game hunting opportunities, including specific season dates and regulations.

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