During recent hunting seasons
in Nebraska, many violations have been reported in the Waterfowl Production Areas covering the Rainwater Basin region of south central Nebraska.
Hunting in these areas
is allowed according to current State of Nebraska regulations.
Some special regulations that hunters must follow include: waterfowl hunters must possess a Nebraska Hunt Permit, Nebraska Habitat Stamp, Nebraska Waterfowl Stamp, HIP registration number, and a Federal Duck Stamp.
As a hunter it is your responsibility to know the regulations. Waterfowl hunters are not allowed to fit more than three shells in their gun. If you forget your plug don't be afraid to use a stick or other object that can serve the same purpose.
Lastly, it is important to know what you're shooting. Waterfowl hunters are only allowed to take a certain number of each species and shooting ducks before identifying them is unacceptable and often results in illegal ducks. When hunting in groups, it's important to keep track of your birds because each hunter is only allowed to harvest their limit.
Non-toxic shot is required for upland game and waterfowl hunting on WPAs. Unlike waterfowl hunters, upland game hunters can use lead shot on private lands.
If hunting on a federal WPA take the time and
go through your hunting vest to look for and remove any lead shot that may have
mistakenly been left in a pocket.
If you observe a violation of these regulations, or any other violations of federal, state, or local laws or regulations, please report them immediately.
Call the Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers Hotline at 1-800-742-7627 or your local County Sheriff by calling 911. Information such as a legal description, violation observed, and identifying information such as a license plate will be helpful in contacting the suspect. Do not jeopardize your safety in any way to obtain this information.
For more information about the Rainwater Basin WMD including additional hunting regulations, management activities, current water conditions, and maps you can call (308) 263-3000, visit our website at http://www.fws.gov/rainwater/ or stop by our office located on Funk WPA, 73746 V Rd., Funk, NE. Our office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00-4:30.