Public Land: Hunting and Fishing in Nebraska

With just 750,000 acres of publicly-owned land, Nebraska ranks low on the access scale. But it does boast a fairly robust private lands access program that opens a substantial amount of private lands.

Open Fields and Waters
• Program that opens private lands to public hunting access
• Areas available across the state
• Merges the former CRP-MAP program with state-run program to open private lands to hunter access

Samuel McKelvie National Forest
• 116,079 acres
• Excellent deer and turkey hunting
• Noted for pheasant hunting

Valentine National Wildlife Refuge
• 71,772 acres
• Good waterfowl hunting
• Fishing available in numerous lakes and streams

Niobrara National Scenic River
• 76 miles of river
• Ample access along route for boats, canoes, kayaks
• Excellent fishing and whitewater opportunities

Nebraska National Forest
• 141,000 acres
• Good deer and turkey hunting
• ATV trails

Find more public land access opportunities with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Hunt Planner.

Photo: Pine Forest in Nebraska National Forest

Photo credit: flickr