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DEER DOWN: Katie Kreis, a diehard huntress, enjoys the sport of bow hunting. “I got started hunting with a rifle when my dad would take me. I later discovered I loved bow hunting so much more! My favorite part is going out and finding the one that I want. I usually set cameras or go out and scout a lot. I also get to spend a lot of time with my family when they come and visit for hunting season" shared Katie (left) who is pictured with Ashly Bown, a family friend who Katie is introducing to the sport.
DEER DOWN: Katie Kreis, a diehard huntress, enjoys the sport of bow hunting. “I got started hunting with a rifle when my dad would take me. I later discovered I loved bow hunting so much more! My favorite part is going out and finding the one that I want. I usually set cameras or go out and scout a lot. I also get to spend a lot of time with my family when they come and visit for hunting season" shared Katie (left) who is pictured with Ashly Bown, a family friend who Katie is introducing to the sport.

September 26 recognized National Hunting and Fishing Day, and though fishing season is coming to an end, hunting season is just kicking off for all the avid outdoorsmen of the world. The Nebraska Game and Parks encourages safety among hunters and reminds adventurists to be cautious of possible accidents.

A few items to keep in mind when planning hunting trips include:

– If hunting from a tree stand, always check for safety. Examine welds, nuts and bolts to make sure they are secure

– Never hang a tree stand alone.

– Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.

– Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

– Never shoot at sky-lined game, towards water, a roadway, feedlot, house, sounds or anything making movement in the brush.

– Keep your finger out of the trigger guard and away form the trigger until you are ready to shoot.

– Control the muzzle, ensuring that a firearm never points in an unsafe direction.

Below, a list of season start dates are listed. For further safety information and in depth detail of opening days, please visit OutdoorNebraska.gov/huntingseasons.

2020 Fall Hunting Seasons in Nebraska:

Pheasant, quail, partridge: Oct. 31 – Jan. 31, 2021

Grouse: Sept. 1 – Jan. 31, 2021

Fall turkey: Sept. 15 – Jan. 31, 2021

Dove: Sept. 1 – Oct. 30

Deer, archery: Sept. 1 – Dec. 31

Deer, firearm: Nov. 14-22

Deer, muzzleloader: Dec. 1-31