Pheasant Hunt Date Changed

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The Nebraska pheasant hunting season opener had traditionally been the first Saturday of November -- that is until the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission changed it in 1998 to the last Saturday in October.

Five years later, it moved it back to the first Saturday in November. Thursday, commissioners meeting in Sidney changed the opener again to the final Saturday in October.

The date this year is October 29th.

Wildlife Division Administrator Jim Douglas told the commissioners he had a lot of public input supporting the October date. He says there would be no biological harm in the earlier date -- which would provide another week of opportunity for the estimated 70,000 upland game hunters in the state.

The commissioners also set opening dates for all other nonmigratory game, including October 15th for fall turkey and November 12th for firearm deer.

Posted: 1/21/05 8:56 a.m.