North Platte National Wildlife Refuge
Mountain-Prairie Region

Hunting

General Regulations

  • During the hunting season, the Lake Alice Unit is open to archery deer hunting and a youth-only hunt for squirrel, rabbit, pheasant, coyote, raccoon, opossum, long-tailed weasel, mink, fox, badger, and striped skunk. No other species may be taken. All other Refuge units are closed to hunting.

  • Federal and State hunting regulations apply.

  • Although the Refuge is closed to public use from sunset to sunrise, archery deer hunters can enter the Lake Alice Unit one hour prior to sunrise and remain on the Unit until one hour after sunset. Youth hunters and their guides can also enter the Lake Alice Unit one hour prior to sunrise.

  • The entire Lake Alice Unit is closed to all public entry from October 15 through January 14 to provide undisturbed habitat during peak waterfowl and eagle use.

  • When nesting bald eagles are active on the Lake Alice Unit, an area of the Unit stays closed to all public entry to adequately provide for the needs of this protected species. The Temporary Eagle Closure Area will be marked with signs similar to that shown on the map. If an area is not signed, you can hunt the entire unit.

  • To protect wildlife habitat, vehicles must stay on designated roads only. Designated "Service" roads are closed to public vehicle use. Parking is available at the Refuge entrance and near the northeast corner of the lake.

  • Hunting dogs are allowed on the Refuge only during the youth-only hunt. Otherwise, all pets must be confined to vehicles.

  • Possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.

  • All firearms, including bow and arrow, must be unloaded and cased or dismantled while being transported by vehicle.

  • Target shooting is prohibited.

Youth-Only Hunting

  • Hunters must be 15 years of age or younger. Resident youth hunters do not need a license, but those ages 12 to 15 are required to carry a hunter education certification card while hunting. Non-resident youths are required to have a current Nebraska hunting permit and habitat stamp. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed hunter 19 years old or older. Adults accompanying youth hunters are not allowed to hunt or to carry firearms. The accompanying adult is responsible for ensuring that the youth hunter does not violate Federal or State regulations. The youth-only hunt takes only squirrel, rabbit, pheasant, coyote, raccoon, opossum, long-tailed weasel, mink, fox, badger, and striped skunk. No other species may be taken.

  • Shotgun hunters must use non-toxic shot.

Archery Deer Hunting at Lake Alice

  • Archery deer hunting is open to hunters of all ages as per State hunting regulations. Archery deer hunters can use portable tree stands and hunting blinds. They may be installed no more than seven (7) days prior to the season and must be removed no later than October 14. Tree stands may not injure the trees. Screw-in steps, bolts, nails, wire, or other objects that penetrate the bark of the tree cannot be used.
Last updated: March 21, 2011