WILDLIFE & PARKS DEPARTMENT
Our mission is to protect wildlife for past, present, and future generations of the Winnebago People through habitat enhancement and tribal code enforcement. To have a positive impact on the quality of life and health of Winnebago People through outdoor parks and trails.
Our vision is for every tribal member to have access to an abundant supply of natural resources.
Our goal is to provide convenient and superior outdoor recreational areas through to our Tribal membership while proving the value of WL&P to its supporters through proven efficiency and positive residual social and economic benefits to the community, the Tribe, and local businesses.
With a strong passion for preserving the quality of the environment and serving the Winnebago community, our main objectives will be to protect wildlife habitat and provide outdoor recreational areas. As a tribal program, WL&P recognizes the revenue generating opportunities in hunting, lodging, and recreation. The aforementioned reasons for demand create an opportunity for WL&P to increase its accommodations to bring in those funds that are already being spent in other areas:
- Buffalo Meat sales; Hunting Seasons; Animal Control; Woodcutting; Conservation
Hunting & Fishing Regulations
The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is proud of its outstanding Wildlife & Parks Program and invites you to enjoy and hunt our Reservation. Each year we issue a limited number of permits based on the scientific findings of our biological staff. Although you may not be familiar with our Reservation, we believe that you will want to return, as many other hunters have in the past years, to pursue our trophy white-tailed deer, turkey, and pheasants. Good luck and have a safe, enjoyable hunt on our Reservation.
The following general regulations merely summarize certain sections of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska’s Wildlife & Parks Code; sportsmen are legally bound by this code and must refer to it should any questions arise.
It is Unlawful to:
- Hunt, fish, or trap on any Tribal land within the exterior boundaries of the Winnebago Reservation without first obtaining a Tribal Hunting or Fishing permit.
- Chase, run, harass, shoot, shoot at, or attempt to take any deer/turkey with a motor vehicle of any kind while it is stopped or in motion. No firearm or bow shall be allowed to protrude from a vehicle
- Intentionally interfere with persons lawfully engaged in taking or attempting to take a game or fish. No person shall scare or disturb the game with the specific intent to prevent lawful taking.
- Possess a firearm in the field while hunting with a bow and arrow during a season restricted to archery.
- Hunt, load, or discharge a firearm or bow of any type from or across a roadway.
- Transport a firearm with a round in the chamber, revolvers with rounds in the cylinder, or a shotgun with shells in the magazine.
- Hunt big game by methods other than with a firearm or bow and arrow.
- Sell or barter big game, except for the head, hide, feather or antlers.
- Sell or barter dried antlers that have been naturally shed by big game animals. These shall be considered property of the Fish & Wildlife Commission. Permits may be issued for the gathering of naturally shed antlers, provided that the shed antlers are found to be reported to the Commission for census purposes.
- Want only to waste or destroy any animal?
- If under age sixteen (16), carry a gun and hunt unless having successfully completed a hunter's safety course or be accompanied by one 91) adult for each child carrying a gun.
- Be intoxicated while hunting, fishing, or trapping.
- Hunt any game animals, except raccoons, from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise.
- Hunt any game or wildlife with the aid or use of artificial light, except raccoons which may be hunted with artificial light only when the hunter is not in or on a motorized vehicle.
Section 8-166 Fish & Wildlife Code states that only members of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska shall be eligible and authorized to engage in or conduct, either directly or indirectly, hunting and fishing guides or guide-related activity on the Winnebago Reservation.
No person shall guide or provide fee-guiding services for the purposes of harvesting or attempting to harvest any fish or wildlife on any lands within the exterior boundaries of the Winnebago Reservation without possessing a valid license or permit approved and issued by the Wildlife & Parks Commission.
Report a Poacher
The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska has implemented a program to help deter poachers from our reservation. The Wildlife & Parks Commission has agreed to give a reward of up to $300 to anyone who has information leading to the arrest and conviction of a poacher. If you have any information, please contact the Wildlife & Parks Department. Please note that the use of any type of ATV while hunting is strictly prohibited.