Youth hunting sites advised by the Passing Along the Heritage program can be reserved now in advance of upcoming hunting seasons this fall.
PATH is an online reservation-based program that provides Nebraska youth and their mentors with access to hunt on select private and public lands. Only youth under the age of 18 may hunt on PATH lands.
“Through the PATH program, mentors are able to reserve a site for the day so they can provide a safe, high-quality hunting experience for youth,” said John Laux, upland hunting program manager for the Commission of Nebraska Parks and Game.
Lake Wanahoo, in Saunders County, has seven sites totaling 1,067 acres available for guided youth hunting. In Buffalo, Cass, Cherry and Lancaster counties, there are nearly 750 additional acres of PATH land available at five sites. Some sites are open to all forms of hunting and other sites have specific instructions or rules identified in their descriptions.
To view PATH site locations and check availability, mentors should visit OutdoorNebraska.org/PATH and create a profile. When a site is reserved, a permission slip is generated, which must be carried by the mentor when accessing the property. Each mentor is allowed up to five PATH site reservations during the 2022-2023 hunting seasons.
The program is made possible through a partnership between Game and Parks and its partners, including the Lower Platte North Natural Resources District, the National Audubon Society and private property owners.