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2022-23 Thatch Access Guide Now Available | Recreation

ByKeith M. Jones

Oct 18, 2022

Wheat and milo stubble left tall after harvest provide excellent cover and hunting opportunities for pheasants and other wildlife. The 2022-23 Thatch Access Guide displays these habitats and other adjacent habitats open to public, walk-in hunting in parts of western Nebraska.

Through the Open Fields and Waters program, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission works with landowners to increase public access to hunting, trapping and/or fishing on private land.

Fields of high wheat and milo stubble are registered in open fields and waters after harvest each year to ensure quality coverage. Therefore, most of these areas cannot be included in the printed Public Access Atlas.

The Stubble Access Guide highlights an additional 28,000 acres of upland habitat open to public access in western Nebraska. It displays these newly listed parcels, as well as other publicly available land. Many stubble fields include uncultivable pockets containing dense cover that are often underutilized by hunters.

The Stubble Access Guide is available where hunting licenses are sold in parts of western Nebraska. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org/PublicAccessAtlas to view the guide online, as well as public-access digital versions of the Atlas, such as the Interactive Atlas Map or the offline mobile-friendly Atlas.

These builds also display high stubble sites and are updated throughout the hunting season.