Duck Slam to Challenge Hunters Four Years Running

Duck Slam to Challenge Hunters Four Years Running
Kyle Charron, 35, of Broken Bow, poses with his four-duck harvest; he was the first to harvest the four species required to participate in the Duck Slam, a challenge sponsored by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Ducks Unlimited. (Courtesy photo).

It won’t be long. The first of the duck seasons almost is upon us.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Ducks Unlimited are proud to bring back the popular Nebraska Duck Slam, a challenge for duck hunters to take advantage of Nebraska’s great duck hunting opportunities.

The Duck Slam challenges hunters to harvest a teal (blue-winged or green-winged) of either sex, as well as drakes of three other species: an American wigeon, a mallard, and a northern pintail. All ducks must be harvested in Nebraska, and hunters must upload a photo of each harvest to the Nebraska Duck Slam webpage.

Those who successfully complete the slam will receive an official certificate, a Duck Slam pin, and Central Flyway bragging rights. Additionally, all hunters who complete the Slam during the 2022-2023 season will be registered to win one of several prizes generously donated by Ducks Unlimited. A drawing for the grand prize, a Ducks Unlimited Special Edition Franchi Affinity Elite 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun, will take place next February.

The Duck Slam officially opens on September 3, the first day of early teal season, and runs through January 25, 2023, when duck and coot season ends in Zones 2 and 3. Season dates vary by species and zones.

Hunters can find detailed season dates and a link to the Small Game and Waterfowl Guide at Hunters can view land open to public hunting in the Public Access Atlas.