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NOTICE! The 2017 Sandhills Sharptail Shootout will be September 14th through the 17th. We are now accepting applications for this hunt. Entry deadline is May 1, 2017.

The Sandhills Sharptail Shootout is an amateur sport shooting competition held in September during the Nebraska sharptail grouse season, on some of the world’s best grouse habitat. The hunt invites participation from all walks of life.


A challenge to all, the Sandhills Sharptail Shootout offers the satisfaction of competition, the encouragement to develop your skills, and an opportunity to hunt some of the best grouse habitat in the United States. Each team is allowed to hunt approximately 4,000 acres, which is provided courtesy of local land owners.


Tentative schedule includes a landowners appreciation banquet on Thursday evening before the hunt, and a trapshoot competition on Friday morning. After breakfast early Saturday morning, you’ll spend a full day in the field covering the remote rolling prairie of the Nebraska Sandhills. An awards banquet follows that evening. Sunday morning there is a Past Shooters meeting with breakfast.


Each team member entered must currently hold a Nebraska upland game hunting permit and habitat stamp. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.
An official entry form must be completed by each team member and guest(s), signed and notarized, and submitted with the team form, and ALL entry fees, by the team captain. Entries must be received no later than May 1st.

The event has enjoyed tremendous success, having made a positive impact on the local economy. The grouse hunt is made possible only with a tremendous effort by the local community, landowners, and many volunteers. All of the proceeds from the hunt are directed towards community development and improvements

A Sharptail Grouse
A Sharptail Grouse

A Sharptail Grouse
The Middle Loup River

A Sharptail Grouse
A hunter combs the hillsides.

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