University of Nebraska offers hunting equipment rentals to public


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Want to try your hand at waterfowl or turkey hunting, but leery of the expense of buying blinds and decoys? The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has a solution.

UNL’s Outdoor Adventure Center is now offering that equipment for rent to the public.

The rentals had previously been offered for about a year only to the university’s students. Officials recently decided to expand the policy to allow the public to rent the equipment, too.

Micaela Rahe with the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission said it’s the first program of its kind in the state. Hunting gear currently available for rent includes a pop-up blind, layout blind, duck decoy set of 14 birds and a jake/hen turkey decoy combination. Each is individually available to the public for $6 per day, $12 for three days or $16 for a full week.

To pick up equipment, hunters must visit the Outdoor Adventure Center in Lincoln in person. Reservations may be made over the phone for three-day or seven-day rentals.