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2023 Nebraska Bowhunters Association Awards Banquet

March 3-4, 2023  ●  Younes Conference Center South, Kearney

By Rick Thaden of Pleasanton NBA Banquet Chairman

The 2023 NBA Big Game Awards Banquet will be held at the Younes Conference Center South. Dates for this year are Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4. This is an annual event for the whole family! The fun begins on Friday afternoon with a statewide NBA Meeting, a question and answer session with our guest speaker, Melissa Bachman, the Trade Show and Social Hour. Saturday has a full slate of activities from morning to evening and everything in between. The trade show, seminars, NBA merchandise, photo contest, raffles and the silent auction will keep you busy all day. Then the trophy wall and Awards Banquet, which includes dinner, the speaker, raffles and awards, followed by the live auction, complete the evening. There may be plenty of optional planned activities, but in addition you need to plan time to catch up with old friends and make a new acquaintance or two. It can make for some long days and short nights! We hope you will join us!

Outside alcoholic beverages and food are not allowed inside the convention center.


Tickets are on sale now with two options. You can order by mail using the form HERE. If you don’t want to cut it out, just make a photocopy or send the info. Please read and follow the instructions on the ticket form. Tickets are also available HERE. Please note all online ticket prices include a processing fee. The price for tickets by mail is $40, and a few dollars more for internet orders. Reduced price for children under 15 years of age is $20, plus a fee online.

Remember that this is a members only event. Everybody is welcome, but the purchase of a membership is required if you are not already a member. The great thing is that membership in the NBA is still one of the greatest bargains found, and it helps support bowhunting and wildlife conservation in Nebraska. The exception to the ‘members only rule’ is that you are welcome, even encouraged, to purchase a banquet ticket for your significant other.

Your name tag is your “ticket” and will be available for pick-up from 5-7 on Friday evening, and starting at 8 am on Saturday. If your membership is up for renewal you can renew when you pick up your nametag, but it is much quicker if you renew by mail or online before the banquet weekend. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

2023 NBA Awards Banquet

March 3-4, 2023 - Younes Conference Center South, Kearney, NE

This is a member's only event, please JOIN THE NBA online now or when you get to the Banquet.  You must purchase a Banquet ticket to attend the weekend events.

General Information


Banquet Guest Speaker




Bowhunter of the Year

Big Game Awards

Trade Show


Trophy Wall

Merchandise/ T-Shirt Contest

Photo Contest

Conservation Fund Requests

Member Success Slideshow

NBA Scholarship

Board Member Elections

Sponsors Needed

Questions or to Volunteer:  Rick Thaden, NBA Banquet Chairman, 308-293-3788, bowhunt4elk@hotmail.com

About us

In 1984, the idea of an organization that would bring bowhunters together with a common goal to preserve and protect bowhunting was formed and the Nebraska Bowhunters Association (NBA) was born. Now, the NBA is one of Nebraska's premier hunting organizations, with a growing membership, family friendly events, and a firm passion to continue to preserve and promote bowhunting in Nebraska. 

Become a member

Although bowhunting is often a private, quiet affair, members of the NBA benefit greatly from organizing together. Besides the political clout and united front against those opposed to hunting, the camaraderie is perhaps the best bargain for the money. NBA members meet across the state throughout the year at our Banquet in March and Jamboree in August. We would love to have you join us! 

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