Nebraska May Extend Earn-a-Buck
Last year was Nebraska's first, under a limited roll out of the earn-a-buck program. In this style of hunting regulation, a hunter must first harvest a doe before earning the license to hunt a buck. The program helps wildlife biologists to better manage deer herds by focusing efforts on harvesting does. According to the Journal Star, the program was successful in 2010, and the Game and Parks Commission is considering rolling it out to other units.
Firearm deer hunters in the Blue Northwest, Blue Southeast and Missouri units may join the ranks of those who have to kill a doe before they can shoot a buck next season. If approved, the expansion of earn-a-buck would cover about the eastern quarter of the state, where whitetail deer populations are most dense.