2006 Antelope Hunting Season Dates Set

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners set the dates for the 2006 antelope hunting seasons, and set buck only seasons in all units except the archery season again this year.

Kit Hams, the Commissions big game program manager, said surveys indicate antelope numbers “continue to be stable but low in all units in spite of little doe harvest the previous three years. Hunter success and the number of adult bucks – those 2.5 years and older, is low in several units.”

During the 2005 antelope firearm hunting season hunter success was 63 percent, muzzleloader success was 59 percent, archery success was 13 percent.

2006 Nebraska Antelope Hunting Seasons:

Archery Antelope Season: Aug. 20 - Nov. 10 and Nov. 20 - Dec. 31, but closed during firearm antelope season in all areas open to firearm antelope hunting. The archery season is open statewide. The archery permit will allow the bowhunter to take one antelope of either sex, except only antelope with horns longer than its ears may be taken on the Bessey Ranger District of the Nebraska National Forest.

Muzzleloader Antelope Season: Sept. 16 - Oct.1. The statewide muzzleloader permit has been replaced with the North Sioux muzzleloader and Prairie muzzleloader permits. The Prairie Unit includes all areas of the state except the North Sioux Unit and the Bessey Ranger District of the Nebraska National Forest in Blaine and Thomas counties. There will be 35 buck only permits available in the North Sioux Muzzleloader Unit and 65 buck only permits in the Prairie Muzzleloader Unit.

Firearm Antelope Season: Oct. 14 - 29.

2006 Nebraska Firearm Antelope Units and Permits Available:

Banner North, 75 buck only permits

Banner South, 35 buck only permits

Box Butte East, 25 buck only permits

Box Butte West, 35 buck only permits

Cherry, 55 buck only permits

Cheyenne, 15 buck only permits

Dismal, 15 buck only permits

Garden, 35 buck only permits

North Sioux, 90 buck only permits

Residents or resident landowners may apply for an antelope April 17 - May 5. Residents, nonresidents and resident landowners may apply for remaining antelope permits beginning June 12.