Bordeaux and Hat Creek Elk Seasons Close

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The 2002 elk hunting seasons in the Bordeaux and Hat Creek Elk management units in the northern Panhandle are over with 56 percent of elk hunters in the Hat Creek and 42 percent of hunters in the Bordeaux elk management unit harvesting elk, according to Gary Schlichtemeier, district wildlife manager at the Game and Parks Commission's district office in Alliance.

"Because of the extended deer season this year in northwestern Sioux County, the elk season was September 28 through October 27. The shorter elk season actually worked well as hunters put more effort into their hunts and harvested seven bulls, including a 7X6 and two 6X6 trophies, as well as six cow elk and one calf," Schlichtemeier said.

According to Schlichtemeier, hunter success in the Hat Creek Unit improved from last year's 44 percent, while the 2002 Bordeaux Unit success matched last year's. "The Commission issued 24 permits in the Bordeaux unit, and the hunters took two bulls, including a 7X7 and 6X6, and eight cow elk for a hunter success rate of 42 percent." The Bordeaux unit season ended December 8.

Elk hunting in the Boyd elk management unit in northeastern Nebraska will run until December 31. A total of 15 elk permits were issued for the Boyd unit.

"Biologists will monitor elk movements over the winter," Schlichtemeier added. "The information will help refine population estimates in the Pine Ridge that can be used to set permit and season dates for the 2003 elk seasons.'

More information on Nebraska's elk hunting seasons is available in the 2002 Nebraska Big Game Guide or online at the Commission's website at outdoornebraska.org.