Commission Sets 2004 Deer Hunting Season

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners set dates and regulations for Nebraskas 2004 deer hunting seasons at a meeting in Lincoln.

This year there will be ten season choice units; the CWD Control Areas in the Pine Ridge and Upper Platte Units have been abolished and all permits in the Upper Platte, Pine Ridge and Plains units will be 100 percent either sex, with antlerless bonus tags in the Pine Ridge and Plains units; there will be 1,700 fewer permits for the 2004 November firearm season than last year; and a youth deer hunting permit for youth ages 12-15 years has been created to provide the young hunters generous opportunity for a quality deer hunting experience, with the hope that they will then continue to hunt as they grow older.

2004 Nebraska Deer Hunting Season Dates:

Statewide Archery Season: Sept. 15 - Nov. 12 and Nov. 22 - Dec. 31

November Firearm Season: Nov. 13-21

Statewide Muzzleloader Season: Dec. 1 - Dec. 31

Season Choice Area Seasons: Sept. 15 - Nov. 12 and Nov. 22 - Dec. 31 with archery equipment; Dec. 1 - 31 with muzzleloader; Nov. 13-21 and Jan. 1-9, 2005, with firearm.

Fontenelle Season: Archery – Dec. 4-12; Muzzleloader – Dec. 4-12, 2004; Jan. 1-2 and Jan. 8-9, 2005

DeSoto Early Season: Oct. 16-17

DeSoto Late Season: Dec. 11-12

National Guard: Early – Nov. 13-14; Late – Nov. 20-21

Boyer Chute First Season – Oct. 9-10

Boyer Chute Second Season – Oct. 16-17

Youth Season – Sept. 15 - Nov. 12 and Nov. 22- Dec. 31 with bow; Dec. 1-31 with muzzleloader; and Nov. 13-21 with firearm.

2004 Nebraska Deer Hunting Units and Permits Available:

Blue Northwest, 2,500 permits, 100% either sex

Blue Southeast, 3,500 permits, 100% either sex

Buffalo, 2,000 permits, 100% either sex

Buffalo Whitetail, 1,500 permits, 100% either sex

Calamus East, 1,400 permits, 20% either sex, antlerless mule deer prohibited

Calamus West, 1,800 permits, 20% either sex

Elkhorn, 3,300 permits, 100% either sex

Frenchman, 3,000 permits, 20% either sex

Frenchman Whitetail, 400 permits, 100% either sex

Keya Paha, 2,500 permits, 30% either sex, antlerless mule deer prohibited

Loup East, 2,600 permits, 30% either sex, antlerless mule deer prohibited

Loup West, 1,900 permits, 30% either sex

Missouri, 3,200 permits, 60% either sex, antlerless mule deer prohibited

Pine Ridge, 3,000 permits, 100% either sex, one bonus antlerless deer

Plains, 1,500 permits, 100% either sex, one bonus antlerless deer

Platte, 2,700 permits, 20% either sex

Platte Whitetail, 300 permits, 100% either sex

Republican, 1,500 permits, 100% either sex, antlerless mule deer prohibited

Republican Whitetail, 1,500 permits, 100% either sex

Sandhills, 2,400 permits, 80% either sex

Upper Platte, 1,200 permits, 100% either sex

Wahoo, 4,500 permits, 100% either sex

Statewide Buck Only, 5,000 permits, 0% either sex

Youth Season, unlimited permits, 100% either sex

Statewide Archery, unlimited permits, 100% either sex

Statewide Muzzleloader, unlimited permits, 100% either sex

DeSoto Early, 100 permits, antlerless only, bonus antlerless tag

DeSoto Late, 100 permits, 100% either sex, bonus antlerless tag

National Guard:18 permits in each of the Early and Late seasons, two antlerless deer

Boyer Chute First Season, 30 permits, two antlerless deer

Boyer Chute Second Season, 30 permits, two antlerless deer

Season Choice Area 1, 1,500 permits, antlerless only

Season Choice Area 2, 1,250 permits, antlerless only, antlerless mule deer prohibited

Season Choice Area 8, 200 permits, antlerless only, antlerless mule deer prohibited

Season Choice Area 9, 200 permits, antlerless only, antlerless mule deer prohibited

Season Choice Area 13, 400 permits, antlerless only, antlerless mule deer prohibited

Season Choice Area 17, 1,000 permits, antlerless only, one bonus antlerless deer

Season Choice Area 18, 1,500 permits, antlerless only

Season Choice Area 19, 1,000 permits, antlerless only

Season Choice Area 20, 4,200 permits, antlerless only

Season Choice Area 21, 8,000 permits, antlerless only, one bonus antlerless deer

The Commissioners also:

– voted to hold a public meeting at the May 14 Commission meeting in Ogallala to consider regulation changes to allow for land management and public access agreements between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the City of Lincoln for Shoemaker Marsh in Lancaster County, and for Powder Creek wildlife and recreation site in Dixon County;

– approved a staff recommendation that a portion of Enders Reservoir Wildlife Management Area and a roadway leading to it be redesignated as a state recreation area while retaining waterfowl refuge status because public use of the roadway and beach is more consistent with that of a state recreation area;

– approved an easement with the Board of Public Works of the City of Auburn for installation of underground electrical service through Brownville State Recreation Area;

- voted against a proposal to amend regulations to allow the operation of all- terrain vehicles on beach zones at Lake McConaughy;

– approved establishment of an advance registration fee for campground, meeting rooms and lodging reservations to help pay the costs of the service. The fee for making advance registrations on the Internet will be $4 and the fee for making them by phone will be $5;

– approved adoption of the agencys Mountain Lion Response Plan that sets guidelines for the staff on handling mountain lion occurrence reports and guidelines for responding to situations involving mountain lions;

– approved a supplemental agreement to an existing memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Corps of Engineers that transfers public use and land management responsibilities on a 1,307-acre tract of land along the Missouri River east of Nemaha and adjacent to Aspinwall Bend WMA in Nemaha County, and to designate it Langdon Bend WMA;

– tabled a recommendation to acquire a 156-plus acre Board of Education Lands and Funds Tract located in Lancaster County to be managed for wildlife diversity and limited hunting;

– approved adoption of the Shooting Range and Outdoor Skills Grant Assistance Program and Guidelines, which will provide federal pass-through funding to private shooting ranges and sports clubs in Nebraska for the purpose of enhancing safety and environmental impacts, as well as facility enhancements or developments for greater accessibility by the shooting public and enhancement of the Hunter Education Program. The program will also make federal funds available for organizations to design and implement outdoor skills offerings, further enhancing hunter recruitment and retention efforts;

– approved a recommendation to enter into a third party cooperative agreement with the Trailblazer Resource Conservation and Development Council for a motorboat access facility at Hunter Cove Park on Harlan County Reservoir. The Game and Parks Commission will administer the cooperative cost-share project and agreement, the project will be a cost- share of the federal Sport Fish Restoration Program, and Motorboat Access Development funds which will be matched by local funding. Authorization to proceed with the cost-share project is contingent on federal approval;

– increased the price of NEBRASKAland Magazine to a cover price of $2.95, a one-year subscription to $18, a two-year subscription to $33, and a three-year subscription to $49, effective Jan. 1, 2005.