Elk Hunters Enjoy Excellent Season

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Nebraska’s elk season ended October 24 in all but one unit and so far hunters are having a good year.

Gary Schlichtemeier, district wildlife manager at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’’s district office in Alliance said the overall hunter success rate in the now-closed Panhandle elk units was 55 percent..

"Elk hunters in the new Ash Creek elk management unit recorded the highest hunter success, with 11 of the 15 permit holders harvesting their elk for 73 percent success,” he said. “The 2004 hunt was the first elk hunting season in the Ash Creek elk management unit, which includes public land on U. S. Forest Service pastures and Game and Parks Commission wildlife management areas."

In the Hat Creek Unit, where 29 permits were issued, hunters harvested 16 elk, a success rate of 55 percent. Hunter success was 47 percent in the Bordeaux Creek Unit, where 17 of 36 permit holders took an elk.

"We had a lot of elk activity this fall - hunters reported seeing and hearing elk bugling activity and quite a few nice bulls, including 6-by-6 and 6-by-7 bulls were harvested," Schlichtemeier said.

Two of the nine permit holders in the Box Elder elk management unit near North Platte took an elk, a hunter success rate of 22 percent. The Boyd Unit in north-central Nebraska will remain open to elk hunting through Dec. 31. To date, four elk have been taken in the Boyd Unit.