Firearm Deer Season Opens November 13th

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Nebraskas 2004 regular firearm deer hunting season will be Nov. 13-21; archery deer hunting season will close November 12, then reopen Nov. 22, the day following the close of the rifle season and continue through Dec. 31; the muzzleloading deer season will be Dec. 1-31.

There are unlimited permits available for the archery and muzzleloader seasons and there are still plenty of permits available in several regular season units.

The archery and muzzleloader permits are statewide, and the other permits are for specific units across the state. Many hunters are taking advantage of the unique “season choice” permits which allow the bearer to choose when to hunt and what equipment to use to harvest an antlerless deer. They can use archery equipment during the archery season, a muzzleloader during the muzzleloader season, or hunt with a firearm during the November firearm season or the special late firearm season in January. The hunter can use a season choice permit to hunt in any or all of the seasons until the permit is filled. Hunters should remember however that a permit for Season Choice Area 2 is not valid at Harlan County Reservoir.

Both resident and nonresident hunters may purchase deer permits, within permit limits, in any unit where permits remain, but Nebraska law allows a person to possess no more than two Nebraska permits that allow for the taking of antlered deer. Hunters can obtain an unlimited number of antlerless-only deer permits.

All permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. They are available online at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission web site at www.outdoornebraska.org and over the counter at Commission permitting offices at Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, Alliance, Bassett, Chadron State Park, Fort Robinson State Park, Kearney, Niobrara State Park, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, Lincoln, and Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area. Resident landowner permits are also available at Commission permitting offices.

2004 Nebraska deer hunting units where permits remain and the number of permits available as of the morning of November 4 were:

Buffalo Whitetail, 139 permits, 100% either sex

Calamus West, 359 permits, 20% either sex

Keya Paha, 865 permits, 30% either sex, antlerless mule deer prohibited

Loup West, 523 permits, 30% either sex

Pine Ridge, 832 permits, 100% either sex, one bonus antlerless deer

Plains, 479 permits, 100% either sex, one bonus antlerless deer

Platte, 975 permits, 20% either sex

Platte Whitetail, 145 permits, 100% either sex

Sandhills, 448 permits, 80% either sex

Upper Platte, 445 permits, 100% either sex

Youth Season, unlimited permits, 100% either sex

Statewide Archery, unlimited permits, 100% either sex

Statewide Muzzleloader, unlimited permits, 100% either sex

Season Choice Area 1, 1,122 permits, antlerless only

Season Choice Area 2, 988 permits, antlerless only, antlerless mule deer prohibited

Season Choice Area 9, 42 permits, antlerless only, antlerless mule deer prohibited

Season Choice Area 17, 941 permits, antlerless only, one bonus antlerless deer

Season Choice Area 18, 762 permits, antlerless only

Season Choice Area 20, 1,673 permits, antlerless only

Season Choice Area 21, 5,205 permits, antlerless only, one bonus antlerless deer