Firearms Deer Season Starts Saturday, Permits Still Available

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Nebraskas 2003 regular firearm deer hunting season opens Saturday morning, Nov. 15; archery deer hunting season will reopen Nov. 24, the day following the close of the rifle season; the muzzleloading deer season will open Dec. 1, and there are still plenty of permits available for all three seasons.

The dates for the regular firearm season will be Nov. 15-23; the second half of thes archery deer season will be Nov. 24 - Dec. 31; and the muzzleloader season will be Dec. 1 - Dec. 31.

There are unlimited permits available for the archery and muzzleloader seasons and two special control units, along with permits still left 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 harvest their deer using archery equipment during the archery season, a muzzleloader during the muzzleloader season, or 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. But, hunters should remember that a permit for Season Choice Area 2 or Area 13 is not valid at Harlan County Reservoir.

Permits are available online at the Game and Parks Commissions website at, by mail, or from any Commission permitting office at Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, Alliance, Bassett, Kearney, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha or Lincoln.