Nebraska Archery Antelope Season Opens August 20th

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The archery antelope hunting season opens Aug. 20, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The season runs through Nov. 12, and then is open Nov. 22 through Dec. 31.

An unlimited number of the statewide archery permits are available, although each hunter may purchase no more than one. Archery hunting is prohibited in firearm antelope units during the firearm antelope season, which is Oct. 9-24.

Archers harvested a record 156 antelope in 2009, with 79 percent of those antelope being mature bucks. The hunter success rate was 22 percent.

While permission is required to hunt on private land, most landowners are willing to grant access. Oglala National Grassland may be the best hunting option on public land, but antelope also may be found in limited numbers in Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest southwest of Valentine and the Bessey Ranger District of the Nebraska National Forest near Halsey.

Permits may be purchased at OutdoorNebraska.org or at Game and Parks permitting offices. Youth archery permits (for ages 12-15) are $5.