Nebraska Deer Permits Still Available

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Hunters who haven't purchased their permits for Nebraska's 2007 deer hunting seasons still have time to choose from a number of units across the state.

Nebraska's 2007 November firearm deer hunting season will be Nov. 10-18; the archery deer season is open now through Nov. 9, closed for the firearm deer season, then open again Nov.19 - Dec. 31; the muzzleloader deer season will be Dec. 1-31; and the January late season will be Jan. 1-15, 2008.

Deer hunters in Nebraska may have a maximum of two permits that allow the taking of a buck (either sex or buck only permits) and any number of antlerless permits. Kit Hams, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's big game program manager, said, "We expect to have a record deer population this fall and we encourage hunters to take advantage of the liberal antlerless seasons in most areas of the state and harvest does."

The 2007 youth deer hunting season will run concurrently with the regular adult seasons. The Nebraska youth deer permit allows a youth to hunt deer with archery equipment during the archery season, a rifle during the November firearm season, or a muzzleloader during the muzzleloader season. Youth permits are not valid for the January seasons. The hunter may use the youth permit to hunt during the regular seasons until the permit is filled.

Nebraska resident deer permits cost $28 and resident November firearm statewide buck permits are $68.50. Nonresident deer permits are $178, nonresident November firearm statewide buck permits are $443.50, and nonresident antlerless-only tags are $55.

The statewide buck-only permit allows the hunter to take a whitetail or mule deer buck during the November firearm deer season. The real advantage of a statewide buck-only permit is that the hunter is not limited to hunting a particular management unit.

The "season choice" permit allows the bearer to choose when to hunt. Holders of season choice permits may harvest an antlerless deer using archery equipment during the archery season, a muzzleloader during the muzzleloader season, or a firearm during the November firearm season or the special late firearm season in January. The hunter may 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.

Permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis both online at the Commission's Web site at www.OutdoorNebraska.org, and over the counter from Commission offices in Alliance, Bassett, Chadron State Park (SP), Fort Robinson SP, Kearney, Niobrara SP, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, Lincoln, Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area, and at the Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium. Completed application forms also will be accepted by mail at the Commission's Lincoln office at 2200 N. 33rd St., Lincoln, 68503.