Nebraska Statewide Deer Permits on Sale Now

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Resident and nonresident deer hunters who want to buy a Nebraska 2007 statewide deer hunting permit such as a November firearm statewide buck permit, archery, muzzleloader or youth permit, may do so through April 13.

Kit Hams, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission big game program manager, said the early application period for statewide permits and a change that makes the number of November firearm statewide deer permits unlimited were made to better meet resident and nonresident demand, and to help hunters plan their deer hunts earlier in the year. Permit applications will be available to hunters at all January and February sport shows and permits will be available at some shows.

The advantage of a Nebraska November firearm statewide buck permit is that the hunter is not limited to hunting a particular management unit and can take either a whitetail or mule deer buck.

The permits are available to resident and nonresident hunters. Deer hunters in Nebraska can have no more than two permits that allow them to harvest a buck, but there is no limit to the number of antlerless-only permits they can purchase.

Nebraska's 2007 regular nine-day November firearm deer hunting season will open on the Saturday closest to Nov. 13, making the season Nov. 10 - 18 in 2007. The archery deer hunting season will be Sept.15 - Nov. 9 and Nov.19 - Dec. 31, the muzzleloading deer season will be Dec. 1-31, and the January late season will be Jan. 1-15, 2008. (All dates are subject to Commission approval).

The 2007 youth deer hunting season will run concurrently with the regular adult seasons. The Nebraska youth deer permit allows young hunters to take a deer with archery equipment during the archery season, a rifle during the regular November firearm season, or a muzzleloader during the muzzleloader season. The hunter can use the youth permit to hunt any or all of the 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.

Residents who purchase a statewide deer permit in the first application period still can apply for a firearm permit in a draw unit during the April 16-May 4 application period. Beginning June 11, hunters can purchase any remaining firearm, youth, season choice, archery or muzzleloader permit.

Permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis both online at the Commission's web site at, and over the counter from Commission permitting offices and sport shows. Completed application forms will also be accepted by mail at the Commission's Lincoln office at 2200 N. 33rd Street, Lincoln, 68503.