Nebraska Hunting News

Unintentionally Trapped Mountain Lion Euthanized in Nebraska

A mountain lion unintentionally caught in a bobcat trap in Dawes County was euthanized by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on Dec. 26.

The responding conservation officer determined the mountain lion was pulling out the stakes that anchor the trap and would not survive if it escaped with the trap and stakes attached.

The trap had been legally set and the trapper called Game and Parks immediately upon discovering the mountain lion, as required by Game and Parks policy.

Happy Holidays Everyone
The following story is from Seth Fairman of Papillion, NE via the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Facebook Page: 
Nebraska Lifetime Permits Make Excellent Gifts

Lifetime hunting, fishing, and fur harvest permits make great holiday gifts for Nebraska’s outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen. The recipient will have a permit valid for the remainder of his or her life.

Nebraska lifetime permits are available to residents and nonresidents. They are not valid for hunting turkey, deer, elk, pronghorn antelope and bighorn sheep.

Preliminary Data Shows Record November Deer Harvest in Nebraska

The state saw a record November deer harvest in 2011, according to preliminary data from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The harvest of 64,548 deer was an increase of 865 from last year.

The harvest total comprises deer taken Nov. 12-22 with firearm, archery and Season Choice permits.

Landowner Participation in Open Fields and Waters Grows in Nebraska

Open Fields and Waters, the program that pays landowners to open private acres to public walk-in hunting and fish access, added 211 new contracts in 2011, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Game and Parks increased payment rates this year and saw increased landowner participation, including 456 contract renewals.

Mountain Lion Shot Near Creighton, Nebraska

A 15-year-old deer hunter from Wayne killed a mountain lion near Creighton in northeast Nebraska on Nov. 12, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The boy, hunting a shelterbelt in Knox County, spotted the mountain lion 10 feet away before shooting and killing it. The mountain lion was a young male, which has been typical of mountain lions found in Nebraska outside of the Panhandle, according to Sam Wilson, furbearer and carnivore program manager with Game and Parks. The carcass was turned over to Game and Parks, as required by law.

Bull Elk Season Sees Record Harvest in Nebraska

The bull elk hunting season closed Oct. 23 for the majority of the state, with a record 91 bulls harvested. Only the Boyd Unit, where three bull permits were issued, remains open. So far, 80 percent of the hunters who had a bull or either-sex 2011 Nebraska elk hunting permit have shot a bull.

Twenty-seven cow elk have been harvested this year to date, and the cow elk season closes Dec. 21 for every unit but Boyd, which has six cow permits and is open until Dec. 31 for both cows and bulls.

Nebraska Turkey Permits Now Available

Hunters may purchase their fall turkey permits now through the end of the year, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The fall season is Sept. 15-Dec. 31.

A fall turkey permit allows a hunter to shoot a gobbler with either a shotgun or archery equipment, including a crossbow. The bag limit is two turkeys of either sex, and each hunter may have up to two permits. A permit is valid statewide and allows the take of turkeys from 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

Nebraska Leftover Tags on Sale July 11

Remaining big game hunting permits may be purchased beginning July 11 at 1 p.m. Central Daylight Time, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Residents, nonresidents and eligible landowners may purchase deer and pronghorn antelope permits, and residents and eligible landowners may purchase elk permits.

Nebraska Big Game Hunters Can Apply May 16th

Some hunters may begin applying for big game permits starting on May 16, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The following people may begin applying at 1 p.m. Central Time on that date:

Deer hunters – Residents may apply for one permit in any draw unit. These include Republican Mule Deer and Republican Whitetail permits, as well as DeSoto December Muzzleloader permits.