Plenty of Nebraska Deer Permits Still Available

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If you haven't already done so, its time to solidify your deer hunting plans in Nebraska for this fall. Get out and do your scouting, locate an area you want to like and if the spot is on private land, contact the landowner for permission to hunt.

Right now there are still plenty of permits available and residents and nonresidents may purchase them within permits limits, in units where permits remain. But, dont put it off too long because as the season approaches permit availability can change rapidly.

The regular firearm deer hunting season will be November 11-19. Archery deer hunting season will be Sept.15 - Nov.10 and Nov. 20 through Dec. 31 (the archery season will be closed during the regular November firearm season, Nov. 11-19). The muzzleloader season will be Dec.1-31. There are unlimited archery and muzzleloader permits available.

Plenty of statewide buck-only permits and season choice permits are still available. The statewide buck-only permit allows the hunter to take a buck from any deer unit in the state during the November firearm deer season. The "season choice" permit allows the bearer to choose when to hunt. Holders of season choice permits can 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 can 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 Nebraska Game and Parks Commissions 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, Wild Cat Hills State Recreation Area, and at the Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium. Completed application forms will also be accepted by mail at the Commissions Lincoln office at 2200 N. 33rd Street, Lincoln, 68503.

2006 Nebraska Deer Hunting Units where permits remain and the number of permits available as of the afternoon of Aug. 17 were:

Buffalo, 624 permits, 100% either sex

Buffalo Whitetail, 1,423 permits, 100% either sex

Calamus East, 1,152 permits, 40% either sex, antlerless mule deer prohibited

Calamus West, 1,491 permits, 80% either sex

Frenchman, 656 permits, 30% either sex

Frenchman Whitetail, 669 permits, 100% either sex

Keya Paha, 2,073 permits, 100% either sex, antlerless mule deer prohibited

Loup East, 1,568 permits, 50% either sex, antlerless mule deer prohibited

Loup West, 1,661 permits, 70% either sex

Missouri, 1,387 permits, 100% either sex, antlerless mule deer prohibited

Pine Ridge, 2,361 permits, 100% either sex, one bonus antlerless deer

Plains, 1,246 permits, 100% either sex, one bonus antlerless deer

Platte, 1,734 permits, 20% either sex

Platte Whitetail, 744 permits, 100% either sex

Sandhills, 1,788 permits, 100% either sex

Upper Platte, 1,029 permits, 100% either sex

Wahoo, 1,131 permits, 100% either sex

Statewide Buck, 4,694 permits, 100% buck only

Youth Season, unlimited permits, 100% either sex

Statewide Archery, unlimited permits, 100% either sex

Statewide Muzzleloader, unlimited permits, 100% either sex

Boyer Chute October Late Season, 5 permits, antlerless only, one bonus antlerless tag

Season Choice Area 1, 1,889 permits, antlerless only, one bonus antlerless tag

Season Choice Area 2, 1,402 permits, antlerless only, antlerless mule deer prohibited

Season Choice Area 8, 819 permits, antlerless only, antlerless mule deer prohibited

Season Choice Area 9, 731 permits, antlerless only, antlerless mule deer prohibited

Season Choice Area 13, 119 permits, antlerless only, antlerless mule deer prohibited

Season Choice Area 18, 2,228 permits, antlerless only, one bonus antlerless deer

Season Choice Area 19, 698 permits, antlerless only

Season Choice Area 20, 3,640, permits, antlerless only

Season Choice Area 21, 7,368 permits, antlerless only, one bonus antlerless deer

Season Choice Area 22, 345 permits, antlerless only, one bonus antlerless deer