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.
There were a record 2,544 elk applications this year, with 294 permits issued. All available permits sold for the second year in a row because of statute changes that allow landowners to draw a cow tag without affecting preference points for bull permits.