Nebraska's 2002 archery deer season opens Sept. 15, the muzzleloading season opens Dec. 1, and hunters still have time to purchase their permits before opening day so they don't miss a day hunting.
The archery deer season will be Sept. 15 - Nov. 15, and Nov. 25 - Dec. 31; and the muzzleloader season will be Dec. 1 - Dec. 31. There are an unlimited number of both archery and muzzleloader permits available, but hunters may have no more than two permits that allow the taking of antlered deer.
In addition to archery and muzzleloader permits, there are still permits available in a number of units across the state. Many hunters are taking advantage of the unique "season choice" permits which allow the bearer to choose when to hunt and what equipment to use to harvest an antlerless deer. They can harvest their deer using archery equipment during the archery season, a muzzleloader during the muzzleloader season, or with 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. But, hunters should remember that a permit for Season Choice Area 2 or Area 13 is not valid at Harlan County Reservoir.
Permits are available online at the Game and Parks Commission's website at www.outdoornebraska.org , by mail, or from any Commission permitting office at Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, Alliance, Bassett, Kearney, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha or Lincoln.
A copy of the 2002 Nebraska Big Game Guide and Application Brochure is available from Game and Parks Commission offices or permit agents. The new enlarged format is easy to read and contains all the information a hunter must have to obtain a permit and plan a hunt.