Elk, Deer Hunting Permits Still Available

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Fall big game hunting seasons are fast approaching and there are still elk and deer permits available for hunters who want to participate.

There are two permits for antlerless elk available in the Hat Creek Unit, four landowner permits for antlerless elk in the Bordeaux Unit, and two landowner permits for antlerless elk in the Hat Creek Unit. Only residents may apply for the permits and a drawing will determine the winners. To be eligible for inclusion in the drawing, permit applications must be received in the Lincoln Game and Parks Commission office by 5 p.m., CST, Aug. 15. If permits remain following the drawing, they will be issued over the counter on a first-come, first-served basis at Game and Parks Commission Headquarters in Lincoln beginning at 8 a.m., CST, Aug. 25.

Elk permit fees are $130 for residents and $26 for resident landowners. A non- refundable $7 fee must be submitted with all elk applications. A resident may receive only one Nebraska elk permit during their lifetime, and landowners may receive no more than one elk permit every third year. Only landowners who are Nebraska residents and own no less than 320 acres in the elk zones are eligible to obtain a landowner elk permit.

Resident and nonresident deer hunters may purchase a second deer permit beginning at 1 p.m., CST, Aug. 11 and there are plenty of areas and types of permits for them to choose from.

Permits will be available online at the Game and Parks Commissions 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. Resident deer permits are $26, nonresident permits are $176.

Then, starting Aug. 25, both residents and nonresidents will be able to purchase additional remaining permits within permit limits.

2003 Nebraska deer hunting permits remaining in each unit as of the morning of July 31 were:

Blue Northwest, sold out

Blue Southeast, sold out

Buffalo, 584 permits

Buffalo Whitetail, 1,959 permits

Calamus East, 1,295 permits

Calamus West, 1,587 permits

Elkhorn, sold out

Frenchman, 136 permits

Frenchman Whitetail, 727 permits

Keya Paha, 2,122 permits

Loup East, 1,576 permits

Loup West, 1,848 permits

Missouri, 1,617 permits

Pine Ridge, 2,333 permits

Plains, 1,255 permits

Platte, 2,092 permits

Platte Whitetail, 370 permits

Republican, sold out

Republican Whitetail, 128 permits

Sandhills, 1,393 permits

Upper Platte, 1,031 permits

Wahoo, 312 permits

Statewide Buck Only, sold out

Statewide Archery, unlimited permits

Statewide Muzzleloader, unlimited permits

DeSoto Early, 10 permits

DeSoto Late, sold out

Lincoln Water Season: sold out

National Guard: Early – sold out; Late: 4 permits

Season Choice Area 1, 1,483 permits

Season Choice Area 2, 1,238 permits

Season Choice Area 3, 255 permits

Season Choice Area 4, 2,324 permits

Season Choice Area 5, 4,925 permits

Season Choice Area 6, 4,712 permits

Season Choice Area 7, 1,356 permits

Season Choice Area 8, 292 permits

Season Choice Area 9, 395 permits

Season Choice Area 10, area eliminated

Season Choice Area 11, 294 permits

Season Choice Area 12, 464 permits

Season Choice Area 13, 348 permits

Season Choice Area 14, 498 permits

Season Choice Area 15, converted to Upper Platte Control Area (see below)

Season Choice Area 16, area eliminated

Pine Ridge Control Area, unlimited permits, antlerless only, unlimited tags available for bonus antlerless deer

Upper Platte Control Area, unlimited permits, antlerless only, unlimited tags available for bonus antlerless deer

Hunters should pick up a copy of the free 2003 Nebraska Big Game Guide and Application Brochure available from Game and Parks Commission offices and permit agents across the state provide information and maps a hunter must have to obtain a permit and plan a hunt.