Nebraska Deer Hunters Have Record Year

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Nebraska's November firearm deer harvest set a record this fall, rising 18 percent over last year, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The 2010 November firearm deer harvest was 63,300, compared to 53,767 in 2009. Most of the increase is from antlerless white-tailed deer harvest, as 21,000 bonus antlerless white-tailed deer tags were added this year.

Good weather benefited hunters and farmers as the corn harvest was nearly complete at the start of the November firearm season, compared to 2009 when more than half of the crop was still in the field at the start of the season.

The following are harvest figures for each region of the state, with the percentage increase from 2009:

Panhandle (District I) – 6,580, 9 percent; north-central (District II) – 11,885, 13 percent; northeast (District III) – 13,791, 32 percent; southwest (District IV) – 7,042, 20 percent; southeast (District V) – 13,709, 11 percent; and south-central (District VI) – 10,325, 13 percent.

"This is a good step toward our goal of a 25-percent reduction in the deer herd in eastern Nebraska over the next 3 years," said Kit Hams, big game program manager for Game and Parks. "The use of Earn-a-Buck rules on Elkhorn and Wahoo permits and the October firearm antlerless season (3,000 deer harvested) in 2010 have both been successful in increasing doe harvest."

Earn-a-Buck rules required hunters to check in an antlerless deer before or at the same time they checked a buck.

Assuming normal harvest rates during archery, muzzleloader and January antlerless seasons, hunters should harvest about 90,000 deer in Nebraska for the 2010 seasons, compared to the previous record of 80,400 in 2008 and 78,000 last year.

Nebraska has enjoyed excellent deer hunting the past three years, with record harvest numbers and record deer. A state record nontypical white-tailed deer was taken last year in Richardson County. A potential state record typical white-tailed deer was harvested this November north of Seward.


hunter25's picture

I have considered hunting

I have considered hunting Nebraska for years and I see this as good news of the health of the herd. I would be hunting the North west or the southwest part of the state as there is more public land available for us. I hear a lot of good things about the Pine Ridge area other than the massive number of hunters that head up there every year.

The only problem I have in going there is I'm running out of available time off to get it done with everything else I want to do.

It seems like work is starting tom interfere with my

Ca_Vermonster's picture

From what I have been reading

From what I have been reading on the Nebraska hunting forums, and from what I hear from my relatives that live just outside of Omaha, the place is overrun with whitetails.  I do find it interesting though, as you said, it's not really a sprawling metropolis.  Other than Omaha, and the smaller city of lincoln, it's all farmland.

I know that some farmers are concerned witht he crop damage that they incur due to high numbers of whitetails.  They have a program in Nebraska that will pair hunters with willing landowners to get some doe taken off their land.  Also, the auto accidents are of concern.  My sister-in-law actually just hit one the other day.  She said it was with a bunch of them in the itch, and one wandered a little too far into the road.  She thinks her mirror got it's head.... ouch.

cscott711's picture

Nebraska wants to reduce the

Nebraska wants to reduce the deer herd in the eastern part of the state by 25%  Why on earth do they want to do that?  Last time I checked, it isn't exactly a sprawling metropolis.  I would think there would be plenty of room for whitetails to call home.  

Does anyone have any information on why they want to do this?  I someday plan on hunting the Cornhusker state and would like to know a little bit more about the reasons behind this change.