LINCOLN – The access permit application period for Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area (WMA) deer hunters has begun and will run through Aug. 15. As many as 200 permits will be issued.
Hunters must have at least one of the following valid deer permits to be eligible for an access permit: statewide archery, muzzleloader, youth or antlerless only Season Choice Wahoo.
Gifford is closed to the use of rimfire and centerfire weapons. The access permit allows access to take deer with archery equipment from Sept. 1 to Jan. 15 and with muzzleloader from Dec. 1 to Jan. 15 as specified by the deer hunting permit. Successful applicants will be issued a key for the access gate to the WMA. Only persons holding a valid access authorization will be allowed on the area for scouting and hanging tree stands starting Aug. 23 through the end of Nebraska’s deer seasons.
Deer hunters may apply as “buddies,” ensuring that both or neither will draw an access permit. Only two persons may apply as buddies and both applications must be submitted in the same envelope. A buddy permit does not allow party hunting. Each individual must harvest his or her own animal.
Vehicle access is limited to the rock road adjacent to the 8-foot high deer fence on Educational Service Unit property. Only foot access is allowed to the WMA’s interior.
Application forms are available at Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offices at Omaha, Lincoln, Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium and Schilling WMA. If more than 200 applications are received, a drawing will be held Aug. 18.