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Commission adopts big game recommendations

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission adopted staff recommendations for 2017 big game hunting seasons at its meeting April 21 in Norfolk.

Among the big game changes to Commission orders:

— Twenty-six either-sex and 54 doe/fawn antelope permits were added in units in the southern Panhandle.

— Three cow elk permits were added in the Ash Creek Unit.

— Antlerless-only whitetail permits were reduced in several eastern units.

— Permits in southwest units were changed to increase mule deer doe harvest.

— Changes to permits in the Platte Mule Deer Conservation Area now allocate no more than 15 percent of permits to nonresidents.

— The River Antlerless Unit was expanded on the Elkhorn River and the South Fork of the Elkhorn River.

The 2017 big game season dates are:

— Deer: archery, Sept. 1-Dec. 31; firearm, Nov. 11-19; muzzleloader, Dec. 1-31; antlerless late season, Jan. 1-15, 2018

— Antelope: archery, Aug. 20-Dec. 31; muzzleloader, Sept. 16-Oct. 1; firearm, Oct. 14-29; doe/fawn late season, Nov. 1, 2017-Jan. 31, 2018

— Elk: archery bull, Sept. 15-Oct. 29; firearm bull, Sept. 30-Oct. 29; private land cow, Aug. 15-Oct. 29 and Dec. 1-31; public land cow, Sept. 30-Oct. 29 and Dec. 1-31

In addition to big game orders, the commissioners approved recommendations to:

— increase the cash change funds at some state park areas to support expanded activities, coinage requirements associated with showers, new gatehouses, and price change in park entry permits.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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