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21-year-old completes multi-species Super Tag.

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2018 Super Tag multi-species big game permit lottery winner Zachary Welch of Ainsworth shot an elk south of North Platte on the second day of the season.

Photo courtesy of Zachary Welch.

Zachary Welch of Ainsworth is the latest hunter to complete the Nebraska Game and Park’s resident-only super tag, which allows for one elk, one antelope, one deer and two turkeys. The permit is awarded to one hunter annually by lottery and is valid for two years.

Welch, a 21-year-old student at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, successfully hunted all five animals within four months by archery. He harvested a bull elk south of Wellfleet, a white-tailed buck and two turkeys on his home range in Keya Paha County, and a male antelope in Brown County.

Welch has been bowhunting since the 6th grade, guided by his grandfather and father. He has hunted deer, turkeys and antelope extensively, but coming in, Welch felt the chances of filling the super tag would be difficult with a bow.

“I worked so hard to prepare for the elk hunt, which has been at the top of my bucket list,” Welch said. “I had the elk within 10 yards and was at full drawn twice, but I couldn’t get a shot. I finally ranged him in at 51 yards.”

“Completing the super tag – I can’t put into words what it means to me. I put in so many hours, literally thousands of practice shots throughout the summer and fall. To have it all come together and pay off, to shoot an animal I’ve dreamed of hunting in my own state, and to experience it with my dad and friends, it means the world to me.”

Welch is grateful to all the landowners, wildlife biologists, and friends who made his success possible.
For more information on the super tag, visit OutdoorNebraska.org/supertag.  ■

About Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley

NEBRASKAland Associate Editor Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley was born in Nha Trang, Vietnam, and moved to the United States with her parents in 1992. She graduated from Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove, California, in 2008 and completed her bachelor’s degree at UCLA in 2012. Wheatley was editor-in-chief for her high school newspaper and continued to write in college, freelancing for various publications, the Tiger Woods Foundation and writing for her blog FoodForHunters.com. After graduating college, she moved to Nebraska in early 2013 to join the Commission as Regional Editor at NEBRASKAland Magazine. She then became associate editor in 2015. Wheatley enjoys hiking, camping, horseback riding, hunting, fishing and wild game cooking.