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Big game hunters should be advised of new draw unit permit payment system

LINCOLN, Neb. – Applicants for antelope, deer and elk draw unit permits should be advised of a change to the payment system this year. Starting this year, fees of $5.50 for antelope, $7 for deer and $10 for elk are due at the time of application. The remaining permit fee is due, if a permit is awarded, within 15 days of draw notification. Applications will be accepted June 11-22 for the 2018 big game hunting seasons. The application period begins …

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Big game draw permit application period begins June 11

LINCOLN, Neb. – Residents and nonresidents may apply for one 2018 Nebraska deer permit in any draw unit beginning June 11, and residents may apply for one elk permit and one buck or either-sex antelope permit in available units. The application period begins at 1 p.m. Central Time (CT) on June 11. Paper applications must be received by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission by 5 p.m. CT – or by 11:59 p.m. for online applications – on June 22. …

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Commission approves deer, antelope and elk hunting recommendations

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved recommendations for 2018 deer, antelope and elk hunting seasons when it met April 19 at Fort Robinson State Park near Crawford. Among the big game changes to Commission orders: Deer — 1,550 buck permits are added in the Calamus East, Frenchman, Keya Paha, Loup East, Loup West, Plains, Platte, and Sandhills units. — 700 buck permits are removed from the Blue Northwest and Wahoo units. — 750 any-deer permits are …

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Sampling of deer results in 203 positives for CWD

LINCOLN, Neb. – The presence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer has been detected for the first time in the southwestern Nebraska counties of Chase, Dundy, Hayes, Frontier and Franklin, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The Commission conducted a CWD sampling operation in its Northwest and Southwest District deer check stations during the 2017 November firearm deer season. There were 203 positives from 1,807 deer sampled primarily in the Frenchman, Platte, Republican, Pine Ridge, Upper Platte …

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Is It Time To Begin Looking For Shed Deer Antlers?

Is it too early to go out and try to find shed deer antlers on my hunting lands? After all, there is snow cover and snow drifts in places. On the other hand, I am hearing rumors of bucks dropping their antlers earlier than normal on the Great Plains. So, when should someone venture to their deer woods and fields in search of those prized shed antlers? Beginning in late December and continuing through April, white-tailed and mule deer shed their antlers for regrowth purposes …

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Big game meeting in Bridgeport rescheduled for Dec. 28

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s big game public informational meeting scheduled for Dec. 21 in Bridgeport has been postponed because of inclement weather. The meeting is rescheduled for Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. at Prairie Winds Community Center, 428 N. Main St. Hunters and landowners are encouraged to offer their feedback on big game issues during this meeting, which is one of several held statewide. A Game and Parks biologist will explain issues and take questions …

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Big game meetings scheduled across Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters and landowners are encouraged to offer their feedback on big game issues during the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s public informational meetings this winter. Meetings are scheduled in each Game and Parks district. Biologists will explain and take questions on several topics, including deer management, deer damage and depredation permits, antlerless harvest, trophy management and diseases. Antelope and elk issues may be discussed at meetings located in areas where these species occur. All meetings begin at …

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The Three-Legged Doe

3-legged doe

Last year I was hunting from my blind when the doe pictured above walked in front of me about 35 yards away. At first I didn’t see that she was missing a front right leg through the phragmites. After snapping a few photos and checking my settings I saw that she only had three legs. I impatiently waited to see if she would turn the other direction so I could see her other side. My curiosity was running rampant as …

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Super Tag lottery permits drawn

LINCOLN, Neb. – Mindell Rethwisch of Elkhorn and Troy Stonacek of Lincoln have been drawn as lottery winners of two Super Tag multispecies big game permits. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission drew the names July 13. Thomas Hruby of Unadilla and Keith Chipman of Lakewood, California, have been drawn as winners of the Combo multispecies big game permits. The Super Tag and Combo permits are valid in 2017 and 2018. The Super Tag bag limit is one elk, one …

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Draw permit results available; remaining big game permits available July 10

LINCOLN, Neb. – Results for elk, antelope and deer draw permit applications are now available and can be viewed at OutdoorNebraska.org. Click on Buy a Permit and then Draw Results. Deer and antelope permits that remain, including deer permits for all other units, will be available for purchase on a first-come basis beginning at 1 p.m. Central time on July 10. The drawing for deer, antelope and elk permits that typically are in the highest demand provides an equal opportunity …

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