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Special permit required for muzzleloader muley hunters in Pine Ridge

As muzzleloader deer season gets underway, hunters are being reminded that the Pine Ridge was added to Nebraska’s list of Mule Deer Conservation Area units this year. That means hunters must carry a Pine Ridge MDCA Permit to harvest mule deer in the unit; the Statewide Muzzleloader and Restricted Statewide Buck permits are no longer valid for that species there.

It also means the Pine Ridge MDCA permit — which is valid for any deer, except antlerless mule deer — is valid for both the November firearm and December muzzleloader seasons.

This year’s Pine Ridge MDCA permits have sold out. The quota was set at 1,200; 85% of those were allocated to residents and 15% to nonresidents.

The Pine Ridge Unit encompasses all land north of the Niobrara River between the Wyoming state line and Nebraska Highway 27. Other MDCA units are the Frenchman, Platte, Buffalo and Republican.

People can read about this and other changes to deer regulations at www.outdoornebraska.gov/deerseasonchanges.

About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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