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NE online antlerless deer hunter program available

From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

-- Nebraska is using a new online tool to increase hunter access to land where landowners seek more antlerless deer hunters. The Antlerless Deer Hunter Program allows hunters to register online and landowners to scan the database for hunters in their area, then contact them by telephone or e-mail.

This program is available online at http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/hunting/programs.asp.

"Many hunters have difficulty finding land to hunt," according to Kit Hams, Game and Parks big game program manager. "We also hear from landowners who say hunters only want to shoot bucks or they do not feel comfortable telling hunters to shoot does. This program has the potential to address both problems with a mutually beneficial solution."

Hunters provide information when they register including name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, counties and months in which they are willing to hunt, preferred weapons, and the number of deer they want to harvest.

Landowners search the database by county and can see the hunters' first name, contact information and hunting preferences (county, month, weapon).

With 136 days of deer seasons and 250,000 permits and bonus tags that allow antlerless deer harvest, there are more than enough days and permits to control deer herds, Hams explained.

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