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Nebraska approves wider use of crossbows in 2011

From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

-- Nebraska's Game and Parks Board of Commissioners has approved the wider use of crossbows as big game hunting equipment.

Crossbows have been allowed n Nebraska as legal equipment during firearm seasons for decades. Starting in 1985, crossbows were allowed during the archery season for those with a permanent disability that prevented them from drawing a bow.

All restrictions on crossbows have been removed, including the disability provision and draw weight. The new regulations, starting in 2011, allow crossbows as legal archery equipment for big game-deer, antelope, elk, turkey and bighorn sheep).

In other action at the Oct. 28 meeting, commissioners adopted regulations that:

--Require antelope taken in archery season to be checked within 48 hours of the time the animal was taken. 
--Create separate resident and nonresident landowner antelope permits and fees and lower the cost of resident depredation permits. 
--Allow archery antelope permit holders to hunt with archery equipment during the October firearm antelope season and allow archery deer permit holders to hunt with archery equipment during the November firearm deer season.

--Authorize one shared-revenue auction elk hunting permit for residents and nonresidents. 
--Authorize one lottery permit and one auction permit for bighorn sheep hunting in 2011.

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