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Nebraska Archery Antelope Season begins Aug. 20

From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

-- The archery antelope hunting season opens Aug. 20, runs through Nov. 13 and then again from Nov. 23 through Dec. 31.   

An unlimited number of the statewide archery permits are available, although each hunter may purchase only one. Archery hunting is prohibited in firearm antelope units during the firearm antelope season, which is Oct. 10-25.

Hunters harvested 107 antelope during the archery season in 2008, with 82 percent of those antelope being mature bucks. The hunter success rate was 18 percent.

Kit Hams, big game program manager for the Commission, suggested archery hunters pursue antelope before the Sept. 19 start of the muzzleloader season, when antelope likely are to become easily spooked.

While permission is required to hunt on private land, most landowners are willing to grant access. On public land, Oglala National Grassland is best, Hams said, but antelope also may be found in limited numbers in Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest southwest of Valentine and the Bessey Ranger District of the Nebraska National Forest near Halsey.

Permits may be purchased at OutdoorNebraska.org or at the following permitting offices: Commission offices in Lincoln, Omaha, Norfolk, Kearney, Bassett, North Platte, and Alliance, as well as Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, Chadron, Ponca, Niobrara and Fort Robinson state parks, and Lake McConaughy and Wildcat Hills state recreation areas.

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