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Nebraska hopes antlerless harvest will increase by 10,000

From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

-- Deer hunting season begins in Nebraska Sept. 15, and the message from Game and Parks is the same as the past few years: More antlerless deer need to be harvested than in the previous year. Officials hope the antlerless deer harvest will increase by an additional 10,000 deer this fall.

Archery season is up first from Sept. 15 to Nov. 12 and Nov. 22 to Dec. 31. There are an unlimited number of statewide archery permits available. Permit fees, including issuing fees, are $30 for residents, $209 for nonresidents and $6 for youth. The bag limit per permit is any one deer, except no mule deer does, plus one whitetail doe.

An October antlerless season was created last year in an effort to further increase deer harvest. This fall, that season is expanded in length and hunting unit, and the permit fee is reduced. The 2010 October antlerless season is Oct. 2 to 11, and the permit fee is $11 for residents and $55 for nonresidents.

This year, Game and Parks has two programs to accommodate additional deer harvest.

The Deer Exchange allows hunters and those who are willing to accept free venison to search for each other via an online database. "Many people who wanted to receive a deer last year didn't get one," said Kit Hams, big game program manager with Game and Parks. "All participants need to be active in calling people who have signed up."

New this fall, the Antlerless Deer Hunter program is designed to bring together landowners who have too many deer and hunters willing to take does. Hunters register online for the program, and landowners search the database for them before making contact via telephone or e-mail.

"We especially encourage landowners who need hunters who will take does to begin calling or e-mailing hunters," Hams said. "More than a thousand hunters have signed up, and nearly every county is represented."  More information about both programs can be found at http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/

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