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Nebraska offers special deer hunts to reduce population

From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

-- Special antlerless deer hunting opportunities are available in Eugene T. Mahoney and Platte River state parks and Schramm Park State Recreation Area to reduce high deer populations along the Platte River in southeast Nebraska.

Applicants will be issued a special access permit that allows them to hunt antlerless deer in designated areas of a park on designated dates, using specific equipment. Successful applicants and interested alternates must attend an orientation session in order to receive the special access permit.

Applications, limited to one per person, are being accepted through 5 p.m. on Oct. 29. If more applications are received than can be accommodated, a drawing will be held Nov. 3.

Hunters may obtain an application by calling Mahoney SP at (402) 944-2523, ext. 7122, Platte River SP at (402) 234-2217, Schramm Park SRA at (402) 332-3901 or the Lincoln district Game and Parks office at (402) 471-5597. Individual, mentor and buddy applications are available.

Legal equipment at Mahoney and Platte River state parks are archery and muzzleloaders. The legal equipment at Schramm Park SRA is archery.

In addition to the appropriate deer permit and habitat stamp, hunters must have the special access permit, as well as a park entry permit for each vehicle entering the park.

Hunting opportunities with park, legal equipment and dates include:

. Mahoney SP, Platte River SP, Schramm Park SRA - archery, Nov. 29-Dec. 2, Dec. 6-9 and Dec. 13-16
. Mahoney SP, Platte River SP - muzzleloader, Jan. 3-6, Jan. 10-13 and Jan. 17-18
. Schramm Park SRA - archery, Jan. 3-6, Jan. 10-13 and Jan. 17-18

Successful applicants will be assigned one of the hunting periods at one of the parks, according to their preference, and will be assigned to zones or tree stands. Hunting sites for the disabled will be available at Mahoney SP.

Appropriate deer permits for archery hunters are statewide archery, Season Choice Area 20, Season Choice Area 21, or statewide youth. Muzzleloader hunters must have either a Season Choice Area 20 permit, Season Choice Area 21 permit or a statewide youth permit.

Orientation sessions are Nov. 22 at Mahoney SP for archers and Dec. 22 for muzzleloaders. Both begin at 7 p.m.

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