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Nebraska permits now available, hunt dates extended

From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

-- It's a hunter's second favorite time of year, when big game permits go on sale. Hunters can get an early start on making their fall plans and begin thinking about November mornings just as the steamy weather of summer hits its stride.

Big game hunting in Nebraska is the best it's ever been. The state has record populations of deer, turkey and elk.  (Read more)

Deer and turkey permits are easy to get, and with $5 youth permits for both species available, aspiring young hunters can become part of trips afield.  

Hunters hoping to harvest something to hang on their wall may be interested to learn the average age of Nebraska's  bucks has increased in recent years, with 30 percent of the bucks taken in 2009 being three years or older.

A new Oct. 2-11 antlerless firearm season has been added for 60 percent of the state, with $10 permits for residents and $55 permits for nonresidents. The January firearm antlerless season has been extended 9 days.

Archers will be happy to note the minimum draw weight for bows has been removed, and archery equipment can now be used to fill firearm permits. Another extra perk to deer hunting in Nebraska is the fact that a majority of our deer permits include an antlerless bonus tags. Statewide archery and muzzleloader permits, as well as many firearm units and most season choice units, offer a bonus
tag.

For hunters who enjoy the hunting but don't need the extra meat, the Deer Exchange program is available to help share the venison.

2010 antelope permits are still available to both residents and nonresidents. A limited number of resident landowner elk permits remain as well.

Click here to become familiar with the changes noted in the 2010 Big Game Guide online.

A new Super Tag Lottery-available to Nebraska residents only-includes includes one permit for elk, antelope and deer, and two permits for turkey, spring or fall seasons. Once-in-a-lifetime bull elk permit holders are eligible to participate in this lottery. Application period for this tag is open now through July 2, with an application fee of $25; one entry per person. The winner will have two years (2010 and 2011) to fill the permits. Visit the Super Tag lottery in the Big Game Permits section of the permitting system online at  https://ngpc-permits.ne.gov/NGPC-PS/faces/public/welcome.

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