From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
-- Because deer are so numerous in the Eugene T. Mahoney State Park area, causing crop damage and collisions with vehicles, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is looking for hunters to harvest antlerless deer in designated areas of the park this season.
Efforts by private and public entitles are underway to harvest more deer. In the past, deer hunting has not been allowed at the park. Hunters must apply for the hunt. Only antlerless deer may be taken and only bow and arrow and muzzleloaders may be used.
In addition to the appropriate deer permit and habitat stamp, hunters must have a special access permit, as well as a park entry permit for each vehicle entering the park.
The following are the hunting periods and equipment allowed: archery only – Nov. 30-Dec. 3, Dec. 7-10 and Dec. 14-17; muzzleloader only – Jan. 4-7 and Jan. 11-14.
Successful applicants will be assigned one of the periods, according to their preference. Approximately 15-20 hunters will be selected for each period, issued an access permit and randomly assigned to zones or tree stands. If more applications are received than can be accommodated, a drawing will be held Nov. 3.
Hunters may obtain an application by calling the park at (402) 944-2523, ext. 7122 or the Lincoln district office at (402) 471-5597. Applications, limited to one per person, will be accepted through Oct. 30 at 5 p.m.
There will be three types of applications. An individual application is for one person, who applies for one zone for archery and/or one tree stand for muzzleloader. A mentor application is for two people to hunt out of the same zone for archery and/or the same tree stand for muzzleloader. Both applications must be received together. A buddy application is for two people applying to hunt separate zones for archery and/or separate tree stands for muzzleloader. Buddy applications must be submitted together. Either both will draw a permit or both will not. There will be a limited number of mentor and/or buddy tree stands available.
For archery, hunters must have either a statewide archery permit, Season Choice Area 20 permit, Season Choice Area 21 permit, or statewide youth permit. For muzzleloader, hunters must have either a Season Choice Area 20 permit, Season Choice Area 21 permit or a statewide youth permit.
Hunting sites for the disabled will be available. Some tree stands will be more than three-quarters of a mile from the parking area across uneven terrain.
Before being issued an access permit, successful applicants must attend an orientation session at the park on Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. for archers and Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. for muzzleloaders. For more information, contact the Lincoln district office or the park.