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Nebraska Posts Record Firearm Deer Harvest

From Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

-- Hunters harvested a record number of deer in Nebraska during the November firearm season, according to a preliminary report by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. With all but one check station reporting, 48,505 deer were killed, compared to 48,170 in 2006.

There were 4,610 deer killed in the Panhandle, compared to 5,194 in 2006 after the number of bonus antlerless-only tags was reduced by 4,800. The north-central region saw 8,212 deer killed, compared to 7,899 last year. There were an additional 5,000 bonus antlerless-only and 700 either-sex tags available in the northeast, where 10,823 deer were harvested, compared to 9,896, in 2006. The southwest saw 5,038 deer harvested, compared to 5,383 last year, and 8,492 taken in the south-central region, compared to 8,557 in 2006. In the southeast, 11,330 deer were taken, compared to 11,241 last year after 600 either-sex permits were added.

Plenty of deer hunting opportunities remain. The archery season is open through Dec. 31 and the muzzleloader season is Dec. 1-31. Each permit is good statewide and allows for the harvest of one deer of either sex.

The January late season is Jan. 1-15, 2008. Season Choice Area permits are available and allow a hunter the choice of hunting with archery equipment during the archery season, a muzzleloader during the muzzleloader season or a firearm during the January late season. These permits may be used to hunt in any or all of the seasons until the permit is filled. Many Season Choice areas allow the take of two deer on one permit.

"Hunters are encouraged to take antlerless deer during the December muzzleloader and January late seasons to help control the deer herd," said Kit Hams, the Commission's big game program manager.

Nonresidents returning to the state for the holidays can buy SCA antlerless permits for $55.

For more information, or to purchase a permit, go to www.OutdoorNebraska.org. Permits also may be purchased at Commission permitting offices at Ak-Sar- Ben Aquarium, Alliance, Bassett, Chadron State Park, Fort Robinson State Park, Kearney, Niobrara State Park, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, Lincoln, and Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area.

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