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Nebraska's archery antelope season opens Aug. 20

From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

-- The archery antelope hunting season opens Aug. 20, and runs through Nov. 12, and then is open Nov. 22 through Dec. 31.

An unlimited number of the statewide archery permits are available; each hunter may purchase only one permit. Archery hunting is prohibited in firearm antelope units during the firearm antelope season Oct. 9-24.

Archers harvested a record 156 antelope in 2009; 79 percent of those antelope were mature bucks. The hunter success rate was 22 percent.

While permission is required to hunt on private land, most landowners are willing to grant access. Oglala National Grassland may be the best hunting option on public land, but antelope also may be found in limited numbers in Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest southwest of Valentine and the Bessey Ranger District of the Nebraska National Forest near Halsey.

Youth archery permits for hunters ages 12 to 15 are $5.  Permits may be purchased at http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/ or at Game and Parks permitting offices.

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