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Nebraska's Archery Deer Season Opens Sept. 15

From Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

-- The first opportunity for hunters to harvest a deer and put meat in the freezer this fall begins Sept. 15 with the opening of archery deer season in Nebraska.

For the first time, all archery permits will include a bonus antlerless whitetail tag. This is an effort by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to thin the population of the growing white-tailed deer herd.

A record archery harvest of 4,858 deer was set last year, with hunters having a 30-percent success rate. The 2007 harvest rose 6 percent from a year earlier, while permit sales rose 3 percent. The harvest is expected to set another record this fall, due to the bonus tags.

The archery season is open Sept. 15-Nov. 14 and Nov. 24-Dec. 31.

Archery and youth permits are valid for one either-sex deer, include a bonus tag for one antlerless whitetail, and unlimited in number. The permits are valid statewide, except antlerless mule deer may not be taken in Fort Robinson State Park (SP), Fort Robinson Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Peterson WMA or Soldier Creek Wilderness Area.

Youth and landowner permits provide additional hunting opportunities, with the appropriate weapons, during the archery, firearm, muzzleloader and January seasons.

Landowner permits are valid for one either-sex deer, include a bonus tag for one antlerless deer, and unlimited in number. Landowners must hunt on their own land.

Hunters are reminded to practice treestand safety. A fall from a tree stand can cause serious injury. Inspect the tree stand before leaving home, making sure it is in excellent condition; wear a full-body harness; and use a rope to get equipment into and out of the stand.

For more information, or to buy permits, go online at www.OutdoorNebraska.org.  Permits also are sold at the following Commission permitting offices: Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, Alliance district, Bassett district, Chadron SP, Fort Robinson SP, Kearney district, Niobrara SP, Norfolk district, North Platte district, Omaha, Lincoln headquarters, Ponca SP, Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area (SRA), and Wildcat Hills SRA.

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