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Plenty of permits remain for NE firearm deer season

From Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

-- Plenty of permits remain for the upcoming November firearm deer hunting season, as hunters finalize plans for the Nov. 12-20 season.

A major change in this year's season is the expansion of the Earn-a-Buck program, in which hunters are required to check an antlerless deer either before or at the same time as a buck. Those rules, which applied to the Elkhorn and Wahoo management units last year, have been expanded to the Missouri, Blue Northwest and Blue Southeast units this year.

Earn-a-Buck season is Nov. 12 to 22, and hunters must have their canceled doe permit with them when they check their buck.

A checklist of things hunters should mark off heading into the season include buying permits, securing landowner permission, scouting, checking equipment and sighting in rifles.

Change to nonresident 2-day hunt permit

Nebraska hunters planning holiday hunting trips with friends or family members should remember there is a change to the nonresident two-day hunt permit.

Starting this year, that permit is valid for any two consecutive days of upland game or waterfowl hunting during the calendar year. There is no permit limit per hunter. In the past that permit had a limit of one per year and was restricted to hunting from the day before Thanksgiving to Dec. 31.

Facts hunters need to know going into the firearm season

--Harvested deer must be delivered to check stations.

--A November firearm permit holder may use archery equipment, but, as of this year, archery permit holders also may hunt during the November firearm deer season.

--Hunter orange is required of all November firearm deer season hunters, regardless of type of equipment used.

--Fall turkey hunting is legal during the November firearm deer season, but turkey hunters are required to wear hunter orange during this period.

For help in finding public hunting lands and private lands open to public access, see a copy of 2011 Public Access Atlas or online at http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/hunting/programs/crp/atlas.asp.

Game and Parks district offices and service centers, as well as the Omaha and Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium offices, will be open to sell permits on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Permits also may be purchased at http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/hunting/guides/permfees.asp.

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