Big Game Guide

• Antelope • Bighorn Sheep • Deer • Elk

2011

Charley and Drew Hedstrom of Lincoln were all smiles after Drew harvested his first deer.

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WELCOME BIG GAME HUNTERS:
This is a great time to hunt big game in Nebraska. In 2010, hunters harvested record numbers of elk and whitetail, and the age of harvested whitetail and mule deer bucks has never been better. Pronghorn antelope and elk populations continue to grow, with more permits available each year. Two state record antelope bucks and a state-record typical whitetail were harvested in 2010. For 2011, permit quantities have increased for elk and antelope, and a bighorn sheep season is authorized. Nebraska has never had better big game hunting opportunities. We hope to see you out there. Kit Hams Big Game Program Manager, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

TABLE OF CONTENTS
HUNTING SEASONS. . . . . PERMITS . . . . . . . . . . . . ANTELOPE. . . . . . . . . . . BIGHORN SHEEP. . . . . . . ELK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DEER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CONSERVATION OFFICERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 . 3 . 10 .13 . 14 . 18 .46

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ABOUT THIS GUIDE This publication is only a guide to those regulations and laws. To read the state’s regulations and laws, visit the following links: Regulations: http://outdoornebraska.ne.org/admin/regulations/regulations.asp Statutes: http://law.justia.com/nebraska/codes/s37index/s37index.html
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HUNTING SEASONS
Restrictions may apply. Check the sections on individual species for details. SPECIES - SEASON Antelope - Archery Antelope - Muzzleloader Antelope - October Firearm Antelope - October Late Firearm Antelope - December Late Firearm Bighorn Sheep Deer - Archery Deer - Mule Deer Conservation Area Deer - October Antlerless Deer - November Firearm Deer - Earn-a-Buck November Firearm Deer - Muzzleloader Deer - Season Choice Deer - Youth Deer - Landowner Deer - DeSoto Muzzleloader Deer - Boyer Chute Elk - Bull Elk - Antlerless Elk - Boyd Unit DATES Aug. 20 - Dec. 31 Sept. 17 - Oct. 2 Oct. 8 - 23 Oct. 8 - Nov. 11 Dec. 1 - Jan. 31, 2012 Nov. 29 - Dec. 22 Sept. 15 - Dec. 31 Sept. 15 - Dec 31 Oct. 1 - 10 Nov. 12 - 20 Nov. 12 - 22 Dec. 1 - 31 Sept. 15 - Jan. 18, 2012 Sept. 15 - Jan. 18, 2012 Sept. 15 - Jan. 18, 2012 Oct. 1 - 2, Oct. 15 - 16, Dec. 10 - 11, Jan. 7 - 8, 2012 Oct. 22 - 23, Nov. 5 - 6, Dec. 17 - 18 Sept. 24 - Oct. 23 Sept. 24 - Oct. 23, Dec. 1 - 21 Aug. 15 - Nov. 11, Nov. 21 - Dec. 31

BIG GAME PERMITS
WHO MAY BUY A PERMIT All big game hunters in Nebraska are required to have a species-specific permit for deer, antelope, elk, or mountain (bighorn) sheep. Except for residents younger than age 16 and residents who hold veteran or 69 or older senior permits, all big game hunters also are required to have a Nebraska Habitat Stamp. A Nebraska hunt permit is not required for big game. MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT The minimum age to buy or apply for a deer permit is 10 years. The minimum age is 12 for antelope, elk and bighorn sheep. Antelope youth archery hunters and deer archery, firearm,and muzzleloader hunters younger than 16 years may purchase a youth permit. 2011 Hunting Seasons | 3

TYPES OF PERMITS
A big game permit is valid only for the season, weapon and unit or area for which it is issued and may not be exchanged for another permit. Permits are not transferable or refundable.

DEER

Restricted Statewide Buck – Valid in nine-day November firearm season. Bag limit: one buck. No mule deer may be harvested in Mule Deer Conservation Area. Resident — $73.50 Nonresident — $521 Whitetail Statewide Buck – Valid statewide Sept. 15-Dec. 31 for archery, muzzleloader and November firearm season with weapon legal for each season. Bag limit: one whitetail buck and one antlerless whitetail. Resident — $73.50 Nonresident — $521 Firearm – Valid in specific units during November firearm, Earn-a-Buck or late firearm seasons. Bag limit: varies by sex and species. See map on page 37. Resident — $30 Nonresident — $209 Archery – Valid statewide. Bag limit: one deer of either sex and one antlerless whitetail. No mule deer may be harvested in Mule Deer Conservation Area. Resident — $30 Nonresident — $209 Muzzleloader – Valid statewide. Bag limit: one deer of either sex and one antlerless whitetail. No mule deer may be harvested in Mule Deer Conservation Area. Resident — $30 Nonresident — $209 Season Choice – Valid in specific units. Bag limit: antlerless only, but varies. Valid in open seasons with the appropriate weapons. See maps on page 38-39. Resident — $30 Nonresident antlerless only — $55 Landowner – Valid on property of landowner. Bag limit: one deer of either sex and one antlerless deer in seasons with the appropriate weapons. Resident — $15.50 Nonresident — $105 Youth Deer – Valid statewide for all seasons with the appropriate weapons. Bag limit: one deer of either sex and one antlerless whitetail. Limit one permit per youth. Resident — $6 Nonresident — $6 Youth Whitetail – Valid statewide for all seasons with the appropriate weapons. Bag limit: one whitetail and one antlerless whitetail. Resident — $6 Nonresident — $6 4 | Big Game Permits

October Antlerless – Valid in October Antlerless Unit. Bag limit: two antlerless whitetail deer. See map on page 36. Resident — $11 Nonresident — $55

ANTELOPE
Firearm – Issued for and valid in specific units during October Firearm, October Late or December Late Antlerless seasons for use with firearms and archery equipment. Bag limit varies by sex. See map on page 12 Resident — $35* Nonresident — $155.50* (antlerless only) Archery – Valid statewide, except closed on Fort Robinson State Park, during the archery season. The bag limit is one antelope of either sex, except in Bessey Ranger District of Nebraska National Forest is one antelope with horns longer than ears. Resident — $35* Nonresident — $155.50* Muzzleloader – Issued for and valid in specific units during muzzleloader season for one antelope of either sex in North Sioux Unit and one antelope buck in Prairie Unit. Resident — $35* Nonresident — Not eligible Landowner – Issued for and valid in specific units on property of landowner in open seasons with the appropriate weapons. Bag limit varies by sex. Resident — $20.50* Nonresident — $74.75* Youth Archery – Valid statewide during the archery season for one antelope of either sex. Resident — $11* Nonresident — $11*
*Includes nonrefundable $5 application fee

ELK
Antlerless – Issued for and valid in specific units for one antlerless elk. See map on page 16. Resident — $159* Nonresident — Not eligible Bull – Issued for and valid in specific units for one bull elk. Resident — $159* Nonresident — Not eligible Landowner – Valid in specific units. Landowners with property within an elk management zone are eligible to apply. Valid in open seasons with appropriate weapons for one elk (sex depends on unit). Bull permits issued by drawing and preference points. Resident — $39.40* Nonresident — $458*
*Includes nonrefundable $8.50 application fee

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BIGHORN SHEEP
Auction – Valid for one bighorn sheep in season (issued Feb. 2011). Resident — Eligible Nonresident — Eligible Lottery – Valid for one bighorn sheep in season. Resident — $25 nonrefundable application fee Nonresident — Not eligible

OTHER
Super Tag Lottery – This multispecies permit is valid in 2011 and 2012 for one elk of either sex, one antelope of either sex, one deer of either sex, and two turkeys (only toms and bearded hens may be taken in the spring). The permit is valid in open seasons with the appropriate weapons. One permit is available. Resident — $25 nonrefundable application fee Nonresident — Not eligible Nebraska Habitat Stamp – Valid statewide and required of all big game hunters, except residents younger than 16 years of age and residents who hold veteran or 69 or older senior permits. EXCEPTION: Farmers and ranchers who hunt with a landowner permit on land they own or lease for agricultural purposes are exempt. One stamp is required for all hunting in a calendar year, but January deer hunters may use the previous year’s stamp. Resident — $20 Nonresident — $20 WHEN TO BUY OR APPLY FOR PERMITS All application/purchase periods begin on the first day at 1 p.m. Central Time. All applications must be received by Game and Parks by 5 p.m. Central Time or online by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on the final day. May 16 - June 3 — Residents may apply for one deer permit in any Draw unit (see page 8). Residents and eligible landowners may apply for one elk permit and for one buck or either-sex antelope permit in available units. One application allowed per person per species. July 11 - Close of Season — Residents, nonresidents and eligible landowners may purchase remaining deer and antelope permits. Residents and eligible landowners may purchase remaining elk permits. HOW TO APPLY FOR A PERMIT • At OutdoorNebraska.org during the applicable periods. • Mail a completed application to Game and Parks, 2200 N. 33rd St., Lincoln, NE, 68503. • In person at Game and Parks permitting offices. NOTE: Game and Parks agents, such as Wal-Mart, cannot sell big game permits.

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HOW TO BUY A PERMIT You must provide: • A 2011 Big Game Application • Full name, birth date, address, and physical description • Last four (4) digits of Social Security number (Non-U.S. citizens are exempt. Please call (402) 471-5455). • Hunter or bow hunter education number, if required • Payment: Credit or debit cards (VISA and MasterCard only), checks, and money orders are accepted as payment. • E-mail address (used to notify successful applicants of permit drawings)

RULES FOR PERMITS
LIMITS ON PERMITS NONLANDOWNERS Deer – No one may have more than two permits that allow the harvest of a buck. Antelope – No one may have more than one permit per year. Elk – No one may have more than one bull permit in a lifetime, except a Super Tag permit will be allowed. No more than one cow permit every five years. RESIDENCY QUALIFICATIONS The requirements to qualify as a Nebraska resident to buy a hunting license: • Reside in Nebraska continuously for 30 days or more before making application for a permit and intend to become a resident of Nebraska. • Residents attending school in another state or stationed outside the state of Nebraska as part of a military assignment that have maintained Nebraska as their state of legal residency. • Military personnel and full-time students stationed or attending school in Nebraska for a period of at least 30 days. NOTE: A new resident should be prepared to provide documentation of residency (driver’s license, voter registration, etc.) to an officer when in possession of a resident permit. LANDOWNER PERMITS Residents and nonresidents: • Eligible family members may hunt together on the described land. • Eligible family members are not required to live in the same household. Residents: • Owning or leasing 80 acres or more of land dedicated to agricultural production may receive a limited landowner permit for antelope and deer. • Hunting activities are restricted to the land owned/operated by the owner and described on the application. • Spouse or child of owner or leaseholder. • The maximum number of landowner permits allowed for one farm or ranch is determined by the size of the property in acres divided by 80. For example, a farm of 240 acres could have a maximum of three landowner permits issued, but each person may hold no more than one landowner permit per species per year. Big Game Permits | 7

Nonresidents: • Owning 320 acres or more of land dedicated to agricultural production may receive a limited landowner permit for deer. • Only one permit will be issued per 320 acres. • Spouse or child of owner or siblings sharing ownership is eligible. DRAW UNIT OR BUY UNIT? Nebraska issues some big game permits as draw units or buy units. The following are draw unit permits: • antelope firearm • antelope muzzleloader • antelope landowner • Republican Mule Deer • Republican Whitetail • DeSoto December Muzzleloader deer • All elk Draw Units are: • Determined by the overall demand on the unit’s permits. • Established to provide equal opportunity to obtain permits in the units. • May be applied for during the draw unit application period. (May 16 - June 3) Buy Units are: • Units that typically don’t sell out quickly or have an unlimited number of permits available such as statewide archery deer. • Issued on a first-come, first-served basis. • May be purchased online during applicable periods or at Game and Parks permitting offices. BUDDY APPLICATION Hunters who want to ensure that both or neither of their party will draw a permit in the same unit should apply as “buddies.” If one person fails to draw a permit, both will be excluded. • Must be submitted during the first application period for draw units. (Later applications treated on a first-come, first-served basis.) • Only two persons may submit applications together as buddy applicants. If applying by mail, both applications must be marked as buddy and submitted in the same envelope. • One check is allowed for payment. If paying by credit card, buddies must use same credit card. • Preference based on the individual with the fewest preference points. • A buddy permit does not allow party hunting. Each permit holder must harvest his or her own animal. NOTIFICATION OF SUCCESS All applicants for permits in draw units will be notified of the results of the drawing. • Check your success at OutdoorNebraska.org after the draw. • Persons are notified before July 11 to give all applicants who do not receive their permit of choice time to obtain a permit in an unfilled unit. • Do not call Game and Parks offices to inquire about your success. 8 | Big Game Permits

PERMIT SELLOUT DATES Information on current permit availability may be found at OutdoorNebraska.org. PREFERENCE Applicants who did not receive a deer permit in a draw unit in 2010 will be given preference in the 2011 permit drawing.

YOUTH BIG GAME HUNTING
Minimum Age: Deer – age 10; Antelope, Elk, Bighorn – age 12 Seasons: Elk and Bighorn – Same as adult hunts; no special permit or season Antelope – Permit: Youth archery permit, $11, for residents and nonresidents. Seasons are the same as for adults. Deer – Permit: Youth deer permits, $6, for residents and nonresidents Youth Whitetail permit - valid for one either-sex whitetail and one antlerless whitetail Youth Deer permit – valid for one deer of any type and one antlerless whitetail Youth Deer permits valid in all general seasons with weapons legal for that season. Archery: Sept. 15 – Dec. 31 October Anterless: Oct. 1 - 10 in units open during November Firearm: Nov. 12 - 20 November Firearm in Earn-A-Buck units: Nov. 12 - 22 (Youth and Landowner not required to shoot a doe.) Muzzleloader: Dec. 1 - 31 Late Firearm Antlerless: Dec. 26 – Jan. 18, 2012 (antlerless only) Antlerless only if hunting during the October antlerless firearm season Archery, Muzzleloader, SCA, MDCA, October Antlerless Season Permit Limit: maximum of two youth permits, but no more than one that allows mule deer Application Age: Youth age 16 may get a youth permit if they purchase before turning 16. Youth may apply before reaching legal age if legal age is reached before season opens Habitat Stamp: Required of nonresident youth only. Hunter Education: See page 35

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ANTELOPE
2011 FORECAST Antelope populations are increasing, firearm permit quantities have increased and three doe/fawn units have been added, giving hunters more opportunity to draw a permit. Harvest is at a 25-year high. Two state-record antelope were taken in 2010. NEW IN 2011 • Preference points used for resident and nonresident landowner permits • Late antlerless seasons added in Box Butte East, Dismal and North Sioux units • Archery season open during firearm seasons for deer and antelope • $11 youth archery permit (age 12-15) • Antelope taken outside the October firearm season must be checked via Telecheck within 48 hours of kill WHO MAY APPLY FOR ANTELOPE PERMTIS • Persons age 12 or older or those persons age 11 if they are age 12 by Oct. 1. • Resident and nonresident landowners. Firearm and muzzleloader permits have quotas while archery permits are unlimited. Residents have preference, so all muzzleloader and firearm buck or either-sex permits will be purchased by them. Archery permits are available to residents and nonresidents. Antlerless permits are available to residents and nonresidents starting in July. Firearm permits are available to nonresident landowners however, resident landowners have preference and are expected to purchase most permits. LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF AN ANTELOPE A buck is defined as an antelope with horns longer than its ears. LANDOWNER PERMITS Quota is 50 percent of the general permit quota for each unit. ANTELOPE PREFERENCE POINTS • Any resident who properly applies for and is denied a firearm or muzzleloader antelope permit in the first application period will receive one preference point for each unsuccessful year. Nonresident landowners gain 0.9 preference points. • Accumulated points shall be used to determine priority in the permit drawing. • In buddy applications, priority will be given based on the lower number of points possessed by either applicant. • Any person who is issued firearm or muzzleloader buck or either-sex permits shall lose all preference points. • Any person who does not apply during a five-year period shall lose all preference points. • Purchasing an archery or antlerless permit will not cause you to lose preference points. • Antlerless permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis to residents or nonresidents. Preference points are not used.

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ANTELOPE PERMIT INFORMATION
Unit Archery – Statewide1 Prairie MZ
1

2011 2011 2010 2010 Permits Bag Limit2 Harvest3 Success UNL 90 26 76 40 0 20 40 90 26 16 20 35 100 26 26 20 46 ES ES ES ES ES 0 BO ES ES ES ES BO BO ES doe/fawn doe/fawn doe/fawn doe/fawn 185 76 23 76 48 48 — — 92 24 15 20 37 123 — 26 — — 22% 71% 68% 68% 92% 80% — — 70% 80% 65% 67% 70% 84% — 65% — —

2010 Minimum Points Required 0 2 3 2 2 3 — — 1 2 2 1 1 3 Buy Permit Permi Buy Permit Buy Permit Buy Permit

Bucks Harvested Age 2 or Older 86% 88% 90% 79% 87% 95% — — 91% 79% 100% 100% 97% 92% — — — —

North Sioux MZ Banner North Banner South Box Butte Box Butte East Box Butte West Cherry Cheyenne Dismal Eastern Sandhills Garden North Sioux Box Butte East Late Cherry Late Dismal Late North Sioux Late

1 - The Bessey Ranger District of the Nebraska National Forest in Blaine and Thomas counties is closed to muzzleloader and firearm hunting. Open to archery for bucks only. 2 - ES - Either Sex BO - Buck only horns longer than its ears. 3 - Includes landowner harvest. MZ - Muzzleloader UNL - Unlimited

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CHECKING OF ANTELOPE Antelope harvested during the 16-day October firearm season must be delivered to a check station no later than 1 p.m. on the day following the close of the season. Each permit holder must accompany the animal to the check station. Antelope harvested during the archery, muzzleloader or late firearm seasons must be checked via Telecheck within 48 hours of kill and before 1 p.m. on the day following the close of the season. Hunters must record the seal number and security code on the permit. The carcass may be separated into halves or quarters, provided that evidence of sex is retained on each hind quarter or half. Head and hide must accompany the carcass to the check station. The permit and check station seal numbers must be retained while transporting the animal to a point of permanent storage or processing. A list of check stations may be found on the regulations sheet and at OutdoorNebraska.org.

ANTELOPE FIREARM UNITS
North Sioux Late
Sioux
OGLALA NATIONAL GRASSLAND

Cherry Late
Sheridan

Dawes

North Sioux
Chadron Harrison

87 20
Rushville

83

Cherry
Fort Niobrara Valentine National Wildlife Refuge Springview

Keya Paha

Boyd
Butte

20

SOLDIER CREEK WILDERNESS NEBRASKA NATIONAL FOREST

385

Box Butte East

SAMUEL R. MCKELVIE NATIONAL FOREST

Brown

Rock

Cherry
Box Butte East Late

Valentine National Wildlife Refuge

Eastern Sandhills
11

Ainsworth

Bassett

Holt

O'Neill

Box Butte West

Box Butte
Alliance

250
Grant
Hyannis

83 2
Hooker
Thedford

Scotts Bluff

26

North Platte National Wildlife Refuge Gering

North Platte River 385
Banner
Bridgeport

Morrill

2

Mullen

Blaine
Brewster NEBRASKA NATIONAL FOREST

Garfield

Garden
Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge

61
McPherson

Thomas

Loup

11
Custer
Taylor

Arthur

Banner North
Harrisburg

Garden

North Platte River
Cheyenne
Oshkosh

Arthur

Dismal & Dismal Late
Tryon

Logan

91

Burwell

83 92
Broken Bow

Valley
Stapleton

Ord

61

183 92
Loup City

385
Kimball

80

Kimball

Banner South
19

Cheyenne Deuel
Sidney Chappell

Keith
Ogallala

North Platte River
North Platte

40 Platte River

Sherman

138

30
Perkins

Lincoln

47
Dawson Buffalo

Grant

Lexington Kearney

ANTELOPE MUZZLELOADER UNITS
PRAIRIE AND NORTH SIOUX
Valentine Rushville Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge

North Sioux Muzzleloader
OGLALA NATIONAL GRASSLAND Chadron

87

Harrison

20

Keya Paha

Butte

Boyd

SOLDIER CREEK WILDERNESS

Dawes
NEBRASKA NATIONAL FOREST

Springview

20

SAMUEL R. MCKELVIE NATIONAL FOREST

Sioux

Sheridan

Cherry

Ainsworth Valentine National Wildlife Refuge

Bassett

Knox
O'Neill

Center

Cedar

Hartington Ponca

Brown

Rock

Holt

Dixon Dakota Pierce
Wayne

Dakota City

Box Butte
Alliance Mullen Thedford

Pierce

Antelope
Hyannis

Wayne

Thurston

Thurston

Neligh

Scotts Bluff Gering

North Platte National Wildlife Refuge Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Grant

Hooker

Thomas
NEBRASKA NATIONAL FOREST

Blaine

Brewster

Stanton

Loup
Taylor

Garfield
Burwell

Wheeler
Bartlett

Madison
Madison

Stanton

Cuming
West Point

Burt

Morrill Banner
Harrisburg

Tekamah

Bridgeport

Garden

Logan Arthur
Arthur

Boone
Ord

Albion

McPherson
Stapleton

Tryon

Oshkosh

Prairie Muzzleloader
Custer
Broken Bow

Valley

Greeley

Platte
Columbus

Colfax
Schuyler

Dodge

Washington
Fremont

Greeley

Blair Desoto National Wildlife Refuge Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge

Kimball

Nance
Loup City

Fullerton David City

Kimball

Cheyenne
Sidney Chappell

Douglas Omaha Saunders
Wahoo Papillion

Keith Deuel

Ogallala

North Platte

Sherman

Howard

St. Paul

Merrick

Polk

Butler

Osceola

Sarpy
Plattsmouth

Lincoln
Grand Island Seward

Cass
Lincoln

Perkins
Grant

Dawson
Lexington

Buffalo
Kearney

Hall

Hamilton

Aurora

York

York

Seward

Lancaster Otoe

Nebraska City

Elwood

Hastings

Chase Imperial

Hayes

Hayes Center

Frontier

Stockville

Gosper

Phelps

Holdrege

Kearney
Minden

Adams

Clay

Clay Center

Fillmore

Geneva

Saline

Wilber

Johnson
Tecumseh

Nemaha

Auburn

Dundy
Benkelman

Hitchcock

McCook

Gage Furnas
Nelson Beaver City

Beatrice

Trenton

Red Willow

Harlan

Alma

Franklin
Franklin

Webster
Red Cloud

Nuckolls

Thayer
Hebron

Jefferson

Fairbury

Pawnee
Pawnee City

Richardson

Falls City

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BIGHORN SHEEP
2011 FORECAST The long-term outlook for bighorn sheep is good, with approximately 300 bighorns in two populations in the Pine Ridge and Wildcat Hills. Once native to western Nebraska, bighorn sheep were reintroduced in 1981. Unfortunately, disease losses are limiting herd growth. PERMITS • One lottery and one auction permit authorized for 2011 • Only residents age 12 and older are eligible to apply for permit • Lottery application fee – $25 (nonrefundable) • Lottery application period – April 18 - Aug. 5 • Lottery drawing date – Aug. 30 LOTTERY AND AUCTION Proceeds from lottery entries and auctions have raised more than $800,000 for the Bighorn Sheep Program. These proceeds are a critical revenue source for the program. BIGHORN SHEEP HUNTING AREA All of Banner, Box Butte, Dawes, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, and Sioux counties. Applications Year 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 Total 3,443 1,996 1,806 886 1,838 Year 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Total 1,595 1,585 1,445 None None Year 2008 2009 2010 Total 1,357 1,547 None

Auction Results 1998 - $87,500 Safari Club International 2000 - $85,000 Foundation for North American Wild Sheep 2002 - $55,000 Safari Club International 2005 - $83,000 Grand Slam/Ovis 2009 - $80,000 Foundation for North American Wild Sheep 2011 - $117,500 Grand Slam/Ovis

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ELK
2011 FORECAST Nebraska elk herds continue to grow. The population should exceed 2,200 by the start of the 2011 season. Hunter success in 2010 was 61 percent, with 92 percent of harvested bulls having six or more points on one antler. Permit draw odds average 25:1 for bull tags and 6:1 for cow tags. The time has never been better to harvest an elk in Nebraska. NEW IN 2011 • Preference points used to issue resident and nonresident landowner bull permits • Landowner application rules have changed • Nonresident landowners may apply • 16 bull permits added • 6 antlerless permits added WHO MAY APPLY FOR PERMITS • Persons age 12 and older are eligible. • General permits are available to residents only. • Landowner permits are available to residents and nonresidents. PERMIT AVAILABILITY • General permits: Bull - once in a lifetime; Cow - once in 5 years • Landowner permits: Bull – once in 3 years; Cow – annually LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF AN ELK Bull – A male with antlers 6 inches or more in length Antlerless – No antlers or antlers no more than 6 inches in length LANDOWNER ELK PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESS: 1) Obtain an application by: • requesting from Game and Parks • picking up from Game and Parks district office • downloading from OutdoorNebraska.org 2) Determine if your land is in an elk zone and if you qualify 3) By June 3, mail completed application and check or credit card for the permit price and application fee to the following Game and Parks district office, depending on unit (see address on page 44): Northwest District, Alliance: Ash Creek, Bordeaux Creek, Hat Creek, and North Platte River Northeast District, Norfolk: Boyd and Niobrara Southwest District, North Platte: Box Elder 4) District staff will validate your application and enter in drawing if eligible 5) Failure to provide complete and accurate information may lead to disqualification Resident and Nonresident Landowner Elk Eligibility Rules: • Eligible property must be located within the Elk Management Zone • Minimum acres: Resident (own 320 or lease 640); Nonresident (own 1,280) • Land must be used for agricultural purposes • Spouse or child of resident owner/leaseholder or sibling sharing ownership is eligible • Spouse or child of nonresident owner is eligible • One application is allowed per described property 14 | Elk

ELK BULL PERMITS
Unit Name Ash Creek Bordeaux Box Elder Boyd Hat Creek Niobrara River North Platte River Lottery and Auction 2011 General Permits 10 18 4 2 20 6 14 3 2011 Landowner Permits 5 9 2 1 10 3 7 — 2010 Bulls Harvested 8 17 3 0 23 8 17 1 2010 Permit Draw Odds 14:1 27:1 103:1 40:1 23:1 23:1 37:1 —

ELK ANTLERLESS-ONLY PERMITS
Unit Name Ash Creek Bordeaux Box Elder Boyd Hat Creek Niobrara River North Platte River 2011 General Permits 14 34 14 4 34 6 14 2011 Landowner Permits 7 17 7 2 17 3 7 2010 Cow/Calf Harvest 9 25 7 2 32 4 8 2010 Permit Draw Odds 4:1 6:1 9:1 11:1 4:1 5:1 12:1

NOTE: Nebraska’s elk populations move freely between private and public land, but the majority of elk are sighted on private property. Landowners may charge a fee for permission to hunt on their property.

Resident and Nonresident Landowner Elk Procedure Rules: • Persons receiving a bull permit in 2009 or 2010 cannot get a bull permit in 2011. • No more than one permit per person per year or one bull permit every three years. • Persons may apply for a bull permit each year and earn preference points. • Preference points awarded to unsuccessful landowner bull applicants (first application period only). • Bull permits are issued on a basis of preference points (cow by random draw). • Preference points are lost when a bull permit is issued (not when a cow is issued). • Hunting is restricted to the elk management unit for which the permit is issued. • Residents have preference over nonresidents (acres, price, preference points, leases). Elk | 15

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Sioux
OGLALA NATIONAL GRASSLAND

Lake Francis Case

Gregory County

Mis

281

sou

Dawes

ELK UNITS
Chadron

ri R

South Dakota Nebraska

18

ive r

Boyd Unit
281

71
Harrison SOLDIER CREEK WILDERNESS

Hat Creek

Ask Creek
NEBRASKA NATIONAL FOREST

Bordeaux
Rushville

27
SAMUEL R. MCKELVIE NATIONAL FOREST

Valentine Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge

Keya Paha
Springview

Butte

Boyd

Boyd
12

Boyd County

2

385
Sheridan Cherry
Valentine National Wildlife Refuge

12

Bassett Ainsworth

2
Box Butte

Niobrara River

281
Holt
O'Neill

Brown

Rock

Boyd Unit permit holders also may hunt in the S. D. portion of the unit.

71 26
Scotts Gering Bluff

Alliance

North Platte National Wildlife Refuge

2

Hyannis

2
Hooker

Mullen Thedford

Blaine Thomas

Wheeler
Brewster

Grant

2
NEBRASKA NATIONAL FOREST

61
Bridgeport

91

Loup

Garfield
Burwell

281 70

Morrill

Banner

Harrisburg

North Platte River

Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Taylor

91

Arthur
Arthur

McPherson
Ord Tryon

Garden Logan
Stapleton Oshkosh Broken Bow

183
Custer

Valley

Kimball

61
Cheyenne
Sidney

Lincoln

Kimball

Loup City

Deuel
Chappell

Keith
Ogallala

Sherman
North Platte

76

80
Perkins
Grant

Box Elder
Hayes
Hayes Center

Dawson
Lexington

Buffalo

Kearney

Frontier Kearney
Stockville

Chase

Imperial

Gosper

Phelps
Holdrege

Minden

Hitchcock Dundy
Benkelman Trenton McCook

Harlan Red Willow

183
Furnas
Beaver City Alma

Franklin
Franklin

Residents • Unsuccessful bull applicants earn 1 point • Permit: $39.40 • Own 320 acres; Lease 640 • Leaseholder eligible

Nonresidents • 0.9 point • Permit: $458 • Own 1,280 acres • Leaseholder not eligible

CHECKING OF ELK Elk must be delivered to a check station within 48 hours of the time of kill. Following the kill, hunters who harvest elk must immediately punch or notch the permit or tag to indicate sex and date of kill. The canceled permit or tag must be attached to the animal, or it may remain with the hunter if the carcass remains in the hunter's possession. The carcass may be separated into halves or quarters, provided that evidence of sex is retained on each hind quarter or half. Head and hide must accompany the carcass to the check station. The permit and check station seal numbers must be retained while transporting the elk to a point of permanent storage or processing. A list of check stations may be found on the regulations sheet and at OutdoorNebraska.org.

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DEER
2011 FORECAST The 2011 season should set a record for antlerless whitetail harvest. To accomplish herdreduction goals, Game and Parks has authorized more than 250,000 permits and bonus tags that allow the harvest of antlerless whitetail. Another strategy is Earn-a-Buck, which is required for the Blue Northwest, Blue Southeast, Elkhorn, Missouri, and Wahoo units. The 20-year trend of greater numbers of older bucks likely will continue. In 2010, 75 percent of harvested whitetail bucks and 83 percent of harvested mule deer bucks were age 2 or older. NEW IN 2011 • Limit of one per hunter on mule deer buck permits in the Mule Deer Conservation Area. • Limit of one per hunter on youth deer permits that allow take of mule deer bucks. • Youth Whitetail permit. • Deer taken outside the November firearm season must be checked via Telecheck within 48 hours of kill. • Archery season open during November firearm (hunter orange required). • Crossbow is a legal weapon on archery permits. • SCA 17 White River expanded to 6-mile width. • Bonus antlerless whitetail tags on Youth Whitetail, Calamus East, Loup East. • 400 mule deer permits added in Frenchman Unit. • Permit quota and bag limit changes in SCA4, SCA8 West, SCA20, SCA24 River, Pine Ridge units. • Federal and state land in the Pine Ridge is closed to antlerless mule deer harvest. • Samuel R. McKelvie NF is closed to use of bonus antlerless tags and SCA 22 permits. • Clear Creek Refuge is open during the October antlerless season. • Fort Niobrara NWR is open to muzzleloader, archery, youth, and October antlerless permit holders using archery or muzzleloader weapons. Closed during November firearm season. Access permit required from Fort Niobrara NWR office at (402) 376-3789. LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF DEER Buck – A deer having at least one antler 6 inches or more in length. Antlerless – A deer with no antlers or antlers no more than 6 inches in length.

HUNTING SEASON DETAILS
YOUTH, LANDOWNER AND SEASON CHOICE PERMITS Persons who obtain a statewide youth permit may hunt with the following weapons: • Firearm: Nov. 12 – 20; Nov. 12 – 22 in Earn-a-Buck units • Late Firearm: Dec. 26 – Jan. 18, 2012 • Archery: Sept. 15 – Jan. 18, 2012 • Muzzleloader: Dec. 1 - Jan. 18, 2012 • Any weapon: Oct. 1 – 10 in October Antlerless units Note: Jan. 1 – 18, 2012, is open in SCA units for antlerless deer only. The Dec. 26 – 31 antlerless season extension in SCA units is not valid for antlered deer if a centerfire rifle is used. 18 | Deer

SEASON CHOICE AREAS WITH SPECIAL RULES AND BOUNDARIES Area 1: All land within 3 miles of the landward banks of the Platte River between Neb. Hwy. 47 and Neb. Hwy. 14. Area 2: Harlan County Reservoir is closed. Area 4: Valentine National Wildlife Refuge and Bessey Ranger District of the Nebraska National Forest are closed. Area 8 West: Red Willow SRA/WMA is closed. Area 9 River: That portion of the Platte Unit within 3 miles of the landward banks of the Platte, South Platte and North Platte rivers. No permits are authorized, except as provided in the October Antlerless season. Area 17: All federal and state lands are closed to antlerless mule deer harvest. Area 17 White River: That portion of the Pine Ridge Unit within 3 miles of the banks of the White River between Neb. Hwy. 71 and the South Dakota border. Area 20: All land within a line beginning on U.S. Hwy. 81 at the Nebraska-Kansas border, north on U.S. Hwy. 81 to U.S. Hwy. 34, west on U.S. Hwy. 34 to Neb. Hwy. 14, then north on Neb. Hwy. 14 to the Platte River, continuing east, within 3 miles of the landward banks of the Platte River, to Neb. Hwy. 50, then south on Neb. Hwy. 50 to the NebraskaKansas border. Area 21: All of Douglas and Sarpy counties, and all land bordering the Missouri River south of U.S. Hwy. 30 and east of Neb. Hwy. 50, and land within 3 miles of the banks of the Platte River beginning at the Missouri River confluence and extending west to Neb. Hwy. 14. Area 22: Valentine National Wildlife Refuge and Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest are closed. Area 24 River: Within 3 miles of the banks of the North Platte River from NE Hwy 27 to Wyoming.
Washington Platte Nance
Fullerton Columbus

Colfax
Schuyler

Dodge
Fremont

Blair

Saunders
David City

Howard Merrick

Polk
Osceola

Douglas
Wahoo

Omaha

Butler

Papillion

Sarpy
Plattsmouth

Hamilton Hall
Aurora

Cass

Area 21

Area 21
Otoe

Nebraska City

Johnson
Tecumseh

Nemaha
Auburn

Pawnee
Pawnee City

Richardson
Falls City

MOUNTAIN LIONS ON CAMERA
Game and Parks would like anyone who captures an image of a mountain lion on their trail camera to contact the nearest agency district office (see list of offices on page 44) or Sam Wilson, nongame mammal/furbearer program manager at (402) 471-5174 or sam.wilson@nebraska.gov.

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MULE DEER CONSERVATION AREA MDCA The Need for New Rules Mule deer populations are declining in some units and increasing in others. The statewide population is at or near a record high and landowner tolerance for more mule deer is limited. Populations are under pressure because of habitat conversion to rowcrop agriculture, brain worm mortality and chronic wasting disease. Populations are declining in the Buffalo, Frenchman and Platte units. Republican Unit mule deer have declined approximately 75 percent over the past 15 years. Nonresident hunter demand for mule deer permits is increasing as mule deer hunting opportunities become more limited nationwide. In the Frenchman Unit, hunter demand for mule deer exceeds permit availability. In addition, Game and Parks biologists wish to maintain a higher level of older bucks in the population. The current objective is 75 percent age 2 and older bucks in the harvest. We need new rules to manage mule deer, and we have selected these four units in southwest Nebraska to implement them. Hunting Season Dates – Buffalo, Frenchman, Platte, and Republican MDCA permits: With archery equipment, Sept. 15 - Dec. 31 With muzzleloaders, Dec. 1 – 31 With firearms, Nov. 12 - 20 Buffalo Whitetail, Frenchman Whitetail, Platte Whitetail, and Republican Whitetail permits: With firearms, Nov. 12 – 20 Important – No person may obtain more than one permit that allows the take of a mule deer buck, including Republican Mule Deer, Buffalo, Frenchman, and Platte permits. Hunting Area – Buffalo, Frenchman, Platte, and Republican units (see page 37) Permits – Hunters wishing to harvest a mule deer buck in the MDCA must purchase a Youth, Landowner, Buffalo, Frenchman, Platte, or Republican mule deer permit. There is quota of MDCA permits in each unit that are valid in the archery, muzzleloader and firearm seasons. Buffalo, Frenchman and Platte permits are valid for any deer. The Republican Mule Deer permit is valid for a mule deer buck. Frenchman and Platte permits include a bonus antlerless whitetail tag. Mule deer doe harvest is allowed on Landowner permits, Youth permits and SCA 8 West, SCA 9 North and SCA 25 North permits. The following permits are valid only for the November firearm season: Buffalo Whitetail, Frenchman Whitetail, Platte Whitetail, and Republican Whitetail. Statewide Archery, Muzzleloader and Restricted Statewide Buck permits may not be used in the MDCA for mule deer. They are valid for whitetail in the MDCA. Objective – Increase the number, distribution and age structure of mule deer in the MDCA while addressing the concerns of landowners and hunters. In 2011, hunters will notice that there is a one permit limit on hunters who buy a mule deer permit in MDCA units. There is also a one-permit limit on Youth Deer permits that allow mule deer harvest. These changes will increase permit availability to hunters.

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EARN A BUCK Hunting Season Dates – Nov. 12 - 22 Hunting Area – Blue Northwest, Blue Southeast, Elkhorn, Missouri, and Wahoo units (see page 37) Rules – Hunters must check a doe before they may check a buck. Both deer may be checked at the same time. Hunters who wish to avoid the possibility of a violation may: 1) harvest a doe first; 2) purchase an archery, muzzleloader or antlerless permit instead of the either-sex permit for Earn-a-Buck units; 3) purchase a Statewide Whitetail Buck permit with a bonus antlerless whitetail tag. Objective – Herd reduction Background – Forty-nine percent of hunters surveyed support Earn-a-Buck. OCTOBER ANTLERLESS Hunting Season Dates – Oct. 1 – 10 Hunting Area – Within the boundaries of the following Season Choice Areas: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 River, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22. (see page 38-39) Bag Limit – two antlerless whitetail deer Permit Price – For October Antlerless, $11 for residents; $55 for nonresidents Permits – October Antlerless, Youth, Landowner, and Season Choice Area Rules – Hunter orange is required for all firearm deer hunters within the areas listed for the October Antlerless season, but it is not required for archers. Legal weapons are archery, muzzleloader, centerfire rifle, and crossbow. Others Who May Hunt – Persons with Youth, Landowner and Season Choice Area permits who hunt within the boundaries of the October antlerless unit may hunt with archery equipment or firearms during the October antlerless season provided that only antlerless deer may be taken with firearms. Closed Area – The following areas are closed to this season: Valentine National Wildlife Refuge, Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest and Bessey Ranger District of Nebraska National Forest. DESOTO MUZZLELOADER A described portion of the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge in Washington County near Blair. Access permit is required, contact Mindy Sheets at (712) 642-5405 for more information. October Early: Oct. 1 - 2; 80 permits. Bag Limit: Two antlerless deer. October Late: Oct. 15 - 16; 140 permits. Bag Limit: Two antlerless deer. December: Dec. 10 - 11; 100 permits. Bag Limit: One either-sex deer and one antlerless deer. January: Jan. 7 - 8, 2012; 160 permits. Bag Limit: Two antlerless deer.
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NEBRASKA BIG GAME APPLICATION
Instruction: Check all applicable boxes and provide information as requested. Submitting incomplete information will result in the return of your application. Make checks payable to Nebraska Game and Parks and enclose the appropriate fee with your application. Mail to: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, PO Box 30370, Lincoln, NE 68503-0370. Photocopied application forms are acceptable.
Permit (Choose only one) Resident — Antelope* . . . . . . . . . . . $35 — Youth Antelope* (archery only) $11 — Bighorn Sheep . . . . . . . . $25 — Deer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $30 — October Antlerless Deer . . . $11 — Statewide Buck (Deer) . . $73.50 — Youth Deer. . . . . . . . . . . $6 — Elk** . . . . . . . . . . . . $159 — Turkey . . . . . . . . . . . . . $24 — Youth Turkey . . . . . . . . . $6 — Super Lottery Tag . . . . . . $25 Permit (Choose only one) Nonresident Antelope* (archery only) $155.50 Youth Antelope* (archery only) $11 Deer . . . . . . . . . . . . . $209 October Antlerless Deer . . . $55 Season Choice (antlerless) . . $55 Statewide Buck (Deer) . . . $521 Youth Deer. . . . . . . . . . . $6 Turkey . . . . . . . . . . . . . $91 Youth Turkey . . . . . . . . . $6

First Name Middle Initial Last Name Mailing Address City State ZIP Code

Hair Color Height Date of Birth Last 4 Digits of Social Security No.

Eye Color

Ft.

In.

Weight

Month

Day

Year

Sex

Daytime Phone Number

— — — — — — — — —

Archery Education Number – State Certified

Firearm Hunter Education Number – State Certified

Credit Card # – VISA or MasterCard Only Yes No
£ £ £ £

Expiration Date

3 digit code

All permit prices include a $1 issuing fee. 

I certify that I am a RESIDENT of the State of Nebraska as defined by the rules and regulations of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. I certify that my privilege to hunt, fish or harvest fur is NOT currently revoked in any state, and I am NOT delinquent on any child support payments.

Weapon Type (choose one) Firearm Archery Muzzleloader Season Choice (antlerless deer only) — — — —

During the draw application period, do not request a habitat stamp when applying for deer, antelope or elk draw permits.

Unit Name (first choice): Unit Name (second choice): E-mail address:

— Check if Buddy Application***

Name of Buddy

— Habitat Stamp . . . . . . . . $20 Paddlefish Resident . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $21 — Snagging — Archery Nonresident . . . . . . . . . . . . $41 — Snagging — Archery — Check if Buddy Application*** Name of Buddy

The draw status information will be available 10 days after the draw. An applicant may go online through the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission quick link which will be established at ngpc-permits.ne.gov/NGPC-PS/faces/public/welcome to direct applicants to the “Check Draw Application Status.” After providing last name, date of birth and last four digits of their social security number, applicants will be linked to

AWARDING PERMITS

their status. If successful, an applicant may print his or her permit. Applicants who do not print their permits will receive their permits in the mail in late June or early July. Landowner applicants are encouraged to go online early and enter their legal descriptions. Parcel identification numbers are no longer acceptable. Online enrollment assistance is available from our district offices.

* Includes $5 nonrefundable application fee ** Includes $8.50 nonrefundable application fee *** Complete an application for each individual when applying for a buddy permit. Please submit one total payment for both applications, mail together in the same envelope.

3-digit card verification No. on back of card

Rev. 03-11 SO

Instruction: Separate applications must be submitted for each permit request. Applicants are limited to one landowner permit per species per year except for spring and fall turkey. Check applicable boxes and provide the legal description of all qualifying property you will be hunting. Make checks payable to Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and enclose the appropriate fee with your application. Mail to: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, P.O. Box 30370, Lincoln, NE 68503-0370
Permit (Choose only one) Resident — Antelope* . . . . . . . . . $20.50 — Deer . . . . . . . . . . . . $15.50 — Turkey . . . . . . . . . . . $12.50 Nonresident — Antelope* . . . . . . . . . $80.75 — Deer . . . . . . . . . . . . . $105 — Turkey . . . . . . . . . . . . . $46 All permit prices include a $1 issuing fee. * Includes $5 nonrefundable application fee ** Includes $8.50 nonrefundable application fee

LIMITED LANDOWNER BIG GAME APPLICATION

First Name Mailing Address City

Middle Initial

Last Name

State

ZIP Code

Hair Color

Eye Color

Ft.

In.

Weight

Month

Day Date of Birth

Year

Sex

Height Daytime Phone Number Archery Education Number – State Certified

Last 4 Digits of Social Security No.

3-digit card verification No. on back of card

Firearm Hunter Education Number – State Certified

Expiration Date 3 digit code Credit Card # – VISA or MasterCard Only Yes No £ £  I certify that I am a RESIDENT of the State of Nebraska as defined by the rules and regulations of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. £ £ I certify that my privilege to hunt, fish or harvest fur is NOT currently revoked in any state, and I am NOT delinquent on any child support payments. Submitting incomplete information will result in the return of your application.

Unit Name (first choice):

Unit Name (second choice):

The farm or ranch land listed in this application must be used for agricultural purposes.
Check the box below that best certifies your qualifications for a limited landowner permit: q I qualify as the owner/leaseholder of the land listed. q I qualify as the spouse or child of the owner or leaseholder, or sibling sharing ownership, of the land listed.

FARM AND RANCH LAND - LEGAL DESCRIPTION
(If additional room is needed, an attachment form is available. Photocopied application forms are acceptable.) Quarter W1/2NW1/4 Section 16 Township 28N Range 15E County Cather Acres 80

Check One Box for Each Parcel Listed Own Lease ü

I certify that I am eligible to apply for a limited landowner permit. All farm and ranch land listed is qualifying property owned and/or leased by me or a member of my immediate household. I, as the qualified applicant, request a limited landowner permit to be issued to me. Signature of Qualified Applicant: E-mail address of applicant for permit notification: Date:
33-384LOA/Rev. 03-11 SO

SEPT.15 Archery Sept. 15 - Dec. 31

OCT.1

NOV. 12

DEC.1

DEC.26

DEC.31

JAN.18

Mule Deer Conservation Area Sept. 15 - Dec. 31 (Buffalo, Frenchman, Platte, and Republican units) October Antlerless (any weapon) Oct. 1-10 November Firearm Nov. 12-20

Earn-a-Buck November Firearm (Blue NW, Blue SE, Elkhorn, Missouri, and Wahoo units) Nov. 12-22

Muzzleloader Dec. 1-31

Season Choice (antlerless) Sept. 15-Jan. 18, (archery); Dec. 1-31 (muzzleloader) and Nov. 12-20 and Dec. 26-Jan. 1-18, (firearm)

Youth and Landowner Sept. 15-Dec. 31 (archery); Dec. 1-31 (muzzleloader); Nov. 12-20 (firearm); and Dec. 26-Jan. 18, 2012 (antlerless only; archery or firearm)

DeSoto Muzzleloader – Oct. 1-2; Oct. 15-16; Dec. 10-11; and Jan. 7-8 Boyer Chute – Oct. 22-23; Nov. 5-6 and Dec. 17-18

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DEER HUNTING SEASONS

DEER PERMIT INFORMATION
Unit
Archery* Muzzleloader* (MZ) Youth Deer* Youth Whitetail October Antlerless DeSoto Oct. Early MZ DeSoto Oct. Late MZ DeSoto Dec. MZ DeSoto Jan. MZ Boyer Oct. MZ Boyer Nov. MZ Boyer Dec. MZ Landowner SCA 1 SCA 2 SCA 3 SCA 4 SCA 5 SCA 6 SCA 8 SCA 8 West SCA 9 SCA 9 North SCA 11 SCA 12 SCA 13 SCA 17 SCA 17 White River SCA 18 SCA 19 SCA 20 SCA 21 SCA 22 SCA 23 SCA 24 SCA 24 River SCA 25 SCA 25 North

2011 Permits
UNL UNL UNL UNL UNL 80 140 100 160 70 70 70 UNL 2,000 2,000 400 300 1,000 500 1,400 300 1,200 300 500 1,500 400 800 400 1,600 2,000 5,800 8,000 700 600 300 300 400 150

2011 Bag Limit
1ES 3 , 1AOWT 1ES 3 , 1AOWT 1ES, 1AOWT 1WT, 1AOWT 2AOWT 2AO 2AO 1ES, 1AO 2AO 2AO 2AO 2AO 1ES, 1AO 2AOWT 2AOWT 2 AOWT 1AO, 1AOWT 2AOWT 1AO, 1AOWT 2AOWT 1AO 2AOWT 2AO 1AO, 1AOWT 2AOWT 1AOWT 1AO, 1AOWT 2AOWT 2AO 2AO 2AOWT 2AO 2AO 2AO 1AO 2AOWT 1AOWT 1AO

2010 Permits Sold
15,609 11,484 11,255 — 7,223 140 96 98 118 70 37 62 13,202 1,087 1,545 239 160 1,000 334 832 199 876 133 381 1,494 400 799 112 1,035 2,001 6,003 4,793 440 500 300 116 400 150

2010 Deer Harvested
6,315 4,252 8,055 — 2,696 26 20 30 38 22 8 24 8,702 688 915 160 112 599 172 399 165 390 99 289 1000 133 688 86 508 929 2,874 2,456 348 405 137 24 126 45

2010 Success
45% 37% 72% — 38% 19% 21% 31% 32% 31% 22% 39% 66% 64% 59% 67% 70% 60% 51% 48% 83% 45% 74% 76% 67% 33% 86% 77% 49% 46% 48% 51% 79% 81% 46% 21% 32% 46%

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DEER PERMIT INFORMATION
Unit Blue Northwest Blue Southeast Buffalo (MDCA) Buffalo WT Calamus East Calamus West Elkhorn Frenchman (MDCA) Frenchman WT Keya Paha Loup East Loup West Missouri Pine Ridge Plains Platte (MDCA) Platte WT Republican (MDCA) Republican WT Sandhills Upper Platte Wahoo Restricted Statewide Buck WT Statewide Buck 2011 Permits 2,700 3,900 1,700 1,750 1,300 1,800 3,600 1,600 1,600 2,300 2,400 1,700 3,200 2,800 1,500 1,200 1,600 100 3,000 2,400 1,200 4,500 UNL UNL 2011 Bag Limit or % of Either-Sex 1ES, 1AO 1ES, 1AO 1ES 1ES WT 1ES2 ,1AOW 1ES, 1AOWT 1ES, 1AOT 1ES, 1AOWT 1WT, 1AOWT 1ES2 , 1AOWT 1ES2 , 1AOWT 1ES, 1AOWT 1ES2 , 1AOWT 1ES 1ES 1ES, 1AOWT 1WT, 1AOWT 1MD Buck 1WT, 1AOWT 1ES, 1AOWT 1ES 1ES, 1AO BO3 1BOWT, 1AOWT 2010 Permits Sold 2,700 3,900 1,700 1,749 1,300 1,800 3,600 1,225 1,994 2,300 2,400 1,700 3,200 3,000 1,500 1,200 1,290 100 3,000 2,400 1,200 4,500 2,501 6,663 2010 Sellout Date Oct. 11 Oct. 15 Oct. 1 Nov. 10 Nov. 12 Nov. 17 Oct. 2 June 16 DSO Nov. 16 Nov. 2 Nov. 11 Oct. 27 Nov. 19 Nov. 12 Oct. 31 DSO June 24 Oct. 3 Nov. 13 Nov. 12 Nov. 5 — — 2010 Success 82% 76% 62% 55% 60% 80% 107% 83% 74% 90% 59% 86% 87% 61% 72% 79% 67% 37% 88% 93% 62% 106% 50% 61%

Deer Bag Limit Definitions Antlerless - no antlers or both antlers less than six inches in length WT = Whitetail MD = Mule deer 1ES - One either sex (WT or MD) 1ES2 - One antlerless WT or one buck (WT or MD) 1ES WT - Any whitetail 1AO - One antlerless (WT or MD) 1AOWT - One antlerless WT BOWT - Buck only WT BO3 - Buck only - No mule deer allowed in MDCA 1ES3 - No mule deer allowed in Mule Deer Conservation Area *Statewide Unit UNL – Unlimited DSO - Did not sell out

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BOYER CHUTE ANTLERLESS MUZZLELOADER A described portion of the Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge in Washington County near Fort Calhoun. Only persons with a Boyer Chute permit are allowed on the area during the hunt. Access permit required, contact Mike Ellis (402) 468-4313 for more information. October: Oct. 22 - 23; 70 permits. Bag Limit: Two antlerless deer. November: Nov. 5 - 6; 70 permits. Bag Limit: Two antlerless deer. December: Dec. 17 - 18; 70 permits. Bag Limit: Two antlerless deer. GIFFORD WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA WMA Hunting Season Dates – Sept. 15 - Jan. 18, 2012
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Hunting Area – Gifford WMA in Sarpy County Permits – Special access permits are available to archery, youth deer, muzzleloader, October antlerless, and Season Choice Area 21 permit holders. Rules – A special access pass is required. There are 200 access permits issued by drawing. Contact the Lincoln Game and Parks office at (402) 471-0641 or Omaha office at (402) 595-2144 to apply from July 15 -Aug. 15. All regulations relating to season dates and weapon types apply, except that archers may hunt with archery equipment during the November firearm season. Centerfire weapons are prohibited.

DEER PROGRAMS
ANTLERLESS DEER MANAGEMENT The deer population is higher than desired in some areas. Season Choice Area (SCA) antlerless-only permits and bonus antlerless-only tags will be used to increase antlerless harvest. Doe harvest is the only method of reducing populations. Avoid buck fawns and consider taking a doe instead of a small buck. Antlerless Deer Hunter Program This program is designed to: • help landowners find hunters who will shoot does • help hunters find a place to hunt antlerless deer • Hunters may sign up at OutdoorNebraska.org on the Hunting page under the Programs section to harvest antlerless deer. Landowners who need antlerless deer hunters may search the list by county and contact hunters by phone or e-mail. Antlerless Harvest: Hunter and Landowner Considerations Hunters and landowners should work together to manage our deer herds and achieve antlerless harvest goals. The rules to successfully manage a local deer herd are fairly simple: • Landowners should determine if the number of deer is adequate, too high or too low. • If too low, restrict antlerless harvest. • Too high, increase antlerless harvest. • Much too high: recruit hunters who will take multiple antlerless deer. • If the problem is too many deer on neighboring property, talk to the neighbor. • If you lease your property for hunting, specify the antlerless harvest quota. • If your hunters will not take antlerless deer, find new hunters. • Hunters should talk to the landowner and be willing to harvest antlerless deer. • Visit the Deer Exchange website if you cannot eat all the deer you harvest. 30 | Deer

DEER EXCHANGE The Deer Exchange program allows hunters and nonhunters to sign up to exchange deer or deer meat. Interested persons or organizations may sign up to receive or donate deer or may search the site by county and call people who have already signed up and arrange a transfer of the deer. • Deer must be legally harvested. • A transfer tag must be filled out by the donating party. • Hunters donating deer need to provide clean, high quality deer meat. • Recipients of deer meat should inspect the deer before receiving it. • Deer meat may not be sold. Typically we have more people who sign up to receive, so we need more hunters to participate. Register at: outdoornebraska.ne.gov/hunting/program/deerexchange TRANSFER TAG Any person transferring game meat to another person must provide a transfer tag. See example below.

TURKEY HUNTING Turkey hunting is legal during the November firearm deer season. People hunting with a fall turkey permit are required to wear hunter orange when hunting during the November firearm deer season. Legal weapons include shotgun and archery only; rifles are not allowed. RECOVERING DEER The use of tracking dogs is legal for the recovery of deer.

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CHECKING OF DEER Deer harvested during the November firearm season must be delivered to a check station no later than 1 p.m. on the day following the close of the season. Each permit holder must accompany the animal to the check station. Deer harvested during the archery, muzzleloader or late firearm season must be checked via Telcheck within 48 hours of kill and before 1 p.m. on the day following the close of the season. Hunters must record the seal number and security code on the permit. The carcass may be separated into halves or quarters, provided that evidence of sex is retained on each hind quarter or half. Head and hide must accompany the carcass to the check station. The permit and check station seal numbers must be retained while transporting the animal to a point of permanent storage or processing. A list of check stations may be found on the regulations sheet and at OutdoorNebraska.org.

WHERE TO HUNT
PRIVATE LANDS It is the responsibility of every hunter to get permission to hunt, trail game or retrieve downed game on private land, whether posted or not (including railroad right-of-ways). Hunting without permission may result in a fine of up to $500, three months in jail and the loss of hunting privileges for up to three years. OPEN FIELDS AND WATERS PROGRAM Starting in 2011, the Conservation Reserve Program-Management Access Program (CRPMAP) is merged into the Open Fields and Waters Program, bringing into one access program the upland game focus of CRP-MAP and the deer/turkey focus of Open Fields. The program opens tens of thousands of acres of private land to public walk-in hunting access. For locations of participating tracts of land, read the 2011 Nebraska Public Access Atlas, available at OutdoorNebraska.org, Game and Parks offices and permit vendors. PUBLIC LANDS The Nebraska Guide to Hunting and Public Lands lists 300 publicly owned areas that cover more than 800,000 acres. Refer to that guide for area-specific regulations. Unless otherwise posted, big game hunting is allowed on all wildlife management areas (WMA). Hunting is allowed on most state recreation areas (SRA) beginning the Tuesday following Labor Day. Some areas have specific restrictions: • State parks (SP), wayside areas, hatcheries, reserves, and state refuges are closed to hunting unless otherwise posted. Indian Cave, Niobrara and Ponca SPs are open to archery deer hunting during the last half of the season. A free permit is required. Contact the park superintendent. • Portable tree stands and steps may be used on WMAs but may not be installed, used or left in place from Feb. 1 through Aug. 31. They may be used on SRAs open to hunting, but must be removed at the end of each day. It is unlawful to build or use any permanent tree stand or steps that attach to any tree with nails, screws, bolts, or wire. Screw-in steps may be used on WMAs but may not be used on SRAs. • On state-owned lands, all motorized vehicles are restricted to roadways and parking areas. No ATVs are permitted. • Target shooting is permitted on most WMAs but prohibited on certain posted areas. 32 | Where to Hunt

REFUGES Most national wildlife refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and national forests and grasslands managed by the U.S. Forest Service are open to hunting, unless otherwise posted. Check with those agencies for special regulations.

OTHER INFORMATION
HUNTER ORANGE Any persons hunting antelope, elk, mountain (bighorn) sheep, or deer under the authority of a firearm permit during an authorized firearm season must display on his or her head, chest and back at least 400 square inches of hunter orange material. Archery deer hunters must do the same while archery hunting during the November firearm deer season and during the Dec. 26 - Jan. 18 deer season. FIREARM RESTRICTIONS During the November firearm deer season, only hunters with a valid unfilled deer permit may hunt wildlife other than deer with centerfire rifles or centerfire handguns, provided they are hunting in the deer management unit for which their deer permit is valid. TELECHECK This allows hunters to check deer or antelope by telephone or online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All deer harvested outside the November firearm and Earn-a-Buck seasons and all antelope harvested outside the October firearm season MUST be checked via Telecheck. To use Telecheck, call (800) 405-7700 or visit NEdeercheck.com. Instructions for completing Telecheck: 1. Write the seal number and security code on the permit after completing TELECHECK. 2. Required information from your permit or animal: Species: Whitetail Unit Code: County of Kill: Name Mule deer Pronghorn / / Permit number: or license plate 2 digit code:

Date of Kill: (mm/dd/yyyy) Example: 09/15/2010

Telecheck by phone is easiest if you know the two digit license plate county code. (01=Douglas, 02=Lancaster, 03=Gage, 59=Sarpy, 70=Dakota, etc.) Sex of animal: Male or Female Age of animal: Adult or Fawn The following information may be requested: Deer: How many antler points are 1 inch or greater: Inside spread in inches: Weapon type: Bow Crossbow Muzzleloader

Rifle

Shotgun

Pronghorn: Measure horn from the base around the outside curve to the horn tip. Is the longest horn less than or greater than 9.5 inches? Other Information | 33

WEAPONS LEGAL FOR BIG GAME PERMITS
LEGAL WEAPONS (See descriptions below chart) Shotgun Crossbow Longbow, Recurve Bow, Compound Bow
     3 
4

Rifle

12

Handgun

Muzzleloading Handgun
 3

Muzzleloading Rifle 3 4

Muzzleloading Musket
 

PERMIT TYPES

34 | Other Information
  

Firearm

1

Deer and Antelope

Archery

Muzzleloader DESCRIPTIONS OF LEGAL WEAPONS Comments

Elk and Bighorn Sheep

2

Weapons

1

Rifle -- At least 22 caliber and delivers at least 900 foot-pounds of energy at 100 yards 2 Rifle -- At least 26 caliber and delivers at least 2,000 foot-pounds of energy at 100 yards Handgun -- Delivers at least 400 foot-pounds of energy at 50 yards

Semi-automatics may hold no more than 6 cartridges; fully automatic weapons; full-metal jacket and incendiary bullets are prohibited.

Shotgun -- 20 gauge or larger that fires a single slug Arrows must have sharpened hunting head with a blade of at least 7/16-inch cutting radius from the center of the shaft. Arrows containing poison or stupefying chemical or having an explosive tip are prohibited. Magnifying and variable-power scopes are allowed for hunting big game, including the use of muzzleloaders. Scopes capable of using electricity to amplify natural light (night vision) and those that project a visible light beam to a target are not allowed

Crossbow -- Draw weight of at least 125 pounds, non-electronic and shoulder-fired Longbow, recurve bow, compound bow

Muzzleloading handgun -- Delivers at least 400 foot-pounds of energy at 50 yards 3 Muzzleloading rifle -- 44 caliber or larger 4 Muzzleloading rifle -- 45 caliber or larger Muzzleloading musket -- 62 caliber or larger that fires a single slug

HUNTER REQUIREMENTS
Age 10-11
Neb. Waterfowl Stamp Federal Duck Stamp
4 5 Accompaniment

Age 12-15
Neb. Waterfowl Stamp Federal Duck Stamp Hunter Education Accompaniment

Age 16 and Up
Neb. Waterfowl Stamp Federal Duck Stamp Hunter Education
123

Hunter Education

May Legally Take

May Legally Take

May Legally Take

Habitat Stamp

Habitat Stamp

Habitat Stamp

HIP Number

HIP Number

Permit Type

123

HIP Number

Permit Type

Permit Type

56

Deer Deer Antelope Antelope Elk Elk Bighorn Sheep Bighorn Sheep

R N R N R N R N

• D • D •

• •

• • • • • • •

D D • A A • E S S •

• • • • • • •

• • • • • • •

• D • • D • • A • • A • • E • • • S • S •

• • • • • • •

PERMITS: D – Deer, E – Elk, A – Antelope, S – Bighorn Sheep, R – Resident, N – Nonresident, • Required.

Hunter Education 1 Hunters ages 12 through 29 must have on their person proof of successful completion of firearm hunter education while hunting with a firearm or crossbow. 2 Hunters ages 12 through 29 must have on their person proof of successful completion of bow hunter education while hunting deer, antelope, elk, or mountain (bighorn) sheep with bow and arrow. 3 Hunters ages 12 through 29 who have not completed firearm and/or bow hunter education may obtain an Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate. Accompaniment 4 Firearm hunters ages 11 or younger must be accompanied by a licensed person age 19 or older. 5 Any deer, elk, antelope, or bighorn sheep hunters ages 15 or younger must be accompanied by a licensed person age 19 and older. 6 Hunters holding an Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate must be accompanied by a licensed person age 19 or older. The accompanying person, if age 19-29, must be certified in hunter education. Definitions Accompanied – In the presence of a licensed hunter age 19 or older. The accompanying hunter may not accompany more than two hunters at a time using the Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate. The accompanying adult hunter must at all times be in unaided visual and verbal communication with the novice hunter. Licensed – Has a valid Nebraska hunting permit. Apprentice Hunter Education Certificate Persons who have not completed a firearm hunter and/or bow hunter education course may obtain an Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate from Game and Parks. This certificate provides the novice hunter age 12 and older an opportunity to hunt and receive training before completing hunter education. The certificate may be obtained once in a person’s lifetime, expires on Dec. 31 and may be renewed once. The fee is $5.

Other Information | 35

6

Accompaniment

• • • • • • •

OCTOBER (ANTLERLESS ONLY) UNIT
McKelvie National Forest is closed to SCA 22 permit holders.
OGLALA NATIONAL GRASSLAND Chadron Harrison

36 | Maps
Sheridan

Valentine National Wildlife Refuge is closed to SCA 4 and SCA 22 permit holders. Bessey National Forest is closed to SCA 4 permit holders.

27
Rushville SAMUEL R. MCKELVIE NATIONAL FOREST

83 Fort Niobrara

National Wildlife Refuge Valentine

Keya Paha
Springv

Butte

Boyd Knox

SOLDIER CREEK WILDERNESS

Dawes
NEBRASKA NATIONAL FOREST

Area 11
Bassett

281
Center

Sioux

Cherry

27
Box Butte
Alliance

Area 22
2
Grant
Hyannis Mullen

Valentine National Wildlife Refuge

20
wn

sworth

Rock

Holt

O'Neill

Area 12
Pierce
Pierce

Cedar

Hartington

Dixon

Ponca

20

Dakota City

83
Thedford

Area 4
Blaine
Brewster

11

Antelope

Dakota

20

Wayne

Scotts North Platte National Bluff Wildlife Refuge
Gering

Morrill

Area 3 Wheeler
Garfield
Taylor Burwell Bartlett

14
Neligh

Wayne

Thurston

Area 19
Stanton

Thurston

Cuming
West Point

77

61
Bridgeport Harrisburg Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Hooker

Thomas
NEBRASKA NATIONAL FOREST

91

Loup

Boone

Madison
Madison

Stanton

Burt

Arthur
Arthur

Banner

Garden

McPherson

Logan

91
Greeley
Greeley Albion

92

Tryon

83
Stapleton

Oshkosh Kimball

Area 6
Custer
Broken Bow

Valley

91

Platte

70 58 2

Ord

81
Nance
Fullerton Columbus

Colfax
Schuyler

Dodge

Area 18
Fremont

Tekamah

Desoto Washington National Wildlife Refuge

Blair

Kimball

Cheyenne
Sidney

27
Deuel
Chappell

Keith

Sherman
Loup City

Howard

Area 5
St. Paul Grand Island

Saunders Polk
David City Wahoo

30

Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge

Douglas

Omaha Papillion

Ogallala

North Platte

10 47
Dawson
Lexington

Merrick

30

Osceola

Butler

Sarpy
Plattsmouth

Perkins
Grant

Area 9 River
Hayes
Hayes Center

Lincoln

Buffalo

2
Hall

Hamilton
Aurora

York
Seward

Lancaster Seward
Lincoln

Cass

Area 1
Kearney

34

York

Open to Hunting

Chase
Imperial

Frontier
Elwood Stockville

Kearney Phelps
Holdrege Minden

Hastings

Clay
Clay Center

Fillmore
Geneva

Area 20
Wilber

50
Nebraska City

Otoe Nemaha
Auburn

Gosper

Adams

Saline

Johnson
Tecumseh

81
Webster
Nelson

Hitchcock Dundy
Benkelman Trenton McCook

Red Willow

Furnas
Beaver City

Thayer Nuckolls
Hebron

Jefferson
Fairbury

Gage

Beatrice

Pawnee

Area 21

Harlan

Alma

Franklin
Franklin

Red Cloud

Pawnee City

Richardson

136

Falls City

NOVEMBER FIREARM DEER UNITS
All federal and state lands in the Pine Ridge are closed to antlerless mule deer harvest in all seasons.
OGLALA NATIONAL GRASSLAND

Valentine National Wildlife Refuge and McKelvie and Bessey National Forest are closed to use of bonus antlerless tags.

Dawes

Sheridan
Chadron Rushville

Harrison SOLDIER CREEK WILDERNESS

NEBRASKA NATIONAL FOREST

Pine Ridge

27
SAMUEL R. MCKELVIE NATIONAL FOREST

Fort 83 Niobrara

National Wildlife Refuge Valentine

Keya Paha
ringview

Butte

Keya Paha
Bassett

Boyd Knox

281

Sioux

Niobrara River

Cherry

20
Valentine National Wildlife Refuge

Ainsworth O'Neill

Missouri
Center

Hartington

Cedar

Dixon
Ponca Dakota City

27
Box Butte
Alliance

Brown

Rock

Holt

20
Antelope Dakota Pierce
Pierce Wayne

Sandhills
83 2
Grant
Hyannis Mullen Thedford

Scotts Bluff
Gering

26

North Platte National Wildlife Refuge

Morrill

Plains
Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Calamus West
Blaine
Brewster NEBRASKA NATIONAL FOREST

11

20 14
Wayne
Thurston

61 385
Bridgeport

Hooker

Calamus East
Loup
Taylor

Thurston Cuming
West Point

Neligh

Stanton
Stanton

Thomas

91

Garfield
Burwell

Wheeler
Bartlett

Boone

Madison
Madison

Elkhorn

77
Burt
Tekamah

Arthur
Arthur

Banner

Harrisburg

McPherson

Logan

26

Garden

Kimball

Upper Platte
Cheyenne
Sidney Chappell

92

Tryon

83
Stapleton

Loup West
92 40
Custer
Broken Bow

91
Greeley
Greeley Albion

Valley
Ord

91

Platte

81
Nance
Fullerton Columbus

Colfax
Schuyler

Dodge

Washington
Fremont

Oshkosh

61

92
Deuel Keith
Ogallala

Kimball

2

Sherman
Loup City

Howard

Loup East
St. Paul

30

Saunders Polk
David City Wahoo

Blair Desoto National Wildlife Refuge Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge

Douglas

Omaha Papillion

385

Platte

North Platte

Merrick

10 47
Dawson
Lexington

30

Osceola

Butler

Wahoo
34
Lincoln

Sarpy
Plattsmouth

Lincoln Perkins

Buffalo

Mule Deer Conservation Area

2
Hall

23

Grant

Buffalo
Kearney

Grand Island

Hamilton
Aurora

York

Seward
Seward

Cass

34

York

Lancaster

34
Otoe
Nebraska City

Chase
Imperial

Hayes
Hayes Center

Frontier

23
Elwood Stockville

14
Adams
Hastings

Phelps

Kearney
Minden

Fillmore Clay
Clay Center Geneva

Saline

Gosper

6

Frenchman
Hitchcock Dundy
Benkelman Trenton McCook

23

Blue Northwest
Wilber

50
Johnson
Tecumseh

Nemaha
Auburn

Holdrege

81

Red Willow

Furnas
Beaver City

Republican
Nelson

Thayer Nuckolls
Hebron

Harlan
Alma

Franklin
Franklin

Webster
Red Cloud

283

136

Blue Southeast
Fairbury

Jefferson

Gage

Beatrice

136 Pawnee
Pawnee City

Richardson
Falls City

Maps | 37

SEASON CHOICE (ANTLERLESS ONLY) UNITS
McKelvie National Forest is closed to SCA 22 permit holders. All federal and state lands in SCA 17 are closed to antlerless mule deer harvest in all seasons.
OGLALA NATIONAL GRASSLAND Chadron Harrison SOLDIER CREEK WILDERNESS

38 | Maps
27
Rushville

Valentine National Wildlife Refuge is closed to SCA 4 and SCA 22 permit holders. Bessey National Forest is closed to SCA 4 permit holders.
83 Niobrara Fort
National Wildlife Refu

Dawes
NEBRASKA NATIONAL FOREST

Area 17
Niobrara River

SAMUEL R. MCKELVIE NATIONAL FOREST

Area 11
20
Ainsworth Bassett

Keya Paha Springview

Butte

Boyd

281

Sioux

Sheridan

Cherry

27
Box Butte
Alliance

Valentine National Wildlife Refuge

Brown

Area 22
83 2
Hyannis Mullen Thedford

Rock

Holt

O'Neill

Area 12
20
Antelope

Knox Center

Cedar

Hartington Ponca

20

Dixon Dakota

Dakota City

11

Area 4
NEBRASKA NATIONAL FOREST

14

Pierce

Wayne

Pierce

Wayne

Thurston

Scotts 26 Bluff

North Platte National Wildlife Refuge

Area 23
385
Morrill
Bridgeport Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Area 3
Loup
Taylor

Thurston

Neligh

Grant

61

Hooker

Thomas

Blaine

Brewster

Area 19
Madison
Madison

77
Stanton

91

Garfield
Burwell

Wheeler

Bartlett

Stanton

Cuming
West Point

91
Boone
Albion

Banner

Harrisburg

26

Garden

Arthur

Arthur

92

McPherson

Tryon

Area 24
Kimball

Logan
Stapleton

83

Area 6
Custer
Broken Bow

91 81 Platte
Columbus

Valley

70

Greeley

Colfax
Schuyler

Dodge

Area 18 Washington
Fremont

Burt

Oshkosh

61

Greeley

92
Sidney

58 2
Loup City

Kimball

Cheyenne

30

27 385
Deuel

Keith

40

Area 5
Howard
St. Paul

30

Blair Desoto National Wildlife Refuge Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge

Nance

Fullerton

David City

Douglas Saunders
Wahoo

Omaha

Ogallala

Area 9

North Platte

Sherman

10

Merrick

30

Polk

Butler

Papillion

Osceola

Sarpy
Plattsmouth

Lincoln

47 23
Perkins
Grant

Dawson

Area 25
Lexington

2
Buffalo Hall

Grand Island

Seward

Hamilton

Aurora

34 York York

Cass
Lincoln

Seward

50
Nebraska City

23
Elwood

Chase Imperial

Hayes

Area 8
Dundy
Benkelman

Hayes Center

Frontier

Stockville

Area 1
23 Phelps Holdrege 34
Harlan
Alma Minden Kearney

14
Hastings

Area 20
Fillmore
Geneva

Lancaster Otoe

Gosper

6

6
McCook

Area 13
Franklin
Red Cloud

Adams

Clay

Clay Center

Saline

Wilber

81
Nelson

Johnson Gage
Beatrice

Nemaha

Auburn

Tecumseh

Hitchcock

Trenton

Red Willow

4
Webster
Franklin

Area 21
Richardson
Pawnee City Falls City

Furnas

283

Area 2

Nuckolls

Thayer

Hebron

Jefferson

Fairbury

Pawnee

136

Harlan County Reservoir is closed to SCA 2 permit holders.

SEASON CHOICE (ANTLERLESS ONLY) UNITS
Area 17 White River
OGLALA NATIONAL GRASSLAND Chadron Harrison SOLDIER Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge Valentine Rushville SAMUEL R. MCKELVIE NATIONAL FOREST

Keya Paha

Butte

Boyd

CREEK WILDERNESS

Dawes

Springview

71

NEBRASKA NATIONAL FOREST

Sioux

Sheridan

Cherry

Ainsworth Valentine National Wildlife Refuge

Bassett

Knox
O'Neill

Center

Cedar

Hartington Ponca

Brown

Rock

Holt

Dixon Dakota Pierce
Wayne

Dakota City

Box Butte
Alliance Mullen Thedford

Pierce

Antelope
Hyannis

Wayne

Thurston

Thurston

Neligh

Scotts Bluff Gering

North Platte National Wildlife Refuge

Morrill
Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Grant

Hooker

Area 24 River
Bridgeport

Thomas
NEBRASKA NATIONAL FOREST

Blaine

Brewster

Stanton

Loup
Taylor

Garfield
Burwell

Wheeler
Bartlett

Madison
Madison

Stanton

Cuming
West Point

Burt

Tekamah

Banner

Harrisburg

Garden

Custer Arthur
Arthur

Boone
Ord

Albion

92

McPherson

Tryon

Logan
Stapleton

Valley

Greeley

Platte
Columbus

Colfax
Schuyler

Dodge

Washington Blair
Fremont

Oshkosh Kimball

61

Kimball

Cheyenne
Sidney Chappell

27
Deuel
Ogallala

Area 9 North
North Platte

92 40

92

Greeley

Keith

Area 9 River Lincoln
23

Area 25 North
21

Broken Bow Loup City

30

Desoto National Wildlife Refuge Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge

Nance

Fullerton David City

Douglas Omaha Saunders
Wahoo Papillion

Sherman

Howard

St. Paul

47

Merrick

Polk

Butler

Osceola

Sarpy
Plattsmouth

Grand Island

14
Hamilton
Aurora

Seward

Cass
Lincoln

Perkins
Grant

30Dawson
Lexington

Buffalo
Kearney

Hall

York

York

Seward

Lancaster Otoe

Elwood

Area 1
Kearney
Minden

Nebraska City

Hastings

Chase Imperial

Area 8 West
Dundy
Benkelman

Hayes Center

Hayes

Frontier

Stockville

Gosper

Phelps

Adams

Clay

Clay Center

Fillmore

Geneva

50
Saline
Wilber

83
McCook

Holdrege

Johnson Gage
Beatrice

Tecumseh

34

Hitchcock

Trenton

Red Willow

Furnas

Nelson Beaver City

Area 21

Nemaha

Auburn

Harlan

Alma

Franklin
Franklin

Webster
Red Cloud

Nuckolls

Thayer
Hebron

Jefferson

Fairbury

Pawnee
Pawnee City

Richardson

Falls City

Red Willow SRA/ WMA is closed to SCA 8 West permit holders.

Maps | 39

90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 1965 9,000 8,000 7,000 6,000 5,000 4,000 3,000 2,000 1965 40,000 35,000 30,000 25,000 20,000 15,000 10,000 5,000 1965

PERCENTAGE OF BUCKS HARVESTED AGE ½ OR OLDER Mule Deer Whitetail

1970

1975

1980

1985

1990

1995

2000

2005

2010

MULE DEER HARVEST Mule Deer Buck Mule Deer Doe

1970

1975

1980

1985

1990

1995

2000

2005

2010

TOTAL WHITETAIL BUCK AND DOE HARVEST Buck Doe

1970

1975

1980

1985

1990

1995

2000

2005

2010

40 | Percentage of Bucks and Does Harvested

BUCKS HARVESTED PER

This table demonstrates density of whitetail and mule deer by showing the number of bucks harvested per 100 square miles in each county. County Adams Antelope Arthur Banner Blaine Boone Box Butte Boyd Brown Buffalo Burt Butler Cass Cedar Chase Cherry Cheyenne Clay Colfax Cuming Custer Dakota Dawes Dawson Deuel Dixon Dodge Douglas Dundy Fillmore Franklin WT 47 59 8 2 22 51 13 108 33 75 87 108 137 69 15 19 3 50 75 58 39 132 48 51 7 108 87 92 11 44 82 MD 0 2 16 20 25 2 16 19 11 4 1 0 0 0 15 15 10 0 2 0 31 0 31 13 5 1 0 0 16 0 1 County Frontier Furnas Gage Garden Garfield Gosper Grant Greeley Hall Hamilton Harlan Hayes Hitchcock Holt Hooker Howard Jefferson Johnson Kearney Keith Keya Paha Kimball Knox Lancaster Lincoln Logan Loup Madison McPherson Merrick Morrill WT 34 88 106 12 48 45 8 49 56 55 133 16 33 60 7 100 101 136 30 29 78 1 127 116 30 18 42 50 7 84 16 MD 32 9 0 13 11 10 14 7 0 0 4 32 26 3 17 1 0 0 0 12 16 8 4 0 16 26 25 0 16 0 21 County Nance Nemaha Nuckolls Otoe Pawnee Perkins Phelps Pierce Platte Polk Red Willow Richardson Rock Saline Sarpy Saunders Scotts Bluff Seward Sheridan Sherman Sioux Stanton Thayer Thomas Thurston Valley Washington Wayne Webster Wheeler York WT 119 97 88 129 116 3 33 42 60 64 43 107 32 119 163 110 21 102 18 55 14 88 74 26 74 64 135 30 90 39 59 MD 1 0 0 0 0 10 2 0 0 0 19 0 6 0 0 0 23 0 20 8 16 0 0 30 1 11 0 0 0 5 0

All Seasons in 2010

SQ. MILES

Bucks Harvested per 100 Sq. Miles | 41

All seasons, including Archery, Muzzleloader, November Firearm, Youth, Landowner, and Season Choice. 2010 Adult Bucks Harvested Unit Blue Northwest Blue Southeast Buffalo Calamus East Calamus West Elkhorn Frenchman Keya Paha Loup East Loup West Missouri Pine Ridge Plains Platte Republican Sandhills Upper Platte Wahoo
NA = Data not available

DEER HARVEST INFORMATION
Percent of Bucks 2 Years or Older Whitetail 2,907 3,761 2,614 1,094 1,158 3,578 1,665 1,997 2,232 1,122 3,056 1,252 562 1,261 3,477 1,151 342 4,592 Mule Deer NA NA 72% 75% 88% NA 79% 86% 63% 76% 81% 86% 85% 81% 80% 95% 79% NA Whitetail 71% 68% 74% 74% 79% 67% 67% 89% 65% 77% 76% 85% 82% 73% 77% 93% 68% 68%

Antlerless Harvest Mule Deer 2 6 133 5 104 12 265 43 7 141 8 419 456 172 17 392 255 11 Whitetail 3,579 4,010 2,037 522 648 5,333 1,461 1,209 1,735 833 2,730 1,033 299 1,324 3,220 896 198 7,617

Mule Deer 3 4 533 96 506 21 1,215 386 94 672 118 957 877 699 101 1,287 619 6

CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE Nebraska, like other western states, is seeing an increase in the number and distribution of deer testing positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). In 2010, 3,645 lymph node samples were collected during the November firearm season, then tested. Fifty-one new positives were confirmed, a record high for the state. Counties with positive deer were: Sioux, 11, Sheridan, seven; Dawes and Garden, six each; Box Butte and Scotts Bluff, four each; Morrill, three; Banner and Hitchcock, two each; and Cherry, Hall, Hooker, Keith, Lincoln, and Loup, one each. CWD was found for the first time in Hitchcock, Hooker, Lincoln, and Loup counties. Also, 18 deer were tested through culling or targeted surveillance. An adult male whitetail showing clinical symptoms was collected north of Harrison in Sioux County. It tested positive for CWD. One elk from Sioux County tested positive. CWD appears to be a prion disease that attacks the central nervous system and causes fatal damage to the brain of white-tailed deer, mule deer and Rocky Mountain elk. 42 |

UNLAWFUL ACTS Shooting from the Road – It is illegal to shoot from a bridge or public road, including the travelled surface and right of way. Hunting Over Bait – It is illegal to take or attempt to take big game within 200 yards of an area that has been baited. A baited area includes feed, supplement or bait that has been placed within the last 60 days. Baiting does not include instances where the feed, supplement or bait has been placed in the active operation of husbandry for domesticated livestock. Guiding for Fee – It is illegal to provide guide service for a fee on WMA. Weapon Sights – Red-dot and illuminated reticle sights and laser rangfinder scopes are permitted. TRAVEL ON U.S. FOREST SERVICE LAND Visit www.fs.fed.us/r2/nebraska for information about traveling on U.S. Forest Service land in Nebraska. This includes the Pine Ridge and Bessey ranger districts of Nebraska National Forest, Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest, and Oglala National Grasslands. HUNTING NEAR DWELLINGS 200-Yard Rule: It is unlawful to hunt any form of wild mammal or wild bird with a rifle within a 200-yard radius of an inhabited dwelling or livestock feedlot, unless permission to do so has been granted by the owner or tenant of that dwelling or feedlot. 100-Yard Rule: It is unlawful to hunt any form of wild mammal or wild bird with archery equipment, handgun or shotgun within a 100-yard radius of an inhabited dwelling or livestock feedlot, unless permission to do so has been granted by the owner or tenant of that dwelling or feedlot. SHOOTING HOURS It is legal to hunt big game 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes following sunset. LIQUIDATED DAMAGES The following are penalties for illegally killing big game in Nebraska. Bighorn Sheep — $15,000 Note: Penalty for unlawful take or possession of bighorn sheep or parts thereof may exceed $5,000. Elk • Bull, 12 points or more — $5,000 • Other elk — $1,500 White-tailed Deer • 8 points or more with 18-inch spread — $5,000 • Other antlered bucks — $1,500 • Antlerless — $250 Mule Deer • 8 points or more with 24-inch spread — $5,000 • Other mule deer — $1,500 Antelope • Buck with 14-inch horn length — $5,000 • Other antelope — $1,500 Bear or Moose — $1,500 | 43

NEBRASKA GAME AND PARKS COMMISSION OFFICES These offices sell permits over the counter, including landowner permits. DISTRICT OFFICES HEADQUARTERS AND SOUTHEAST 2200 N. 33rd St. / P.O. Box 30370 Lincoln, NE 68503-0370 (402) 471-0641 NORTHEAST 2201 N. 13th St. Norfolk, NE 68701-2267 (402) 370-3374 NORTHWEST 299 Husker Rd. / P.O. Box 725 Alliance, NE 69301-0725 (308) 763-2940 SOUTHWEST 301 E. State Farm Rd. North Platte, NE 69101-0430 (308) 535-8025 SERVICE CENTERS BASSETT 524 Panzer St. / P.O. Box 508 Bassett, NE 68714-0934 (402) 684-2921 KEARNEY 1617 First Ave. Kearney, NE 68847-6057 (308) 865-5310 OMAHA METRO 1212 Bob Gibson Blvd. Omaha, NE 68108-2020 (402) 595-2144

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CONSERVATION OFFICERS
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Ted Blume (Administrator) Craig Stover (Asst. Adm.)

Headquarters City
Lincoln Lincoln

Phone
(402) 471-5531 (402) 471-5532

O cer
Jim Zimmerman (Supervisor) Greg Hesse Scott Brandt Heath Packett Dan Kling Frank Miller

Northwest City
Alliance Alliance Gering Gordon Harrison Valentine

Phone
(308) 763-2940 (308) 760-3647 (308) 631-0663 (308) 360-0682 (308) 430-0572 (402) 389-0444

O cer
Tom Zimmer (Supervisor) Dale Davis Steve Oberg Daniel Roberts Je Jones Jon Reeves Patrick George Tim Williams Cory Krause Randy Pomplun Doug Pollard

Northeast City
Norfolk Bassett Columbus Fremont Hartington Kennard O’Neill Neligh West Point Fullerton Ord

Phone
(402) 370-3374 (402) 760-0712 (402) 910-3366 (402) 719-1108 (402) 762-5022 (402) 889-8508 (402) 340-0787 (402) 929-0051 (402) 380-6410 (308) 550-0489 (308) 778-7101

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Roger Michael ompson (Supervisor) ome Ray Dierking Terry Brentzel Matt Andrews Dirk Greene Dale Johnson Jerry Pecha (Supervisor) Dudley Sorensen Rich Routh Dennis ompson Nicholas Fix

Southwest City
North Platte Broken Bow Cozad Doniphan Elwood Imperial Kearney Kearney North Platte Republican City Ogallala Ogallala

Phone
(308) 535-8025 (308) 870-0322 (308) 529-8146 (402) 469-5795 (308) 746-2418 (308) 882-0015 (308) 440-3847 (308) 865-5327 (308) 530-0016 (308) 920-0367 (308) 289-0755 (308) 289-0427

O cer
Duane Arp (Supervisor) Sean McKeehan William Krause Mike Luben Dan Zuehlke Darin Gress Douglas Kramer Dina Barta Stacey Lewton Levi Krause Robert Finke Russell Mort Dan Evasco Je Clauson

Southeast City
Gretna Ashland Auburn Colon Cortland Hebron Lincoln Lincoln Lincoln Louisville Milford Nebraska City Papillion Valley

Phone
(402) 332-2965 (402) 521-0159 (402) 274-8063 (402) 443-6392 (308) 289-3399 (402) 768-8665 (402) 890-6465 (402) 890-6463 (402) 890-7140 (402) 949-0593 (402) 947-1363 (402) 209-1506 (402) 616-5961 (402) 658-7057

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