Many opportunities await Nebraska hunters as the opening of the November firearm deer season nears, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
Large numbers of deer are in the field and plenty of permits remain available for this season. A new access program is available, opening thousands of acres to walk-in hunting. A program that allows deer meat to be distributed to those who want it is in its second year.
The upcoming firearm season runs Nov. 14-22. One major change affects deer hunters: a new regulation this year allows turkey hunting during that season. Like the deer hunters, those turkey hunters must wear hunter orange.
The following are key reminders concerning the season:
Checking–Deer must be checked at manual check stations. Electronic checking is not available for the firearm season.
Deer Exchange–Hunters may take advantage of this program and provide deer meat to anyone willing to accept it. Donors and recipients of meat may register for free at ngpc.state.ne.us/hunting/programs/deerexchange/. They search a database for participants in their area, and then make contact by telephone to set up the transfer of meat.
Open Fields and Waters Program –More than 36,000 acres of private land in the first year of this pilot program are available for public walk-in hunting access. Check the 2009 Public Access Atlas for tracts in each county.
Remaining Permits–As of Nov. 4, the remaining firearm deer permits, by unit and quantity, are: Buffalo Whitetail, 511; Calamus East, 590; Calamus West, 899; Frenchman Whitetail, 806; Keya Paha, 1,331; Loup West, 576; Pine Ridge, 1,303; Plains, 731; Platte, 100; Platte Whitetail, 1,090; Sandhills, 1,092; and Upper Platte, 651.
The list of remaining permits may be found at OutdoorNebraska.org. Click on Licenses and Fees, then Purchase a Permit, then Remaining Permits.
Purchasing Permits–They may be purchased at Commission permitting offices and at OutdoorNebraska.org. A habitat stamp is required of all deer hunters, except residents age 15 or younger.
Game Law Violations–Call Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers toll-free at (800) 742-7627 to report game violations.
More Information–Visit OutdoorNebraska.org or read the 2009 Nebraska Big Game Guide.