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(Neb)-Deer Season Begins Saturday  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/10/2017 05:46 PM
ALLIANCE - Nebraska's 9-day firearm deer season begins tomorrow with Nebraska Game and Parks biologists predicting a very good year for hunters.

       Big Game Program Manager Kit Hams says hunting prospects have improved in all the agency's management units across the state, with last year's record harvest of mule deer expected to be topped by a modest increase with a similar increase expected in whitetail bucks after a slight drop a year ago.

      Biologist Micah Ellstrom of the Game and Parks Alliance office says the outlook for the Pine Ridge and other Panhandle units is very similar to the rest of the state.

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Ellstrom says one clear sign that hunters are excited about this year's season is that very few deer permits remain, fewer than 100 at the start of the week for the Pine Ridge units.

      Deer permits may be purchased online at OutdoorNebraska.org or at any Game and Parks permitting office. The season closes a week from Sunday on the 19th.

      In a related story, the Bessey Ranger District near Halsey will hosts its annual Hunter's Coffee tonight starting at 6:00 CST at the Bessey Picnic Area shelter house. Staff will also open the office for normal business hours of 8:30-5:00 today even though it's an observed Federal holiday.  The office is closed on weekends.


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