(Neb.)-Bill Would Let Nebraska Farmers Allow Earlier Deer Hunting
By GRANT SCHULTE
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Farmers who are tired of deer destroying their crops could get a new incentive to let hunters onto their land under a bill in the Nebraska Legislature, but some outdoors groups and state officials aren't thrilled with the idea.
The proposal would create special permits for landowners to hunt deer up to a week before the official firearm hunting season starts, if they open at least half of their land to hunters during the regular season.
The idea seeks to address Nebraska's rising deer population and a decline in land that's available for hunting.
Sen. Dan Hughes, of Venango, says the bill would give a benefit to farmers and encourage them to open their land to other hunters. Critics say it would create more problems than it solves.
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