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(Neb)-Hunters Take 8% More Deer Opening Weekend Than Last Year

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/19/2019 03:29 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Preliminary check-in numbers from the opening weekend of Nebraska's firearm deer season indicate hunters had better luck than they did last year.

       Nebraska Game and Parks big game program manager Luke Meduna says harvest numbers are up about 8%.

     Northeast district check stations recorded 17% more deer than last year, with the number up 9% in the southeast, 3% in the northwest, and 5% in the southwest district.

      Meduna says many factors are likely involved in the increase, including some units having more antlerless permits or bonus tags than last year, but that a big was was nice weather that allowed lots of hunters getting into the field and harvesting deer.

      Meduna adds that while some hunters reported slower deer activity than normal, many reported excellent rutting activity.

     Some reminders to hunters still in the field until the 9-day season closes Sunday

- Make safety your highest priority. Know what your target is and what is behind your target. Be aware of where your weapon's muzzle is pointed at all times.

-- A person must have permission to enter private property.

- Hunters must deliver their deer to a check station no later than 1 p.m. next Monday.


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