Remaining Permits On Sale July 11. Bighorn and Super
Tag Lotteries Now Open. Landowner Elk permits Are Included in Draw
The calendar says May, and your hand may be holding a fishing
pole, but it’s time for some advance thinking about your fall
Nebraska residents may currently apply for: one deer permit in any
draw unit (Republican Whitetail, Republican Mule Deer and Desoto
December Muzzleloader season units), one elk permit, and one buck
or either-sex antelope permit in available units. (One application
is allowed per person per species.)
Landowners interested in elk permits should contact their district
Nebraska Game and Parks office for application forms at this
In addition, two big game lotteries are presently underway for
Nebraska hunters: a Bighorn Sheep Lottery and a Super Tag Lottery.
Both lotteries are open to Nebraska residents only, have a $25
application fee and can be entered online.
The winner of the bighorn sheep lottery will receive a historic
hunt for a bighorn ram in the rugged Pine Ridge, with four nights
lodging and guide service provided by Nebraska Game and Parks. The
recipient of the Super Tag lottery wins a permit with a bag limit
of one elk, one antelope, one deer and two turkeys. This permit is
valid during 2011 and 2012, meaning the winner has two years for
fill it. Once-in-a-lifetime bull elk permit holders are eligible to
participate in this lottery.
Both resident and nonresident hunters will want to mark July 11 on
their calendars; it’s the day when all remaining permits go on
sale. A complete list of opening dates and application periods can
be found on our website, and our 2011 Big Game Guide will be posted
there as soon as it becomes available.
Hunters in search of big game animals will find that Nebraska’s
populations and hunting opportunities are about the best they have
ever been in modern times. Record numbers of deer and turkey exist
throughout the state, and even our elk population is thriving.
Permits for deer and turkey are easy to obtain, and our $5 youth
permits make hunting affordable for aspiring young hunters.
According the staff biologists, the 20-year trend of increasing
numbers of older bucks should continue in 2011. Data from 2010
indicates that 75% of harvested whitetail bucks and 83% of harvest
mule deer bucks were age 2 or older.