deer hunting

Outdoors news, 3/3: Deer count, elk hunting, commission meeting and BOW events

by Lincoln Journal Star  |  published on March 5, 2013

Volunteers are needed for the Homestead National Monument of America’s annual winter deer survey at 9:30 a.m. March 9.

No experience is needed. Show up at the Homestead Education Center west of Beatrice for orientation. Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt, walking shoes and a coat appropriate for the weather.

Walkers will hike less than a mile through the prairie. Those who don’t want to walk can help by counting deer as they leave the park. The survey will be completed by noon.

Motorists on Nebraska 4 should be alert for deer that morning.

Nebraska elk hunters harvested a record 105 bulls in 2012.

The hunters enjoyed a success rate of 91 percent, another record, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. In 2011, 90 bulls were harvested for a 79 percent success rate.

The bull season was Sept. 29-Oct. 28. In the first half of the cow elk season, Sept. 29-Oct. 28, 31 were harvested. That season resumes Dec. 1-31.

There were 19 refunds on 303 elk permits sold due to concerns over the Pine Ridge wildfires. Bulls also were harvested by the two auction permit holders and the one lottery permit holder.

Successful elk hunters are reminded to send in elk tooth collection envelopes to Game and Parks.

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