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2009 Nebraska Big Game Regulations Available

April 8, 2009.

Regulations for the 2009 Nebraska big game seasons are now available online.

I'm a huge fan of Nebraska deer hunting, and am currently in the process of planning a mule deer hunt for 2009.

The forecast for this fall is excellent, with a record harvest of antlerless whitetails expected and more than 90,000 antlerless whitetail bonus tags available. Record numbers of older bucks are likely to be taken across the state as the age of whitetail and mule deer bucks harvested in 2007 and 2008 was the best on record.

Key changes in the deer regulations include:

  • Nonresident deer tags have increased in cost from $178 to $209. Still a pretty good deal, but it's sad to see them break through the $200 threshold.
  • The nonresident statewide buck tags have increased in cost from $443.50 to $521.00.
  • Mule deer bucks may not be harvested south of Interstate 80 on the Limited Statewide Buck permit. This change is motivated by an effort to increase the age and number of mule deer bucks in the Frenchman, Republican, and Platte units.
  • An October Antlerless season in SCAs 18 and 21 in eastern Nebraska has been added.
  • Either-sex permits have been reduced in the Blue Northwest, Calamus East, Keya Paha, Loup East, and Loup West firearm units.
  • Antlerless permits have been increased in 12 SCA units. Bonus antlerless tags are added in SCAs 3, 4, 5, 6, and 12.

For practical purposes, deer tags are available on a first-come first-served basis. Nonresidents can begin purchasing tags beginning June 8.

Get your copy of the Big Game Guide here.

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