The opening two days of Nebraska’s firearm deer season started strong, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
Despite rainy conditions across much of the state Saturday, the number of deer brought in to check stations on the opening weekend was slightly higher than 2016.
Game and Parks staff checked nearly 19,000 deer statewide, representing a 4 percent increase in the northwest, 5 percent increase in the southwest and 5 percent increase in the northeast part of the state. Only Southeast Nebraska, where numbers were down 4 percent, saw a decrease from last year.
“Staff are pleased to see high participation and good harvest numbers again this year,” said Karie Decker, Game and Parks’ assistant wildlife division administrator. Many check stations reported seeing several first-time hunters.
With the firearm season open through Sunday, Game and Parks offers these reminders:
* Remember to sign your permit before hunting and carry it with you at all times.
* Firearm deer hunters and archers harvesting deer during the November firearm season must deliver their deer in person to a check station no later than 1 p.m. Monday. Telecheck and internet check of deer is closed during the nine-day November firearm season.
* Don’t forget to punch and notch your permit at time of kill.
* Seek permission before hunting on private land.
Firearm deer permits are still available for some areas of the state, particularly for antlerless deer. Permits can be purchased at OutdoorNebraska.org.