The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission publishes the previous year's draw results. New application forms will be available soon. The Nebraska Telecheck Program enables hunters to check deer or antelope by phone or online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visit www.outdoornebraska.org for more information.
To apply for a deer license, you must be at least 16 years old. An applicant who is 15 years old can apply with a parent or guardian's permission. A minor under 18 cannot apply in person but can download an application from the Internet at nebraskagameparks.com/huntwildlife or by calling (800) 656-0667.
An applicant must provide complete information when applying for a deer license. This includes your name, address, date of birth, gender, social security number, driver's license number, and signature. If you give false information, or fail to provide all of the required information, you may not be licensed to hunt deer.
Hunters should always call before they come out to see if there are any restrictions on where and how many deer can be taken. Also make sure to check the season status prior to traveling to a hunting area. In some cases, former residents or nonresidents are not allowed to hunt certain animals after moving away from Nebraska.
With so many different species and seasons to choose from, all hunters in Nebraska may have a busy year. The following is a detailed list of season dates and application times for each species. Season dates are subject to Commission approval. Check with your local game agency for specific dates.
Archery deer: November 30 - December 14 (varies by county) Open to bow hunters only. No crossbows allowed.
Bass: May 1-31 (varies by state river) Open to panfish hunters 16 years old and younger during the day and 21 years old and younger at night. Older fishermen must use spinners or other artificial lures.
Black bear: October 15-November 30 (varies by state) Open to black bear hunters 17 years old and older during daylight hours and 18 years old and older at night. Younger hunters must use bait or live traps to hunt bear. Bait or live traps are available to all hunters who call in their plans to use them.
Buffalo: February 1-15 (varies by county) Open to rifle hunters only. No bows allowed.
Coyote: April 1-30 (varies by county) Open to gun hunters only.
Check out the yearly hunting guides for more information on each season.
Bear: There are three bear seasons in Nebraska. Hunters can use either blackpowder or rifle ammunition when pursuing bears during the open season, which lasts from October 1 through December 31. A hunter must be at least 16 years old to take part in this sport. Bear hunting is popular throughout the state, but especially in west-central and north-central Nebraska where the chance of seeing one is best. Blackpowder pits are located across the state where hunters pay a fee to shoot bears with projectiles. These days most states require you to have a license for this activity, but not in Nebraska. You do need a permit though if you want to import any bear parts into the country.
Boar: There is only one boar season in Nebraska, which is usually held in November. This is a special hunt for wild hogs. Hunters use rifles to try and bring down these aggressive animals, which can weigh up to 450 pounds and stand over two feet high. Hunting boars is popular in south-eastern Nebraska because this is where they is largest populations of hogs.
Legal hunting hours are from half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after dusk. There will be no rifle deer hunting on Sunday. Sunday bowhunting is permitted in limited quantities. Each permit season, only one antlerless permit per zone may be acquired. No more than two antlerless permits may be acquired by the same person in a single year.
A deer farm is defined as "a commercial operation that breeds and sells deer." In other words, deer farmers sell mature deer (usually females) who have young (usually fawns) at different stages of maturity. The hunters purchase a license for the older animal and bring home the younger one to add to their herd.
Deer farming is legal in New Jersey if the farmer owns his or her own land and follows certain regulations. The buck taken must be over one year old and not larger than twenty-four inches in any single direction. It must also have a tag attached to its head with which to register it with the Department of Game. Farmers can only sell male deer and those sold without a tag are considered illegal game animals and can be shot by anyone.
Not only does shooting deer help control their population, but it is also fun. Outfitters usually offer guided hunts where you get to use callers and sitters to find the deer's favorite food sources and hiding places.
Portion of Deer Antlerless Firearms: December 4–12. Deer Alternative Methods Firearms Portion: December 25-January 1st, 2018.
In December of 2019, Tom Wolf approved Senate Bill 147, allowing the Pennsylvania Game Commission to designate three Sundays for hunting in 2020. In exchange, the PGC allowed Sunday hunting to archery deer hunters on November 15, bear hunters on November 22, and deer hunters during guns season on November 29. The new law takes effect on March 23, 2020.
Pennsylvania is one of four states (along with New York, Vermont, and Wisconsin) that allows Sunday hunting. However, since 1970, when the federal prohibition on hunting on Sunday ended, most states have moved toward prohibiting all hunting on Sunday. It is possible that some counties or zones within a state may still allow hunting on Sunday, however.
Deer are naturally shy animals that usually avoid humans. However, when food is scarce or predators are present, they will sometimes interact with people. This interaction can either be positive, where deer feed in fields or forests with help from farmers or game managers, or negative, where deer-human conflicts occur when people disturb deer in their habitat to control vegetation or because roads or houses are built where they can see them.
Since the early 1900s, when hunting laws were first established, it has been illegal to hunt deer on Sunday in Pennsylvania. Although this law is now being changed by the Senate, it will not take effect until after Easter next year so it will not affect any deer hunting this season.