LINCOLN – As some hunters are still in the field until the nine-day deer season closes this weekend, opening weekend numbers were released.
According to the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, the 2019 firearm deer season began Saturday, November 16 – Sunday, November 17. Preliminary check-in numbers were up approximately 8% statewide compared to last year’s opening weekend.
The northeast district saw the highest recorded rise of 17% while the number of checked deer was up 9% in the southeast, up 3% in the northwest and up 5% in the southwest district.
With some corn still standing in fields, the nice weather contributed to lots of hunters getting into the field and harvesting deer. Also, with the warmer temperature hunters weren’t able to hang their deer carcasses for extended periods of time. Hunters needed to get their deer broken down and cooled quickly.
Many units, including the Loup East and Frenchman, had additional antlerless permits and/or bonus tags added for 2019.
The final day to participate in the firearm deer season is Sunday, November 24.
The season is also an opportunity to take a new or lapsed hunter afield as part of the Take ‘Em Hunting challenge. Whether it’s grandchild, a child, a spouse, a neighbor, a colleague or friend, Nebraska Game & Park officials challenge you to share your passion with someone you care about. When you introduce, or reintroduce, someone to hunting, snap a photo and fill out the official entry form on the Game & Parks website.
For more information visit outdoornebraska.gov/deer.