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Firearm Deer Harvest Down 21 Percent from 2012

LINCOLN – Total firearm deer harvest for the nine-day 2013 November firearm season was 36,882, a 21 percent decline from 2012.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission eliminated approximately 87,000 permits and bonus tags in 2013 in response to the epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) outbreak of 2012. A significant reduction in harvest was expected.

Harvest totals by Game and Parks district are: Northeast, 9,290; Northwest, 5,705; Southeast, 7,457; and Southwest, 14,430.

Details of harvest by sex, species and unit are not yet available, but check station data reveals the largest harvest declines occurred in southeast Nebraska, where nearly all bonus antlerless tags had been eliminated. The area least affected by EHD and permit reductions was the western half of southwest Nebraska, where a 6 percent decline in harvest occurred.

Total harvest for 2013 is expected to be approximately 50,000 deer. Archers have had better success in 2013, with more than 2,400 whitetail bucks harvested compared to 1,843 whitetail bucks taken during the same time span in 2012.

Deer season remains open until Jan. 18, 2014.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.


  1. The 2013 season was moved to later in the month than in previous years. Was this an attempt to miss the rut and limit the harvest? Will future seasons be later as well or can we expect them to be moved back to earlier in November to better coincide with the rut.

    • The season was not “moved.” Our wildlife regulations for the November firearm deer season read this way: “Open Season: Nine consecutive days beginning the Saturday closest to November 13.” So, the 2014 season will be Nov. 15-23.

  2. We have seen at least 75% less deer this year than last in our area in Nuckolls and Clay County.

  3. Do you know if there will be a deer season next October? I realize this is really early question., Jim Bourne

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