Western Nebraska Observer - Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

Firearm season is complete


November 29, 2018

Lissa Wangler for the Western Nebraska Observer

Anthony Kuhns filled his Nebraska fire arm deer permit with this big 4x4 mule deer buck and was one of the 247 deer checked in at the Kimball check in station, located at Sportsmans Liquor in Kimball. For more photos and information, turn to page 10 in this week's Observer.

According to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioner, preliminary deer harvest in Nebraska is 5 percent behind last year’s pace. From Sept. 1 through Nov. 26, there were 47,532 deer checked, compared to 49,923 in 2017.

Mule deer buck harvest decreased slightly, with 8,575 taken, compared to 8,609 in 2017. This is still the second highest recorded mule deer buck harvest on record, bodes well for Nebraska. The average age of bucks is also very good, with 59 percent of bucks estimated at age 3 or older.

Whitetail buck harvest is up slightly, with 26,525 adult whitetail bucks harvested compa...

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