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Big Game Guide 2021

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Permit Type Weapon Type Deer and Antelope Firearm Rifle - at least 22 caliber delivering at least 900 foot-pounds of energy at 100 yards; .357 magnum or .45 Colt Handgun - delivering at least 400 foot-pounds of energy at 50 yards Shotgun - 20 gauge or larger firing a single slug Crossbow - 125-pound minimum draw weight, non-electronic and shoulder-fired Spear - must be thrown by hand Longbow, recurve bow, compound bow Muzzleloading handgun - delivering at least 400 foot-pounds of energy at 50 yards Muzzleloading rifle - 44 caliber or larger Muzzleloading musket - 62 caliber or larger that fires a single slug Deer and Antelope Archery Crossbow - 125-pound minimum draw weight, non-electronic and shoulder-fired Spear - must be thrown by hand Longbow, recurve bow, compound bow Deer and Antelope Muzzleloader Muzzleloading handgun - delivering at least 400 foot-pounds of energy at 50 yards Muzzleloading rifle - 44 caliber or larger Muzzleloading musket - 62 caliber or larger that fires a single slug Elk and Bighorn Sheep Rifle - at least 25 caliber delivering at least 1,700 foot-pounds of energy at 100 yards Crossbow - 125-pound minimum draw weight, non-electronic and shoulder-fired Spear - must be thrown by hand Longbow, recurve bow, compound bow Muzzleloading rifle - 45 caliber or larger Notes for All Big Game Permits • Semi-automatics may hold no more than six cartridges; fully automatic, full-metal jacket and incendiary bullets are prohibited. • Slingbows and airbows are not legal for turkey or big game. • Arrows and spears must have sharpened hunting head with a blade of at least 7/16-inch radius from the center of the arrow shaft. Arrows and spears containing poison or stupefying chemical or having an explosive tip are prohibited. • Magnifying and variable-power scopes are allowed for hunting big game. Scopes capable of using electricity to amplify natural light and those that project a visible light beam to a target are prohibited. • Breech-loading (powder or bullet) muzzleloaders are not legal during the muzzleloader season. • For more information, contact Game and Parks' Law Enforcement or Wildlife divisions at 402-471-0641. Weapons Legal for Big Game Hunting 38 | Big Game Info: 402-471-0641 Any program that receives federal funding from the National Park Service, or the United States Fish and Wildlife Service prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, marital status, national origin, age, disability or political affiliation. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any program, activity, facility, or service should contact the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Lincoln, NE 402-471-0641, the Equal Opportunity Commission, Lincoln, NE 402-471-2024, TTY/TDD 402-471-4693; United States Fish Wildlife Service, Civil Rights Coordinator, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203; Director, Equal Opportunity Program, U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service, 1849 C St. NW, Mail Code 0008, Washington, D.C. 20240-0001.

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