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12 | Big Game Info: 402-471-0641 ANTELOPE Seasons: Youth Deer permits are valid in these seasons: • Archery: Sept. 1 - Dec. 31 • November Firearm: Nov. 12 - 20 • Muzzleloader: Dec. 1 - 31 • Late Firearm Antlerless: Jan. 1 - 15, 2017 (antlerless only) Habitat Stamp: Required of nonresident youth. (See page 8) 2016 FORECAST While 2015 was a very good year for antelope hunting in Nebraska, 2016 could be even better. Buck harvest, hunter success and age of bucks improved in 2015. Fawning conditions were good and the winter was fairly mild. Hunters who are waiting 3-6 years to get enough preference points for a firearm buck permit may wish to consider a doe permit, which sells out quickly to those who apply early. A guaranteed option is archery, where permits are unlimited and hunters can hunt every year. Youth archery permits are only $12. LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF ANTELOPE Buck – Antelope with horns longer than its ears. Doe/Fawn – Antelope with no horns or with horns shorter than its ears. PERMIT DETAILS Firearm – Issued for specific units during October Firearm or Late Doe/Fawn seasons for use with firearms and archery equipment. Bag limit varies by unit. Resident — $36* Nonresident — $156.50* (doe/fawn only) ** Archery – Valid statewide, except for Fort Robinson State Park, Fort Robinsion WMA and federal and state sanctuaries, unless authorized during the archery season. Resident — $36* Nonresident — $156.50* Muzzleloader – Issued for specific units during muzzleloader season for one antelope of either sex. Resident — $36* Nonresident — Not eligible Landowner – Issued for specific units on property of landowner in open seasons with the appropriate weapons, except not valid on federal and state sanctuaries and refuges. Bag limit varies by unit. Resident — $21.50* Nonresident — $81.75* ** Youth Archery – Valid statewide, except for Fort Robinson State Park, Fort Robinsion WMA and federal and state sanctuaries, unless authorized during the archery season. Resident — $12* Nonresident — $12* * Includes nonrefundable $5 application fee ** The bag limit is one antelope of either sex, except on the Bessey Ranger District of the Nebraska National Forest where the limit is one antelope with horns longer than its ears. WHO MAY APPLY FOR ANTELOPE PERMITS • Persons age 12 or older or those age 11 if they are age 12 by Oct. 8. • Resident and nonresident landowners. Residents have preference for firearm and muzzleloader permits, as well as landowner firearm permits. Doe/fawn permits are available to residents and nonresidents starting July 11. • Applicants may submit only one antelope permit application.

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