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16 | Big Game Info: 402-471-0641 2016 FORECAST With an 86-percent success rate on bull permits, 2015 was a very good year for elk hunting in Nebraska. Bull harvest tied or exceeded several records. The average bull taken in 2015 was 4.7 years old with a main beam length of 47 inches. Bonus points are used to improve draw odds for non-landowners. Preference points are used to determine who gets a landowner permit. LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF AN ELK Bull – A male with antlers 6 inches or more in length. Antlerless – No antlers or antlers less than 6 inches in length. PERMIT DETAILS Antlerless – Issued for and valid in specific units for one antlerless elk. See page 21. Resident — $160* Nonresident — Not eligible Bull – Issued for specific units for one bull elk. Resident — $160* Nonresident — Not eligible Landowner – Valid in specific units. Landowners with property within an elk management zone are eligible to apply. Valid in open seasons with appropriate weapons for one elk (sex depends on unit). Bull permits issued by drawing and preference points. Resident — $40.40* Nonresident — $459* *Includes nonrefundable $8.50 application fee WHO MAY APPLY FOR PERMITS People age 12 and older are eligible. General permits are available to residents only. Landowner permits are available to residents and nonresident landowners, although residents get preference. Applicants may not apply for a landowner bull and general bull permit in the same calendar year. PERMIT AVAILABILITY No one may have more than one elk permit a year. General Cow permits: No more than one in five years. General Bull permits: No more than one in five years; harvest limit of one in a lifetime. Super Tags and Auction elk permits are exempt. Landowner Cow permits: No more than one a year. Landowner Bull permits: No more than one in three years. FORT NIOBRARA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE ELK HUNT Access Permits: A restricted access permit is required to hunt in designated areas on Fort Niobrara NWR and is available by drawing. The application period for access permits is Aug. 1-15. A drawing will be held Aug. 16 and successful applicants will be notified by Fort Niobrara staff. Who May Apply: Hunters who possess a valid Niobrara River Unit elk permit may apply. Location: Successful applicants would receive an access permit to hunt within the 5-mile river corridor within Fort Niobrara NWR (Cherry County), where wild elk are commonly located. Specific boundaries and details will be provided by refuge staff. Access Dates: Sept. 24 – Oct. 23 (cow and bull elk permits) and Dec. 1-31 (cow permits) Number of Access Permits: 4 (two for hunters with cow permits and two for hunters with bull permits) Rules: Legal weapons include archery or muzzleloader as described in the 2016 Big Game Guide. Access is allowed by foot, canoe or horse only. Centerfire firearms are not allowed. ELK NEW FOR 2016

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