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10 | Big Game Info: 402-471-0641 REQUIREMENTS FOR BIG GAME HUNTERS Permit Types: D – Deer; E – Elk; A – Antelope; S – Bighorn Sheep • = Required * Habitat Stamp not required with landowner permits Deer Antelope Elk Bighorn Sheep R=Resident, N=Nonresident R N R N R N R N May Legally Take • • Permit Type D D Habitat Stamp * • Hunter Education Accompaniment 4 5 • • May Legally Take • • • • • • • • Permit Type D D A A E E S S Habitat Stamp * • • • Hunter Education 1 2 3 • • • • • • • • Accompaniment 5 6 • • • • • • • • May Legally Take • • • • • • • • Permit Type D D A A E E S S Habitat Stamp * • • • • • • • • Hunter Education 1 2 3 • • • • • • • • Accompaniment 6 • • • • • • • • Landowner Only Age 10-11 Age 12-15 Age 16 and Up HUNTER EDUCATION 1 Hunters ages 12 through 29 must carry proof of successful completion of firearm hunter education while hunting with a firearm or air gun. 2 Hunters ages 12 through 29 must carry proof of successful completion of bow hunter education while hunting deer, antelope, elk, or bighorn sheep with bow and arrow or crossbow. 3 Hunters ages 12 through 29 who have not completed firearm and/or bow hunter education may obtain an Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate. ACCOMPANIMENT 4 Firearm hunters ages 11 or younger must be accompanied by a licensed person age 19 or older. 5 Any deer, elk, antelope, or bighorn sheep hunters ages 15 or younger must be accompanied by a licensed person age 19 and older. 6 Hunters holding an Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate must be accompanied by a licensed person age 19 or older. The accompanying person, if age 19-29, must be certified in hunter education. DEFINITIONS Accompanied – In the presence of a licensed hunter age 19 or older. The accompanying hunter may not accompany more than two hunters at a time using the Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate. The accompanying adult hunter must at all times be in unaided visual and verbal communication with the novice hunter. Licensed – Has a valid Nebraska hunting permit. Apprentice Hunter Education Certificate – Persons who have not completed a firearm hunter and/or bow hunter education course may obtain an Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate from Game and Parks. This provides the novice hunter age 12 and older a chance to hunt and receive training before completing hunter education. The certificate may be obtained once in a lifetime, expires on Dec. 31 and may be renewed once. The fee is $5. BUDDY APPLICATION • Hunters who want to ensure that both or neither of their party will draw a permit in the same unit should apply as "buddies." If one person fails to draw a permit, both will be excluded. • Must be submitted June 13 - 24 and received at a Commission office no later than June 24. • Only two persons may submit applications together as buddy applicants. Both applicants must have the same residency status. If applying by mail, both applications must be marked as buddy and submitted in the same envelope. If applying online, applications must be submitted as buddy applications. • One check is allowed for payment. If paying by credit card, buddies must use same credit card. • Preference based on the individual with the fewest preference points. • No party hunting allowed. Each permit holder must harvest his or her own animal. NOTIFICATION OF SUCCESS • All draw unit applicants will be notified of drawing results. • Check your success at OutdoorNebraska.org after the draw. Click on "Buy a Permit," then "Draw Results." • Persons will be notified before July 11 to give all applicants who do not receive their permit of choice time to obtain a permit in an unfilled unit. PERMIT SELL-OUT DATES Visit OutdoorNebraska.org. Click on "Buy a Permit," then "Remaining Permits." Also see chart on on pages 30-31. PREFERENCE Applicants who are rejected for a deer permit in a Draw unit in 2016 shall earn a preference point. Points will be accumulated until the applicant is awarded a permit in a Draw unit, at which time points will be removed.

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