Nebraska Deer News

Drivers urged to be on high alert for deer September 19, 2016 Nebraska, Omaha World-Herald
... State Farm said it is estimated there were more than 10,500 deer-vehicle collisions in Nebraska and 32,550 in Iowa between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016...

Public invited to help at Homestead deer count September 17, 2016 Nebraska, Beatrice Daily Sun
... On Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9:30 a.m. – noon, Homestead National Monument of America will participate in National Public Lands Day by offering the public the opportunity to help conduct a fall deer survey...

Pubic Asked to Report Sick or Dead Deer August 25, 2016 Nebraska, magazine.outdoornebraska.gov
... incidences of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) are suspected in Cedar County in northeastern Nebraska, where approximately 15 dead deer have been recently discovered... Deer killed by EHD often are found near water to counteract fever and sometimes show evidence of bleeding from the eyes, nose or mouth...

Aerial survey helps with managing mule deer June 19, 2016 Nebraska, Lincoln Journal Star
... Declining mule deer populations throughout the western United States have been a concern for many state wildlife agencies since the 1990s... In Nebraska, after reaching a record harvest in 2008, mule deer populations have declined..., causes for the mule deer decline are less clear but likely due to a combination of parasites, predation, drought and disease...

Game & Parks fees to increase April 8, 2016 Nebraska, North Platte Bulletin
... Annual hunting permits for residents would increase from $13 to $18 while fishing permits would increase from $17.50 to $24. Deer hunting permits for residents would also increase from $29 to $39...

...  The dead deer used as evidence in the investigation were a buck, a doe, and two fawn... fined $1,000, ordered to pay $1,750 in restitution ...

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission continues aerial mule deer survey March 5, 2016 Nebraska Scottsbluff Star Herald 
... The survey, which covers eight subunits with the most suitable mule deer habitat within the Pine Ridge deer management unit, indicated a decrease in the overall mule deer population, but an increase in the number of the species’ fawns...

Deer population in 'sweet spot,' Game and Parks official says  February 29, 2016 Nebraska, Lincoln Journal Star
... Hunters reported taking 48,000 whitetail deer ... 28,500 were bucks.  Nebraska lost about 30 percent of its whitetail population in 2012 [mostly from EHD], and the herd remains smaller than it was in 2011... Hunters killed nearly 10,650 mule deer in 2015, of which 8,876 were bucks ... mule deer herd also has rebounded after suffering setbacks in 2012 due to disease and wildfires during the drought that year...

Are there wolves in Nebraska? February 27, 2016 Nebraska, Beatrice Daily Sun
... A coyote hunter shot a gray wolf near Spaulding, Nebraska in 2003... The USFWS determined through DNA testing that the wolf originated from a population of wolves found in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. Previous to that, the last confirmed wolf killed in Nebraska was near Oconto in 1913...

Shedding light on antler hunting February 21, 2016 Nebraska, Lincoln Journal Star 
... growing in popularity. It involves hiking the countryside this time of year ... Nebraska law allows a person to pick up, possess, buy, sell or barter antlers or horns that have been dropped or shed by deer, elk and pronghorn (antelope)... 

Allamakee deer again found with CWD February 6, 2016 Nebraska, Omaha World-Herald
...  the third year in a row the disease has been confirmed in a wild Iowa deer — all in Allamakee County...

Numbers good for big game animals February 6, 2016 Nebraska, Omaha.com
...  Nebraska’s white-tailed deer herd continues its recovery from the EHD outbreak in 2012 that killed 30 percent of the animals in the state. The buck harvest this year was 28,500 compared to 38,000 in 2010.  The low was 24,000 in 2013 after the epizootic hemorrhagic disease ravaged the herd...

Hunters can help control the spread of a deer disease Febraury 3, 2016 Nebraska, Nebraska Radio Network 
...  hunters can help control the disease by properly disposing of deer remains, preferably in a landfill...

Three Positives for CWD Found in Recent Testing of Deer January 29, 2016 Nebraska, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
...  The presence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Nebraska deer has spread eastward ...  Three samples tested positive for CWD. Those samples were taken from deer harvested in Boone, Nance and Harlan counties...

Sioux City Journal 
... The disease [chronic wasting disease, CWD] was first discovered in Nebraska in 2000 in Kimball County. Since 1997, the state has tested nearly 49,000 deer, with 292 testing positive...
     Three positives for CWD found in recent testing of deer January 28, 2016 Nebraska, Omaha World-Herald
... The presence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Nebraska deer has spread eastward, according to findings by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission ... samples were taken from deer harvested in Boone, Nance and Harlan counties...

Nebraska deer harvest up 11 percent so far December 30, 2015 Omaha News Service
... mule deer buck harvest of 8,307 ... Whitetail buck harvest (26,846) is up 3,128 animals. That is a jump of 13 percent from last year and 18 percent from 2013...

Nebraska deer harvest up 11 percent so far December 29, 2015 Nebraska, High Plains Journal
... As of Dec. 8, nearly 50,000 deer have been harvested, compared to 45,000 last year and 42,500 in 2013.  The biggest change is the mule deer buck harvest of 8,307—up 1,200 from 2014. That is an increase of 17 percent from last year and 25 percent from 2013 ...

Game and Parks surveying deer hunters December 28, 2015 Nebraska, High Plains Journal
... conducted every five years and is designed to gather hunter information about experiences, attitudes and opinions related to the 2015 deer season...

Nebraska Prior to 6000 BCE December 27, 2015 Daily Kos
... the era prior to 6000 BCE ... appears to have been a time when the people specialized in the hunting of big game. ... By about 6300 BCE, Indian people were using the Allen site as a summer camp. They were hunting bison, antelope, deer, rabbit, and birds...

Big Game Species December 18, 2015 Nebraska Game and Parks
... Deer were nearly extinct in Nebraska by 1900 due to unlimited hunting. In 1907 the Nebraska Legislature passed a law prohibiting the taking of deer, but recovery took decades. By the late 1930s, deer numbers were estimated at 2,500 in the Pine Ridge. In 1945 the first modern deer season began with a harvest of 275 mule deer and two white-tailed deer ...

Deer harvest numbers up across state December 15, 2015 Nebraska, Rapid City Journal
... Hunters in Nebraska have harvested more than 48,210 deer so far this year, 4,000 more than during the same period last year ... There also happens to be more deer in the fields as herds recover from a 2012 outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease ...

Nebraska Deer Harvest Up 11 Percent So Far December 10, 2015 KHAS 1230 Hastingslink
... As of Dec. 8, nearly 50,000 deer have been harvested, compared to 45,000 last year and 42,500 in 2013... mule deer buck harvest of 8,307 – up 1,200 from 2014 ... an increase of 17 percent from last year and 25 percent from 2013...

Boyer Chute, Deer hunting to limit access at refuge in northeast Nebraska December 5, 2015 Nebraska, Quad City Times
... closed starting Saturday to allow deer hunting at Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge ...

Deer harvest numbers up across state December 1, 2015 Nebraska, Lincoln Journal Star
... Hunters in Nebraska have harvested more than 48,210 deer so far this year, 4,000 more than during the same period last year...

Acreage owners relieved at end of deer firearm season November 30, 2015 Nebraska, Lincoln Journal Star
... During the eight-day firearm season that ended Nov. 22, the areas around Branched Oak Lake are prime hunting ground, and Minge and White said  they try to stay inside to avoid close calls... He said he's had an incident nearly every year since moving there in 1981...

Opening of deer season numbers an increase from last year November 22, 2015 Nebraska, ABC KOTA Territory News
...  the number of deer brought in to check stations increased anywhere from 20 to 50 percent in various regions of Nebraska.  The increase in hunter harvest may be due to the mild weather ...

... illegally shot some time last week and left in a field near Broadwater in Morrill County... Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is asking for the public’s help ...  at 1-800-742-7627

Deer season looks optimistic  November 13, 2015 Nebraska, Columbus Telegram
... a deadly outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease wiped out thousands of the animals in 2012.  The outbreak led to a 21 percent drop in the number of deer shot during the 2013 firearm season ... the herd size has increased since then ...

Deer hunters have good shot at success November 13, 2015 Nebraska, Columbus Telegram
... The commission is testing for chronic wasting disease, a terminal disease in deer and elk that impacts the animals’ brains.  Welstead said the disease, which doesn’t affect humans, has been around for some time in Colorado, Wyoming and the Nebraska Panhandle and is slowly spreading eastward...

Deer permits going fast in Frenchman Unit November 11, 2015 Nebraska, Imperial Republican
... All of the 1,700 resident and nonresident Mule Deer Conservation Area permits up for draw were filled in July ... Piernicky doubted any of the few whitetail permits still available early this week would still be so by the weekend...

Nebraska deer hunting season set to open Saturday November 8, 2015 KETV Omaha South Sport
... A bull moose, rarely seen in Nebraska, traveled from the Sutherland area to near Lake Maloney in the five days from Wednesday through Sunday...

Deer hunting prospects great November 6, 2015 Nebraska, Lincoln Journal Star 
...Hunting prospects look good as restrictions on antlerless deer permits in recent years have resulted in deer population increases in most areas of the state...

Moose spotted in Nebraska; hunters urged to be cautious November 5, 2015 Nebraska, Lincoln Journal Star
... Moose can be similar in appearance to other big game animals but have distinctive body features: a “bell” or large piece of skin under their necks and a pronounced shoulder hump ...

... Nebraska had its first cougar hunting season last year in which 5 cougars were killed despite the fact that they have an extremely small population of breeding cougars that could very easily be eliminated completely...

2015 Trophy Deer Forecast: Great Plains October 21, 2015 Nebraska, Game & Fish
... Nebraska’s whitetail densities are heaviest in the eastern part of the state, but the EHD that hit Nebraska hard in 2012 means that the whitetail herd is still recovering from that outbreak. In some sections, only one whitetail may live per square mile, while in other places, 30 whitetails may live in a square mile....

Special deer hunts set for three area state parks October 18, 2015 Nebraska, Lincoln Journal Star
... within Eugene T. Mahoney and Platte River state parks and Schramm Park State Recreation Area.  Successful applicants will be issued a special access permit that allows them to hunt only antlerless deer in designated areas of a park on certain dates ...

Nebraska Has Abundant Deer Hunting Opportunities in 2015 October 16, 2015 Nebraska, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
...“Deer numbers are on the increase in most areas of the state due to the restrictions on antlerless permits since 2012,” said Kit Hams, big game program manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “The percentage of age 3-and-older bucks in the harvest set new records in 2014, so the opportunity for a trophy remains high.” ...

Volunteers count 8 deer at Homestead September 28, 2015 Nebraska, Beatrice Daily Sun
... The deer surveys started in May 2003 ... “This was the 37th deer survey complete since then ... On average, about 30 deer are seen, with the highest number recorded in February of 2010 with 120 deer and the lowest number recorded being five in September of 2003.” ...

Volunteers sought for deer survey September 23, 2015 Nebraska, Beatrice Daily Sun
... Staff at Homestead National Monument of America will conduct a deer survey Saturday, Sept. 26, and are seeking help from community volunteers....

Nebraska drivers' odds of hitting a deer rise September 14, 2015 Lincoln Journal Star
... The odds drivers will hit a deer in Nebraska are 1 in 143, compared to 1 in 149 last year, and this year's national odds of 1 in 169...

Great Plains Deer Forecast for 2015 September 3, 2015 Kansas, Game & Fish
... Hunters harvested about 52,000 Nebraska deer in 2014, but during the peak harvest in 2010, about 90,000 deer were harvested...

Omaha officials propose change to anti-hunting ordinance September 3, 2015 Nebraska, Beaumont Enterprise 
 ... Officials are working to close a loophole in city code after learning that an ordinance barring hunting in city parks largely didn't apply to a man who used his bow to kill three deer on land near Lake Zorinsky in western Omaha...

Deer killed illegally in Omaha area August 21, 2015 Nebraska, Lincoln Journal Star 
... In the early morning of Aug. 9 a trail camera in the Ponca Hills area took photos of two individuals – at least one with a firearm -- dragging a deer. ... vicinity of Ponca and Shongaska roads in Douglas County...  call Nebraska Wildlife Crime Stoppers at 1-800-742-7627

Baiting animals for easy hunting banned in Nebraska August 1, 2015 Lincoln Journal Star
... What American dentist Walter Palmer did -- using bait to lure Cecil the lion out of the African conservation park -- is as illegal in Nebraska as it is in Zimbabwe... Baiting is a Class III misdemeanor, which results in a fine of around $125 ...

Nebraska Habitat Project Planned on Bassway Strip WMA July 1, 2015 Nebraska, AmmoLand Shooting Sports News
...  A habitat project will begin sometime this summer on Bassway Strip Wildlife Management Area in Buffalo County to benefit bobwhite quail, wild turkey, white-tailed deer and many other species...

Hasting, Deer Jumps Into Downtown Business June 14, 2015 Nebraska, nbcneb.com
... Police took the deer to a safer location to properly dispose of it... don't know how the deer could've gotten downtown...

High Water Displaces Some Wildlife Animals June 9, 2015 Nebraska, 1011 Now 
... You are going to see a little more movement not only from deer but from possums racoons badgers skunks ... All the water is pushing some animals toward the interstate and highways...

Moose spotted around Western Nebraska April 10, 2015 Nebraska, PerfScience
... the latest recorded sighting of the moose was in Morrill County in Nebraska.  What makes the moose sighting in the area rare is that moose typically prefer habitats with cooler climate...

Nebraska Mule Deer. Buck still has horn April 2nd.


... Most significant of the big game changes is an increase in the River Antlerless Unit deer permit quota from 7,000 to 12,000. This is expected to maintain hunting pressure on white-tailed deer in prime habitat on private land, where high deer herd numbers can develop the fastest...

Pine Ridge mule deer counted April 2, 2015 Nebraska, Lincoln Journal Star
... an annual mule deer survey in portions of the Pine Ridge management unit in northwestern Nebraska... 758 deer in 429 square miles of the unit compared to 862 in the same areas in 2014 ...

Big Game Regulations Approved March 24, 2015 Nebraska, Regator
... Most significant of the big game changes is an increase in the River Antlerless Unit deer permit quota from 7,000 to 12,000. This is expected to maintain hunting pressure on white-tailed deer in prime habitat on private land, where high deer herd numbers can develop the fastest...

NGP records less mule deer in the Pine Ridge area compared to last year March 20, 2015 Nebraska, ABC KOTA Territory News
... annual mule deer survey in portions of the Pine Ridge management unit in northwestern Nebraska ... Staff counted 758 deer in just under 430 square miles.  Last year they counted 862 ...

Laws aim to avoid deer population boom March 20, 2015 Nebraska, Omaha World-Herald
... The state had too many white-tailed deer before the declines, said Scott Taylor, wildlife division administrator at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.  “Our management goal is not to return to those peak numbers,” ...

Game and Parks holds Lex meeting: Big game permit recommendations discussed March 20, 2015 Nebraska, Lexington Clipper Herald
... The most significant recommendation for deer is an increase in River Anterless permits from 7,000 to 12,000 to maintain pressure on whitetail deer in prime habitat on private land, where high deer numbers can develop most quickly....

Deer harvest data compiled March 18, 2015 Nebraska, Wahoo Newspaper 
... No changes to deer hunting regulations in the Wahoo Unit ...  the number of dear harvested in the Wahoo Unit in the past two seasons is a fraction of what it had been in previous years...  largely because epizootic hemmorhagic disease (EHD) devastated the unit’s herd in 2012 ...

Mule deer population in Pine Ridge drops March 18, 2015 Nebraska, Nebraska Radio Network
... Wildlife managers have become concerned by a drop in the number of mule deer even though habitat seems adequate and hunting has been restricted. Hunters have not been allowed to kill mule deer doe since 2013...

Deer quota among proposed big-game regulation changes March 17, 2015 Nebraska, Grand Island Independent
... Most significant of the recommended big-game amendments is an increase in the River Antlerless Unit deer permit quota from 7,000 to 12,000... Another recommendation creates a system of preference points for draw unit deer permit applicants...

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission used an aerial approach to studying mule deer and elk in northwestern and north-central Nebraska in February 2015. - March 16, 2015 Nebraska



Nebraska Data:  About 525,000 deer in 2015.  Restrictions on anlterless deer permits in 2015 increased the population from about 490,000 in 2014.  The estimated deer population was down by about 36 percent from 2011, a peak in 2009, but the herd appears to have increased somewhat since 2012.  About 350,000 to 450,000 whitetails in 2014.  An estimated 77,000 mule deer in 2015, but the number of whitetails vs. mule deer is hard to estimate since hunters can take either and harvest data is used for the estimate.
     The herd was hit hard by epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) and drought in 2012, killing an estimated third of the population.  Half the herd are thought to have died in Dodge and Saunders counties.  Aggressive hunting also brought the numbers down.  EHD in 2012 and 2013 took about 60 percent of the deer in the north central area.  A parasitic, meningeal worm, has also reduced deer numbers.  The 2014 harvest was about 50,580 down from the peak of 88,034 in 2010.  Whitetail densities are highest in the eastern part of the state, up to 30 deer per square mile in some areas.
    The Game Commission reduced antlerless deer tags in 2013, an effort to boost the deer population.  Brain worm is blamed for some of the mule deer decline.  Deer permit sales in 2012 declined 13 percent to 122,214. Total deer harvest fell 30 percent to 60,548. (Source).  Chronic wasting disease was first discovered in Nebraska in 2000 in Kimball County and by 2016 spread to 30 counties.
     Mule deer are mostly found in the western half of the state where there are open grasslands, the Sandhills, Panhandle, and southwest.  Whitetails are found more often in the east along rivers and in forested and edge habitat.
   As a result of overhunting and habitat loss, deer were nearly extinct in Nebraska by 1900.  In 1907 deer hunting was prohibited, but the recovery took decades.  The first modern deer season was in 1945 when 275 mule deer and 2 whitetails were taken. The deer population rose from the mid-1990's through 2011 when the Game Commission issued more permits and implemented some Earn-a-Buck programs to encourage shooting does to reduce the population. The drought of 2012 and resulting EHD outbreak which killed thousands of deer was the worst outbreak since the 1970's.  An estimated 50,000 mule deer and 200,000 whitetails in 2003.  More deer history  Big Game History
    Cougar hunting was opened in 2014, about 22 cougars occupy the Pine Ridge area.  Mountain lions were exterminated by the end of the 1800s but are native to the state.
     Wolves, a few.  One killed near Spaulding in 2003. DNA tests showed it came from Minnesota-Michgan-Wisconsin area.  In 1913 one killed near Oconto. 


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