Nebraska 2015 Deer Harvest

Nebraska Deer Population, Management News and Information Archive

Total 2015-16 deer harvest:   58,581

Mule deer:  10,596
White-tail:  58581

Source: 2016 Big Game Guide

Jerry Kane  December 1, 2016 Hunting, NGPC News

LINCOLN – Nebraska mule deer buck harvest is on a pace to set a record this year.

Mule deer buck harvest, as of Dec. 1, has increased for the third consecutive year to 8,486 (up 2 percent from 2015) and is on track to beat the 2008 record of 9,115 adult bucks. Populations continue to grow in response to low mule doe harvest.

Overall, mule deer harvest is higher and whitetail harvest is lower, so far this year, compared with 2015.

As of Dec. 1, 48,612 deer have been harvested in the state, compared to 49,100 in 2015, 45,000 in 2014, and 42,000 in 2013.

Whitetail buck harvest (25,300) is down 6 percent from last year and is expected to reach 27,000 by the end the season.

“Above-normal temperatures likely reduced daytime movement of deer and negatively affected harvest,” said Kit Hams, big game program manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “Bucks have accumulated fat reserves and winter coats in preparation for breeding season and winter. Warm weather causes deer to become nocturnal to avoid heat stress.”

Hunters likely will harvest 60,000 deer this year, compared to 58,671 taken in 2015 and 48,000 taken in 2013.

Deer population in 'sweet spot,' Game and Parks official says February 28, 2017 Nebraska,
... Hunters killed nearly 10,650 mule deer in 2015, of which 8,876 were bucks making it the fourth highest number of bucks taken in a year. That is 1,379 more bucks than the 7,497 than were taken the year prior ... 

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