Nebraska Population and Management Archive - Nebraska

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Reported Annual Deer Hunt

Each year links to the source of the reported data. Other data is estimated from Nebraska graphic]

1945: 277

1961: 5,554

1980 18,438

1981 20,144

1982 22,693

1983 27,917

1984 33,208

1985 35,155

1986 35,898

1987 36.573

1988 37,450

1989 38,126

1990 35,524

1991 33,858

1992 34,200

1993 37,217

1994 41,103

1995 45,123

1996 45,531

1997 58,381

1998 53,238

1999 52,174

2000 59,472

2001 59,278

2002 53,600

2003: 53,472

2004 56,422

2005: 59,216

2006: 61,956

2007: 68,282

2008: 80,329

2009: 77,728

2010: 88,034

2011: 86,609

2012: 60,542

2013: 48,345

2014: 50,580

2015: 58,581

2016: 58,126

2017: 58,903

2018: 58,348

2019: 60,308

2020: 60,264

2021*

*preliminary


Wildlife Surveys

harvest reports


Some harvest history



A List of Articles in the Archive

2021

Big cats have returned: Ravenna woman releases new book about re-emergence of mountain lions May 19, 2021 Nebraska

Commission to consider deer, antelope and elk hunting recommendations April 15, 2021 Nebraska

2020

Firearm deer opener to bring opportunities November 10, 2020 Nebraska

It's hard to determine how many mountain lions there are in western Nebraska January 2, 2020 Nebraska

Nebraska's 2021 mountain lion hunt limited to 4 cougars amid low population estimates June 22, 2020

Nebraska's wildlife already feeling the heat from climate change September 27, 2020

2019

Nebraska wildlife not severely impacted by floods, blizzard, experts say April 24, 2019

With 'excellent' deer numbers in Nebraska, there are also 'great hunting opportunities' November 9, 2019

2018

2017 Deer Harvest, Amid research indicating deer crossing signs don't work, state officials seek new strategies November 11, 2018 Nebraska

Cold weather increases chances hunters, deer cross paths on opening day November 10, 2018 Nebraska,

Mountain Lion Sightings

Mountain lions calling Pine Ridge home again March 28, 2018 Nebraska

Preliminary deer harvest lower than last year November 26, 2018 Nebraska

With mountain lion population estimates up, hunting season could return to Nebraska's Pine Ridge January 20, 2018

2017

Big game harvest records set in 2016 January 27, 2017 Nebraska,

Commission adopts big game recommendations April 21, 2017 Nebraska

Deer hunting prospects looking good for 2017 November 1, 2017 Nebraska

Rising deer numbers a major topic at Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's big game informational meetings January 14, 2017

Specially-trained dogs help track recover wounded deer March 3, 2017 Nebraska

Summer breeding time for White-Tailed deer June 20, 2017 Nebraska

Summer breeding time for White-Tailed deer June 20, 2017 Nebraska

2016

Aerial survey helps with managing mule deer June 19, 2016 Nebraska

Are there wolves in Nebraska? February 27, 2016 Nebraska

Deer hunters should find success November 11, 2016 Nebraska

Deer hunting prospects look great for 2016 November 3, 2016 Nebraska

Firearm deer Season opens across state Nov. 12 November 9, 2016 Nebraska,

Game & Parks fees to increase April 8, 2016 Nebraska

Mule deer buck harvest on record pace December 1, 2016 Nebraska

Mule deer buck harvest on record pace December 1, 2016 Nebraska

Nebraska 2015 Deer Harvest

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission continues aerial mule deer survey March 5, 2016 Nebraska

Pick a hunt — outlook good for all October 8, 2016 Nebraska

2015

2015 Trophy Deer Forecast: Great Plains October 21, 2015 Nebraska

Baiting animals for easy hunting banned in Nebraska August 1, 2015

Big Game Regulations Approved March 24, 2015 Nebraska,

Big Game Species December 18, 2015

Deer harvest data compiled March 18, 2015 Nebraska,

Deer harvest numbers up across state December 15, 2015 Nebraska

Deer population, kills up in 2014 from previous year January 16, 2015 Nebraska

Game and Parks holds Lex meeting: Big game permit recommendations discussed March 20, 2015 Nebraska

Game and Parks to begin collaring Mountain Lions January 31, 2015 Nebraska

Game and Parks: No mountain lion season this year January 15, 2015 Nebraska

Great Plains Deer Forecast for 2015 September 3, 2015 Kansas

Laws aim to avoid deer population boom March 20, 2015 Nebraska

Moose spotted around Western Nebraska April 10, 2015 Nebraska

Moose spotted in Nebraska; hunters urged to be cautious November 5, 2015 Nebraska,

Mule deer population in Pine Ridge drops March 18, 2015 Nebraska

Nebraska Deer History 2011 to 2015 Plan

Nebraska Eliminates Cougar Season For 2015 October 27, 2015

Nebraska Has Abundant Deer Hunting Opportunities in 2015 October 16, 2015 Nebraska,

Nebraska Prior to 6000 BCE December 27, 2015

NGP records less mule deer in the Pine Ridge area compared to last year March 20, 2015 Nebraska

QDMA 2015 Whitetail Deer Population Estimate

Special deer hunts set for three area state parks October 18, 2015 Nebraska

Volunteers count 8 deer at Homestead September 28, 2015 Nebraska

2014

2nd hunter who shot a cat says hunt promotes conservation January 5, 2014 Nebraska

Agency working to learn more about mountain lions in Nebraska December 21, 2014 Nebraska

Beware of penalties for hunting deer over bait November 28, 2014

Deer Harvest Up Slightly From 2013 December 10, 2014 Nebraska

Deer Hunters Waiting To Purchase Licenses December 3, 2014 Nebraska

Deer numbers still down, but improving December 20, 2014 Nebraska

Deer survey Saturday at Homestead September 23, 2014 Nebraska

Do We Need to Hunt Mountain Lions in Nebraska? January 24, 2014

Game and Parks Adopts Regulations to Grow Deer Herds March 26, 2014 Nebraska

Harlan becoming hot spot for deer hunters November 23, 2014 Nebraska

Nebraska is offering special deer hunting at parks October 13, 2014

Nebraska keeps limits on doe hunting March 21, 2014

Nebraska reduces the number of deer hunting permits for upcoming season March 25, 2014

New mule deer survey improves population data March 19, 2014 Nebraska

Nonresident Hunting Outfitters Convicted of Taking Wildlife Illegally in Nebraska February 8, 2014

Outlook good for firearm deer season November 8, 2014

Ranch thrives on diverse land use August 17, 2014 Nebraska

UNL, Creighton researchers study chronic wasting March 21, 2014 Nebraska

USDA Meat Inspectors End Fiscal 2013 With Criminal Plea Agreement, Penalties January 23, 2014 Nebraska

Yes, dear - there are fewer deer near here October 9, 2014 Nebraska,

2013

Aftermath of EHD will impact local deer hunting November 16, 2013 Nebraska

Answering questions about deer season November 8, 2013 Nebraska

Deer Forecast September 1, 2004 Nebraska

Deer Harvest Declined 30 Percent in 2012 March 1, 2013 Nebraska

Deer harvest on pace with 2012, below 2011 record November 20, 2013 Nebraska

Deer Hunting Tech Startup, HuntForce, Attracts $400k from Investors September 30. 2013 Nebraska

Deer numbers appear near to last year November 16, 2013 Nebraska

Drought and disease blamed for decline in deer harvest March 3, 2013 Nebrask

EHD, Decling Sales Hurt Nebraska Deer March 15, 2013

Elk, More Permits Approved At Game And Parks Meeting October 18, 2013 Nebraska

Federal indictment brought against York man April 18, 2013 Nebraska

Firearm deer harvest down 21 percent November 27, 2013 Nebraska

Firearm deer harvest down 21% from 2012 December 6, 2013 Nebraska

Firearms deer season opens this weekend November 15, 2013 Nebraska

G&F Forecast: Best Bets for Great Plains Deer Hunting in 2013 October, 2013

Homestead National Monument's Winter deer number lower than fall survey March 10, 2013 Nebraska

Hunters should be selective during deer harvest September 21, 2013 Nebraska

Lottery provides shot at 4-species Nebraska permit April 16, 2013

Nebraska Deer Season 2013: Hunting Forecast October 4, 2013

Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners Approve Big Game Regulations May 26, 2013

Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners Approve Big Game Regulations May 26, 2013

Nebraska Game and Parks unanimously OKs mountain lion hunting July 26, 2013

Nebraska hunters shoot fewer deer December 2, 2013

Nebraska mountain lions force state to develop new regulations September 29, 2013

Nebraska officials say deer harvest is down November 27, 2013

New cause for State Sen. Ernie Chambers: repealing cougar hunting law November 18, 2013 Nebraska

NGPC to conduct informational meeting in Fremont, Impact of EHD November 29, 2013 Nebraska

Officials investigate deer poaching March 30, 2013 Nebraska

Whitetails and Mulies November 22, 2013 Nebraska

2012

Commission approves plan to reduce deer population March 9, 2012 Nebraska

Few arguments on need to cut deer population February 3, 2012, Nebraska

Hunters must shoot fewer deer this year October 28, 2012 Nebraksa

Mountain lion hunting permit bill advances April 4, 2012 Nebraska

Mule deer hunting permit plan under fire May 21, 2012 Nebraska

Mule Deer Rut Should be Peaking November 12, 2012 Nebraska

Neb. No. 1 in mountain lion sightings June 14, 2012 Nebraska

2005 Nebraska Deer Population Estimate

2011

Deer have right to remain silent April 19, 2011 Nebraska

Hunters asked to keep up pressure on deer May 27, 2011 Nebraska

Hunters take out record number of female deer January 28, 2011 Nebraska

More states make right to hunt bulletproof even as supporters say bagging deer not a target September 23, 2011 Nebraska

Nebraska boosts deer hunting to rein in deer population July 10, 2011

Officials hear local opinions on big game issues, low mule deer population December 20, 2011 Nebraska

Record Number Of Deer Harvested in Nebraska February 7, 2011

State says plenty of permits still available for upcoming firearm deer season November 8, 2011 Nebraska

2018 Nebraska Harvest Data

Deer Forecast, Nebraska 2003 Harvest

Managing Deer Damage in Nebraska

Nebraska 2003 Population

Nebraska 2009 Deer Population Esdtimate

Nebraska Big Game Conservation Population Estimates

Nebraska Deer Harvest Estimates 1980 tp 2019

Nebraska Deer to be Tested 9/28/2010

Nebraska Game and Parks board easing way for hunters to bag even more ... May 30

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