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When can I apply for Big Game permits?
Opening Dates and Application Periods
detailed information on Elk read Eric Fowler's Elk Article "Return
to the Plains".
Nebraska's largest big game species. Elk populations continue to expand,
with record permit sales and harvest. The statewide elk population is estimated
at 2,600 animals after the 2012 calving season. Landowner tolerance for elk
remains high, and the limited cow harvest is allowing populations to expand
at roughly 15 percent per year.
Although the Game and Parks Commission's wildlife management areas and U.S.
Forest Service pastures in the Bordeaux and Hat Creek units provide some
opportunities for elk hunters, most elk taken in Nebraska are killed on private
land. Obtaining private land access to hunt elk is difficult, but not impossible,
and a growing number of Nebraska landowners charge fees for hunting privileges.
It is a good idea to make at least two preseason trips to elk units before
the hunting season -- the first to become acquainted with the landowners
and the second to scout the hunting areas. Veteran elk hunters suggest
looking for the best sources of feed near heavily forested, rugged terrain.