Elk Hunting Regulations
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Only Nebraska Residents and Nonresident Landowners can obtain an Elk Permit.
Residents can apply for and obtain an antlerless elk permit every 5th year,
rather than once in a lifetime. Residents may still obtain only one permit that allows the take
of a bull elk (either sex permit) in one's lifetime (different regulations apply to landowner
As a result, a resident who had an either sex permit in 2010 may apply for an
antlerless permit in 2011. Also, a resident who had an antlerless permit in 2010 may apply for
a bull permit in 2011 ONLY if he or she has never had a permit that allows the take of an antlered elk.
Specify your first choice for unit and, if acceptable, a second choice.
Be sure and write the
COMPLETE name of the elk unit, for example - Bordeaux Antlerless or Bordeaux Bull.
Drawing an elk permit does not guarantee hunters the opportunity to harvest an elk. Nebraska's
elk population moves freely between private and public land, but the majority of elk sightings are
on private property. Some landowners may charge an access fee for permission to hunt on
Landowner Permit Fee = $39.40*
Permit Fee = $159*
*Includes $1 agent fee and $8.50 application fee.
Elk permits may be obtained according to the following table.
||Who Can Apply
|May 16 - June 3, 2011
1 p.m. CT
Applications must be received by 5 p.m. or by midnight (online) CT May 1,
including those from landowners. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified.
|July 11, 2011
1 p.m. CT
Remaining permits available to residents and resident landowners only. Applicants must submit the permit fee and application fee when applying ($159). Unsuccessful
applicants will be reimbursed their permit fee.
When big game permit instructions require submission of a written application, hunters must
use a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Big Game Application form. The form
can be downloaded from this web site as an Adobe .PDF file. Download the application,
print it, complete the form per the instructions on the application and then mail or deliver
with appropriate application fee.
SUBMIT BIG GAME APPLICATION AND FEES TO:
NEBRASKA BIG GAME PERMITS
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
P.O. Box 30370
Lincoln, NE 68503-0370
DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION FORM
Application Requirements: Nebraska residents who own no less than 320 acres, OR lease
AND reside on no
less than 320 acres, of farm or ranch land used for agricultural purposes may apply for a
landowner permit providing they own/operate property which is in an area designated as an
elk zone by the Game and Parks Commission (see Zones). Landowners may hunt in their entire
designated unit. A legal description of the land owned/operated must be provided with the
application. Members of the immediate family (husband, wife and their children) residing in the
same household are eligible, but only one permit may be issued per person or for any property
described. Eligible family members may hunt together on all portions of the same farm or ranch
property. The maximum number of landowner permits allowed for one farm or ranch is determined by
the size of the property in acres divided by 320. For example, a farm of 960 acres could have a
maximum of three landowner permits issued, but one person may hold no more than one permit per
species. Any person who obtained an elk permit in 2006 or 2007 is not eligible. The number of landowner elk permits
issued in any unit cannot exceed 50 percent of the number of permits authorized for that unit.
Submit $39.40, which includes the nonrefundable fee of $9.50. If applications exceed
available permits, only applications received at the Game and Parks Commission office in Lincoln
by 5 p.m. or midnight (online) CT May 1 will be considered in a drawing. If you obtain a landowner permit
this year, you will not be eligible to apply again until 2012.