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Preliminary numbers show deer harvest, comparable to last year

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By: Jenn Hatcher

Hunters have broken out the bright orange and camouflage and are spending countless hours hiding in their tree stands.

Saturday, November 16th, firearm and statewide buck season opened.

In the midst of firearm season we're learning harvest numbers are expected to be comparable to last year.

The 2012 deer harvest in Nebraska fell about 30% to around 60,000.

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Wildlife District Manager, Pat Molini says this year, "Some are seeing lots of deer.  I'd say the majority, over half are seeing plenty of deer, some are saying to us that they're not seeing very many deer, so we have to merge all that information and try to decide what's going on out there."

The 2012 drought and a disease outbreak crippled the whitetail population.

At check stations, where hunters must allow the Game and Parks to document the animal, a noticeable difference is the young age of the deer being brought in.

Molini says, "As populations go down, the age of the deer will also go down so our deer are a little bit younger than they were a few years ago."

The age will slowly drift up as the population grows according to Molini.

The commission did reduce permit numbers to allow herds to rebound in some parts of the state.

Firearm season ends on November 24th.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission would like to remind hunters to be safe, know your target and don't pull the trigger unless you know it's {the animal} what you're choosing to harvest.

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