The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is offering special antlerless deer hunting opportunities within Eugene T. Mahoney and Platte River state parks (SP), as well as Schramm Park State Recreation Area (SRA).
Successful applicants will be issued a special access permit that allows them to hunt antlerless deer in designated areas of a park on designated dates, using specific equipment. Successful applicants and interested alternates must attend an orientation session in order to receive the special access permit.
Applications, limited to one per person, will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Oct. 31. If more applications are received than can be accommodated, a drawing will be held Nov. 6. Applications are available at OutdoorNebraska.org.
Hunters may obtain an application by calling Mahoney SP at 402-944-2523, ext. 7122, Platte River SP at 402-234-2217, Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium at 402-332-3901 or the Lincoln district Game and Parks office at 402-471-5597. Individual, mentor and buddy applications are available.
Legal equipment at Mahoney and Platte River state parks are archery and muzzleloaders. The legal equipment at Schramm Park SRA is archery.
In addition to the appropriate deer permit and habitat stamp, hunters must have the special access permit, as well as a park entry permit for each vehicle entering the park. While Schramm is one of the park areas temporarily closed to all services and vehicle access, hunters may park and then walk in to hunt.
The following are the hunting opportunities, with park, legal equipment and dates:
Mahoney SP, Platte River SP – archery, Dec. 2-5, Dec. 9-12, Dec. 16-19
Mahoney SP, Platte River SP – muzzleloader, Jan. 6-9, Jan. 13-16
Schramm Park SRA – archery, Dec. 2-5, Dec. 9-12, Dec. 16-19, Jan. 6-9, Jan. 13-16
Successful applicants will be assigned one of the hunting periods at one of the parks according to their preference, and they will be assigned to zones or tree stands. Hunting sites for the disabled hunters will be available at Mahoney SP.
Appropriate deer permits for archery hunters are: statewide archery, antlerless-only Season Choice Wahoo or statewide youth. Muzzleloader hunters must have either an antlerless-only Season Choice Wahoo or a statewide youth permit.
Orientation sessions will be Nov. 25 at Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium for archers and Dec. 19 for muzzleloaders. Both begin at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the Lincoln district office or the parks.