Below is part of a news release from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Since 1994, RMEF and its partners completed 96 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Nebraska with a combined value of more than $11.8 million. These projects protected or enhanced 32,827 acres of habitat and opened or improved public access to 16,237 acres.
Big game hunters may begin applying for 2021 elk, antelope and deer draw permits June 14, 2021.
Elk applicants may apply for one elk permit or buy one elk bonus point. Deer and antelope applicants may apply for one deer or antelope permit or buy one deer or antelope preference point. A point may be purchased by an applicant in lieu of participating in the draw.
Applications will be charged a nonrefundable fee; bonus and preference point purchases also will be charged a nonrefundable fee.
The application period begins at 1 p.m. Central Time on June 14. Paper applications must be received by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission by 5 p.m. CT – or by 11:59 p.m. for online applications – on June 25.
Drawing results will be available by July 2. Successful applicants will have until July 16 to complete the purchase of their awarded permits. Awarded but unpaid permits will result in applicants losing preference or bonus points and forfeiting permit. Any forfeited permit will be made available to the next unsuccessful applicant at this time. Any remaining permits will be available during appropriate buy period for the species: deer, Aug. 2; antelope, Aug. 3; elk, Aug. 4.
Draw units are established to provide equal opportunity to obtain permits in those units. They are determined by the overall demand on a unit’s permits. Residents get preference over nonresidents when these permits are drawn.
(Photo source: Brandon Jones/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)