Lincoln, Neb. – Plenty of permits remain for the upcoming November firearm deer hunting season, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Hunters are making final preparations for the Nov. 12-20 season.

A major change in this year’s season is the expansion of the Earn-a-Buck program, in which hunters are required to check an antlerless deer either before or at the same time as a buck. Those rules applied to the Elkhorn and Wahoo management units last year. They have been expanded to the Missouri, Blue Northwest and Blue Southeast units this year. Earn-a-Buck season is Nov. 12-22 and hunters must have their canceled doe permit with them when they check their buck.

A checklist of things hunters should mark off heading into the season include buying permits, securing landowner permission, scouting, checking equipment and sighting in rifles.

Here are some facts hunters need to know going into the firearm season:

  • Harvested deer must be delivered to check stations.
  • A November firearm permit holder may use archery equipment, but, as of this year, archery permit holders also may hunt during the November firearm deer season.
  • Hunter orange is required of all November firearm deer season hunters, regardless of type of equipment used.
  • Fall turkey hunting is legal during the November firearm deer season, but turkey hunters are required to wear hunter orange during this period.
  • Pick up a copy of the 2011 Public Access Atlas for help in finding public hunting lands and private lands open to public access.
  • Game and Parks district offices and service centers, as well as the Omaha and Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium offices, will be open to sell permits on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Permits also may be purchased at

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