Elk NetworkNebraska Approves 2023 Big Game Hunting Recommendations

General | May 18, 2023

Below is a news release from Nebraska Game and Parks.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved recommendations for 2023 deer, antelope and elk hunting seasons at its meeting April 19 in Fremont.

Commissioners approved staff recommendations that will help the agency manage big game populations at socially acceptable levels.

Adopted changes to Commission orders pertaining to big game hunting include:

  • removing 70 either-sex and 282 doe/fawn antelope permits,
  • including archery season on all Mule Deer Conservation Area permits, making them valid for all open seasons,
  • prohibiting antlerless mule deer harvest statewide on all lands open to public hunting, except land in the Open Fields and Water Program,
  • reducing the nonresident either-sex and buck only deer permit quota to 10,000, excluding landowner and youth permits,
  • reducing the nonresident archery deer permit quota to 3,000 and make it not valid for mule deer in the MDCA,
  • reducing the nonresident muzzleloader deer permit quota to 1,000,
  • creating a new Plains Whitetail firearm deer permit,
  • reducing available November Firearm permits by 5.9% and Antlerless Only Season Choice permits by 7.4%,
  • setting the nonresident quota at 15% for the Calamus West, Plains, Sandhills and Upper Platte November Firearm and the Frenchman MDCA permits,
  • restructuring of the elk management units,
  • adding 39 bull elk permits and 214 antlerless elk permits,
  • minor adjustments on other deer, elk and antelope permits to meet management objectives.

The approved 2023 big game season dates are:


Archery – Sept. 1-Dec. 31; November Firearm – Nov. 11-19; Muzzleloader – Dec. 1-31; Late Antlerless Only Firearm – Jan. 1-15, 2024; October River Antlerless Firearm – Oct. 1-15; River Antlerless Late Firearm – Jan. 1-31, 2024; Antlerless Only Season Choice – Sept. 1-Jan. 15, 2024; Youth – Sept. 1-Jan. 15, 2024; Limited Landowner – Sept. 1-Jan. 15, 2024; Special Landowner – Nov. 4-6


Archery – Aug. 20-Dec. 31; Muzzleloader – Sept. 16-Oct. 1; Firearm – Oct. 14-29; Late doe/fawn – Nov. 1-Jan. 31, 2024


Archery bull – Sept. 1-Oct. 31; Firearm bull – Sept. 21-Oct. 31; Antlerless – Aug. 1-Jan. 31, 2024; Antlerless, Private Land Only – Aug. 1-Sept. 20; Early General Antlerless – Aug. 1-Oct. 31; Late General Antlerless – Nov. 1-Jan. 31, 2024

(Photo credit: Nebraska Game and Parks)