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Nebraska reduces the number of deer hunting permits for upcoming season

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NORFOLK, Neb. (US92/KTIV) - There will be fewer deer hunting permits available in Nebraska this year.

During a meeting on Friday afternoon, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission voted to change the deer hunting permits for the upcoming hunting season. Tom Welsted, District Manager for the Wildlife Management Section in Northeast Nebraska, said that the permits were reduced for hunting both whitetail and mule deer for the upcoming hunting season in an effort to help rebuild the populations.

"Deer are still showing the affect of the disease event we saw back in 2012, and we had more disease action in 2013," Welsted.

The antlerless permits for the upcoming year were reduced by roughly 18,400, which were mostly bonus permits attached to standard deer permits. Commissioners also reduced either-sex permits by 950 permits, and shortened the late antlerless deer season by nine days.

In the past two-years, Welsted said Nebraska's herd suffered a 30 to 40 percent loss due to disease.

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