Sports

Firearm Hunters Harvest 53,641 Deer

LINCOLN – Hunters harvested 53,641 deer in Nebraska during the recent firearm season, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
The harvest total represents a 3-percent decrease from the 2008 harvest of 55,507. A likely reason for the decline is a lagging corn harvest due to a wet October providing plenty of cover for deer. That was especially true in eastern Nebraska, where deer harvest totals were down from a year ago.
In the Albion News area, it was reported by White Star Oil that 639 deer were checked during the 2009 firearm season.
The following are management district harvest totals, including percentage of change from 2008:
Panhandle, 5,904, no change; North Central, 10,057, up 6 percent; Northeast, 10,451, down 8 percent; Southwest, 5,833, up 5 percent; Southeast, 12,350, down 12 percent; South Central, 9,046, no change.
Deer were checked at stations across the state. The following are totals for deer checked at Commission district offices over the final weekend of the season and for the entire season:
Alliance- 133 weekend, 634 total; Bassett- 79 weekend, 532 total; Norfolk- 320 weekend, 1,241 total; North Platte- weekend unavailable, 633 total; Lincoln- 122 weekend, 450 total; Kearney- 325 weekend, 1,030 total.

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