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Refuge Hunting Regulations

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Fort Niobrara NWR Hunt Permit Application Procedures:

Deer Hunting:

To apply for a deer permit, applicants must submit a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Big/Upland Game Hunt Application, along with an empty self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Refuge Manager.  Permits will be mailed to the applicant. We will issue permits at the Refuge office; however, fall office hours are inconsistent.  It is better to plan ahead and mail in your application. Big/Upland Game Hunt Applications may be accessed by downloading the application from a computer at: http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-2356.pdf or applicants may pick up an application from the Refuge office located at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, 39983 Refuge Road, Valentine, NE 69201; Phone (402) 376-3789.

When filling out the application, select “Primitive Weapons” for Item 4 —"Method," and select “Deer” for item 5— "Species."  You don’t need to fill in items 6 or 7. 

Incomplete or duplicate applications will be disqualified.  Deer Hunting applications will only be accepted August 15 through November 1.  All applications will be reviewed, and permits issued provided all of the aforementioned procedures are met. We reserve the right to restrict the number of Fort Niobrara NWR Hunt Permits.

Please refer to the Fort Niobrara Hunting Regulations for current regulations.

 

Elk Hunting:

Elk hunting will be allowed at Fort Niobrara NWR during the fall of 2016. We will hold a lottery for two (2) bull elk permits and two (2) antlerless elk permits. Hunters must first draw a Nebraska, Niobrara River Unit, elk permit to be eligible to hunt elk on the Refuge.

To apply for the Refuge elk permit, applicants must submit a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Big/Upland Game Hunt Application, along with an empty self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Refuge Manager. Elk Permit applications will be accepted at the Fort Niobrara NWR office from August 1 to 4:30 pm August 15, 2016. A drawing will be held August 16, 2016, and the successful applicants will be notified by Refuge staff. Big/Upland Game Hunt Applications may be accessed by downloading the application from a computer at: http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-2356.pdf or applicants may pick up an application from the Refuge office located at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, 39983 Refuge Road, Valentine, NE 69201; Phone (402) 376-3789. When filling out the application for an elk permit, select “Primitive Weapons” for item 4 — "Method," and select “Elk” for item 5 — "Species."  You don’t need to fill in item 6 or 7.  For item 8, fill in whether the application is for an antlerless elk or bull elk permit. Item 8 is very important as we will only issue two permits of each type.

Incomplete or duplicate applications will be disqualified. Elk hunting applications will only be accepted August 1 through 4:30 pm August 15. All applications will be reviewed, and permits issued provided all of the aforementioned procedures are met. Refuge elk hunting permits will not be issued to persons who had a Refuge permit the previous year and did not return the harvest report by the required time. We reserve the right to restrict the number of Fort Niobrara NWR hunt permits.

Please refer to the Fort Niobrara Hunting Regulations for current regulations.

Harvest Reporting:
In addition to meeting statewide harvest requirements, hunters must complete a Big Game Harvest Report (FWS Form 3-2359) and return it to the refuge by February 15 in order to be eligible to hunt the following year. The Big Game Harvest Report is included with the Refuge Access Hunting Permit. 

Last Updated: Jul 14, 2016
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