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Hunting in Nebraska: 5 Things to Know about Urban Deer Hunting in Cities and Suburbs

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A bountiful deer population makes hunting in Nebraska a challenge and fun outing for outdoor enthusiasts.

The Cornhusker State was home to 350,000 white-tailed deer and 140,000 mule deer in 2014, the Deer Friendly website reported.

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The bad news for Nebraska residents is that the state has been dealing with deer overpopulation, which extends into cities and suburban areas. Urban development has destroyed some deer habitats and shrunk forests and open lands where deer are accustomed to roaming. White tails are adaptable to their environment, only needing a small area of cover to sleep and reliable food sources. Game and Fish magazine said deer can even live in tiny locales like swamps next to urban highways and stream corridors winding through subdivisions, pillaging nearby home gardens for their food source.

Nebraska's Department of Natural Resources does not actively promote urban deer hunting to reduce the white-tail population, though the state has increased the number of permits it issues in recent years in an effort to diminish the number of deer across the state. Here are three tips that could prove helpful to know about deer hunting in cities and suburbs:

1. Safety First
Instead of hunting deer with a rifle that can cause significant noise that scares neighbors and endangers others, Game and Fish suggested bowhunting with recurve or compound bows or crossbows. Bowhunting is quieter and safer, and an arrow tipped with a broadhead will sufficiently kill any deer.

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2. Bowhunting Education
Outdoor Nebraska reported that hunters ages 12 to 29 must take and pass a bowhunter education course and carry certification with them when hunting deer with a bow or crossbow in Nebraska. There are a variety of specific requirements that younger hunters must be familiar with in Nebraska.

3. Permission
After you scout an area and discover cover and food sources that white tails are using – typically stream and river corridors, swamps, small tracts of woods and farmland where dense vegetation exists for deer to sleep and eat while going undetected – make sure to ask private landowners for permission to hunt there so you aren't breaking the law by trespassing, Game and Fish said. Once you secure permission, set up an ambush area near food sources for hunting white-tail deer.
This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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