This Saturday, the November firearm season for whitetail deer opens in the state of Nebraska, and will remain open until Nov. 18.
Matt Taylor, the game warden and conservation officer for Thayer, Fillmore and Jefferson Counties, expects a busy deer season, but wants all area hunters to be safe and abide by the state laws.
“Obviously, you always have to watch where your muzzle is pointed,” Taylor said. “Know what’s behind your target. That’s the key. You’re out there to have fun and be safe. We don’t want anyone to get hurt. That just doesn’t make a deer season go by very well.”
The state requires that all hunters wear 400 square inches of orange while hunting. Taylor also reminds Nebraskans that baiting deer with deer feeders or any other type of food is illegal.
“We’re going to be cracking down on that,” Taylor said. “If you go to local stores, they have a bunch of different products for sale for enticing deer to come closer to your stand. None of that is legal. If you see that, call me. I’ve been getting a lot of complaints lately. We just want to have a level playing field.”
Taylor said deer in the area have been on the move with temperatures dropping and crops being harvested out of the fields.
Accumulating snow on Thursday could also make deer easier to see in open areas, according to Taylor.
“You can track and trail blood easier, too (in the snow),” Taylor said.
Archery season for deer remains open in Nebraska through Dec. 31.
Anyone with questions on permitting and other regulations are encouraged to visit the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission website.
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