Higher than normal temperatures and Huskers football made the start of firearm deer season in Nebraska a slow one.
Deer hunters know that nothing gets whitetails moving better than cool temperatures. With that in mind, the start of firearms season in the state of Nebraska began a little slowly this year.
Coupled with the 2:30 p.m. kickoff for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers football team, the check stations saw a slower than normal start to the hunt.
Pat Molini, a district wildlife biologist at the Nebraska Game and Parks told News Channel Nebraska “When the game comes on, it’s like a ghost town. People are waiting to check in after the game.”
Check stations in the Norfolk and Kearney areas had already seen numbers above last season’s totals by hunters. Norfolk had 111 deer compared to last year’s total of 91, and Kearney had 126 balanced against a total of 124 from last fall.
Byron Olsen, Jr., Husker fan from Bellevue, tagged this 3×3 buck near Nenzel, NE and checked it in at the Valentine fish hatchery.
Kit Hams, the big game program manager for Game and Parks said that he expected a rush of hunters at dusk after checking in some 90 deer by 5 p.m.
Hams said “The weather is beautiful, and people are all in good spirits. It’s a little warm for deer hunting, but hunters aren’t complaining.”
Hunters have reported seeing good numbers of deer and even older bucks, but between the weather and the football game, the deer will have to wait.