Nebraska hunters had a successful bull elk season.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reports Nebraska had its second-highest bull elk harvest ever this year with 102 bulls taken. That’s topped only by the 2012 hunt in which hunters bagged 105.
The early elk season closed October 25th. Hunters also took 32 cows and six calves during the season. Cow season will reopen December 1st and run through the end of that month. Game and Parks expects 50 more cows to be taken.
Game and Parks reports this year’s elk harvest through Oct. 25, by unit permit, is as follows: Ash Creek, 10 bulls, two cows; Bordeaux, 19 bulls, seven cows, two calves; Box Elder, 11 bulls, six cows; Boyd, one bull; Hat Creek, 21 bulls, three cows, one calf; Niobrara, seven bulls, three cows; North Platte River, 28 bulls, 10 cows, three calves.
In addition, bulls were taken by three auction and two lottery permit holders.
The 2014 elk harvest included 95 bulls and 81 cows and calves.