More hunters will be out this weekend in Nebraska. This morning officially opened the bull elk firearm hunting season. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission spokesperson Greg Wagner says this requires a once-in-a-lifetime permit they issue about 300 a year on a draw process. He says hunters should have good luck as the average is a 80% success rate.
Wagner says, “There are beautiful bulls in northwest Nebraska at the Pine Ridge, southwest Nebraska and then parts of the Niobrara River near Valentine.”
For non-hunters, one of the largest parties in the state officially kicks off today. It is the 50th annual Applejack Festival in Nebraska City. Wagner says there are many activities including living history at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park. It also kicks off the apple harvest and the crop is looking good. The event features their apple cider donuts, cider, candy and caramel apples, pie, fritters, apple salad and more.
There are contests, games, vendors, a parade, classic car show, live music, food and much more. It runs through September 23rd.