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Rifle Deer Hunters Bag Less Deer This Year

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Deer hunters didn't bag quite as many deer this year.

Officials at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission say fewer permits were issued this year because the deer herd numbers are down.

During this year's nine day rifle season, there were roughly 37,000 deer taken compared to 45,000 last year, but it's about what was expected.

Officials say last year drought and disease killed off many deer.

"I'm optimistic. I think our deer hunters should be too. We still have a good deer herd," said Big Game Program Manager Kit Hams. "There's still a lot of deer, not as many as we've had, but I think success is still good and it still provides a good opportunity to get out in the field."

Hams says the deer population will be able to grow again in the next couple years to give new hunters a good opportunity to get out in the field.

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