Applying in Nebraska questions.

Dakota79

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I have been invited to hunt a private ranch by North Platte Nebraska for a Whitetail buck. I've read through the handbook but am having trouble figuring out when and what to apply for. If I'm reading it right the license I need is not even available to be applied for yet.This will be rifle hunting. Is this correct? Any help would be appreciated.
 

vanish

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Correct. That license is OTC with caps, so you can just buy it once that opens up.
 

wytex

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Big bodied whitetails there, good luck !
You'll see a ton of turkeys too I bet.
 

Dakota79

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Do I just apply for the statewide Whitetail rifle license or is there a unit specific Whitetail license I should get?
 

smw110136

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You can apply for the Platte MDCA (Mule Deer Conservation Area) which will allow you to shoot a mule deer OR a whitetail in the Platte unit. As a non-resident you will not draw this tag your first year applying, but you can apply and earn a point in case its something you want to try in the future. That's the only way you will be able to shoot a mule deer in the Platte unit if that is something that comes available to you in the future.

If you just want to shoot a whitetail then you don't need to apply for anything. You can buy a "Platte Whitetail" tag which is OTC with caps. The quota is 1,300 tags so when they go on sale to the public in July there shouldn't be a huge rush to go grab one. You don't need a special "landowner" or "private land only" tag to hunt a private ranch. Just go with the Platte Whitetail tag and you'll be all set for rifle season.
 

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And addendum to smw's post, the difference between "Platte Whitetail" and "Statewide" is that "Platte Whitetail" only allows a region of the state while "Statewide" allows you to hunt across the whole state. "Platte Whitetail" is also significantly cheaper, and since you're hunting a specific place within that region, makes the most sense.
 

BRoth82

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Also don't forget the AOSC tags, I know you said you were invited to hunt for a whitetail buck, but most guys want whitetail does taken out also. Witht he AOSC tags you can harvest 2 antlerless whitetail does for $70. I'm not sure about the Platte whitetail tag but you might be able to harvest both a whitetail buck and doe on that tag.
 

Not LTD

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Good luck thinning the herd. If you are on the river you may have to pace yourself as there are quite a few deer. Shoot straight for shorter drags!
 
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