Permitting System Bogged Down

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Plenty of big game permits are available for the fall hunting seasons. Nebraska residents and nonresidents began purchasing remaining deer, antelope or elk permits on Monday. However, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s new electronic permitting system bogged down when it became overloaded with a high volume of people trying to buy permits.

Less than an hour after sales began, 973 people were logged onto the permitting system at one time.

“There are plenty of permits,” said Patrick Cole, administrator for the Commission’s Budget and Fiscal Division. “We’ve increased the number of permits in most units, as well as the number of bonus tags. The likelihood of selling out on the first day is slim to none. There is no need to rush.”

System users encountered different errors. Those people who bought permits online but were unable to print them should click on Contact Us at the bottom of the home permitting page. The Commission will e-mail those permits.

Permits are sold online at as well as over the counter at the following Commission permitting offices: Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, Alliance, Bassett, Chadron State Park (SP), Fort Robinson SP, Kearney, Niobrara SP, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, Lincoln, Ponca SP, and Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area. The Lincoln office even had four additional stations selling permits Monday.

Hunters can monitor the number of remaining permits in various hunt units on the Commission’s Web site. Go to Licenses and Fees on the home page, pull down and click on Purchase a Permit, then click on Remaining Permit under Quick Links.

For more information, including the number of permits available and prior-year sell-out dates, see the 2008 Nebraska Big Game Guide, available for free wherever permits are sold.