Custer State Park To Hold Annual Bison Auction

CUSTER — The 2018 Custer State Park Fall Classic Bison Auction will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the park’s visitor center where approximately 330 head will be available for sale.

This year’s offerings include 20 mature bred cows, 29 mature open cows, 2 two-year-old bred heifers, 19 open two-year-old heifers, 43 yearling heifers, 25 heifer calves, 117 bull calves, 62 yearling bulls, ten two-year-old breeding bulls, one three-year-old breeding bull and 2 two-year-old grade bulls.

The video and online auction will begin at 10 a.m. MST at the Custer State Park visitor center, located 15 miles east of Custer on Highway 16A, near the junction of the Wildlife Loop Road and Highway 16A.

The internet auction, going on its seventh year, has helped reach buyers that wouldn’t have been reached in the past.

For the past 53 years, the park has made its surplus bison available for sale to the private sector. A significant amount of park revenue comes from the bison sale and goes toward continued operations of the state park system.

For additional information about the upcoming bison auction, contact Custer State Park at 605.255.4515 or email questions to CusterStatePark@state.sd.us.

Early Checked Deer Numbers Down 10 Percent In Neb.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Preliminary deer check-in numbers indicate that statewide harvest numbers are down approximately 10 percent compared to the 2017 opening weekend of Nebraska’s firearm season.

During this year’s Nov. 10-11 opening weekend, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s northeast district check stations recorded 11 percent fewer deer than last year. The number of checked deer were down 9 percent in the southeast and northwest districts and down 11 percent in the southwest district.

“Many factors can be related to the lower numbers of checked deer,” said Pat Molini, a wildlife assistant administrator for Game and Parks. “There is still corn standing in the fields, and the frigid temperatures and single-digit wind chills made it easier for some to stay home and watch football on Saturday.”

Molini added that colder temperatures allow hunters to hang their deer carcasses longer without the worry of spoilage, delaying check-in until later in the week.

Another factor in the lower numbers of checked deer, Molini said, is that management units such as the Pine Ridge, Blue Northwest and Wahoo had fewer permits available this year.

Some reminders to hunters still in the field until the season closes Nov. 18:

— Make safety your highest priority. Know what your target is and what is behind your target. Be aware of where your weapon’s muzzle is pointed at all times.

— It is illegal to duplicate permits. Only hard copy permits are allowed; no electronic deer permits are allowed.

— All deer harvested during the nine-day firearm season must be checked at a big game check station. This includes deer harvested on archery permits during this time as well. Be sure to notch the carcass tag on your permit immediately upon harvesting a deer.

— In Nebraska, a person must have permission to enter private property.

Some Hunters Helping The Hungry Quotas Met

LINCOLN, Neb. — Cash donations are greatly needed to pay processors taking part in the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) program. Because of critically low cash contributions, several locations no longer can take donated deer and others cannot accept as many as hunters are willing to donate.

The following locations can no longer take donated deer: Bayard, JM Pack; Diller, Diller Locker Company; Franklin, Franklin Locker; Johnson, Pelicans; North Bend, Bob’s Custom Meats; Table Rock, Den’s Country Meats; and Wahoo, Wahoo Locker.

Many other HHH processors have five or fewer spots for donated deer remaining: Blair, KB Quality Meats/Blair Meat Market; Humphrey, Country Butcher and Main Street Market; Oakland, Oakland Meat Processing; Oxford, Oxford Locker; and Elwood, Steakmaster Inc.

To make a donation to support the HHH program, visit outdoornebraska.gov/HHH. For

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