Big Game Draw Permit Application Period is June 12-23


Residents and nonresidents may apply for a draw status Nebraska deer permit in three mule deer conservation areas June 12-23. 

In 2023, the Platte Mule Deer Conservation Area, Pine Ridge MDCA and the Frenchman MDCA are the only deer permits in the drawing. A preference point may be purchased in lieu of participating in the drawing.

Residents and eligible landowners also may apply for a firearm or muzzleloader antelope permit, nonresidents may apply for an archery antelope permit and residents may apply for a general elk permit. An antelope preference point and an elk bonus point may be purchased in lieu of participating in the drawing.

The application period opens June 12 at 1 p.m. Central time. Applications must be received by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission by 5 p.m. Central time – or by 11:59 p.m. for online applications – on June 23. One application is allowed per person per species.

Draws are used to provide equal opportunity to obtain high demand permits. Resident and nonresidents are separated in the drawing, with at least 85% of permits reserved for residents.

Applications may be made at, via application form in the 2023 Big Game Guide, or in person at a Game and Parks permitting office. A list of offices is in the Big Game Guide.

Results of the draw will be available by the first Friday in July.

Visit, which includes a digital version of the Big Game Guide, for more information.