Wauneta Crossroads courtesy photos
    Wauneta Crossroads checked in 176 deer during its first ever weekend as a Game and Parks check-in station.
    Those bringing in deer included Cliff Wright (top) and Tyler (bottom, left) and Bo (bottom, right) O’Neil.

Deer season off to a good start

According to Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the opening two days of Nebraska’s firearm deer season started of strong.
    “Final numbers are still being calculated, but hunters got off to a great start this weekend,” said Karie Decker, Game and Parks’ assistant wildlife division administrator.
    The same report came from local check-in stations at Wauneta Crossroads and Laker’s in Enders.
    Late Monday morning, Wauneta Crossroads’ deer check in count was at 176. This is Wauneta Crossroads’ first year as a registered check-in station.
    Statewide, nearly 19,000 deer have been checked in by Game and Parks staff which is slightly higher than 2016. There was a four percent increase in the northwest, five percent increase in the southwest, four percent decrease in the southeast and five percent increase in the northeast.
    “Staff are pleased to see high participation and good harvest numbers again this year,” said Decker.
    Crossroads’ owner Angie West noted that there have been more mule deer registered than white tails as of Monday.
    Wauneta Crossroads is having a Big Buck Competition that is open to any hunters that register their deer at the gas station. The winner will receive a $50 Sinclair gift card provided by Wauneta Crossroads.
    Wauneta Crossroads will post all pictures for the contest on its Facebook page Wednesday, Nov. 22. The photo with the most likes by Dec. 1 at 3:30 p.m. MT/4:30 p.m. CT will be the recipient of the Sinclair gift card.
    Crossroads is also having a 2017 Big Bucks Gun Raffle that will commence on Saturday, Nov. 11 and close Monday, Nov. 20. The drawing will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The gun to be raffled off is a Ruger American PRED 6.5 CREM purchased from Double 9 Firearms/Advanced Auto.

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