Nebraska Whitetail Deer Hunting
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Nebraska Deer Hunting is a "Gem" overlooked by Whitetail Deer hunters.
D&E Outfitters accepts limited number of Nebraska Whitetail deer hunters per ranch and farm each year. We focus our business on repeat hunters. "COME A STRANGER and LEAVE A FRIEND"Photo Gallery for Nebraska Deer Hunting
We offer several hunts and will customize to meet a hunter’s hunting needs. We prefer to talk with each hunter individually in planning the proper hunt for them or a group.
- Rifle "Rut" Trophy Whitetail Hunts.
- Non-resident whitetail deer "hunting permits Over-The-Counter" allows family and group Deer Hunting Trips and planning can be done well in advance.
- Nebraska Whitetail Deer Permits cost $215.
- Nebraska is cheaper and easier to travel to then other western states. Most hunters drive.
- Nebraska non-resident Youth Deer Licenses are $6.00.
- Nebraska month long December muzzleloader deer season for a trophy whitetail deer.
- Crossbows are legal during archery deer seasons.
I want to thank the Nebraska Game and Parks for their hard work and dedication in making Nebraska hunting inclusive, user and family friendly. Job well done!
Our Nebraska whitetail deer hunts are "Free Ranging Wild Deer Fair Chase Hunts".
4-day "Rut" Guided Whitetail Deer Rifle Hunt:
4-day "Rut" Semi-guided Whitetail Rifle Hunt:
5-day Guided Whitetail Deer Hunt Rifle:
5-day Guided Whitetail Deer Archery or Crossbow Hunt:
5-day Semi-guided Whitetail Deer Archery or Crossbow Hunt:
5-day Guided Muzzleloader Whitetail Deer Hunt:
5-day Semi-guided Muzzleloader Whitetail Deer Hunt:
Nebraska Whitetail Deer hunt dates:
*Archery - 5 days between Oct 20 to Nov 7
*Rifle - Nov 12-15 or Nov 17-20
*Muzzleloader - 5 days between Dec 1-31
Contact us to book your hunt.
*Hunters need to read 2016 Nebraska Deer Regulations
*Tipping are customary, and a good way of saying thank you to those involved for a job well done who made your trip enjoyable. The industry standard for a hunting Tip is 10-20%.
*Non-Hunters are welcome to come with their friends or family members. The fee is $400 per individual (with a maximum of 1 per paid hunter).
Guided Nebraska Whitetail Deer Hunts: we provide 1 guide per 3 hunters. As deer hunters fill their tags, guide is freed up to spend excess time with remaining hunters. After an animal has been harvested, and pictures taken. We will field dress your deer, bring you and your deer to a mandatory Nebraska Game and Parks checking station in either Basset or Valentine Nebraska, and then transport your whitetail deer to be processed (clients are responsible for this fee).
Fully guided whitetail deer hunts include lodging, meals, field transportation and field care, except for Valentine location hunts where you do your own food & lodging.
Not included: licenses, permits, meat processing, taxidermy, any shipping cost and cost accrued getting to and from point of hunting location.
Semi-Guided Nebraska Whitetail Deer Hunts: we show hunters land boundaries, give our local perspective, and detailed scouting information. When you arrive some tree stands will already be set-up strategically where we have studied buck patterns to enhance opportunities.
Not included: field transportation, lodging, meals, license, permits, meat processing, taxidermy, any shipping cost, and cost accrued getting to and from point of hunting location.
D&E Outfitters Nebraska Whitetail Deer Management program are a key in our successful Outfitter operation.
- Our goal is to harvest mature trophy whitetail deer over 135". 130"-170" average range.
- Whitetail bucks harvested must have minimal of 4 points on one side.
- Good food sources, genetics, predator control, and harvesting only mature trophy whitetail deer.
- We doe hunt as needed as allowed by regulation.
Nebraska Deer Hunting Permits
All these permits/tags can be purchased online and printed out at www.outdoornebraska.org
- Non-resident specific game management unit deer permits are $215
- Non-resident youth deer permits are $6
- Non-resident firearm statewide buck permits are $536
- Non-resident antler less-only permit are $61, which is good for 2 does
- Required Nebraska State Habitat Stamp is $20
Areas we hunt, the specific unit and statewide buck tags can be used for either a Whitetail or Mule deer. When compared to other Mid-West and Western States these tags are very reasonable. What’s best they all can be bought over Over-The-Counter!
Note: permits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Don will call you when it is time to purchase your permit with the unit number
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Hunter Education is required for all hunters ages 12 through 29:
1) Hunting with either a firearm or crossbow must have on their person proof of successful completion of Firearm Hunter Education.
2) Hunting deer with bow and arrow must carry proof of successful completion of Bow hunter Education.
3) Who have not completed a Firearm Hunter and/or Bow hunter Education course may obtain an Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate from the Commission.
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Nebraska Whitetail Deer Hunt Info
- Nebraska whitetail deer hunting terrain we hunt is diverse, varying from creek and river country, to cultivated fields of alfalfa, corn and wheat, to vast open range rolling sandhills. Hunters are positioned overlooking river bottom openings, travel funnels or bluffs where deer go between feeding and bedding.
- Nebraska Whitetail deer hunts we use traditional whitetail deer hunting methods, consisting of ground blinds, propositioned tree stands and some spot and stalk.
- Private Land Whitetail Deer Hunts with 4x4 vehicle access.
- Our nebraska deer hunting grounds accommodate most whitetail deer hunters of any age and challenges.
- Commute to one of the Nebraska deer hunting locations on average is 5-35 minutes.
- Hunter Orange is required by all nebraska whitetail deer hunters except archery. When whitetail deer hunting during authorized firearm deer season you have to display orange on head, chest and back of least 400 square inches of hunter orange material.
- Rifle, Crossbow and Archery whitetail deer seasons are during November Whitetail Rut.
- December Muzzleloader, Nebraska archery or crossbow whitetail deer hunting season covers last part of "Rut", when whitetail deer congregate on food sources, and in larger numbers to winter.
*No smoking in the lodge, hunting
vehicles, tree-stands or blinds.
Shots are normally between 50 to 200 yards for whitetail rifle hunts. Archery or crossbow shots are 15-50 yards and muzzleloader 25-200 yards.
Note: It takes a mature trophy whitetail deer hunter to only take shots they know they can make. Come prepared being able to use your weapon accurately and have you and your weapon of choice ready to perform!
- Rifle: a flat shooting deer rifle you effectively shoot, limbsaver recoil pad, highest quality variable scope, muzzle brake, sling, and bipod.
- Good whitetail deer calibers are: 270 win, 270 WSM, 30-06, 7mm rem mag, 7mm WSM, 300 WSM, or 300 win mag.
- Most important, bring a whitetail deer rifle you can shoot straight without flinching! You will need to shoot your rifle often before your hunt to be proficient.
- Premium grade ammunition and bullets are a must with a high ballistic coefficient.
- Good ones: Federal Premium Trophy Bonded Tip Ammo, Barnes VOR-TX Rifle Ammo TTSX, Remington Premier Scirocco, Winchester XP3 Ammo or Nosler Custom Trophy-Grade Ammunition. Buy one of the best!
- We recommend a bullet weight of 140-180 grains.
- Make sure your guns trigger has a safe, light, crisp tripper pull. Bring your gun to a gunsmith, and have trigger adjusted. This will greatly help your accuracy!
- Install a muzzlebrake. This will reduce recoil and help your accuracy.
- Good whitetail deer rifle and hunter should be shooting 3-5 shots in 1" to 1.50" group at a 100 yards. If it don't, a problem is needing to be fixed before your hunt.
- Archery is an exciting way to hunt Nebraska trophy whitetails with excellent chances for a Pope & Young trophy whitetail buck.
- You need to be able to hold the draw, and shoot with pin point accuracy.
- The new PSE, Matthews, Hoyt or Bowtech bows are all good.
- 50 pound minimum draw weight.
- Lazar Range Finder is a must for all archery deer hunting.
- Sighted in out to 50 yards.
- Strong boardheads either fixed or mechanical: New Archery Products (NAP) Kill Zone or SpitFire MAXX, Rage X-Treme or Chisel, or Muzzy MX.
- We recommend 125 grain board head for our archery whitetail deer hunts.
- Nebraska archery whitetail deer hunts always bring a spare release.
- Our archery nebraska whitetail deer hunting has been very successful with multiple chances by using highest quality equipment.
- Crossbow can be legally used during nebraska archery deer season.
- Nebraska Game and Parks did an excellent job getting this approved and in place. My hat is off to them for their vision and understanding on this weapon and how it opens the door for many deer hunters.
- Our whitetail deer hunters so far have used Ten Point Turbo XLT, and StrykeZone 380 crossbows with excellent success.
- On crossbows, overall weight, speed, and having a light crisp trigger pull are critical.
- Broadheads used have been Grim Reaper Crossbow Broadhead and NAP F.O.C. Crossbow Broadhead.
- I encourage all hunters to do some self-research on Crossbows and its whitetail deer hunting applications.
- Muzzleloader Nebraska whitetail deer hunts December 1-31 are a excellent time to hunt. The muzzleloader whitetail deer season in Nebraska is a awesome time to hunt for a trophy Nebraska whitetail deer!
- We recommend a muzzleloader with magnum charge capability that shoots accurately out to 200 yards.
- Many of our muzzleloader deer hunters use a TC Pro-Hunter, TC Triumph, CVA Accura V2, or Vortek Ultra Light LDR muzzleloaders fitted with an actual muzzleloader bullet drop compensator (BDC) scope.
- Scopes: the Bushnell Trophy DOA Muzzleloader Scope, the Nikon In-line Muzzleloader Scope,or the Leupold Ultimate Slam Muzzleloader Scope work well.
- Open sites: Truglo Fiber-optic sights works.
- Lazar Range Finder is a must muzzleloader deer hunting. Leupold, Nikon or Bushnell to name a few.
- Sight in your muzzleloader for 50, 100, 150 and 200 yards.
- Magnifying Scopes, Pellets and SABOTS can be used on a Nebraska muzzleloaders whitetail deer hunt.
- Our muzzleloader whitetail deer hunters have had excellent Muzzleloader Whitetail Deer Hunting Success with various combinations of following muzzleloading components:
- "250 grain Barnes Spit-Fire TMZ, or TC ShockWave Bullets, or Federal Premium Trophy Copper Muzzleloading Bullets, with Blackhorn 209 powder and CCI 209M Primers as my first choice". Second, would be "Triple Se7en pellets and 250 grain Hornady MonoFlex ML Sabots with lock and load and Winchester Triple Se7en Primer's #209".
- We recommend trying a muzzleloader rifle Hammer Extender, a TC Power Rod and Speed Loaders.
- If you are a hard core muzzleloader whitetail deer hunter or a whitetail deer hunter wanting to extend your season. Nebraska month long December muzzleloader whitetail deer season is must to consider for all whitetail deer hunters.
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VALENTINE NEBRASKA: If hunt includes lodging and meals you will stay at one of the Valentine Nebraska comfortable and clean motels.
Breakfasts are light and quick continental style consisting of cold cereals, instant oatmeal, pastries, and fruit. Also there will be assorted juices, coffee and tea.
Lunch you will pack your own sandwiches the night before. Also, along with sandwiches there will be fruit, chips, crackers, sweets, assorted juices, water and sodas. There are plenty of choices to pick from with no limit. We recommend you pack double the lunch you are use to, Nebraska clean fresh air will make you hungry. These food items will be in your room for you to manage and use as you like.
Dinner will be a hot meal at local popular dining locations in town after you clean up from your days hunt.
STUART NEBRASKA: Hunts that include lodging and meals: Our
lodging is an updated, very clean rural Farm House on a quite country
road with a very relaxing atmosphere. The meals are hearty home-made in a
buffet style, which you serve yourself when ready.
Breakfasts are light and quick consisting of dry cereals, instant oatmeal, pastries, toast, and fruit. There will also be assorted juices, and coffee.
Lunch, you will pack your own lunch of cold-cut sandwiches the night before. Also, along with sandwiches there will be fruit, chips, crackers, sweets, water and soda. There are plenty of choices to pick from. You are also more then welcome to any left-overs there might be in the fridge at anytime. We recommend you pack a heartier lunch then you are use to. We have found the Nebraska fresh air always increases the appetite.
Our Nebraska Dinner meals will consist of salad, casserole dishes, meat dishes, or crock-pot meals, vegetables, rolls and dessert. Meals are hearty and home-made and very delicious!
If you have any meal concerns or special meal needs please bring it to our attention before or when booking your hunt. If you have certain snacks or drinks you like you can bring those on your own as needed.
- Food and non-alcoholic drinks are always available to you. No one goes hungry. The biggest complaint we get is a person weighs more at the end of their hunt than upon arriving.
- If you enjoyed our meals, tip the cook.
- Alcohol is not provided, but is allowed after hunting is done for the day. Intoxication will not be tolerated.
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Meat and Taxidermy - Nebraska
A problem a deer hunter faces who has just driven or flown across the country to go on a deer hunt is how to get the meat, cap and antlers safely home. Please read below on what we have learned and know:
- Ensure you know Nebraska, states traveling thru and state you live in big game transportation and importation laws and any other legal requirements in this area. This is your responsibility.
- Check with your airline or ground carrier about any restrictions about transporting meat/cape/antlers.
- Keeping the same airline on connecting flights will help avoid luggage issues.
After the mandatory deer check-in requirements are completed. On a few of the farms and ranches we whitetail hunt on there is a water source and place to hang and breakdown your own deer. Ask me ahead of time if this is an option where you will be hunting.
Some hunters that drive will put a freezer in the back of there truck or in a utility trailer which can be plugged in or ran with a generator.
You should use coolers for transporting your meat and cape.
Flying: duct tape the coolers shut after you get to the airport in case they need to open and pack them as tightly as possible with frozen solid meat.
Driving: use duct tape to hold the lids tightly shut. This keeps out air, even when the truck is on rough roads, and hits bumps.
If you fly, once the meat is processed and frozen, it can be boxed and checked as excess baggage. Meat should be frozen as dry ice is not allowed on airplanes.
If you fly, a Cape can be frozen and put in a cooler then checked in or checked as excess baggage.
Antlers can be packaged and shipped by mail or checked as excess baggage.
We have an excellent local meat processor that will try to have your deer packaged and frozen by the time you are ready to leave for home.
- The cost for basic processing is approximately $125 and $25 additional for capping.
- If you do not wish to take your meat home, arrangements can be made to have it donated. You are still responsible for the processing fee.
- The butcher will not accept the deer for donation unless the processing fee is paid at time of drop off.
US Mail, UPS, or FedEx, we have had hunters use all with good success. To make this work best with
perishable items. They need to be shipped out at a office by the main
airport you fly into. Reason, where we are located in Nebraska we are
far away from the interstates and major airports so everything is Ground
shipment first, then overnight so "overnight" actually turns into 2-3
if shipping nonperishable where time isn't a factor. We have a Post
office's and drop boxes for UPS and FedEx in our local areas.
Local Taxidermist is available to expedite (ship) your trophy to your home taxidermist or they can mount your trophy deer and ship back to you. They are very knowledgeable and skilled on species we hunt. This is an easy and efficient way to handle your taxidermy needs. Most often they will often do a better job than someone who has seen few of the particular animals from our areas.
- The one we will recommend is a "small Full-Time Taxidermy Studio" focused on providing high quality taxidermy within a reasonable time period, averaging six to nine months. They do everything they can to meet your expectations. They are very methodical, meticulous and a driven person that never settles for second best or "just good enough" I would trust them with my finest trophy.
Note: With all this said above, our hunters are telling us it is best "to drive when you can". They say with a partner and rotating driving, you can get anywhere within the states in a days travel, which is what you are burning up flying anyway, along with renting a car and driving to us. This way you get to bring all your gear and take everything back and use a meat processor close to home and your own taxidermist. Our recommendation is to drive if at all possible. Plus, many say it's
nice just to take a day off and do some touring while your deer is being butchered
and frozen and then loading the cooler for the ride home.
Most important: it is a must to plan ahead in this area and determine before the hunt how you want to handle your meat/cape/antler needs.
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Getting to Stuart and Valentine Nebraska
We hunt near the towns of Stuart and Valentine Nebraska in North Central Nebraska.
Note: Our cell phone reception is minimal in these areas.
We expect you to drive to us:
For driving directions to Stuart or Valentine Nebraska click on the city name in blue, then put in your zip code to either Stuart or Valentine Nebraska.
When hunting near Stuart Nebraska you can fly into either:
- Omaha Nebraska then rent a vehicle and drive 4 hours
- Sioux City Iowa then rent a vehicle and drive 2 hours 40 minutes
- Sioux Falls South Dakota rent a vehicle and drive 3 hours 20 minutes
When hunting near Valentine Nebraska you can fly into either:
- North Platte Nebraska then rent a vehicle and drive 2 hours
- Omaha Nebraska then rent a vehicle and drive 5 hours 20 minutes
- Rapid City South Dakota then rent a vehicle and drive 3 hours 20 minutes
- Sioux Falls South Dakota then rent a vehicle and drive 4 hours 20 minutes
- Sioux City Iowa then rent a vehicle and drive 4 hours
(Call Airlines for best prices) When flying with the airlines you will need to follow regulations for guns and ammunition, ask airlines for information if unsure.
You will need to call Don on his Cell phone 2 hours prior to arrival, he will discuss with you where to meet.
Plan to arrive 12:00 - 3:00pm the day before your hunt start day. After arriving you will unpacked, get hunting gear ready, shoot your gun as needed, hunt orientation and safety brief. Please do not call early in the morning or arrive before scheduled time.
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Wounded Deer Policy
We take great pride in having almost no unrecoverable wounding’s since we have been in business, and ask our hunters show up prepared, so that we can do our best to keep wounding’s to a minimum.
Deer are a precious resource! If an Deer is wounded during your hunt. We will exhaust all of our efforts to find the animal. If the animal is not found, it is still considered yours, and hunt will be ended.
Deer are a valuable resource that landowner relies upon for financial funds for there operation. It is not fair to the landowners to allow each hunter the opportunity to potentially kill two animals. In this case, a hunter would, in essence, be potentially killing two animals while only paying for one. Plus, the next hunter loses from having fewer trophy deer to hunt.
D&E Outfitters believes in ethical fair chase hunting and strive for clean kills. This can only be achieved by your utmost practice, and preparation for your hunt. Keeping your head in highly intense situations and walking away or waiting when the shot opportunity is not right.
It takes a mature whitetail deer hunter to only take shots they know they can make. It is a must you come prepared being able to use your weapon accurately and have you and your weapon of choice ready to perform.
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Trip Insurance - Whitetail Deer Hunting
Hunting out of state is expensive, with life being unpredictable, and the unexpected does happen to everyone. D&E Outfitters highly recommends buying Travel Guard's Sportsman's Travel Protection Plan Insurance.
You need to make sure it includes cancellation coverage.
This is your responsibility to ensure you are covered and protected.
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If you are wanting to go on a great nebraska trophy whitetail deer hunt! Please contact us to discuss our Nebraska trophy Whitetail Deer hunts. Call D&E Outfitters to book your Nebraska deer
outfitters hunting adventure, phone: 719-591-8934 or at our contact us form.
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