LINCOLN, Neb. – Big game hunters may begin applying for 2021 elk, antelope and deer draw permits June 14.

Elk applicants may apply for one elk permit or buy one elk bonus point. Deer and antelope applicants may apply for one deer or antelope permit or buy one deer or antelope preference point. A point may be purchased by an applicant in lieu of participating in the draw.

Applications will be charged a nonrefundable fee; bonus and preference point purchases also will be charged a nonrefundable fee.

The application period begins at 1 p.m. Central Time on June 14. Paper applications must be received by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission by 5 p.m. CT – or by 11:59 p.m. for online applications – on June 25.

Drawing results will be available by July 2. Successful applicants will have until July 16 to complete the purchase of their awarded permits. Awarded but unpaid permits will result in applicants losing preference or bonus points and forfeiting permit. Any forfeited permit will be made available to the next unsuccessful applicant at this time. Any remaining permits will be available during appropriate buy period for the species: deer, Aug. 2; antelope, Aug. 3; elk, Aug. 4.

Applicants who supply valid email addresses will be notified when the draw is complete. Applicants not providing valid email addresses will be responsible for monitoring their status online at

Applications may be made at, via application form, or in person at a Game and Parks permitting office. Details regarding drawings and permits may be found in the 2021 Big Game Guide, which is available at Drawing statistics from previous years may be found at

Draw units are established to provide equal opportunity to obtain permits in those units. They are determined by the overall demand on a unit’s permits. Residents get preference over nonresidents when these permits are drawn.

Meat processors may apply for Hunters Helping the Hungry


LINCOLN, Neb. – Meat processors have until July 1 to apply for participation in the 2021-2022 Hunters Helping the Hungry program, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The program pays participating processors to accept deer donated by hunters. The ground venison produced is picked up by charitable organizations and donated to Nebraskans in need.

The application form is available at, under Participating Processors. Processors can apply to participate in any or all of the Nebraska 2021-2022 deer hunting seasons.