Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge Muzzleloader Deer Permit Applications Available

Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, located outside of Valentine, NE, is now accepting applications for the muzzleloader deer hunting season. The special refuge muzzleloader season occurs during the state November firearm deer hunting season and the December deer muzzleloader season. Muzzleloader deer hunting on the refuge is allowed by special use permit only.

The refuge hunt area, which is more than 5,000 acres, includes most of the 4,635-acre Wilderness Area. Deer hunting within the Wilderness Area offers hunters a unique and challenging experience. Habitats within the hunt area includes grasslands, pine canyons and wooded riparian areas. Deer hunters and other refuge visitors are reminded that the Fort Niobrara bison herd occupies the Wilderness Area during the muzzleloader deer season.

Applications for the Muzzleloader season will be accepted until September 15. There is no fee for the special permit. Successful applicants must possess a Nebraska deer permit that is valid for muzzleloader weapons in the Kaya Paha Unit. Additional information and applications can be obtained at the following website: