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The legal methods you may use while hunting depend on the game species and are designed to ensure that your hunting equipment can deliver a clean kill. Information for hunting big game is included here. For more specific information and requirements for other species, refer to the Nebraska GPC website.

Deer and Antelope

White-tailed Deer
White-tailed Deer
Pronghorn Antelope
Pronghorn Antelope

When hunting deer and antelope, you may legally use:

  • Rifle that is at least .22 caliber and has at least 900 foot-pounds of energy at 100 yards or …
  • Rifle that is a .357 magnum or Colt .45 or …
  • Handgun that has at least 400 foot-pounds of energy at 50 yards or …
  • Shotgun that is 20 gauge or larger and fires a single slug or …
  • Crossbow that has a draw weight of at least 125 pounds, is not electronic, and is fired from the shoulder or …
  • Longbow, recurve bow, compound bow, or spear or …
  • Muzzleloading rifle that is .44 caliber or larger or …
  • Muzzleloading musket that is .62 caliber or larger and fires a single slug.

Elk and Mountain (Bighorn) Sheep

Elk
Elk

When hunting elk and mountain (bighorn) sheep, you may legally use:

  • Rifle that is at least .25 caliber and has at least 1,700 foot-pounds of energy at 100 yards or …
  • Crossbow that has a draw weight of at least 125 pounds, is not electronic, and is fired from the shoulder or …
  • Longbow, recurve bow, compound bow, or spear or …
  • Muzzleloading rifle that is .45 caliber or larger.