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Deer harvest declines

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska officials say deer harvest for a nine-day firearm season in November declined by more than 20 percent, a reduction that was expected.

The state Game and Parks Commission says the harvest was about 36,800, after officials eliminated 87,000 permits and bonus tags to combat a deer disease outbreak in 2012 called epizootic hemorrhagic disease.

Details of harvest by sex, species and unit are not available. Data shows the largest harvest decline happened in southeast Nebraska, where nearly all bonus antlerless tags were eliminated.

Deer season is open through Jan. 18 of next year. Total harvest for 2013 is expected to be about 50,000 deer.

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