Nebraska’s Draft Elk Management Plan

Elk (Cervus canadensis) Herd in Sioux County. A herd of elk moves through a pasture in the Pine Ridge along Rimrock Road northwest of Crawford. Haag, Sept. 14, 2017. Copyright NEBRASKAland Magazine, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission encourages the public to provide input on a draft of the 2021 Elk Management plan.  The plan outlines and will guide elk management in Nebraska.  Please review the plan, watch the summary presentation, and provide input via the “Contact Us” Link below.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Draft Elk Management Plan recognizes the long history of elk in Nebraska.  That history is a success story of a species that was once extirpated from the state, absent for more than 70 years and then naturally recolonized Nebraska from neighboring states of Wyoming, Colorado, and South Dakota. Nebraska is indeed good elk habitat and populations have grown to over 2,500 animals and hunter harvest exceeds more than 100 quality bulls and 150 cows annually.

While elk have successfully recolonized many portions of Nebraska, this plan also recognizes that this has not been without conflict since elk activity and management largely occur on private land in Nebraska.  This has been and will be reflected in our management tools and goals for elk within the state.  Elk and elk hunting cannot exist in Nebraska without the support of private landowners.  Many of those tools, such as access to Landowner Elk Permits and stackyard fencing to protect stored crops, has increased landowner tolerance of elk in many areas that once opposed increasing elk numbers.  However, as elk have expanded their range in Nebraska, so have the issues and so must the tools to deal with conflicts between elk and private landowners.

This plan describes:

  • The Commission’s commitment to work with landowners by managing elk at levels they will tolerate and to mitigate elk damage.
  • The Commission’s goal of managing elk at acceptable population levels while providing Nebraskans with quality hunting and viewing opportunities.


Public Informational Meetings

The public are invited to participate in 2 virtual forums where they will hear a plan overview from staff and have an opportunity to provide comment.  These meetings will be held via Zoom and participants will need to preregister to receive the invitation.  Dates and times are below.

Sept. 20, 2021 at 7 p.m. Central Time – REGISTER HERE

Sept. 22, 2021 at 2 p.m. Central Time – REGISTER HERE

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Summary Presentation

Submit Comment

The time frame to submit comments for draft elk plan has passed. Thank you for your participation!

If you have additional questions or comments, please email Luke Meduna, Big Game Program Manager at