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Access permits to Nebraska's Gifford WMA available July 15

From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

-- Deer hunters interested in hunting at Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area (WMA) this year may apply for access permits from July 15 to Aug. 15, according to Pat Molini, southeast district wildlife manager.

Molini said 200 access permits will be issued to allow deer hunters access to the area. To be eligible to apply, hunters must have a valid statewide archery, statewide muzzleloader or Season Choice Area 21 deer permit. Successful applicants will be issued a key for the access gate to the wildlife area. Only persons holding a valid access authorization will be allowed on the area from Sept.1 through the end of Nebraska's deer seasons.

Deer hunters may apply as buddies, which ensures that both or neither will draw an access permit. Only two people may apply as buddies and both applications must be submitted in the same envelope. A buddy permit does not allow party hunting. Each individual must harvest his or her own animal.

Vehicle access will be limited to the rock road directly adjacent to the 8-foot-high deer fence on Educational Service Unit property. Only foot access to the interior of the area is allowed.

Application forms are available at Game and Parks offices in Omaha, Lincoln, Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, and Schilling WMA. If more than 200 applications are received, a drawing will be held Aug. 20 at the Game and Parks office in Lincoln.

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