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Archery Paddlefish applications taken through April 30

From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

-- The application period for the 275 available paddlefish archery permits continues through April 30, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The archery season is July 11 through Aug. 9.  Individuals age 16 or older need a 2009 Nebraska fishing permit in addition to a paddlefish permit to pursue paddlefish. Paddlefish permits are $21 for both residents and nonresidents. Go to OutdoorNebraska.org to apply. Archers must be at least 12 years of age by the second Saturday in July to apply. Applicants whose names are not drawn will have their paddlefish permit fees returned.

A person may not have more than two permits for the archery season. Each permit allows the harvest of one paddlefish. Permits are not transferable and must be possessed while actively pursuing paddlefish. The tag immediately must be attached and locked shut to the dorsal fin of a harvested paddlefish.

In Nebraska, paddlefish may be taken by bow and arrow and possessed on open waters of the Missouri River only during the archery season. Legal fishing hours are sunrise to sunset. The area of the Missouri River open to archery paddlefish is from Gavins Point Dam downstream to the mouth of the Big Sioux River. The exception is a closed area downstream from Gavins Point Dam to a line that extends from the east end of the south cement wall of the discharge channel northwest to the east end of the north wall of the spillway.

The application period for paddlefish snagging permits is July 1-31 and the snagging season is Oct. 1-31.

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