From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
-- During a July 29 meeting, Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners changed the time structure of big game hunting permit application periods to give the public more time to comment on big game recommendations.
This also allows commissioners more time to respond. In the past, commissioners considered and adopted big game recommendations in March. Beginning in 2011, they will consider recommendations in March and vote on them during the May meeting.
Because of this, the first application period now will be the third Monday in May through the first Friday in June. It will be for draw permits. Residents and eligible resident and nonresident landowners may apply for antelope and elk permits in selected units.
The second application period will be the second Monday in July through the end of the season. Residents, nonresidents and eligible landowners may purchase any remaining deer and antelope permits.
Another change is that beginning in the May 2011 application period, residents, resident landowners and nonresident landowners will be allowed to apply for elk permits. The preference system is weighted to favor residents, so it likely will take five or more years before a nonresident landowner draws a permit. Landowners must send their applications for elk permits to their local Game and Parks district office.
In other business, the board tabled recommendations for the 2010 waterfowl hunting regulations, and directed wildlife staff to make further changes to duck, early Canada goose, dark goose, white-fronted goose, light goose and falconry seasons. Some duck season dates would be moved to earlier dates, while more dark and white-fronted goose hunting days would be created later in the season. The amended recommendations will be brought before the board Aug. 31.
The board also noted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers transferred management authority on 31.46 acres of land on Hamburg Bend to Game and Parks. The narrow strip of land lies on the riverward side of a federal levee and will become part of Hamburg Bend Wildlife Management Area. For more information about Nebraska hunting, visit http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/.