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Nebraska to Consider Big Game Recommendations

From Nebraska Game and Parks

-- The Nebraska Game and Parks Board of Commissioners will consider recommendations for the 2009 big game hunting seasons, as well as other issues, at its meeting March 13 in Lincoln.

The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the Commission’s Lincoln headquarters.

The following public hearings are scheduled:

* 8:30 a.m. – A hearing to amend boating regulations regarding restricted open waters, regulations for nonpublic lake associations, and regulations for subdivisions.

* 8:45 a.m. – A hearing to consider amendments that will clarify language and make more user-friendly wildlife regulations regarding species, personal quotas for big game permits, allowable weapons, legal possession of meat, wildlife damage control, and fur harvesting regulations.

* 9 a.m. – A hearing to consider amendments to wildlife regulations regarding deer, elk and antelope hunting season regulations for 2009, including permit types, permit quotas, unit boundaries, season dates, bag limits, areas open and weapons allowed.

* 9:15 a.m. – A hearing to consider amendments to wildlife regulations to add the scaleshell mussel to the state’s list of endangered species.

* 9:30 a.m. – A hearing to consider amendments that will clarify language in regulations regarding the allowance of domestic pets on wildlife management areas, use or portable tree stands, use of weapons on the Bead Mountain Public Access Area. Also proposed in the moving of regulations regarding dog training and trials, as well as use of recall pens, from one section of the regulations to another.

Also on the agenda are recommendations for the Commissioners to hold public hearings at their next meeting to:

* consider amendments to wildlife regulations regarding wildlife species;

* consider amendments to wildlife regulations regarding keeping wildlife in captivity; and

* consider amendments to wildlife regulations regarding administration and use of property.

There also are recommendations on the agenda regarding:

* an interlocal cooperative agreement with the Nemaha Natural Resources District to rehabilitate the fish community and improve boat access at Iron Horse Trail Lake in Pawnee County; and

* concession vendor fees for Commission expos.

Commissioners also will hear an update on the new access program, as well as the hunter/angler recruitment, development and retention program activities.

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