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Nebraska to switch to all-electronic permits for 2010

From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

-- The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will begin selling its permits electronically Nov. 1,  2009, the date 2010 permits may be sold.

Hunting and fishing permits and state-issued conservation stamps no longer will be sold from permit books, as they had been for decades. The exceptions will continue to be the annual park and duplicate annual park permits: and, on a limited basis, the daily park permits.

Adhesive-backed park permits still will be provided at the time of sale or mailed, if purchased online. Other limited exceptions to electronic permitting include special permits that require review, such as fur buyer, taxidermist and commercial fishing.

Some permits have been sold electronically for nearly a decade, while others were hand-written permits issued from a permit book.

Electronic permitting means customers may go to OutdoorNebraska.org to buy and print out a permit at any time. By visiting any Commission permitting office or participating permit vendor, customers can accomplish the same thing. A paper permit still will be provided, and the transaction details will be automatically recorded electronically.

The number of participating permit vendors likely will change, so people who have purchased permits from the same vendor for years are encouraged to contact their nearest vendor to ensure they still are participating and converted to the new system.

Some of the benefits of the system are:

-- A single purchase of a stamp ensures the stamp will be displayed on any other permits purchased the remainder of the calendar year.

-- Lost or damaged permits can be replaced at any time from anywhere.

-- Landowners need to enter legal descriptions only once and update only as needed.

-- Multiple online purchases can be made for multiple individuals with a single transaction.

The Commission has been selling some deer and turkey permits electronically since 2001. Hunting and fishing permits, as well as habitat and aquatic habitat stamps, were sold electronically the following year.

In 2008, 63 percent of all hunting and fishing permits were processed electronically. This includes sales over the internet (OutdoorNebraska.org), Commission permitting offices and vendors that had converted to the electronic system.

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