Outdoors notes: Apply for lottery for bighorn sheep permit; Three for the record book

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept applications April 17 for a bighorn sheep lottery permit.

Only Nebraska residents are eligible. The application period ends Aug. 4, and the permit will be drawn Aug. 17. A $29 nonrefundable application fee must accompany each application.

Apply at a Game and Parks office or OutdoorNebraska.org. The bighorn sheep season is Nov. 28 to Dec. 22.

Three for the record

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission certified three state fishing records so far this year — all on rod and reel.

The records:

» Kelly Macke of Lincoln pulled a 1-pound, 14-ounce redear sunfish through the ice at Wildwood Lake in Lancaster County on Jan. 3. The 11 ¾-inch fish ate a tungsten jig and wax worm.

» Wade Williby of Grand Island caught a 3-pound triploid crappie March 5 at Kea Lake in Buffalo County. The 17-inch fish ate a silver jig.

» Douglas Hyde of McCook caught a 2-pound, 1-ounce tiger trout March 11 at Lake Maloney in Lincoln County. The fish was 18 3⁄8 inches and ate a minnow.Bits and pieces

» Platte River State Park will host a Project Appleseed .22 rifle clinic next Saturday. This program will feature shooting from three positions at 25 meters, with targets that are scaled to simulate shooting at 100, 200, 300 and 400 yards.

» The newly expanded and renovated Wildcat Hills Nature Center at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area kicked off its annual series of wildcat weekend events this weekend. For more information, contact the Nature Center at 308-436-3777 or ngpc.wildcat.hills@nebraska.gov.

Calendar

SUNDAY

» Nebraska Walleye Association members meeting at Cabelas in La Vista, 1 to 3 p.m. Guides Larry Porter and Kent Hutcheson speak about how to fish Lake Sharpe and Lake Oahe in South Dakota.

THURSDAY

» Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, Beyond Bats, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

SATURDAY

» Light Goose Conservation Order closes in East Zone

» Spring shotgun turkey season opens

» Project Appleseed .22 Competition, Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex, Platte River SP, Louisville

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