Commission to consider changes to fisheries regulations at Kearney meeting

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider proposed changes to fisheries regulations and orders when it meets Oct. 26 in Kearney. Many of the changes, including those to trout, northern pike and bullfrog orders, would result in increased fishing opportunities for Nebraskans.

The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 508 S. 2nd Ave.

If adopted, other fisheries regulation changes would define the permit application and draw processes for paddlefish snagging and archery. In addition, changes made to aquatic invasive species regulations would make them more consistent with those of surrounding states.

In other business, the Commission will consider staff recommendations to:

— clarify and define the time period for buying a big game permit awarded in a draw unit;

— approve the gift of the 70-acre Stevens tract in Dawes County from the William P. Stevens and Kathleen C. Stevens Family Trust as an addition to Ponderosa Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Dawes County;

— approve the acquisition of 501 acres in Dawes County adjacent to Ponderosa WMA and designate it as an addition to the WMA, including the transfer of a Bureau of Educational Lands Funds lease containing 160 acres to Game and Parks for the term of the lease;

— approve actions to facilitate the transfer of the management of recreation area facilities at Lake Wanahoo to the lake’s owner, the Lower Platte North Natural Resources District, and to remove Lake Wanahoo from the Game and Parks inventory listing of state recreation areas effective Dec. 31, 2018;

— increase fees for select park activities, lodging and rental facilities, campsites and website reservations, which would be implemented Jan. 1, 2019;

Also on the agenda is a public hearing for input regarding the listing and delisting of state threatened and endangered species in the Commission’s District 4 in south-central Nebraska.

Staff also will provide reports on 2018 elk harvest, the Open Fields and Waters program, and the youth pheasant hunting season.

A complete meeting agenda is available at outdoornebraska.gov/commissioners.

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