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Proposed Bill Would Ban Online Ammunition Sales

July 31, 2012

Proposed Bill Would Ban Online Ammunition Sales

In the wake of the Aurora shooting, gun control proposals have been causing a stir in not only the firearms and hunting communities but the general public as well. One of these, the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act, would effectively ban online ammunition sales.

Details of the proposed Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act were released by Democratic Representative Carolyn McCarthy (New York), Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg (New Jersey) and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday. The Act would make the following legal requirements for the sale of ammunition:

  • Anyone selling ammunition must be a licensed dealer.
  • Ammunition buyers who are not licensed dealers must present photo identification at the time of purchase, effectively banning the online or mail order purchase of ammo by regular civilians.
  • Licensed ammunition dealers must maintain records of the sale of ammunition.
  • Licensed ammunition dealers must report the sale of more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition to an unlicensed person within any five consecutive business days.

At this time, the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act is only a proposal, has not been introduced in the House nor the Senate, and it has no additional sponsors. Experts do not expect it to be formally introduced in the House and the White House has hinted that they would not support such a measure.

The other bill that has caused drawn firearms industry and enthusiast criticism is a proposed amendment to the Senate’s Cybersecurity Act of 2012, detailed here.

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Squirrel Hunting Season Opens August 15

July 30, 2012

Squirrel Hunting Season Opens August 15

Often revered as a celebrated American fall tradition, squirrel hunting provides the perfect opportunity to introduce youth or a novice to the sport of hunting. Unlike some big game hunts, the pursuit of bushytails often involves more action for energetic youth, providing a greater level of interaction with the outdoors.

Beginning August 15, 2012, and lasting through February 28, 2013, hunters can pursue both gray and fox squirrels. The maximum daily bag limit is 12 per hunter.

“Prior to the successful restoration of white-tailed deer, pursuing squirrels in the fall became a significant cultural hunting tradition in Georgia,” said John Bowers, assistant chief of the Game Management Section.  “Squirrel hunting provides one of our best opportunities to introduce youth to hunting, instill in them our responsibilities to wildlife conservation and provide exposure to the outdoors. Plus, it’s fun, inexpensive and provides constant action.”

Squirrel hunting, especially with squirrel dogs such as feists, terriers and curs, is a great way to introduce youth to hunting and the outdoors. In terms of the number of hunters and harvest, squirrels are the second most pursued small game species in Georgia, behind doves.

Georgia’s wildlife management areas offer access to nearly one million acres of hunting opportunity for only $19 a year, and squirrel hunting is allowed on WMAs at specified times during the statewide squirrel season. Hunters are advised to check the current hunting regulations for specific WMA dates and info (www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting/regulations).

The two species

Both the gray and fox squirrels can be found throughout Georgia. The gray squirrel, abundant in both rural and urban areas is the most common species. Though mostly associated with hardwood forests, grays also can be found in mixed pine/hardwood forests. Predominantly gray, with white under parts, gray squirrels appear more slender-bodied than fox squirrels, weighing anywhere from 12 ounces to 1.5 pounds.

Fox squirrels have several color phases, varying from silver-gray with a predominantly black head, to solid black, to a light buff or brown color tinged with reddish-yellow. Generally larger than grays, fox squirrels range in weight from one pound to nearly three, and are more closely associated with mature pine and mixed pine/hardwood habitats and especially in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain regions.

For more information on the 2012-2013 squirrel hunting season or other small game hunting seasons, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com . To renew or purchase a hunting license, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/recreational-licenses .

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New Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide Available

July 30, 2012

New Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide Available

The 2012-2013 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide is now available online and in print, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

This guide provides information on season dates, bag limits, hunting licenses, wildlife management areas, quota hunts, youth opportunities and much more.  You may view, download and print the guide at www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting/regulations . Pick up a printed copy at Wildlife Resources Game Management and Law Enforcement offices and license vendors throughout Georgia.

“This critical customer service publication keeps hunters informed on current laws and opportunities,” said John Bowers, assistant chief of the Game Management Section.  “We encourage all hunters to review the publication each year for any changes to their favorite hunting areas, seasons or activities.”

New and/or improved hunter services are highlighted in the guide, such as:

  • New Online Quota Hunt System: In order to better serve our customers, all quota hunt applications must be submitted through the new online system. This includes all previous paper-based quota hunts (including Adult/Child, Dove, Feral Hog, Dog-Deer, and Quail quota hunts). Wheelchair hunts are not included in the online system.
  • New Dove Hunting Opportunities: Rogers State Prison Farm Dove Fields will offer sign-in dove hunting near Reidsville and Indian Ford Farms Dove Field will offer an Adult/Child quota dove hunt near Lyons.

Members of the Board of Natural Resources enact hunting regulations by acting on recommendations made by the Division’s professional wildlife biologists and field personnel.  Georgia’s game and fish laws are enacted by the elected members of the General Assembly.

For more information on Georgia hunting seasons and regulations, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting/regulations or contact a local Wildlife Resources Division, Game Management Office or call Hunter Services at (770) 761-3045.

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Game Bird Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations Highlight Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting

July 30, 2012

Game Bird Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations Highlight Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will set the 2012-13 game bird hunting regulations and preview the 2013-2016 sport fishing regulations when it meets in Salem on Aug. 3.

The meeting begins at 8 a.m. at the ODFW Headquarters Building, 3406 Cherry Ave. NE. The full agenda and meeting materials can be found on the ODFW website http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/12/08_aug/index.asp

The proposed 2013-2016 fishing regulations have been undergoing a public review process since January, and the Commission will hear additional comments from the public and ODFW staff prior to adopting the final rules at its Sept. 7 meeting in Hermiston.

Among the statewide regulation changes being considered:

  • Re-define artificial lure to include soft molded plastic and rubber worms, eggs and similar bait imitations.
  • Establish new statewide anti-snagging rules that can be applied to specific water bodies.
  • Keep Diamond Lake open to fishing year round.
  • Restrict the use of bait on the McKenzie River from Hayden Bridge upstream to Hendricks Bridge. Bait would be allowed only when fishing for salmon or steelhead from May 1- to June 15.
  • Ban the use of bait on the Crooked River
  • Allow the partial cleaning of tuna at sea.

Public testimony on the proposed sport fishing regulation changes will be taken at the meeting.  Public who can’t attend the meeting can send comments to Rhine.T.Messmer@state.or.us.

The Commission will be asked to adopt the administrative rules regulating the take of fish, wildlife and invertebrate species in the newly-designated marine reserves and marine protected areas at Cape Falcon, Cascade Head and Cape Perpetua. The prohibitions would go into effect after two years of baseline data are collected, and are scheduled to be implemented on Jan. 1, 2014 for Cascade Head and Cape Perpetua, and on Jan. 1, 2016 for Cape Falcon.

The Commission will also consider a change to administrative rules that would allow Oregon wholesale fish dealers to market and sell Columbia River Basin steelhead and walleye purchased from Columbia River Tribal fishers in Oregon. Wholesale buyers in Washington are already permitted to sell these tribal caught species in Oregon.

The Commission will hear a citizen petition to modify the state’s wildlife integrity rules to allow the possession and rearing of tilapia. The rule change would allow people to raise tilapia indoors for personal use without acquiring an ODFW Fish Propagation license.

Game bird hunting regulations for the 2012-13 season are also on the agenda. ODFW staff are recommending that the possession limit for mountain quail in Western Oregon, Hood River and Wasco counties, California quail, and forest grouse be increased. The limit would change from two times the daily limit to three times the daily limit under the proposal, so to nine for forest grouse and 30 for quail (singly or in aggregate for the two species).

Due to wildfires in southeast Oregon that impacted some core sage grouse habitat, staff will propose that hunting permits for this species be reduced in the hunt units where the fires occurred and that portions of the Whitehorse unit be closed to hunting.

Migratory birds are protected by federal law and ODFW works with other state and federal natural resource agencies on hunting regulations. Changes proposed this year would:

  • Classify Eurasian collared doves as unprotected wildlife.
  • End special bag limits and reduced season for scaup.
  • Split NW Oregon General Goose Zone hunting into three time periods to align it with the NW Oregon Goose Permit Zone.
  • Increase the South Coast Zone bag limit for dark geese during the third hunt period and allow white geese to be taking during all hunt periods in this zone.

Changes to the Upland Game Bird Art Contest or also proposed. Starting with the 2013 contest, they would move entry deadlines from the last business day in December of the preceding year to the last business day in August of the preceding year.

The Commission will also be asked to review and approve the agency’s 2013-15 budget of approximately $310 million. After the Commission’s decision, it will go to the Governor and the Oregon State Legislature for final approval. No changes in hunting and fishing license fees are proposed under the new budget.

The Commission is the policy-making body for fish and wildlife issues in the state. Public testimony before the Commission is held Friday morning immediately following the expenditure report. Persons seeking to testify on issues not on the formal agenda may do so by making arrangements with the ODFW Director’s Office, at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting, by calling 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6044.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for individuals requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or large-print materials. Individuals needing these types of accommodations may call the ODFW Director’s Office at 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6044 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

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Ducks, Geese, Bobcats Focus of Upcoming RAC Meetings

July 30, 2012

DWR biologists are recommending 4,600 hunting and trapping permits for Utah's upcoming bobcat season.

Rules for Utah’s 2012 – 2013 waterfowl and bobcat seasons might be very similar to last year.

You can read all of the Division of Wildlife Resources’ recommendations for the seasons on our website. Here’s a quick summary:

  • Duck and goose hunters could enjoy another long 107-day waterfowl season and another seven duck daily bag limit.
    • Allowing hunters to hunt scaup ducks for the entire season, and to have up to seven scaup in their daily bag limit, is the only change biologists are recommending.Within the next few weeks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should let the DWR know if the scaup changes can occur.
    • A plan to guide the management of DWR waterfowl management areas along the eastern shore of Great Salt Lake will also be discussed at meetings in the DWR’s Northern and Central regions.
  • Utah’s bobcat trapping and hunting season would mirror last season:
    • A total of 4,600 permits would be offered.
    • No trapper or hunter could obtain more than three permits.
    • The season would run from Nov. 28, 2012 to Feb. 3, 2013.

Learn more, share your ideas

After you’ve reviewed the ideas online, you can let your Regional Advisory Council members know your thoughts by attending your upcoming RAC meeting or by sending an email to them.

RAC chairmen will share the input they receive with members of the Utah Wildlife Board. The board will meet in Salt Lake City on Aug. 16 to approve rules for Utah’s waterfowl and bobcat seasons.

Dates, times and locations for the RAC meetings are as follows:

  • Southern Region
    July 31, 7 p.m.
    Beaver High School
    195 E Center Street, Beaver
  • Southeastern Region
    Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m.
    Grand Center
    182 N 500 W, Moab
  • Northeastern Region
    Aug. 2, 6:30 p.m.
    DWR Northeastern Region Office
    318 N Vernal Ave, Vernal
  • Central Region
    Aug. 7, 6:30 p.m.
    Springville Public Library Meeting Room
    45 S Main Street, Springville
  • Northern Region
    Aug. 8, 6 p.m.
    Brigham City Community Center
    24 N 300 W, Brigham City

Email

You can also provide your comments to your RAC via email. Email addresses for your RAC members are available online.

The group each RAC member represents (sportsman, non-consumptive, etc.) is listed under each person’s email address. You should direct your email to the people on the RAC who represent your interest.

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Ducks, Geese, Bobcats Focus of Upcoming RAC Meetings

July 30, 2012

DWR biologists are recommending 4,600 hunting and trapping permits for Utah's upcoming bobcat season.

Rules for Utah’s 2012 – 2013 waterfowl and bobcat seasons might be very similar to last year.

You can read all of the Division of Wildlife Resources’ recommendations for the seasons on our website. Here’s a quick summary:

  • Duck and goose hunters could enjoy another long 107-day waterfowl season and another seven duck daily bag limit.
    • Allowing hunters to hunt scaup ducks for the entire season, and to have up to seven scaup in their daily bag limit, is the only change biologists are recommending.Within the next few weeks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should let the DWR know if the scaup changes can occur.
    • A plan to guide the management of DWR waterfowl management areas along the eastern shore of Great Salt Lake will also be discussed at meetings in the DWR’s Northern and Central regions.
  • Utah’s bobcat trapping and hunting season would mirror last season:
    • A total of 4,600 permits would be offered.
    • No trapper or hunter could obtain more than three permits.
    • The season would run from Nov. 28, 2012 to Feb. 3, 2013.

Learn more, share your ideas

After you’ve reviewed the ideas online, you can let your Regional Advisory Council members know your thoughts by attending your upcoming RAC meeting or by sending an email to them.

RAC chairmen will share the input they receive with members of the Utah Wildlife Board. The board will meet in Salt Lake City on Aug. 16 to approve rules for Utah’s waterfowl and bobcat seasons.

Dates, times and locations for the RAC meetings are as follows:

  • Southern Region
    July 31, 7 p.m.
    Beaver High School
    195 E Center Street, Beaver
  • Southeastern Region
    Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m.
    Grand Center
    182 N 500 W, Moab
  • Northeastern Region
    Aug. 2, 6:30 p.m.
    DWR Northeastern Region Office
    318 N Vernal Ave, Vernal
  • Central Region
    Aug. 7, 6:30 p.m.
    Springville Public Library Meeting Room
    45 S Main Street, Springville
  • Northern Region
    Aug. 8, 6 p.m.
    Brigham City Community Center
    24 N 300 W, Brigham City

Email

You can also provide your comments to your RAC via email. Email addresses for your RAC members are available online.

The group each RAC member represents (sportsman, non-consumptive, etc.) is listed under each person’s email address. You should direct your email to the people on the RAC who represent your interest.

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Hunting in Park Areas Approved

July 30, 2012

Hunting in Park Areas Approved

Regulations for hunting in designated zones of state park areas for the 2012-2013 seasons has been approved by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The park areas, which will be posted with signage, and approved hunts are:

Branched Oak State Recreation Area (SRA) – Archery deer, Nov. 19 – Dec. 31; muzzleloader deer, Dec. 1-31; all legal weapons for deer, Jan. 1 – 18, 2013; archery fall turkey, Nov. 1 – Jan. 31, 2013; archery spring turkey, March 25 – April 30, 2013.

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP) – Organized archery and muzzleloader deer hunts on select dates within periods of Nov. 26 – Dec. 20 and Jan. 7 – 17, 2013.

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park – Archery deer, Antlerless Only Season Choice Wahoo Unit, Oct. 20 – Jan. 18, 2013 (holders of proper firearm permits may hunt Nov. 10 – 18 with legal bow and arrow, spear or crossbow only and must wear hunter orange).

Indian Cave SP– The following hunts will be permitted on the East Addition Nov. 1 through close of the season, with no permanent blinds allowed: duck, Zone 3; light goose; dark goose, East Unit.

The following hunts will be permitted in designated zones: archery fall turkey, Nov. 1 – Jan. 31, 2013; archery deer, Nov. 1 – Dec. 31 (holders of proper firearm permits may hunt Nov. 10 – 18 with legal bow and arrow, spear or crossbow only and must wear hunter orange); Blue Southeast Antlerless Only Season Choice deer, Dec. 26 – Jan. 18, 2013 (no centerfire rifles).

Louisville SRA – Mentored youth goose hunts on select dates from Oct. 8 through close of season.

Niobrara SP –Archery antlerless deer, Nov. 19 – Dec. 31.

Platte River SP – Organized archery and muzzleloader deer hunts on select dates within periods of Nov. 26 – Dec. 20 and Jan. 7 – 17, 2013.

Ponca SP – The following hunts will be permitted on the North Bottom: waterfowl (no permanent blinds), dove, rabbit, squirrel, pheasant, quail, youth pheasant and quail, fall turkey, archery deer, firearm deer, muzzleloader deer, River Antlerless deer (no centerfire rifles), Antlerless Only Season Choice Missouri deer (no centerfire rifles).

The following hunts will be permitted on the South Bottom: youth pheasant and quail, waterfowl (no permanent blinds), archery deer; archery fall turkey, Nov. 1 – Jan. 31, 2013.

The following hunts will be permitted at designated zones: archery deer, Nov. 1 – Jan. 18, 2013; through close of season; archery fall turkey, Nov. 1 – Jan. 31, 2013; mentored youth muzzleloader deer hunt, Dec. 8-9.

Schramm Park SRA – Organized archery deer hunts on select dates within periods of Nov. 26 – Dec. 13 and Jan. 7 – 17, 2013.

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Hunting in Park Areas Approved

July 30, 2012

Hunting in Park Areas Approved

Regulations for hunting in designated zones of state park areas for the 2012-2013 seasons has been approved by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The park areas, which will be posted with signage, and approved hunts are:

Branched Oak State Recreation Area (SRA) – Archery deer, Nov. 19 – Dec. 31; muzzleloader deer, Dec. 1-31; all legal weapons for deer, Jan. 1 – 18, 2013; archery fall turkey, Nov. 1 – Jan. 31, 2013; archery spring turkey, March 25 – April 30, 2013.

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP) – Organized archery and muzzleloader deer hunts on select dates within periods of Nov. 26 – Dec. 20 and Jan. 7 – 17, 2013.

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park – Archery deer, Antlerless Only Season Choice Wahoo Unit, Oct. 20 – Jan. 18, 2013 (holders of proper firearm permits may hunt Nov. 10 – 18 with legal bow and arrow, spear or crossbow only and must wear hunter orange).

Indian Cave SP– The following hunts will be permitted on the East Addition Nov. 1 through close of the season, with no permanent blinds allowed: duck, Zone 3; light goose; dark goose, East Unit.

The following hunts will be permitted in designated zones: archery fall turkey, Nov. 1 – Jan. 31, 2013; archery deer, Nov. 1 – Dec. 31 (holders of proper firearm permits may hunt Nov. 10 – 18 with legal bow and arrow, spear or crossbow only and must wear hunter orange); Blue Southeast Antlerless Only Season Choice deer, Dec. 26 – Jan. 18, 2013 (no centerfire rifles).

Louisville SRA – Mentored youth goose hunts on select dates from Oct. 8 through close of season.

Niobrara SP –Archery antlerless deer, Nov. 19 – Dec. 31.

Platte River SP – Organized archery and muzzleloader deer hunts on select dates within periods of Nov. 26 – Dec. 20 and Jan. 7 – 17, 2013.

Ponca SP – The following hunts will be permitted on the North Bottom: waterfowl (no permanent blinds), dove, rabbit, squirrel, pheasant, quail, youth pheasant and quail, fall turkey, archery deer, firearm deer, muzzleloader deer, River Antlerless deer (no centerfire rifles), Antlerless Only Season Choice Missouri deer (no centerfire rifles).

The following hunts will be permitted on the South Bottom: youth pheasant and quail, waterfowl (no permanent blinds), archery deer; archery fall turkey, Nov. 1 – Jan. 31, 2013.

The following hunts will be permitted at designated zones: archery deer, Nov. 1 – Jan. 18, 2013; through close of season; archery fall turkey, Nov. 1 – Jan. 31, 2013; mentored youth muzzleloader deer hunt, Dec. 8-9.

Schramm Park SRA – Organized archery deer hunts on select dates within periods of Nov. 26 – Dec. 13 and Jan. 7 – 17, 2013.

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Commissioners Table Waterfowl Recommendations

July 30, 2012

Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy draws the winning entry in the Nebraska Super Tag Lottery at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners' meeting July 27 in Lincoln. Roger Verhulst of Sidney won the two-year permit, which has a bag limit of one elk, one deer, one antelope and two turkeys.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners tabled staff recommendations for 2012 waterfowl and crow hunting regulations at their July 27 meeting in Lincoln to accommodate an increase in scaup bag limit.

Staff was notified July 26 – after it had submitted recommendations that included a daily bag limit of three scaup – that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) framework allows a daily bag limit of six scaup.

Commissioners voted to accept regulations and season dates. The dates, along with the addition of an increased scaup bag limit, will be voted on for passage at the Commissioners’ next meeting, Aug. 31 in Broken Bow. Those season dates are:

Early Teal – Low Plains: Sept. 8-23; High Plains: Sept. 8-16

Youth – Zone 1: Oct. 6-7; Zone 2: Sept. 29-30; Zone 3: Oct. 13-14; Zone 4: Sept. 29-30

Ducks and Coots – Zone 1: Oct. 13 – Dec. 25; Zone 2: Oct. 6 – Dec. 18 and Jan. 2-23 (High Plains only); Zone 3: Oct. 20 – Jan. 1 and Jan. 2-23 (High Plains only); Zone 4: Oct. 6 – Dec. 18

Dark Geese – East Unit: Oct. 6-14 and Oct. 27 – Jan. 30; North Central Unit: Oct. 6 – Jan. 18; Platte River Unit: Oct. 27 – Feb. 8; Panhandle Unit: Nov. 10 – Feb. 8; Niobrara Unit: Oct. 27 – Feb. 8

White-Fronted Geese – Oct. 6 – Dec. 14 and Feb. 2-3

Light Geese Regular Season – Oct. 6 – Jan. 4 and Jan. 26 – Feb. 8

Light Geese Conservation Order – Zone 1: Feb. 9 – April 14; Zone 2: Feb. 9-April 1; Zone 3: Feb. 9 – April 14

Crows – Regular Season: Oct. 1-Nov. 15 and Jan. 20-April 6; Special Public Health Hazard Order: Nov. 16-Jan. 19

In other business, Roger Verhulst of Sidney won the Nebraska Super Tag Lottery multi-species permit. “Get out! Yes!” Verhulst responded via phone to Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy, who had just drawn the winning entry. The permit is valid for hunting in 2012 and 2013 and has a bag limit of one elk, one deer, one antelope and two turkeys. The permit allows hunting with any legal weapon in any open hunting unit during the general hunting season for each species. This year’s lottery attracted 1,721 applicants who paid $25 to enter.

  • Tabled a recommendation in the wildlife regulations, citing ambiguity, pertaining to the prohibition of alcohol on “lands controlled for public access.”
  • Amended the bag limit for a Special Depredation Season deer permit from one deer to one antlerless deer.
  • Approved regulations for meat processors who participate in the new Hunters Helping the Hungry program.
  • Increased the change fund at Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area (SRA) by $200 to $2,400 to accommodate two new bill changers in shower buildings at Arthur Bay and Lake Ogallala SRA.
  • Approved regulations for hunting at Branched Oak SRA, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP), Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, Indian Cave SP, Louisville SRA, Niobrara SP, Platte River SP, Ponca SP and Schramm Park SRA.
  • Accepted a gift of 15.14- and 80.35-acre tracts in York County from Ducks Unlimited, designated as additions to Kirkpatrick Basin South Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
  • Acquired a 159.87-acre tract in Custer County for wildlife diversity and hunting and designated it Berggren-Young WMA. The project includes a partial donation of appraised value by the previous owner, as well as funds from the Habitat Fund and the USFWS.
  • Acquired a 146-acre tract in Stanton County for wildlife diversity and hunting and designated it an addition to Wood Duck WMA. Funds are provided by a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and the USFWS.
  • Transferred back to the Nebraska Department of Roads the 97.49-acre Goldenrod WMA and 22.83-acre Goldeneye WMA. It is anticipated that the South Platte Natural Resources District, which managed the areas by agreement with Game and Parks, will continue to manage these Deuel County tracts as wildlife areas.

Commissioners heard a presentation from Rick Spellman of Omaha regarding his concern about sedimentation along the mouth of the Niobrara River and along the upper Missouri River and upper reaches of Lewis and Clark Reservoir.

Dr. James Ingram of Omaha asked the Commissioners to consider moving some falconry season dates to later in the season. Commissioners are scheduled to consider falconry recommendations Aug. 31.

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Commissioners Table Waterfowl Recommendations

July 30, 2012

Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy draws the winning entry in the Nebraska Super Tag Lottery at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners' meeting July 27 in Lincoln. Roger Verhulst of Sidney won the two-year permit, which has a bag limit of one elk, one deer, one antelope and two turkeys.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners tabled staff recommendations for 2012 waterfowl and crow hunting regulations at their July 27 meeting in Lincoln to accommodate an increase in scaup bag limit.

Staff was notified July 26 – after it had submitted recommendations that included a daily bag limit of three scaup – that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) framework allows a daily bag limit of six scaup.

Commissioners voted to accept regulations and season dates. The dates, along with the addition of an increased scaup bag limit, will be voted on for passage at the Commissioners’ next meeting, Aug. 31 in Broken Bow. Those season dates are:

Early Teal – Low Plains: Sept. 8-23; High Plains: Sept. 8-16

Youth – Zone 1: Oct. 6-7; Zone 2: Sept. 29-30; Zone 3: Oct. 13-14; Zone 4: Sept. 29-30

Ducks and Coots – Zone 1: Oct. 13 – Dec. 25; Zone 2: Oct. 6 – Dec. 18 and Jan. 2-23 (High Plains only); Zone 3: Oct. 20 – Jan. 1 and Jan. 2-23 (High Plains only); Zone 4: Oct. 6 – Dec. 18

Dark Geese – East Unit: Oct. 6-14 and Oct. 27 – Jan. 30; North Central Unit: Oct. 6 – Jan. 18; Platte River Unit: Oct. 27 – Feb. 8; Panhandle Unit: Nov. 10 – Feb. 8; Niobrara Unit: Oct. 27 – Feb. 8

White-Fronted Geese – Oct. 6 – Dec. 14 and Feb. 2-3

Light Geese Regular Season – Oct. 6 – Jan. 4 and Jan. 26 – Feb. 8

Light Geese Conservation Order – Zone 1: Feb. 9 – April 14; Zone 2: Feb. 9-April 1; Zone 3: Feb. 9 – April 14

Crows – Regular Season: Oct. 1-Nov. 15 and Jan. 20-April 6; Special Public Health Hazard Order: Nov. 16-Jan. 19

In other business, Roger Verhulst of Sidney won the Nebraska Super Tag Lottery multi-species permit. “Get out! Yes!” Verhulst responded via phone to Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy, who had just drawn the winning entry. The permit is valid for hunting in 2012 and 2013 and has a bag limit of one elk, one deer, one antelope and two turkeys. The permit allows hunting with any legal weapon in any open hunting unit during the general hunting season for each species. This year’s lottery attracted 1,721 applicants who paid $25 to enter.

  • Tabled a recommendation in the wildlife regulations, citing ambiguity, pertaining to the prohibition of alcohol on “lands controlled for public access.”
  • Amended the bag limit for a Special Depredation Season deer permit from one deer to one antlerless deer.
  • Approved regulations for meat processors who participate in the new Hunters Helping the Hungry program.
  • Increased the change fund at Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area (SRA) by $200 to $2,400 to accommodate two new bill changers in shower buildings at Arthur Bay and Lake Ogallala SRA.
  • Approved regulations for hunting at Branched Oak SRA, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP), Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, Indian Cave SP, Louisville SRA, Niobrara SP, Platte River SP, Ponca SP and Schramm Park SRA.
  • Accepted a gift of 15.14- and 80.35-acre tracts in York County from Ducks Unlimited, designated as additions to Kirkpatrick Basin South Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
  • Acquired a 159.87-acre tract in Custer County for wildlife diversity and hunting and designated it Berggren-Young WMA. The project includes a partial donation of appraised value by the previous owner, as well as funds from the Habitat Fund and the USFWS.
  • Acquired a 146-acre tract in Stanton County for wildlife diversity and hunting and designated it an addition to Wood Duck WMA. Funds are provided by a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and the USFWS.
  • Transferred back to the Nebraska Department of Roads the 97.49-acre Goldenrod WMA and 22.83-acre Goldeneye WMA. It is anticipated that the South Platte Natural Resources District, which managed the areas by agreement with Game and Parks, will continue to manage these Deuel County tracts as wildlife areas.

Commissioners heard a presentation from Rick Spellman of Omaha regarding his concern about sedimentation along the mouth of the Niobrara River and along the upper Missouri River and upper reaches of Lewis and Clark Reservoir.

Dr. James Ingram of Omaha asked the Commissioners to consider moving some falconry season dates to later in the season. Commissioners are scheduled to consider falconry recommendations Aug. 31.

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