The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved recommendations for 2018 deer, antelope and elk hunting seasons when it met April 19 at Fort Robinson State Park near Crawford.
Staff also approved the creation of regulations for a passage peregrine falcon trapping season. Licensed falconers have the opportunity to capture a limited number of migrant juvenile peregrines during a short period in fall. Captured birds would be trained and used in falconry.
To see the the recommendations, dates of 2018 big game seasons, and other agenda items, visit us online.
Get your team together for the road trip of a lifetime
What could be better than road tripping across Nebraska and potentially winning prizes for it? Registration is now open for this year’s Great Park Pursuit, which officially begins May 1.
Players are encouraged to visit up to 20 sites across the state, all entertaining outdoor places to spend a day or a weekend. Teams follow clues to a post hidden somewhere on the site, and submit proof they were there to be entered into a drawing for outdoor prizes worth up to $1,500. It’ll be even easier to track your progress this year with an app due out in May.
This year’s locations include interesting sites such as Chadron State Park, Lake Minatare State Recreation Area, Summit Lake State Recreation Area and Calamus State Recreation Area. Come for a day or make a weekend of it — there’s plenty to do.
Visit us online to learn more and get your team signed up!
Cash donations needed so Hunters Helping the Hungry can feed Nebraskans
It is time to feed the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) program. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission seeks cash donations to this endeavor so it can continue to provide deer meat to those in need.
Established in 2012 by the Nebraska Legislature, HHH is a program that provides ground venison to Nebraskans in need of protein. It allows hunters to donate whole, field-dressed deer at participating meat processors. Several charities then distribute the venison to Nebraskans. Hunters pay no processing costs. HHH is funded solely by tax-deductible contributions from individuals, businesses or organizations.
In 2017, hunters donated a record 734 deer, which produced 35,476 pounds of venison for Nebraskans – enough for 142,000 meals.
“Donations of protein-rich foods are especially appreciated at Food Bank for the Heartland because they are less frequently given, and they provide valuable nutrients for our clients,” said Susan Ogborn, president and CEO of Food Bank for the Heartland.
It’s easy to donate online. Or, you can send a check by mail, addressed to: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, ATTN: Hunters Helping the Hungry, 2200 N 33rd St, P.O. Box 30370, Lincoln, NE 68503-0370.
More information about the program is available online.