Commission to consider deer, antelope and elk hunting recommendations
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider recommendations for 2018 deer, antelope and elk hunting seasons when it meets April 19 at Fort Robinson State Park.
The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at Buffalo Barracks within the park, which is located 3 miles west of Crawford in northwestern Nebraska.
Staff also will recommend the creation of regulations for a passage peregrine falcon trapping season. If approved, licensed falconers would 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 read about additional items on the agenda, visit us online.
Spring shotgun turkey season opens April 14
Are you ready? Spring shotgun season for turkey opens statewide on Saturday, April 14. To make sure you have a safe and successful season, read our list of recommendations for turkey hunting safety. Learn anything else you might need to know in the 2018 Turkey Guide.
Gov. Pete Ricketts recently signed a proclamation declaring that Nebraska holds the best turkey hunting opportunities in the nation, and with good reason! Not only are turkeys abundant, with populations in every county, but permits are affordable and unlimited in quantity. Youth permits are just $8. You can buy yours online, or at any permitting office.
Conservation bill would aid Nebraska wildlife
The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) and Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), is designed to prevent future threatened and endangered species listings, conserve the full diversity of wildlife, and improve our natural resources. If passed, the act would invest in proactive, voluntary, incentive based conservation to enhance our grasslands, combat invasive species, restore wetlands and improve our woodlands. These conservation measures would be funded using existing mineral and energy royalties from federal lands.
The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is based on the belief that future generations should enjoy Nebraska’s wild animals and wild places. Unfortunately, threats to our fish, wildlife and their habitats exceed the resources available to conserve them. Nebraska has 89 species considered at risk of extinction globally or nationally. Nationally, approximately 10,000 at-risk species are identified. Once a species declines to the point of being listed, it is very difficult, expensive and contentious to recover. Existing federal funding was never designed to meet the needs of all species, particularly those declining but not yet threatened. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, if passed, would allow us to protect those species.
Learn more about how the act would be implemented in Nebraska at our website.
For information on how to get involved, visit ournatureusa.org.
Anglers: Take advantage of fishing opportunities now
Spring fishing is on! Here’s just a handful of resources to give your next fishing trip a boost.