Outdoors notes: Applications due this month for Nebraska’s big game permits

Residents and nonresidents may apply for one Nebraska deer permit in any draw unit beginning Monday, and residents may apply for one elk permit and one buck or either-sex antelope permit in available units.

The application period begins at 1 p.m. Paper applications must be received by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission by 5 p.m. — or by 11:59 p.m. for online applications — June 23. One application is allowed per person per species.

Draw units are determined by the overall demand on a unit’s permits. Residents get preference over nonresidents when these permits are drawn.

Applications may be made at OutdoorNebraska.org, via application form in the 2017 big game guide, or in person at a Game and Parks permitting office. A list of offices is in the big game guide.

Permits will be drawn by early July. Beginning July 10, residents, nonresidents and eligible landowners may purchase remaining deer and antelope permits, and residents and eligible landowners may purchase remaining elk permits. July 7 is the final day to apply for multispecies lottery permits.

Visit OutdoorNebraska.org, which includes a digital version of the big game guide, for more information.

Habitat tour scheduled

Pheasants Forever and Game and Parks will host a habitat tour Thursday starting at the Alexandria Community Center in Alexandria, Nebraska.

The tour focuses on grassland management activities that benefit quail and are adoptable to any grassland management system. Registration is from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To reserve a lunch, call Ashley Weyers at 844-733-3669 or Jenny Prenosil at 402-729-6134, extension 3.

OFW Program available

Game and Parks biologists will be enrolling private landowners in the Open Fields and Waters Program in June.

Through the OFW Program, landowners can earn additional income for allowing walk-in hunting or fishing access on their properties.

With roughly 97 percent of Nebraska’s land base in private ownership, finding open places is one of the biggest challenges facing hunters and anglers. In 2016, Game and Parks biologists enrolled more than 230,000 acres in the program.

Landowners who participate in OFW receive annual, per-acre payments ranging from 50 cents to $15 per acre, depending on habitat type and location.

Private landowners interested in enrolling their land in OFW should contact their nearest Game and Parks district office: Lincoln (402-471-0641), Norfolk (402-370-3374), Alliance (308-763-2940) or North Platte (308-535-8025).

Carp-O-Rama event slated

Anglers of all ages are invited to Carp-O-Rama on June 17 at Branched Oak State Recreation Area. This free event runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lieber’s Point.

Carp caught by anglers will be used in demonstrations on cleaning, preparing and cooking the fish. The cooked fish then will be served as a free lunch. Other activities include fish printing and Dutch oven cooking demonstrations. Loaner fishing poles will be available.

For anglers in western Nebraska, there will be a Carp-O-Rama on July 15 at Lake Maloney Reservoir SRA south of North Platte.

Calendar

SUNDAY

» Family Fishing Event, Terry’s Pit, Terrytown

MONDAY

» Residents and nonresidents may apply for one deer permit in any draw unit until June 23

» Residents and eligible landowners may apply for one buck or either-sex antelope permit in available units until June 23

» Residents may apply for one elk permit until June 23

TUESDAY

» Family Fishing Event, Walnut Creek Reservoir, Papillion

» Monarchs on a Mission educator workshop, Ponca SP, Ponca

» Wild About Wildlife Day Camp, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

WEDNESDAY

» Family Fishing Event, Bowling Lake, Lincoln

THURSDAY

» Lost Ladybug Project, Nebraska Game and Parks Northeast District Office, Norfolk

FRIDAY

» Ash Hollow Pageant, Ash Hollow SHP, Lewellen

» Photography Hike, 7 p.m. at Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area. Share photography tips and hike to capture the best shot.

SATURDAY

» Republican Valley Archery 3-D Shoot, Red Willow Reservoir SRA, McCook

» Ranch Life in the 1860s, Rock Creek Station SHP, Fairbury

» Carp-O-Rama, Branched Oak SRA, Raymond

» Battling Rhinos Sculpture Dedication, Ashfall Fossil Beds SHP, Royal

» Hike/Bike Trail Dedication, Fort Kearny SRA, Kearney

SUNDAY, JUNE 18

» Father’s Day Buffet, Fort Robinson SP, Crawford

» Solar Eclipse Anticipation, 2 p.m. at Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area. A total eclipse is heading Nebraska’s way in August. Get ready by learning more about eclipses in this fun presentation.

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