Commission Amends and Tables Waterfowl Hunting Recommendations

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Blue-winged TealKEARNEY, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s board of commissioners voted to table staff recommendations for Nebraska’s 2008 waterfowl hunting season dates and regulations and took action on a variety of other subjects at a July 18 meeting in Kearney.

The recommendations for the 2008 waterfowl season dates tabled by the commissioners will be adopted with amendments at the next commission meeting in late August. They are:

Early Teal — Low Plains, Sept. 6-21; High Plains, Sept. 13-21; daily bag limit four; possession limit eight;

Early Canada Geese — In designated zone, Sept. 6-14; daily bag limit five; possession limit 10;

Youth — Statewide, Sept. 27-28; daily bag and possession limit same as regular duck season;

Ducks and Coots — Low Plains Early, Oct. 11-Dec. 21 and Dec. 27-28; Low Plains Late, Oct. 18-19, and Oct. 25-Jan. 4; High Plains, Oct. 11-Jan. 14; daily bag limit in all areas determined by conventional system, possession limit twice the daily bag;

Pintail and Canvasback — Low Plains Early and High Plains, Oct. 11-Nov. 18; Low Plains Late, Oct. 18-19, and Oct. 25-Nov. 30;

Dark Geese — East Unit, Oct. 25-Jan. 28; North Central Unit, Oct. 11-Jan. 23; Platte River Unit, Oct. 25-Feb. 6; Panhandle Unit, Nov. 8-Feb. 6; Niobrara Unit: Oct. 25-Feb. 6; daily bag limit in all units three geese; possession limit twice the daily bag;

White-Fronted Geese — Statewide, Oct. 11-Dec. 21; daily bag limit two geese; possession limit is twice the daily bag;

Light Geese Regular Season — Statewide, Oct. 11-Jan. 11 and Jan. 26-Feb. 6; daily bag limit 20; no possession limit;

Light Geese Conservation Action — Zones 1, 2 and 3, Feb. 7-April 12; no bag or possession limit;

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

Falconry — Low Plains, Sept. 1-30 and concurrent with all duck season dates within Low Plains Early and Low Plains Late zones; High Plains, concurrent with all duck season dates within the High Plains zone.

In other action the commissioners:

– voted to approve a staff recommendation to establish a $5 fee for the Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate;

– voted to approve a staff recommendation to amend state park regulations to allow the installation and use of seasonal waterfowl hunting blinds at Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area, and to allow public hunting in parts of Fort Atkinson State Historical Park;

– approved a recommendation to hold a public hearing at the next meeting to approve hunting season dates and regulations for Nebraska’s 2008 waterfowl seasons;

– approved a recommendation to hold a public hearing at the next meeting to consider authorizing a 2009 bighorn sheep hunting season and the number of permits allowed;

— heard a report by Don Dunlap representing the State Auditor’s Office;

– approved the gift of a 57.52-acre Warta tract of land in Buffalo County from the Platte River Habitat Foundation. The land will be an addition to Bassway Strip Wildlife Management Area;

— a recommendation to grant an easement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Randall W. Schilling Wildlife Management Area to allow construction, operation and maintenance of the Missouri River Bank Stabilization and Navigation Fish and Wildlife Mitigation Project. Approval is contingent upon Federal Aid approval;

— four volunteer Nebraska hunter education instructors were recognized for 30 or more years of service: Kenneth Gill of Bloomfield, 31 years; Charles Mahler of Allen, 30 years; Robert Wollenberg of Gretna, 30 years; and Allan Zeitz of Norfolk, 31 years.