LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners will consider big game recommendations when they meet March 21 in Norfolk. The meeting will be at 8 a.m. at Divots Conference Center, 4200 W. Norfolk Ave.
One recommendation would remove 18,420 antlerless deer bonus tags from 12 units. Another would remove 950 buck/either-sex deer permits in the Elkhorn, Platte, Pine Ridge and Sandhills units. Others would raise the River Antlerless deer permit quota from 5,500 to 7,000 and shorten the Late Antlerless Deer Season by nine days to Jan. 1-15.
Commissioners also will consider:
— designating an undeveloped portion of Sherman Reservoir State Recreation Area as an addition to Sherman Reservoir Wildlife Management Area;
— creating fees and a cash fund for the new Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln, which will open this spring;
— approving a permanent easement crossing the Cowboy Trail in Holt County so the county may replace a bridge over the Elkhorn River;
— a recommendation to approve the release of captive-reared Salt Creek tiger beetles on Little Salt Creek and Little Salt Creek West wildlife management areas. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requests the endangered beetle be reintroduced into suitable saline wetland habitat.