LINCOLN – Cabela’s Outdoor Fund has renewed a three-year agreement to gift $150,000 to the Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation in support of the Half-Price Youth Lifetime Permit Program.
The program provides Nebraska youth, age 15 and younger, the opportunity to obtain a lifetime hunting and fishing permit with half of the cost paid by the Foundation. Lifetime combination hunting/fishing permits, fur harvest permits, habitat stamps and the Nebraska waterfowl stamp are also options for program winners.
The Foundation established the Half-Price Youth Lifetime Permit Program in 2006 through an anonymous donation of $1 million creating an endowment to encourage and provide opportunities for youth to obtain a lifetime permit to hunt and fish to help ensure the future of hunting and fishing in Nebraska. In addition to public permit drawings at Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events statewide, conservation organizations and events focused on outdoor pursuits are eligible to hold drawings or use these half-price permits in raffles as fundraisers for their activities.
“The Foundation appreciates Cabela’s continued contribution and dedication to this program,” said Foundation Chairman Jim Abel. “With Cabela’s generous help, we are able to ensure that Nebraska’s outdoor heritage remains strong for generations to come.”
Through 2014, 3,836 lifetime permits have been issued to young hunters and anglers. The Foundation has invested $709,995 in the program. Including federal matching funds, this investment is conservatively estimated to be worth $4.9 million for conservation efforts in Nebraska.
The outdoor retailer Cabela’s is headquartered in Sidney, Neb.
For more information on the Half-Price Youth Lifetime Permit Program, visit OutdoorNebraska.org and then type “Youth Lifetime Permits” in the Search box at the top of the page.