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Commissioners to Consider Waterfowl Recommendations

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider recommendations for the 2015 waterfowl and crow hunting seasons at a meeting Aug. 28 in Burwell.

The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church Parish Center, 757 I St. The public hearing for waterfowl and crow recommendations will begin at 8:45 a.m.

Recommendations for 2015 waterfowl and crow are:

Duck and Coot – Zone 1: Oct. 10-Dec. 22; Zone 2: Oct. 3-Dec. 15 in Low Plains and Oct.3-Dec. 15 and Jan. 6-27 in High Plains; Zone 3: Oct. 24-Jan. 5 in Low Plains and Oct. 24-Jan. 5 and Jan. 6-27 in High Plains; Zone 4: Oct. 3-Dec. 15; Daily Bag Limit: six (with restrictions); Daily Possession Limit: 18

Youth – Zone 1: Oct. 3-4; Zone 2: Sept. 26-27; Zone 3: Oct. 17-18; Zone 4: Sept. 26-27; Daily Bag and Possession Limits: Same as duck

Dark Goose – East Unit: Oct. 26-Feb. 7; North Central Unit: Oct. 3-Jan. 15; Platte River Unit: Oct. 26-Feb. 7; Panhandle Unit: Oct. 26-Feb. 7; Niobrara Unit: Oct. 26-Feb. 7; Daily Bag Limit: five; Possession Limit: 15

White-fronted Goose – Statewide: Oct. 3-Dec. 13 and Feb. 6-7; Daily Bag Limit: three; Possession Limit: nine

Light Goose – Statewide: Oct. 3-Dec. 30 and Jan. 23-Feb. 7; Daily Bag Limit: 50; Possession Limit: no limit

Light Goose Conservation Order – Rainwater Basin Zone: Feb. 8-April 5; East Zone: Feb. 8-April 15; West Zone: Feb. 8-April 15; Daily Bag and Possession Limits: no limits

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

Falconry – Concurrent with teal, youth and duck season dates, as well as: Zone 1: Feb. 25-March 10; Zone 2: Feb. 25-March 10 in Low Plains and Oct.3-Dec. 15 and Jan. 6-27 in High Plains; Zone 3: Feb. 25-March 10 in Low Plains and Oct. 24-Jan. 5 and Jan. 6-27 in High Plains; Zone 4: Feb. 25-March 10

The only recommended changes in daily bag limits are to increase the canvasback limit from one to two and increase the white-fronted goose limit from two to three.

Early teal season dates were set in July. The season is Sept. 5-20 in the Low Plains and Sept. 12-20 in the High Plains.

The commissioners also will consider:

— a recommendation to add the bird species Red Knot and the mammal species Northern Long-Eared Bat to the list of threatened species. A public hearing will be held at 8:30 a.m.

— a recommendation to acquire 11.26 acres in Adams County and designate it as an addition to Ayr Lake Wildlife Management Area.

Staff will give reports on a wildlife update, preview of proposed fishing regulation changes, and a review of the General Nebraska Outdoor Recreation Survey.

The drawing for the 2015 bighorn sheep lottery permit also will be held.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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