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Commission to consider Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala Master Plan

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider a staff recommendation to approve the Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala Master Plan when it meets Oct. 21 at Ponca State Park (SP).

If approved, the plan would serve as a road map for future development and desired conditions at the Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala for the next 20 years. More information about the proposed plan is available at OutdoorNebraska.gov/LakeMcConaughyPlan.

The Commission meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at Ponca SP’s Missouri National Recreational River Resource and Education Center, 88090 Spur 26 E, Ponca.

Also on the agenda, the Commission will consider amending park regulations to reflect statutory changes to resident minimum park entry permit fees, and consider amending park regulations to allow higher entry fees for nonresidents.

In addition, the Commission will consider recommendations to:

— change the start of shooting hours for upland game and webless migratory birds from 30 minutes before sunrise to sunrise;

— change regulations pertaining to dog training and trials;

— change regulations pertaining to wildlife damage control permits for Canada geese;

— authorize one bighorn sheep auction permit and one bighorn sheep lottery permit for 2017;

— change regulations to Game Breeding and Controlled Shooting Areas regarding updating language on buying and selling birds, extending the hunting season, extending the date for annual paperwork to be submitted, and the change in shooting hours for Controlled Shooting Areas;

— change regulations regarding camping restrictions at some wildlife management areas;

— approve an acquisition of 57.37 acres adjacent to Platte River SP in Cass County to designate it as an addition to the park; and

— change the fee schedule for the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln.

The Commission also will hear an update on big game hunting seasons, and it will set its meeting schedule for 2017.

A meeting agenda is available at OutdoorNebraska.gov/Commissioners.

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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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