LINCOLN, Neb. – The application period for archery paddlefish permits begins at 1 p.m. Central Time on March 1. Mail applications must be received in the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Lincoln office by 5 p.m. and online applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 14.
Permits will be issued in a random drawing based on preference points earned; applicants with the most preference points will receive the greatest priority. Any permits remaining following the drawing will be sold on a first-come basis beginning at 1 p.m. on May 1. A total of 275 permits is available.
New in 2017 is a $7 nonrefundable application fee, which is included in the permit prices. The permit fees are $33 for residents and $57 for nonresidents.
An applicant will receive a preference point if he or she is not awarded a permit in the drawing. An additional preference point will be added each year he or she is unsuccessful in the drawing. Any person who is issued a paddlefish permit and any person who does not apply at least once during five consecutive years will lose all accumulated preference points.
Read the 2017 Nebraska Fishing Guide for more information. Download an application form at OutdoorNebraska.gov/fisheriesforms/.
The 2017 archery paddlefish season is June 1-30.