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Game and Parks Seeks Input on Potential Waterfowl Changes for 2016-2017 Season

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking input on potential changes to duck zone and goose unit boundaries for the 2016-17 hunting season.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) allows changes to duck zone boundaries every five years, and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has paired this with dark (Canada) goose unit boundary changes.

Duck zones and goose units provide an opportunity to coordinate duck and goose migration patterns and hunter preferences with hunting season dates for different areas within a state. The opportunity provided by USFWS to change zone boundaries allows Game and Parks to survey hunters about their preferences.

Hunters can find more information and provide input by visiting:
http://www.outdoornebraska.ne.gov/hunting/guides/waterfowl/index.asp, or visit OutdoorNebraska.org, then click on “Hunting” and then “Waterfowl.”

Download maps and follow instructions provided to submit input. Game and Parks will accept input until April 30. Potential changes will be evaluated and additional information may be sought.

“It is equally important to provide your input if you are satisfied with the current duck zone or goose unit boundaries, or if you would like to see changes made,” said Mark Vrtiska, Game and Parks’ waterfowl program manager.

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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