LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider 2015 early teal season dates at its meeting July 16 in Sidney. The commissioners will consider the following recommended season dates: Low Plains, Sept. 5-20; High Plains, Sept. 12-20.
The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at the Hampton Inn, 635 Cabela’s Drive. The public hearing for teal season dates will be at 9:15 a.m.
Teal hunting season dates are set to coincide with the teal migration through Nebraska, and the opening day is typically the Saturday following Labor Day. This year, because Labor Day is Sept. 7, an earlier opening day in the Low Plains is recommended to accommodate a 16-day season while avoiding conflicts with possible youth and regular duck season openers later in September and October. Regular duck and goose season dates will be considered at the Aug. 28 Commission meeting in Burwell.
For the second year in a row, the teal season in the northern portion of Nebraska will be on an experimental basis. Continuation of the teal season each year will be dependent on hunters and their ability to distinguish teal from other duck species. During the early season experiment, Game and Parks will evaluate the rate at which nontarget species are shot at or taken. If the rate is considered unacceptable by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nebraska will lose its teal season, and most likely, never get it back. Those who take or attempt to take ducks other than teal also will be subject to prosecution.
At the July 16 meeting, commissioners also will hold public hearings:
— at 8:30 a.m. regarding amendments to fees for licenses and permits.
— at 8:45 a.m. regarding the creation of the Aquatic Invasive Species Stamp.
— at 9 a.m. regarding wildlife regulations about baiting and hunting for big game and turkey in baited areas.
The commissioners also will hear:
— recommendations for hunting in specific areas of certain state parks and state historical parks.
— recommendations to approve acquisitions of three tracts of land in Sioux, Dawes and Clay counties.
— updates on upland game and cool-water streams, as well as a review of the General Nebraska Outdoor Recreation Survey.
A drawing also will be held for two Super Tag multispecies (elk, deer, antelope and turkey) permits.