LINCOLN – Applications for archery paddlefish permits will be received by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission March 1-14.
The application period begins at 1 p.m. Central Time on March 1. Mail applications must be received in the 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 through a random drawing based on preference points earned, with the persons having earned the most preference points receiving the greatest priority. Any permits remaining following the drawing will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 1 p.m. on May 2. A total of 275 permits have been authorized.
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.
Two people – both residents or both nonresidents – may submit a joint application. That application will be assigned to the applicant with the fewest preference points.
A person may have no more than two archery paddlefish permits per year: one earned via application and one bought over the counter. Permits and their accompanying tags are not transferable. Anyone fishing with an archery paddlefish permit also must have a valid Nebraska fish permit.
The application fees are $22 for residents and $42 for nonresidents. To apply, visit a Commission office, OutdoorNebraska.org, or use a form in the 2016 Nebraska Fishing Guide.
The 2016 archery paddlefish season is June 1-30.