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Public Invited to Commission Meeting North of Tekamah

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider a new management plan to improve pheasant hunting in Nebraska when it meets Feb. 25 at Pheasant Bonanza Hunt Club and Kennel north of Tekamah. The public is invited to attend the 1 p.m. meeting.

Staff will present for Commission consideration a draft of the comprehensive management plan called the Nebraska Mega Plan. The mission of the plan is to produce the best pheasant hunting experiences for the most people over the next five years.

The plan has the following goals:

— Increase pheasant abundance.

— Increase hunter access to land holding pheasants.

— Increase the pool of potential pheasant hunters.

— Manage hunters’ expectations appropriately.

— Improve the funding and policy environment related to pheasant management.

Also on the meeting agenda is a public hearing for the consideration of a wildlife regulation recommendation to adopt changes regarding the removal of meat from elk carcasses prior to transportation to a check station.

In addition, the Commission will consider:

— a staff recommendation to approve an increase in the Cash Change Fund at Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area to support coin requirements at campground shower buildings.

— a staff recommendation to approve a permanent easement request from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Middle Decatur Bend Wildlife Management Area in Burt County.

The meeting also will include a staff review of proposed regulation changes for big game and waterfowl, a presentation by the Nebraska Horse Trails Committee regarding equestrian trails, a public request to extend the waterfowl hunting season in eastern Nebraska, and a public request to discuss allowing utility terrain vehicles in state parks.

Pheasant Bonanza is located at 3097 County Road O in Burt County.

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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