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Commission to meet Jan. 19 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

(The agenda was updated on Jan. 12 for the addition of a mountain lion presentation.)

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will meet Jan. 19 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park near Ashland to consider establishing a reduced-price restricted statewide buck-any deer permit. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at Riverview Lodge.

This permit would have lower fees than the statewide buck-any deer permit because the restricted permit hunting area would exclude some areas for mule deer harvest. If passed, the restricted statewide buck-any deer fees would be $125 for residents and $695 for nonresidents.

The fees would remain unchanged for the statewide buck-whitetail only permit and for the statewide buck permit that would allow for mule deer harvest with no area restrictions.

Also on the agenda are staff recommendations to:

— approve grant awards for the Land and Water Conservation Fund Stateside Assistance Program.

— approve trail projects for federal funding through the Recreational Trails Program.

— approve an increase to the Cash Change Fund at several state parks, recreation areas and historical parks and eliminate the change fund at Clear Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

— approve an easement request from Rural Water District No. 1 in Johnson County to place a water line to Osage WMA.

— approve the Commission meeting schedule for 2018.

The commissioners also will hear several staff updates, including one on mountain lion population research, pheasant research, the state’s Berggren Plan for Pheasants, and a law enforcement presentation. They also will elect officers for the year.

A complete agenda is available at outdoornebraska.gov/commissioners/.

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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