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Commissioners will consider special area regulation changes for WMAs

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider special area regulation changes for wildlife management areas when it meets Jan. 28 in Lincoln.

The meeting will start at 8 a.m. at Commission headquarters, 2200 N. 33rd St.

The proposed changes would affect hunting at Gifford Point WMA in Sarpy County, including moving the application period for special access permits to hunt deer. Changes also would clarify regulations on the Killdeer Lake WMA sight-in range in Lancaster County, including the possession of certain types of firearms, ammunition and targets. The regulations include proposed rules for the new Cedar Valley WMA sight-in range in Lincoln County, which is scheduled to open as soon as this summer.

Also on the agenda are staff recommendations to:

• approve the Berggren Plan 2.0, Nebraska’s updated plan to improve pheasant hunting.

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

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

• rename Twin Oaks Wildlife Management Area in Johnson County to the James N. Douglas Wildlife Management Area in honor of Game and Parks’ recently retired director.

In addition, staff will make separate presentations on the Fort Kearny Master Plan and the Dead Timber SRA Redevelopment Plan.

Hunter education instructors John Niemoth of Omaha and Robert Sevenker will be recognized for their many contributions to the program over the years and will be the first to achieve the honor of Heritage Instructor.

Staff will present a report on chronic wasting disease sampling results taken during the past November firearm deer season. Staff also will provide an overview of some of the agency’s priority outreach messages for the year. The commissioners will elect their officers for the year.

A complete agenda is available at Outdoornebraska.gov/publicnotices.

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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