Bighorn Sheep Lottery Winner Picked

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Bradley Eriksen of Omaha became the lucky winner of the 2002 Nebraska bighorn sheep lottery hunting permit when his entry was pulled from a metal barrel containing 1,838 applications during the Game and Parks Commission meeting in Lincoln Aug. 23.

The Commissioners had authorized the issuance of two bighorn hunting permits for 2002. Last March, Bert Kizer, of Woodstock, Ga., bid $55,000 for this year's bighorn sheep auction permit and walked away the permit winner at the Safari Club International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year's bighorn sheep hunting season will be Nov. 30 - Dec. 22.

Eriksen and Kizer will receive free guide service, use of horses, up to four nights lodging and meals for up to four days at Fort Robinson State Park. The hunting area is limited to parts of Dawes and Sioux counties north of the Niobrara River and west of Nebraska Highway 2. They will be able to choose using a modern rifle, a muzzleloader, or archery equipment for the hunt.