Bighorn Sheep Permit Lottery

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Hunters have until 5:00 p.m. Aug. 19 to apply for the chance to take a trophy bighorn sheep during Nebraska's 2002 bighorn sheep season, Nov. 30 - Dec. 22.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners 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.

The second permit will be awarded by lottery and the winner will be determined by a drawing held at the August 23 Commission meeting in Lincoln. The winner need not be present, he or she will be notified by certified mail.

Lottery permit applications are available from permit vendors and Commission offices. Applications must include a non-refundable lottery fee of $20. Only Nebraska residents may apply to participate in the lottery drawing.

All applications must be received at the Commission's Lincoln office or submitted online at the Commission's web site at www.outdoornebraska.org, by 5 p.m. Aug. 19 to be included in the drawing.

The permit winner 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 parts of Dawes and Sioux counties north of the Niobrara River and west of Nebraska Highway 2. The lucky permit winner will be able to choose using a modern rifle, a muzzleloader, or archery equipment for the hunt.

It is unlawful to submit more than one application per calendar year for a lottery sheep permit.

The 2002 Nebraska Bighorn Sheep lottery application information brochure containing the application form can be downloaded from the Game and Parks Commission's web site at www.outdoornebraska.org. From the homepage go to "hunting", then to "big game permit brochures and applications", then to "bighorn sheep."