Commission Accepting Duck Zone Boundary Change Proposals

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is accepting duck zone boundary change proposals through Feb.17 and has scheduled a series of public meetings to gather hunter input, according to Mark Vrtiska, the Commissions waterfowl specialist.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) considers proposed changes in duck zone boundaries every five years, “so nows the time for people who would like to see changes to submit their proposals or theyll have to wait until 2011 to make their requests,” Vrtiska said.

USFWS requires that proposals be limited to only slight changes of less than one county in size to existing boundaries, that there be no proposals for the creation of new zones, and that the proposed changes be based on input from the majority of hunters in the area.

Vrtiska said people requesting zone boundary changes may make their requests on the Commissions web site at, by writing him at Commission Headquarters, 2200 No. 33rd, Lincoln, NE, 68503 or email at; by using a formal survey form available from Commission district offices; or by attending one of the eight public meetings scheduled in the eastern part of the state.

The public meetings will be:

Ponca -- Tuesday, Jan.17, 7-8 p.m., Ponca State Park Visitors Center, 88119 Spur 26E, Ponca;

Omaha – Wednesday, Jan.18, 7-9 p.m., Papio-Missouri River NRD Board Room, Chalco Hills/Wehrspann Lake Recreation Area, 8901 South 154th Street;

Grand Island – Monday, Jan. 23 , 6-9 p.m., Cornhusker WMA Shop;

Alma-- Tuesday, Jan. 24, 6-9 p.m., Johnson Building, 509 Main St.;

Kearney -- Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6-9 p.m., Buffalo County Extension Office, Buffalo County Fairgrounds,1400 E. 34th St.;

Lincoln – Thursday, Jan. 26, 7-9 p.m., Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Headquarters, N. 33rd St., 3rd Floor Conference room;

Auburn -- Monday, Jan. 30, 7-9 p.m., 4-H building, 1824 N. St.;

Columbus – Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7-9 p.m., 3521 S. 9th St., Columbus (¼ mile west of the Junction Hwy 30 and 81, south of Columbus).