Commission to Set Antelope, Deer, and Elk Seasons

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners will set dates and regulations for the 2005 antelope, deer and elk hunting seasons, select the winner of the 2005 Habitat Stamp Art Contest, and tackle a host of other issues at a March 11 meeting in Lincoln.

Two public hearings have been scheduled for the meeting. The first, to consider amendments to wildlife regulations concerning the use of appropriate weapons at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, will begin at 8:15 a.m. The second public hearing, to adopt regulations for the 2005 antelope, deer and elk hunting seasons, will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The commissioners will also take action on a number of other issues, including:

– a recommendation to hold a public hearing at the next meeting to consider amending the list of wildlife allowed to be imported, exported, released or commercialized;

– a recommendation to hold a public hearing at the next meeting regarding areas open to hunting at Clear Creek Wildlife Management Area;

– a recommendation to hold a public hearing at the next meeting to consider amending regulations at Randall W. Schilling Wildlife Management Area concerning public access, controlled waterfowl hunting and general hunting regulations;

– a recommendation to hold a public hearing at the next meeting to amend regulations at Branched Oak Wildlife Management Area, Conestoga State Recreation Area and Twin Lakes Wildlife Management Area concerning refuge designations, hunting seasons and the prohibition on dark goose hunting;

– a recommendation to hold a public hearing at the next meeting to consider amendments concerning the hunting season and controlled access into Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area;

– a recommendation to hold a public hearing at the next meeting to amend state park regulations concerning fees for annual and duplicate annual park entry permits, and regulations governing the driving of livestock on state recreational trails rights-of-way;

– a recommendation regarding a resolution to convey title of a .34-acre tract of land at Blue Hole Wildlife Management Area to the Department of Roads;

– a recommendation to acquire a 160-acre tract of wildlife land in Holt County;

– a recommendation to acquire a 100-acre tract of wildlife land in Nemaha County.