Commission to Set Antelope, Deer, and Elk Seasons March 24

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners will set dates and regulations for the 2004 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 24 meeting in Lincoln.

Three public hearings have been scheduled for the meeting. The first, to adopt regulations for the 2004 antelope, deer and elk seasons, will begin at 8:15 a.m.; a public hearing to consider redesignation of a portion of Enders Reservoir from a wildlife management area to a state recreation area is set to begin at 8:30 a.m., and an 8:45 a.m. public hearing will be held to consider amending regulations governing operation of motor vehicles and motorized vehicles on interior park roads, trails and beaches.

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 changes to wildlife regulations to allow for land management and public access agreements for Shoemaker Marsh in Lancaster County and Powder Creek wildlife and recreation site in Dixon County;

– a recommendation regarding an easement with the Board of Public Works of the City of Auburn through Brownville State Recreation Area;

– a recommendation regarding establishing a $4 - $5 fee for campground, meeting rooms and lodging reservations;

– a recommendation to adopt the Mountain Lion Response Plan;

– a recommendation regarding Supplemental Agreement No.2 to an existing Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Corps of Engineers to transfer public use and land management responsibilities on a 1,307-acre tract of land located in Nemaha County;

– a recommendation to acquire a 156-plus acre tract of wildlife land located in Lancaster County;

– a recommendation to adopt the Shooting Range and Outdoor Skills Grant Assistance Program and Guidelines;

– a recommendation to approve Land and Water Conservation Fund apportionments for fiscal year 2004;

– a recommendation to approve funding of recreational trail grant applications authorized under the Trails Development Assistance Act of 1991 for fiscal year 2004;

– a recommendation regarding a third party cooperative agreement with the Trailblazer Resource Conservation and Development Council for a motorboat access facility at Hunter Cove Park on Harlan County Reservoir;

– appearance of Ainsworth Irrigation District regarding a title transfer proposal

– appearance by Ducks Unlimited for an update on the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.