New Hunting, Fishing, Parks Permits, Stamps, and Fees Approved

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At a meeting in Lincoln on July 7, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners voted to approve a series of changes in the types and fees of permits and stamps available to people who hunt, fish and use the state parks system.

The changes were enacted under authority established in the Game Law and by Legislative Bills 121 and 162, which were enacted by the First Session of the Ninety-Ninth Legislature in 2005. Most will become effective on January 1, 2006.

The changes were the result of findings of a task force that had been directed to examine hunting, fishing and park permits now being issued and recommend changes that would give the public better opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities and bring the types and prices of permits offered more in line with those of surrounding states.

After receiving public comment, the staff made final recommendations, which were accepted by the Board of Commissioners and then presented to the Nebraska Legislature for consideration last spring.

To better serve those people involved in outdoor activities, the Commissioners:

– established a nonresident 2-day hunting permit that will cost $35. The permit will be issued electronically and will allow the holder to hunt two consecutive days between the fourth Wednesday in November and December 31 of the same calendar year. An individual may purchase only one 2-day hunting permit per year. This change was made in response to requests from nonresidents who visit their families during the Thanksgiving to Christmas time period and wanted an alternative to having to purchase an annual nonresident hunting permit when they would be in the field only a couple of days. In many cases the people chose not to hunt at all, rather than buy an annual permit;

– established one-day resident and nonresident fishing permits. The resident permit will cost $6 and the nonresident will be $8. The purchaser would not be required to purchase an aquatic habitat stamp, but $1 of the of the price of each permit would be deposited in the Aquatic Habitat Fund. These permits will allow people who plan to fish for only a day or two, such as travelers along the interstate system, to participate in short-term fishing opportunities.

– voted to make the Aquatic Habitat Stamp a requirement of all licensed anglers and to print it as part of each fishing permit issued, the sole exception being one-day permits. The Aquatic Habitat Stamp $5 fee will be collected in conjunction with the fee of the applicable fishing permit on all annual and 3-day permits issued;

– established an annual resident hunt/fish permit for veterans 64 years and older as well as residents age 69 years and older which will sell for $5. No additional stamps or fees will be required. This permit replaces the current fee-exempt permit issued to veterans 65 years and older and residents 70 years and older. Disabled veterans, who will continue to receive a lifetime fee-exempt permit, and veterans and senior citizens who possess a fee- exempt permit prior to January 1, 2006, will not be required to purchase a permit during their lifetime. By charging the modest $5 annual fee, the Commission is allowed to count those permits as sold permits in the Federal Aid apportionment formula, making the agency eligible for additional federal revenues;

– established a Nebraska Migratory Waterfowl Stamp that will sell for $5 and will be required of all resident migratory waterfowl hunters 16 years and older, and all nonresident migratory waterfowl hunters regardless of age. The revenue collected from the sales of the Nebraska Migratory Waterfowl Stamp will be deposited in the Habitat Fund and will be used for the acquisition, -- on a willing-seller willing-buyer basis only – as well as leasing, development, management and enhancement of migratory waterfowl habitat and taking of easements on migratory waterfowl habitat;

– increased the cost of deer, antelope and elk permits $2 for standard permits and the corresponding statutorial amount for limited landowner permits. The increase will help offset increased expenditures for disease monitoring and response efforts;

– established a fee structure for statewide buck-only deer permits that sets their cost at 2.5 times the price of the standard permit, making the cost to residents $67.50 and to nonresidents $442.50;

– increased the price of nonresident turkey hunting permits to $85, except that a nonresident landowner spring turkey hunting permit will be $42.50. A nonresident who owns 320 acres or more of farm or ranch land in Nebraska for agricultural purposes will be eligible to apply for a limited landowner permit for that property. The same privilege is available to members of their immediate family living in the same household, except that no more than one permit per 320 acres of ownership will be authorized;

– adopted a sliding scale pricing structure for the issuance of lifetime hunting and fishing permits based on the applicants age (see chart below);

– established a nonresident lifetime hunting permit, fishing permit and combination hunt/fish permit priced on a sliding scale based on the applicants age (see chart below);

– established a lifetime Aquatic Habitat Stamp that will cost both residents and nonresidents $100;

– established discounted hunt, fish and combination permits for residents who are in the military and deployed for at least six months during part or all of a permit season of the same year. Upon their return, they become eligible for a discounted permit provided they purchased a similar type of permit the year before they were deployed. The same is true of big game permits and discounted permits will be issued for the same type of permit they previously purchased and were unable to use. The deployed military person may opt for a refund on their unused big game permit in lieu of a discounted permit. The deployment period must include the entire hunting season for the permit type held to receive a discounted permit or refund. Eligibility for Deployed Military Permits will begin in September, 2005.

Here is a complete list of Nebraskas permit fees that will be effective January 1, 2006:

Hunting Permit

Resident . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11.00

Resident Deployed Military . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.00

Nonresident . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67.00

Nonresident Youth (under 6 years old) . . . . . . . . .11.00

Nonresident 2-Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35.00

Fishing Permit

*Requires concurrent purchase of Aquatic Habitat Stamp

*Resident. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15.00

*Resident Deployed Military . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.00

*Nonresident . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45.00

Resident 1-Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.00

Nonresident 1-Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.00

*Resident 3-Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10.00

*Nonresident 3-Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14.00

Resident Disabled Fishing Permit . . . . . . . . . . . 5.00

Paddlefish Application Fee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.00

Duplicate Permit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.00

Combination Hunt and Fish Permit

*Requires concurrent purchase of Aquatic Habitat Stamp

*Resident. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25.00

*Resident Deployed Military. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.00

Resident (Veteran 64 years and under) . . . . . . . . . 5.00

Resident (69 years and under. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.00

Habitat Stamp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13.00

Nebraska Migratory Waterfowl Stamp . . . . . . . . . . . 5.00

Aquatic Habitat Stamp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.00

Lifetime Permits

* Requires concurrent purchase of Aquatic Habitat Stamp

Resident Hunt (0-5 years old) . . . . . . . . . . . . 125.00

Resident Hunt (6-15 years old). . . . . . . . . . . . 185.00

Resident Hunt (16-45 years old) . . . . . . . . . . . 285.00

Resident Hunt (46 years and older). . . . . . . . . . 185.00

*Resident Fish (0-5 years old) . . . . . . . . . . . . 175.00

*Resident Fish (6-15 years old). . . . . . . . . . . . 225.00

*Resident Fish (16-45 years old) . . . . . . . . . . . 325.00

*Resident Fish (46 years and older). . . . . . . . . . 225.00

*Resident Hunt/Fish (0-5 years old). . . . . . . . . . 275.00

*Resident Hunt/Fish (6-15 years old) . . . . . . . . . 400.00

*Resident Hunt/Fish (16-45 years old). . . . . . . . . 545.00

*Resident Hunt/Fish (46 years and older) . . . . . . . 400.00

Nonresident Hunt (0-16 years old) . . . . . . . . . . 625.00

Nonresident Hunt (17 years and older) . . . . . . . 1,000.00

*Nonresident Fish (0-16 years old) . . . . . . . . . . 450.00

*Nonresident Fish (17 years and older). . . . . . . . . . 750.00

*Nonresident Hunt/Fish (0-16 years old). . . . . . . . 975.00

*Nonresident Hunt/Fish (17 years and older). . . . . 1,500.00

Habitat Stamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260.00

Aquatic Habitat Stamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100.00

Resident Disabled Veteran Hunt/Fish . . . . . . . Fee Exempt

Duplicate Lifetime Permit (paper) . . . . . . . . . . . 5.00

Permit Agent Fees

All hunting, fishing and fur harvest permits. . . . . . 1.00

Except – Resident Combination Hunt/Fish (Veterans 64 years and younger), Resident Combination Hunt/Fish (69 years and older), Resident Deployed Military, and Resident Disabled Hunt/Fish Lifetime

Park Entry Permits

Annual, Duplicate, Daily . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.35

Fur Harvest Permits

Resident. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15.00

Nonresident (Up to 1,000 furs). . . . . . . . . . . . 224.00

Additional 100 Furs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11.00

Fur Buyers Permit

Resident. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112.00

Nonresident . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 560.00

Deer Hunting Permit

Resident. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27.00

Resident Deployed Military. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.00

Resident Statewide Buck Only. . . . . . . . . . . . . .67.50

Nonresident . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177.00

Nonresident Statewide Buck Only . . . . . . . . . . . 442.50

Landowner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13.50

Nonresident Landowner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88.50

Antelope Permit

Resident. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27.00

Resident Deployed Military. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.00

Nonresident . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132.00

Landowner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13.50

Bighorn Sheep Permit

Application Fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20.00

Resident Deployed Military. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.00

Elk Permit

Application Fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.00

Resident. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132.00

Resident Deployed Military. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.00

Landowner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26.40

Turkey Permit

Resident. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20.00

Resident Deployed Military. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.00

Nonresident . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85.00

Resident Landowner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10.00

Nonresident Landowner Spring Turkey . . . . . . . . . .42.50

Resident Depredation Permit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25.00

Hunt Coyotes from Aircraft Permit. . . . . . . . . . . . 7.00

Raptor Permit

Resident (14 - 17 years). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14.00

Resident (18 years and older) . . . . . . . . . . . . .40.00

Resident Captive Propagation. . . . . . . . . . . . . 200.00

Recall Pens (Per Pen). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13.00

Captive Wildlife Permit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25.00

Captive Wildlife Auction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50.00

Controlled Shooting Area License . . . . . . . . . . . 130.00

Nonresident Controlled Shooting License. . . . . . . . .11.00

Taxidermist Permit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.00

Bait Vendor Permit

Resident. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32.00

Nonresident . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200.00

Commecial Seining Vendor Permit

Resident (500 seine, 500 Trammel net, 10 hoop nets) . .85.00

Resident (Additional seine) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25.00

Resident (Additional hoop). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.00

Nonresident (Same as resident). . . . . . . . . . . . 170.00

Nonresident (Additional seine). . . . . . . . . . . . .50.00

Nonresident (Additional hoop) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.00

Nonresident Fish Dealer Permit . . . . . . . . . . . . .65.00

Aquaculturist Permit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65.00

Commercial Put and Take Fishery License. . . . . . . . .65.00

Boat Registration (3-Year Fee)

Class I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20.00

Class II. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40.00

Class III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60.00

Class IV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100.00

Boat Dealer Registration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40.00

Duplicate Registration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.00

County Issuance Fee on each . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.00