Several 2003 Hunting Seasons to be Set

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will set several hunting and trapping seasons and consider adopting amendments to fisheries and state park regulations at an 8 a.m., July 23 meeting at Game and Parks Commission headquarters in Lincoln.

Public hearings scheduled for the meeting are:

8:15 a.m. – to consider amendments to fisheries regulations;

8:30 a.m. – to consider amendments to state parks regulations that would increase the cost of annual park entry permits from $14 to $17, duplicate annual park entry permits from $7 to $8.50, and temporary (daily) motor vehicle permits from $2.50 to $3;

8:45 a.m. – to consider amendments to wildlife regulations that would establish the 2003 early teal hunting season regulations, youth waterfowl hunting season regulations, boundaries and regulations for the dark goose Platte River unit, and consider amendments to establish a the September falconry season and regulations;

9:00 a.m. — to establish the 2003 hunting seasons and regulations for jackrabbit, mourning dove, snipe, rail, woodcock, grouse, partridge, cottontail rabbit, squirrel, fall turkey, pheasants and quail;

9:15 a.m. – to establish 2003 trapping and hunting season regulations for furbearers;

Other agenda items include:

– a recommendation to hold a public hearing at the next meeting to consider amendments to hunting seasons and regulations pertaining to coots, ducks, geese, crow and falconry;

– a recommendation to hold a public hearing at the next meeting to consider amendments to the firearm and archery hunting seasons and regulations pertaining to mountain sheep;

– a recommendation to increase the park cash change fund at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park;

– a recommendation to approve the Operation and Capital Improvement budgets for Fiscal Year 2003/2004;

- a recommendation to designate the Gifford Point area in Sarpy County as Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area;

– an appearance by Chad Smith, director of the Nebraska Field Office for American Rivers;

– an appearance by Rod Bowman, president of Heartland Investigations, Inc.;

– presentation of awards to the 2004 Habitat Stamp Contest winners.