Commissioners to Set Antelope, Deer and Elk Seasons

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners will set dates and regulations for the 2006 antelope, deer and elk hunting seasons, select the winner of the 2006 Habitat Stamp Art Contest, and tackle a host of other issues at a March 30 meeting at the Denman and Mary Mallory Kountze Theatre at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park near Ashland.

The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. and the public hearing to set the 2006 antelope, deer and elk hunting seasons will begin at 8:15 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 amendments relevant to dog training and dog trials;

– a recommendation regarding proposals for changes to the boundaries of duck hunting zones in Nebraska to be submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service;

– a recommendation regarding approval of the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan;

– a recommendation regarding approval of the 2006 Land and Water Conservation Fund apportionment;

– a recommendation regarding a right-of-way easement with KBR Rural Public Power District at Thomas Creek Wildlife Management Area;

– a recommendation regarding a lease agreement with the City of Louisville for the purpose of developing a public water system within Louisville State Recreation Area;

– an appearance by Steve Sheriff and Rochelle Renken of the Missouri Department of Conservation;

– an appearance by Rodney Verhoeff of Lower Platte River Corridor Alliance;

– an appearance by Chad Smith and Randy Hovorka regarding the Platte River Program;

– an appearance by Pete Berthelsen of Pheasants Forever;

– and selection of the winning entry in the 2006 Nebraska Habitat Stamp Art Contest which will appear on the 2007 Nebraska Habitat Stamp.