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(Neb)-Only One Bighorn Sheep Permit In Neb Next Year

By: John Axtell Posted at: 08/29/2019 10:37 PM
FORT ROBINSON SP - Nebraska will issue just one bighorn sheep hunting permit next year, and it will be awarded through a lottery open to only Nebraska residents.

        The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved the staff recommendation Wednesday in a meeting at Fort Robinson State Park. 

       The state can issue as many as 2 bighorn permits a year, one through a lottery and one by auction, depending on the number of trophy-caliber rams available.

       Wildlife Division chief Alicia Hardin told the commissioners there are currently an estimated 8 rams that would qualify between the herds in the Pine Ridge and Wildcat Hills, but 2 are expected to killed during this year's hunt in December.

      Hardin said the number of permits could be reconsidered early next year if the situation changes such as the loss of additional trophy-quality rams.

       The Game and Parks Commission tries to hold one meeting a year in the northern Panhandle. Chairman Robert Allen says the trips help the members make better informed decisions on issues in the region.

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The commission's visit to Fort Robinson included tours of the park and a dinner Tuesday night with agency staff and others from the area.


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