Hunting Press Release

Additional Waterfowl Meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska on Feb. 7

Lincoln, NE– The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has scheduled an additional public informational waterfowl zone meeting in Lincoln on Feb. 7.

The 7 p.m. meeting will be held in the third-floor conference room at Game and Parks headquarters, 2200 N. 33rd St.

Issues include potential changes to the state’s duck zone and hunting season split configuration. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2011 changed some criteria for duck zones.

Game and Parks is considering changes to duck zones for 2012. A switch from the current three-zone format to a four-zone format is being considered. However, a change from the current 74-day season to a 39-day season is not under consideration. The four-zone format would better position duck season dates in the event a 39-day season becomes necessary in the future, according to Mark Vrtiska, Game and Parks waterfowl program manager.

“The last thing I want to see is a 39-day duck season,” Vrtiska said. “That makes it more difficult to meet hunter preferences for season dates. But, in deciding whether or not we should adopt the four-zone option, we want to lay out all the advantages and disadvantages of our current format to the proposed one.”

The schedule for other remaining public informational meetings:

  • Jan. 23 – McCook, Red Willow Fairgrounds, Community Building, W. 5th and O St., 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 24 – Gering Civic Center, Chimney Rock meeting room, 1050 M St., 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 25 – Ogallala, Lake McConaughy Visitors Center, 1475 Neb. Highway 61N, 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 30 – North Platte, Holiday Inn Express, 300 Holiday Frontage Road, 7 p.m.
  • For more information, visit OutdoorNebraska.org, then click on Hunting, then Waterfowl.

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