Outdoor notes: Big game draw unit application deadline is June 28
LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters have until June 28 to apply for 2019 Nebraska big game draw permits.
Residents and nonresidents may apply for one deer permit, residents may apply for one elk permit, and residents and eligible landowners may apply for one antelope permit.
The draw permit units are: Deer – Republican Mule Deer, Platte Mule Deer Conservation Area and Frenchman Mule Deer Conservation Area units; Antelope – all firearm and muzzleloader units; Elk – all units.
Paper applications must be received by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission by 5 p.m. Central Time – or by 11:59 p.m. for online applications – on June 28.
Only a nonrefundable application fee is due at the time of application. Drawing results will be available by July 5. Successful applicants will have until July 19 to complete the purchase of their awarded permits. Awarded but unpaid permits will result in applicants losing preference or bonus points and forfeiting the permit. Any forfeited draw permits, as well as unsold draw permits and buy-unit permits, will be sold over the counter on a first-come basis beginning Aug. 5.
Applicants who supply valid email addresses will be notified when the draw is complete. Applicants not providing valid email addresses will be responsible for monitoring their status online at OutdoorNebraska.org.
Applications may be made at OutdoorNebraska.org, via application form, or in person at a Game and Parks permitting office. Details regarding drawings and permits may be found in the 2019 Big Game Guide, which is available at outdoornebraska.gov/guides/ or wherever permits are sold. Drawing statistics from previous years may be found at outdoornebraska.gov/drawresults/.
Draw units are established to provide equal opportunity to obtain permits in those units. They are determined by the overall demand on a unit’s permits. Residents get preference over nonresidents when these permits are drawn.
July outdoor calendar
LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in July. Get more event details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes.
July 1 – Archery fishing of game fish is allowed statewide through Dec. 31
July 1 – Underwater spearfishing of game fish allowed in certain waters through Dec. 31
July 1-3 – Learn to Hunt Camp, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln
July 1-14 – Paddlefish snagging permit application period
July 1-31 – Application period for Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area special access permits for deer hunting
July 2-4 – Western and Wildlife Art Show, Fort Robinson State Park (SP), Crawford
July 4 – Red, White, and Blue Day – A Salute to Our Troops, Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area (SRA), Crofton
July 4 – Beginner’s Fishing Clinic, Danish Alps SRA, Hubbard
July 4 – Annual 4th of July Barbecue, Fort Robinson SP, Crawford
July 4 – Pollinator/Bird Program, Niobrara SP, Niobrara
July 5 – Results of the draw for deer, antelope and elk permits will be available on or before this date
July 5 – Final day to apply for Nebraska Super Tag and Combo lottery permits
July 5 – Introduction to Kayaking Courses, Danish Alps SRA, Hubbard
July 5 – Nature Scavenger Hunt, Lewis and Clark SRA, Crofton
July 5 – Outdoor Movie, Lewis and Clark SRA, Crofton
July 6 – Buffalo Cookout and Corps of Discovery in Song and Story, Niobrara SP, Niobrara
July 6 – Hooked for Life, Medicine Creek Reservoir Trail 3, McCook
July 6 – Red, White, and Blue Weekend, Lewis and Clark SRA, Crofton
July 6 – Advanced Kayaking Courses, Danish Alps SRA, Hubbard
July 6-7 – Living History, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, Fort Calhoun
July 9 – Wetland Conservation Along the River, Ord USDA Service Center, Ord
July 9-11 – Archery Academy Camp, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln
July 9, 11, 18 – Nebraska Bowfishing Mentor Program Northeast, Ponca SP, Ponca
July 10, 24 – Family Fun Night, Red Willow Reservoir SRA, McCook
July 12 – Community Fishing Night, City Park Lake, Holdrege
July 12 – S’mores with the Doerrs, Niobrara SP, Niobrara
July 12-14 – Cowboy Mounted Shooting Event, Fort Robinson SP, Crawford
July 13 – Introduction to Archery, Danish Alps SRA, Hubbard
July 13 – Water Wonders, Wildcat Hills SRA, Gering
July 13 – 6th Annual “Event with a View,” Niobrara SP, Niobrara
July 14 – The Spirit of Mars – A Living History Presentation, Niobrara SP, Niobrara
July 16 – Community Fishing Night, Archway Monument Pond, Kearney
July 16 – Community Fishing Night, Lake Halleck, Papillion
July 16 – Wetland Restoration and Management in the Rainwater Basin, 3725 E 82nd St., Hastings
July 18 – Community Fishing Night, Bowling Lake, Lincoln
July 18 – Community Fishing Night, Skyview Lake, Norfolk
July 19 – Deadline for successful applicants of elk, antelope and deer draw units to complete the purchase of their awarded permits
July 19 – Desperado Days Pool Party, Niobrara SP, Niobrara
July 19 – Community Fishing Night, Melham Park Pond, Broken Bow
July 20 – Cornhusker State Games, Shoreline Fishing Tournament and Casting Competition, Holmes Lake, Lincoln
July 20 – Carp-O-Rama, Lake Maloney, North Platte
July 20 – Wetland Wanderer, Danish Alps SRA, Hubbard
July 20 – Nebraska Bowfishing Mentor Program Northeast, Ponca SP, Ponca
July 20-21 – Snakes of Nebraska, Schramm Education Center, Gretna
July 21 – Kite Day, Niobrara SP, Niobrara
July 23-25 – Outdoor Explorer’s Camp, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln
July 24 – Community Fishing Night, Benson Lake, Omaha
July 26-27 – 6th Annual Campfire Christmas in July and Campground Decorating Contest, Indian Cave SP, Shubert
July 27 – 2nd Annual Crofton’s Dam Run, Lewis and Clark SRA, Crofton
July 27 – Jingle Bell Junk and Craft Market, Indian Cave SP, Shubert
July 30 – Community Fishing Night, Prairie Queen Lake, Papillion
July 31 – Community Fishing Night, Mormon Island SRA, Grand Island
July 31 – Discover Fly Fishing, Mormon Island SRA Lake #1, Grand Island