Nebraska Game and Parks

Applications for big game draw permits for 2019 opened on June 10. 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.

Paper applications must be received by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission by 5 p.m. – 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.

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. 

Father's day activities at State Parks

Four state parks and recreation areas will hold events for the public on June 16 in celebration of Father’s Day:

— Danish Alps State Recreation Area: Join us for a Father’s Day fishing clinic at 10 a.m. Demonstrations on baiting a hook, casting, fish identification, and more will be presented. Bait and equipment will be provided.

— Fort Robinson: Enjoy barbecue ribs at the Father’s Day Buffet from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. No reservations required.

— Platte River State Park: Come hungry to the Father’s Day Buffet from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Reservations are not accepted; please contact the park office for more details.

— Ponca State Park: Treat dad to a made-from-scratch fish fry, including Dutch oven cobbler dessert, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call ahead for the menu and to make reservations.

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