nebraska bighorn sheep lottery

Nebraska bighorn sheep lottery

Two lucky hunters will get a chance at hunting Nebraska bighorn sheep in 2021. This week, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved one lottery and one auction permit for the upcoming bighorn sheep season along with other regulation changes that apply to deer and elk.

According to the Omaha World Herald, here’s some of the new changes in store:

  • Nonresidents will need to pay a bit more as fees have been increased for small game, fish, deer, antelope and turkey permits as well as antelope applications and the Aquatic Invasive Species Stamp for nonresident boats.
  • For November firearm deer season, October antelope or muzzleloader season and any elk season, hunters will be allowed to check in their harvest by internet or telephone due to public health concerns.
  • No live baitfish will be permitted at Rock Creek Lake State Recreation Area, Dundy County; Avocet Wildlife Management Area, Grant County; Wilbur Reservoir, Saline County; Big Elk, Sarpy County; and West Papillion 6, Sarpy County.
  • Some hunting will be allowed in 2020 in Niobrara, Eugene T. Mahoney, Ponca, Indian Cave, Chadron, and Platte River state parks, and Ash Hollow, Rock Creek Station and Fort Atkinson state historical parks.

For more information on these changes, click here.

Nebraska authorizes 2021 bighorn sheep season; Commission approves other changes for deer and elk

Bighorn sheep lottery applications begin April 20

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept applications for a 2020 bighorn sheep lottery permit beginning April 20. The application period ends Aug. 7, and the permit will be drawn later that month. A $29

nonrefundable application fee must accompany each application. Only Nebraska residents are eligible for the lottery. Apply at a Nebraska Game and Parks office or at

The 2020 bighorn sheep season is Dec. 1-22. The winner of the lottery permit will receive up to four days of free guide service from Game and Parks staff and up to four days and nights of meals and lodging at Fort Robinson State Park.

Since Game and Parks began making permits available, approximately $1.4 million has been raised from the permit auctions and lottery permits. These proceeds are critical to the continued success of bighorn sheep conservation efforts in Nebraska, and made it possible to return bighorn sheep to some of their native ranges in the Panhandle.

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept applications for a 2020 bighorn sheep lottery permit beginning April 20.