Backcountry Hunters and Anglers makes big donation

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently received a $3,000 donation to support access for hunters and anglers through the Access Yes program. This donation comes from Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.

Access Yes is a program that facilitates the partnership between private landowners, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and hunters and anglers to create free public hunting and fishing access on private land and inaccessible public land. These include walk-in fishing and hunting areas, hunter management areas and other Game and Fish public access areas.

“Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is an ongoing donor to the Access Yes program. Their generous donation of $3,000 will provide nearly 9,300 acres of access, which has tremendous positive impacts for hunters and anglers in Wyoming,” said Brian Nesvik, director of Game and Fish. “This organization cares deeply about wildlife and we are grateful for their efforts to go the extra mile to ensure today’s resources are available for future generations.”

Over the past six years Backcountry Hunters and Anglers have donated $34,000.

“This is a group who has invested in public access in Wyoming,” Nesvik said. “Thank you for the tremendous support and dedication to sportsmen and women in Wyoming.”

Access Yes funds are only used to pay for access easements, not operating expenses of Game and Fish access programs. Walk-in areas and hunter management areas funded by Access Yes provide hunting opportunities for big game, small game, wild turkey, upland game and migratory game birds. They also provide fishing opportunities throughout the state.

Nebraska mountain lion lottery application period ongoing

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept lottery applications for mountain lion permits through Sept. 27 for the 2020 hunting season.

Hunting will be allowed only in the Pine Ridge Unit of northwestern Nebraska, which has an established population that can sustain a harvest. Hunters may apply for a permit in either of two subunits: the South Subunit (south of U.S. Hwy. 20) or the North Subunit (north of U.S. Hwy. 20). A person may not submit more than one application per calendar year for a mountain lion permit.

A drawing will allocate 320 permits to each subunit, and only Nebraska residents can receive permits.

There are a few regulation changes for the 2020 season. Public lands are open to hunt in both subunits, shooting hours are sunrise to sunset, and proof of gender must be naturally attached to the carcass at check-in.

Applications will be accepted beginning at 1 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Mail applications must be received at the Game and Parks’ Lincoln headquarters by 5 p.m. CT on Sept. 27, online applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org to apply online or download an application at outdoornebraska.gov/mountainlionhunting. A $15 nonrefundable application fee must be submitted with each application.

Nebraska Game and Parks to offer women’s hunter education courses

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will offer several hunter education courses across the state specifically for women this fall.

This classes, which are presented as part of the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program, give women the chance to learn the basics of hunter safety and gain hands-on firearm and archery experience in a fun, safe environment among like-minded women. All courses will be led by women who are experienced hunters and certified volunteer hunter education instructors.

Upcoming courses are:

-- Hunter Education Course: Sept. 9, 10, 11, 14 (participants must attend all four days), Schramm Education Center, Louisville

-- Hunter Education Course: Sept. 20-21 (participants must attend both days), American Legion Club, Bassett

-- Hunt Safe Session: Oct. 26, Ponca State Park, Ponca

-- Hunt Safe Session: Oct. 26, Maxwell Gun Club, Maxwell

For more information on each class, or to register, visit OutdoorNebraska.org/BOW.

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