The 2008 Nebraska Big Game Guide and applications booklet is now available on-line to view, download and/or print at: http://www.ngpc.state.ne.us/hunting/pdfs/biggame.pdf
Below are some excerpts from the above referenced guide...
The outlook for bighorn sheep is very good. The hunting season is again open as herds continue to recover from disease losses in 2005. The translocation of 51 Montana bighorn sheep to the Wildcat Hills in February 2007 brought the statewide population to approximately 220 animals.
One bighorn sheep lottery permit is authorized for 2008.
RESIDENCY AND ELIGIBILITY: Bighorn Sheep: Only Nebraska residents. (See Bighorn section, page 32, for more information.)
HUNTER MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENTS (see page 9)
HUNTER EDUCATION requirements (see page 9).
AWARDING PERMITS: Individuals applying for draw permits (deer, elk, antelope or bighorn sheep) will be able to determine draw status and print their permits online shortly after the draw (around May 13). A hot link will be established on the agency’s permit Web page (https://ngpc-permits.ne.gov/NGPC-PS/faces/public/welcome) that will direct applicants to a site where they can “Check Draw Status.” After providing last name, date of birth, and last four digits of their Social Security number, applicants will be linked to their status. If successful, an applicant will be able to print his or her permit at that time. The draw status information will be made available for approximately 10 days after the draw. Those applicants who do not print their permit from this link will receive their permits in the mail in early June. Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to get their permits early.
Also, applicants are encouraged to provide a viable e-mail address when applying for permits. The e-mail addresses will be used to notify draw applicants when the drawing is complete and the draw status link is available. Individuals who supply e-mail addresses also have an opportunity to provide input on periodic program evaluations and harvest surveys.
LEGAL WEAPONS FOR ELK AND BIGHORN SHEEP (see page 10)
Application (the appropriate application is on page 22)
The bighorn sheep specific information is covered on page 32.
SEASON DATES: Dec. 2 - 22
Permit type: One lottery
Application period: April 21 - Aug. 1
Application fee: $25.00
1998 - 3,443
1999 - 1,996
2000 - 1,806
2001 - 886
2002 - 1,838
2003 - 1,595
2004 - 1,585
2005 - 1,445
This is the first bighorn permit available in Nebraska since 2005...
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