Hey waterfowlers, just a reminder from fellow Game and Parks compatriots Pat Molini and Mark Vrtiska in our wildlife division of an important public waterfowl meeting scheduled for tomorrow night in Lincoln. Here are the details of it:
The 7 p.m. waterfowl-related meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the third-floor conference room at Game and Parks Commission headquarters in Lincoln. The headquarters building is located on U.N.L.’s East Campus at 2200 North 33rd Street with easy access and plenty of free parking available.
Issues to be addressed at the meeting include potential changes to the state’s duck zone and hunting season split configuration. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2011 changed some criteria for duck zones.
Game and Parks is considering changes to duck zones for 2012. A switch from the current three-zone format to a four-zone format is being considered. However, a change from the current 74-day season to a 39-day season is not under consideration. The four-zone format would better position duck season dates in the event a 39-day season becomes necessary in the future, according to Mark Vrtiska, Game and Parks waterfowl program manager.
“The last thing I want to see is a 39-day duck season,” Vrtiska said. “That makes it more difficult to meet hunter preferences for season dates. But, in deciding whether or not we should adopt the four-zone option, we want to lay out all the advantages and disadvantages of our current format to the proposed one.”
Our folks would appreciate seeing you at this important public meeting!