Posted 6 months ago
By John Axtell
Nebraska Game and Parks held the lottery drawing of 101 resident permits for the state’s first-ever mountain lion hunting season on Wednesday, and the first name drawn was that of 15-year old Holden Bruce of Franklin.
As the first lottery holder, Bruce will be one of just two hunters allowed to hunt Jan.1-Feb 14…the first 6-week half of the state’s split season…and to use dogs.
The other first-half hunter will be determined next Wednesday, Oct 16, when the permit is auctioned off at the annual Nebraska Big Game Society banquet and auction at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. Phone bids will be accepted, but those interested in making bids by phone must preregister.
Along with the permit, the Nebraska Big Game Society is offering to provide up to five days hunting, including guide with dogs, territory to hunt and up to four nights lodging for the winning bidder.
Proceeds from the auction permit will be donated back to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for conservation and mountain lion management and studies. The $15 fee for the resident-only permit lottery also goes for that purpose. For more information on the auction, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The other 100 resident permits were also drawn on Wednesday. They will hunt during the second half of the season, Feb 15-March31, but will not be allowed to hunt with dogs. Their permits were mailed later in the day.
Nebraska’s mountain lion season is essentially limited to the Pine Ridge area, which has the state’s only confirmed resident population. Only two mountain lions can be taken in each of the two session, and only one in each can be a female.
Hunting will also be allowed in the Prairie Unit, which covers the rest of the state except the Platte Unit…roughly the Wildcat Hills starting at Highway 27…and the Keya Paha Unit in north-central Nebraska.
The Prairie Unit has an unlimited number of free permits which must be obtained at least 24 hours before hunting and are not usable for the Pine Ridge Unit.
For more information on mountain lion hunting seasons in Nebraska, visit www.nebraskamountainlions.org.