The first application period for big-game hunting permits began Monday and runs through June 7.
The application periods:
>> Deer: Residents and nonresidents may apply for one permit in any one draw unit. The draw units are Republican Mule Deer, Platte Mule Deer Conservation Area, Platte Whitetail, Frenchman MDCA and Frenchman Whitetail.
>> Antelope: Residents and eligible landowners may apply for one buck or either-sex firearm permit or one muzzleloader permit.
>> Elk: Residents and eligible landowners may apply for one permit.
Residents will get preference over nonresidents in the application process. The permits will be drawn in mid-June. All remaining big-game permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning July 8 at 1 p.m.
Mountain Lion hunting
Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners will consider a staff recommendation to create a mountain lion hunting season when they meet Friday.
The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at the Chadron State Student Center Ballroom on East 12th Street. Public hearings for regulations regarding mountain lions are scheduled for 8:45 a.m. and 9 a.m.
Regulation recommendations for the meeting may be viewed and commented on at the Nebraska Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ne.gov/dyindex.html.
The commissioners also will consider:
>> Regulations for antelope, deer and elk hunting.
>> Approval for funding for the 2013 Land and Water Conservation Fund apportionment.
>> Approval of an interlocal agreement with Gothenburg to rehabilitate Lake Helen.
>> Approval of an agreement to transfer public use and land management from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Game and Parks for additions to Langdon Bend and Kansas Bend wildlife management areas in Nemaha County.
>> Application period for deer, elk and antelope draw permits begins, 1 p.m.
>> CRP informational meeting: Trenton, USDA, 36465 U.S. Hwy. 34, 6 p.m.
>> General signup for Conservation Reserve Program until June 14, www.fsa.usda.gov
>> CRP informational meetings: Chadron, Country Kitchen, 1250 W. 10th St., noon; Hayes Center, American Legion, 603 Tate St., 6 p.m.
>> Lower Platte Archery weekly 3D shoot, 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 21, Larry Elston Archery Range at Schram Park. Membership information, 402-669-0425 or 402-690-5814.
>> CRP informational meetings: Alma, Johnson Center, 509 Main St., 10 a.m.; Beaver City, Community Building, 318 10th St., 2 p.m.; McCook, 4-H Meeting Room, 1400 W. 5th St., 6 p.m.
>> Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Archery Class: Tuning Your Bow, Platte River SP, Louisville, 6-9 p.m., 402-471-5547 or firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Fly-tying round table at Cabela’s in La Vista, 6 to 7:45 p.m.
>> Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners meeting, Chadron State College, 1000 Main St., Chadron, 8 a.m.
>> Registration closes for Run Wild 10k Run, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland, runwildne.org
>> Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex Open House, Platte River SP, Louisville, 402-471-5547 or email@example.com
>> Kountze Memorial Theater opens, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland, 402-944-2523
>> Buffalo Cookout, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 6 p.m., 402-857-3373
>> Living History, Fort Kearny SHP, Kearney, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 308-865-5305
>> Post Playhouse Productions, Fort Robinson SP, Crawford, 308-665-2900
>> Horse Trail Rides, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 402-857-3373
>> All state park system activities open
>> Sidewalk Chalk Art, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 10 a.m., 402-857-3373
MONDAY, May 27
>> Memorial Day, Game and Parks offices closed; offices open at manned park areas, including Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium
>> National Park Service Campground Program, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 10 a.m., 402-857-3373
Submit calendar items or trophy pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org or Outdoors Sports, World-Herald Sports Dept., 1314 Douglas St., Suite 700, Omaha, NE 68102. A daytime or cellphone number must be included.