LINCOLN — Jameson Wood of Hemingford, Neb., won’t be eligible for a driver’s license until September next year.
But this fall, the Hemingford High School freshman can hitch a ride with his dad to hunt for one elk, one deer, one pronghorn antelope and two wild turkeys. The permit is good for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Wood, 14, won the Nebraska Super Tag Lottery multispecies permit during Friday’s meeting of the State Game and Parks Commission. He was one of 2,047 entrants who paid a nonrefundable $25 fee to enter the Nebraskans-only lottery.
“I was pretty excited,” Wood said after learning of his good luck. “At first, I thought it was a joke.”
Wood was installing plywood sheathing on a roof of a new house under construction in Alliance when he got the call on his cellphone from a Game and Parks official.
Wood started hunting about two years ago after completing a hunter education course in Alliance, he said. He has hunted mostly white-tailed deer and pheasants. He has bagged about five deer.
Gov. Dave Heineman drew Wood’s name from a tumbling cage. Heineman tried to call Wood to tell him of his win but the teenager could not be reached. It was 7:15 a.m. MDT and Wood was already at work.
The super tag allows Wood to hunt with any legal weapon in any open hunting unit during the general hunting season for each species.