TEKAMAH, Neb. — Nebraska Game and Parks commissioners approved an additional combination deer and turkey permit Thursday.

The permit — sold only at auction or lottery — would authorize the harvest of one deer and two turkeys in the fall season, or two turkeys in the spring season or one in each season.

Combination permits sold at auction or lottery by partner organizations raise awareness of habitat and wildlife issues and provide revenue to the commission for wildlife projects, said Scott Taylor, wildlife division administrator.

Minor changes also were made to the number of auction and lottery permits offered each year for big game species.

In other business, the commissioners approved wildlife regulation amendments to allow hunters to remove the meat from an elk carcass in the field. The head and all edible portions of meat must then be presented at a check station. This will allow hunters to cool the meat more quickly and transport it more easily.

Commissioners also approved a permanent easement request from the Army Corps of Engineers on Middle Decatur Bend Wildlife Management Area in Burt County. The easement will allow the Corps to complete and maintain a channel widening project and to maintain a chute and backwater project on the property.

Staff members previewed upcoming proposals for changes to big game and waterfowl regulations. The commissioners will consider the proposals at their April meeting in Chadron.

Mike Anderson of Blair and Kathy Newberg of Lincoln spoke to the commission about the Nebraska Horse Trails Committee’s outreach efforts to educate the public about the proper use of horse trails.

They also spoke about partnerships to improve equestrian trails at state parks and other areas, the planned addition of eight horse corrals at Two Rivers State Recreation Area, and potential new trails at state park and recreation areas.

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