The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept archery paddlefish permit applications March 1 to 14.

The application period begins at 1 p.m. Central Time on March 1. Mail applications must be received in Game and Parks’ Lincoln office by 5 p.m. and online applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 14.

A nonrefundable $7 fee is due at the time of application. The remaining fee to be paid if a permit is awarded—$26 for residents or $50 for nonresidents—is due within 15 days of draw notification. A valid phone number and email address are required.

Permits will be issued in a random drawing based on preference points earned; applicants with the most preference points will receive the greatest priority. Any permits remaining following the drawing will be sold on a first-come basis beginning at 1 p.m. on May 1.

An applicant will receive a preference point if he or she is not awarded a permit in the drawing. An additional preference point will be added each year he or she is unsuccessful in the drawing. Any person who is issued a paddlefish permit and any person who does not apply at least once during five consecutive years will lose all accumulated preference points.

Two people—both residents or both nonresidents—may submit a joint application. That application will be assigned to the applicant with the fewest preference points.

A person may have no more than two archery paddlefish permits per year: one earned via application and one bought over the counter. Permits and their accompanying tags are not transferable. Anyone fishing with an archery paddlefish permit also must have a valid Nebraska fish permit.

The 2019 archery paddlefish season is June 1 to 30. To apply for a permit, visit a Game and Parks office, OutdoorNebraska.org, or use a form in the 2019 Nebraska Fishing Guide.

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