Outdoor notes: Bighorn sheep lottery applications; Director’s Cup archery tournament; HIP; Fall turkey permits

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept applications for a 2018 bighorn sheep lottery permit through Aug. 3. Only Nebraska residents are eligible.

The permit will be drawn Aug. 16. A $29 nonrefundable application fee must accompany each application.

Apply at a Nebraska Game and Parks office at outdoornebraska.org. The 2018 bighorn sheep season is Nov. 27 – Dec. 22.

Compete in Director’s Cup archery tournament Aug. 18 in Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. – Test your archery skills and compete for trophies at the Third Annual Director’s Cup archery tournament Aug. 18 at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln.

This fun event is open to serious archers and novices. This unique outdoor tournament uses a Lake of the Woods format, in which archers shoot at varying distances based on age and discipline.

There are 14 divisions of competition for all ages, including a noncompetitive division. Trophies and prizes will be awarded in each division, culminating in a shoot-off to determine the winner of the Director’s Cup.

The Lincoln Archery Club, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Cabela’s host the tournament. The center is located at 4703 N. 44th St. Competition begins at 8 a.m.

The registration deadline is Aug. 10. Visit outdoornebraska.gov/directorscup to sign up.

Migratory bird hunters must register for HIP

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters of migratory birds are reminded of their requirement to register for the Harvest Information Program (HIP) beginning Aug. 1.

HIP registration is required of residents age 16 and older and all nonresidents who plan to hunt migratory game birds in Nebraska between Aug. 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019. These birds are doves, ducks, geese, snipe, rail, coots and woodcock. Among those who must register in Nebraska are hunters registered in another state and holders of lifetime, 64-and-over veteran, and 69-and-over senior permits.

HIP, which is required by federal regulation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, helps wildlife managers estimate the number of migratory birds harvested each year. Those estimates help biologists set limits and seasons.

Register for the free program at OutdoorNebraska.gov/HIP or call toll-free at 877-634-8687. A HIP number, which must be carried while hunting, will be assigned to each registrant.

Hunting permits may be purchased at OutdoorNebraska.org.

Fall turkey permits available beginning Aug. 13

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters may begin purchasing fall turkey permits Aug. 13 at 1 p.m. Central Time. Permits will be available at OutdoorNebraska.org and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission permitting offices.

A fall turkey permit is valid statewide and allows a hunter to harvest two turkeys of either sex with a shotgun or archery equipment. Each hunter may have up to two permits. There is no minimum age requirement for youth. The fall turkey season is Sept. 15 – Jan. 31, 2019.

For more information about turkey hunting in Nebraska, read the 2018 Turkey Guide at outdoornebraska.gov/guides.