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Established by the Legislature in 1901, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission works to conserve Nebraska’s natural resources. The agency has a board of nine commissioners. Among the many duties of the Commission and staff are establishing hunting seasons and regulations for game species; managing Nebraska’s state parks, state recreation areas and other public lands; managing the fisheries at numerous public lakes across the state; helping landowners establish good conservation practices on their land; working to conserve Nebraska’s threatened and endangered species; and providing hunter and boater education, as well as other resources for those who wish to learn to enjoy the outdoors. We are committed to the idea that time spent outdoors, whether it be hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, bird-watching, canoeing, camping or one of the many other outdoor activities Nebraska has to offer, is time well spent.
The mission of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is stewardship of the state’s fish, wildlife, park, and outdoor recreation resources in the best long-term interests of the people and those resources.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s strategic plan, Focus on the Future, details long-term plans for ensuring the future of Nebraska’s wildlife and wild places.
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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is funded primarily by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, as well as through the sale of park permits and goods and services at state parks and recreation areas.
A nine-member board of commissioners oversees the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The commissioners are not elected officials; rather, they are appointed by the Nebraska Governor and confirmed by the Legislature. Eight of the commissioners serve each of eight districts across the state. The ninth serves at large. Commissioners serve in a volunteer capacity.
Conservation officers are stationed across Nebraska to assist with conservation efforts and to enforce wildlife laws. Contact your local conservation officer with any questions related to laws or to report any violations. You may also contact Wildlife Crimestoppers 24/7.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is headquartered in Lincoln, Neb. on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus. To serve a statewide constituency, we have offices across the state. Hunting, fishing and state park permits can be purchased at any of these locations. During November firearm season, these offices also serve as deer check stations.
This website, OutdoorNebraska.org, OutdoorNebraska.gov, is wholly controlled and owned by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The Commission retains the right and ability to exclude any link, content or advertising at any time.