State looks to lease fishing ponds, hunting land

The Nebraska Game and Parks Department is working on a new program that could benefit hunters, fishermen and farmers. Spokesman Greg Wagner says the program could provide extra income to those who own hunting and fishing habitats and would be interested in leasing them for public use.

On the hunting side, Wagner says they’ll pay up to $12 an acre for good quality habitat, be that woods, grassland, cropland or wetlands. For fishing, if you have a lake or pond, he says they’ll pay $250 for the first acre and $40 for each acre after that.

Wagner says it’s a first come, first serve program and they’ve already had a number of takers. He says landowners can reach anyone connected to Game & Parks. Wagner says contact your nearest game warden, conservation officer or wildlife biologist for details. He says they’ll start you off with a brochure and the next step is a site visit.

He says it’s an effort to find more public access hunting and fishing areas. “Leased hunting and fishing has taken the state by storm,” he says.

Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton