Cumberland Times-News

August 10, 2013

Deer group honors Nebraska agency

The Archery Wire

— LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has been named Quality Deer Management Association’s Agency of the Year. QDMA’s CEO, Brian Murphy, recently presented the award to Big Game Programs Manager Kit Hams.

Each year, QDMA works closely with state, federal and provincial agencies to ensure the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and the hunting heritage. Presented annually since 2003, the Agency of the Year Award goes to an agency that has a record of supporting the philosophy of quality deer management.

In 2004, the Nebraska agency set out to create the best possible youth deer season. Since then, the number of youth permits has tripled. Notably, these permits are available to resident and nonresident youth and are valid during all deer seasons. This agency welcomes nonresident hunters, and nonresident permit sales have doubled in the past decade.

The commission funds programs that have opened 272,000 private acres and 42 miles of rivers to the public.

There is an active deer donation program, including one online that connects hunters wishing to donate a deer to those needing a deer.