Open Fields and Waters
Te Open Fields and Waters (OFW) programwas created as a component of the Commission’sRecruitment, Development and Retention (RDR)plan, which seeks to increase the participation of hunters and anglers in Nebraska.Te motivation for the Open Fields and Watersprogram is to attract new or inactive hunters andanglers, especially into activities with expandingopportunities, such as deer and turkey hunting.Te program also provides for the enrollmentof lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams to createexpanded opportunities for anglers.Te Conservation Reserve Program-ManagementAccess Program (CRP-MAP) is merging into theOFW program. Te combined two public accessprograms include participation by more than600 landowners and open nearly 200,000 acres topublic access statewide.
Benefts to Landowners
• Increased rates for CRP land – OFW will oeras much as $10 per acre.• Focus on woodlands along rivers – A new rateof up to $15 per acre has been established.• Signing bonus – Tere is a one-time signingbonus for contracts of ve years or longer.• Spring turkey rate – Allow access only forspring turkey hunting and get a rate equal to25 percent of the regular annual payment.• Partial-year shing rate – reduced ratesavailable for allowing access only for iceshing and access only for open water shing.• Hunters and anglers would be provided walk-in access. No vehicles are allowed, except ontrails specied by the landowner.• Play a role in conservation by providinga means to control problematic wildlifepopulations.• All enrolled lands will be published in anatlas.
How the Program Works
Te program makes the following assumptions:• Not all access is of equal quality and value• Better habitat will provide for more diverse andhigher quality hunting experiences.wo rate zones have been created:• Population/Platte Rate• Standard RateTe Commission will pay more and emphasizeenrollment in the Population/Platte Rate zone.
How to Enroll Land
• Te Commission is enrolling private lands now.• In order to identify new access lands in an atlas,contracts need to be signed by June.• Contracts for the program will be oered tolandowners until available funds are obligated.• Interested landowners should contact thenearest Game and Parks district oce.
Game and Parks District Oces
Panhandle - Alliance(308) 763-2940North-central - Bassett(402) 684-2921Northeast - Norfolk(402) 370-3374Southwest - North Platte(308) 535-8025Southeast - Lincoln(402) 471-5597South-central - Kearney(308) 865-5310
Landowners who enroll in Open Fields and Watersprogram are aorded protection from liability through the Nebraska Recreation Liability Act.Nebraska Recreation Liability Act (NebraskaStatutes 37-729 to 37-736) states that landownersor tenants do not assume responsibility or incurliability for injury to any persons who enter landopened to public hunting and shing underagreement with the state.
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