Half-Price Youth Lifetime Permit Program - 2013 Report

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Program Vision and Value C reated in 2006, the half-price youth lifetime permit program was the vision of a former Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioner who created an endowment with the Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation. Donations to the fund are accepted each year, and in 2012, former Director Rex Amack secured a three-year, $50,000 annual commitment of support from Cabela's. The program provides Nebraska youth, age 15 or younger, the opportunity to obtain a lifetime hunting and fishing permit with half of the cost being paid by the Foundation. Lifetime combination hunting/fishing permits, fur harvest permits, habitat stamps and the Nebraska waterfowl stamp are also options for program winners. "We held a school-wide 'Why I Love to Fish' contest where students submitted essays or drawings to enter the contest, and we had a lot of kids participate. They were extremely excited about possibly getting a license. The school paid for the other half of it so we were giving away a free one. We would love to be a part of this again!" ~ Travis Lockyer, Principal David City Elementary Since 2006, 3,235 lifetime permits have been awarded to Nebraska youth through this program. Winners have come from all counties across the state. Including a conservative estimate of federal matching funds, the lifetime value of the Foundation's to-date $590,057 investment in the program is $3,892,163. In addition to public drawings at Game and Parks events statewide, conservation organizations and events focused on outdoor pursuits are eligible to hold drawings or use these half-price permits in raffles as fundraisers for their activities. 4

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