Nebraska landowners can get extra income by signing up for the Open Fields and Waters program. Wildlife specialist Clayton Stallings, in the Norfolk office of Nebraska Game and Parks, says there are several benefits for land owners who join the program.
There’s a direct payment and it limits the landowner’s liability if someone should get hurt on the property, while it also puts an end to people knocking on his door to ask permission to hunt on the land.
Stallings says the payments vary, depending on the type of land signed up. It can be as much as $15 per acre a year for good timber with lots of deer and turkey, to as low as 50-cents an acre for farmland that may just provide access to more desirable areas.
Stallings says they are targeting landowners in the eastern part of the state, mostly because that’s where a majority of the state’s residents are located.
Landowners can enroll by contacting their local Game and Parks office. More information is online at www.OutdoorNebraska.org.
Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton