We now know how much a person is willing to put up for a chance to bag a mountain lion in Nebraska: $13,500.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Committee reports Tom Ferry of Ponca submitted the highest bid in the auction for the state’s first mountain lion permit at the Nebraska Big Game Society banquet and auction at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park.
Ferry, who is 58, joins 15-year-old Holden Bruce of Franklin in the opening season for mountain lion hunting, January 1st through February 14th of next year in the Pine Ridge Unit. Bruce won the state’s first mountain lion lottery permit.
Game and Parks drew 100 additional lottery permits October 9th. Those permit holders will be allowed to hunt mountain lions in the second season, February 15th through the end of March in the Pine Ridge Unit.
Ferry and Bruce will be allowed to hunt with dogs. The second group will not.
Ferry has hunted mountain lions before, in both Arizona and Utah. He has hunted big game in Africa, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, and throughout the United States.
Proceeds from the permit auction will be used by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for mountain lion management.
For more information on mountain lion hunting seasons, visit nebraskamountainlions.org.