OPEN FIELDS AND WATERS PROGRAM OFFERED BY NEBRASKA GAME AND PARKS COMMISSION

OFW
August 24, 2021

More than 97 percent of property in Nebraska is privately owned and obtaining access to private lands to hunt, trap and fish is one of the major challenges facing today’s hunters, trappers, and anglers. 

In 2009, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) initiated the Open Fields and Waters (OFW) program to increase public opportunities on private lands. OFW is a voluntary program that offers financial incentives to landowners willing to allow public walk-in access for hunting, trapping, and/or fishing. Landowners who enroll in OFW are afforded protection from liability through the Nebraska Recreation Liability Act. 

The program offers annual payments with the payment amount depending on property location, enrollment option and habitat type/quality enrolled. Fishing access landowner can enroll pond or lake acres with payment based on surface acres. Cold water and warm water streams may also qualify. This program can be combined with CRP fields.

As of spring 2021, Nebraska has more than 850 landowners participating in the Open Fields and Waters program and 372,000 statewide acres enrolled.  It’s a record high that includes 549 acres of ponds and lakes and more than 45 stream miles. 

If interested in more information on the Open Fields and Waters Program contact the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in Norfolk at 402-370-3374

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