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Bighorn sheep permit brings $117,500 at auction PDF Print E-mail

A Nebraska bighorn sheep hunting permit brought a record $117,500 at auction recently, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. All of the proceeds go to the state’s bighorn sheep management program.
Thomas Lemmerholz of Heiligenhaus, Germany, made the winning bid at the Grand Slam Club/Ovis Hunter and Outfitter Convention in Las Vegas.
The previous record for a Nebraska bighorn sheep auction permit was $87,500 in 1998.
Lemmerholz has been on more than 50 big game hunts around the world and has harvested 14 species of wild sheep.
Lemmerholz, who has never visited Nebraska, hopes to make a scouting trip this June. Along with the bighorn permit, he will receive four days of guide service, lodging and meals at Fort Robinson State Park during the 2011 bighorn sheep hunting season, which is Nov. 29-Dec. 22.
Nebraska has four bighorn herds: Fort Robinson and Barrel Butte in the Pine Ridge and Cedar Canyon and Hubbard’s Gap in the Wildcats Hills. The estimated bighorn population in the state is 250-300.
Two bighorn permits are authorized in Nebraska for 2011. A lottery–for Nebraska residents only–will take place later this year for the other permit. Lottery applications will be accepted April 18 through Aug. 5, and the drawing will take place in late August.