State Fish Art Contest Deadline Extended, Archery Paddlefish Permits Available To Residents April 20

LINCOLN – As thousands of schools across the country are closed in response to COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the national State-Fish Art Contest has extended its deadline to the end of April.

According to a release from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the deadline will now be April 30 giving students an opportunity to complete their entries – and keep creative – while staying engaged in learning activities at home.

Nebraska artists in grades K-12 are eligible to compete in this free art competition, hosted by Wildlife Forever and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, for the chance to win state and national honors as well as great prizes. The Free Fish On Lesson Plan, entry forms and additional learning resources are available at

Winners will be selected by Game and Parks. State winners will advance to the national competition to be judged for top honors such as the Best of Show. State-Fish Art serves as a one-of-a-kind Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation program to grow youth participation in fishing.

To enter, students from Nebraska should submit their entry consisting of an original horizontal 9-inch by 12-inch piece of artwork featuring any fish from the Official Species List, a piece of creative writing no longer than one page about the chosen species and a Nebraska State-Fish Art Contest entry form, attached to the back of the artwork. To learn more about entries, visit

Completed entries should be mailed by April 30, 2020, to: Nebraska State-Fish Art Contest, Attention: Larry Pape, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, 2200 N. 33rd St., Lincoln, NE 68503.

Wildlife Forever’s mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. Learn more about Wildlife Forever at


Also, after the draw, the four remaining archery paddlefish permit will go on sale to Nebraska residents starting April 20 at 1 p.m. CT.

A person must be 12 years old by June 1 to buy an archery paddlefish permit, which costs $33. A person may have no more than two archery paddlefish permits per year: one earned via application and one bought over the counter. Permits and their accompanying tags are not transferable. Anyone fishing with an archery paddlefish permit also must have a valid Nebraska fish permit.

The 2020 archery paddlefish season is June 1-30. To buy a permit, visit