The Hunt is On

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- A Kansas man has paid $80,000 for the right to hunt bighorn sheep in the Pine Ridge area of western Nebraska.

John Marsh of Topeka, Kan., will receive four days of guide service, use of a horse, lodging and meals at Fort Robinson State Park during the 2009 bighorn sheep hunting season in December. Marsh tendered his winning bid last weekend at the Wild Sheep Foundation convention in Salt Lake City.

Each year the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission conducts a lottery for one hunting permit and sporadically offers one permit for auction.

The lottery permit goes to a Nebraska resident; the auctioned permits are for anyone.

Applications for the lottery permit are $25 and will be accepted through Aug. 12 at the commission's Lincoln headquarters.

Courtesy: Associated Press