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December Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in December:

Dec. 1 – Cornucopia of Crafts, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP), Ashland, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 402-944-2523

Dec. 1 – Bobcat hunting and trapping season opens

Dec. 1, 21-22, 26-30 – Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex open to public, Platte River SP, Louisville, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 402-471-5547

Dec. 1-31 – Antlerless elk hunting season

Dec. 1-31 – Muzzleloader deer hunting season

Dec. 3 – Public informational deer meeting, Burwell, Calamus Fish Hatchery, 42254 Hatchery Road, 7 p.m.

Dec. 4 – Public informational deer meeting, Fremont, Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area, Meeting Room (one block west of park office, which is at 4349 W. State Lakes Road), 7 p.m.

Dec. 5 – Public informational deer meeting, Niobrara, Ole’s Cafe, 2549 Park Ave., 7 p.m.

Dec. 7 – Bird-banding workshop, Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, Gretna, 9 a.m., 402-332-3901

Dec. 7 – Fort Robinson SP Historical Christmas Dinner, Crawford, 308-665-2900

Dec. 7 – Winterfest Holiday Elf Magic Show, Ponca SP, Ponca, 12:30 p.m., 402-755-2284

Dec. 7 – Archery on Fire free shooting, Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex, Platte River SP, Louisville, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 402-471-5547

Dec. 10 – Public informational deer meeting, Chadron, Chadron State College, Student Center, Scottsbluff Room, 1000 Main St., 7 p.m.

Dec. 11 – Public informational deer meeting, Bridgeport, Prairie Winds Community Center, 428 N. Main St., 7 p.m.

Dec. 11 – Public informational deer meeting, Lincoln, Nebraska Game and Parks headquarters, third-floor conference room, 2200 N. 33rd St., 7 p.m.

Dec. 13 – White-fronted goose hunting season (first segment) closes

Dec. 14 – Winterfest Christmas Bird Count, Ponca SP, Ponca, 402-755-2284

Dec. 14 – Christmas at the Bowring, Arthur Bowring Sandhills Ranch State Historical Park (SHP), Merriman, 6-9 p.m., 308-684-3428

Dec. 16 – Snipe hunting season closes

Dec. 16 – Application period begins for Prairie Unit mountain lion permits

Dec. 16 – Public informational deer meeting, North Platte, Mid-Plains Community College, North Campus Building, Rooms 105 and 107, 1101 Halligan Drive, 7 p.m.

Dec. 17 – Duck and coot hunting season in Zone 2 Low Plains and High Plains (first segment) closes

Dec. 17 – Duck and coot hunting season in Zone 4 closes

Dec. 18 – Public informational deer meeting, Hastings, Central Community College, Dawson Building, Cedar Room, 550 S. Technical Blvd., 7 p.m.

Dec. 20-23 – Christmas at the Cody’s, Buffalo Bill Ranch SHP, North Platte, 308-532-4729

Dec. 21 – Winterfest Winter Solstice Wine and Cheese Tasting, Ponca SP, Ponca, 2-5 p.m., 402-755-2284

Dec. 24 – Duck and coot hunting season in Zone 1 closes

Dec. 25 – Christmas Day, Game and Parks offices closed

Dec. 28 – Winterfest Fruitcake Fling and Quest for the Yule Log, Ponca SP, Ponca, noon-3 p.m., 402-755-2284

Dec. 31 – Archery antelope hunting season closes

Dec. 31 – Archery, Mule Deer Conservation Area and Statewide Whitetail Buck deer hunting seasons close

Contact Game and Parks at 402-471-0641 or visit OutdoorNebraska.org for more information. Visit HuntSafeNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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