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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.

Living History Weekend Slated for Aug. 2-3 at Fort Atkinson SHP

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LINCOLN — Step back in time Aug. 2-3 at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park’s (SHP) living history weekend. The 1820s-era military post will come alive with demonstrations of skills from a bygone era. Visitors will be able to witness various trades including blacksmithing, tinsmithing, carpentry and coopering, as well as period crafts of spinning, weaving and quilting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is free. A valid Nebraska park entry permit is required for each vehicle entering ... Read More »

Discover Bats! Educator Workshops to be Held in Beatrice and Norfolk

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LINCOLN — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, in conjunction with Fulbright’s EcoLeadership Program, is pleased to announce two upcoming educator workshops focusing on bats. The workshops, open to K-12 grade educators in Nebraska, will educate teachers about the natural history of bats, as well as their importance to the ecosystem and how to help in their conservation. Teachers can learn how to incorporate the study of bats into their science curriculum and will receive a variety of educational resources ... Read More »

August Outdoor Calendar

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LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in August: Aug. 1 – Squirrel season opens Aug. 1 – Bat workshop, Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, 3-10 p.m. Aug. 1 – Final day for bighorn sheep lottery applications Aug. 2 – National Park Service Outdoor Event, Niobrara State Park (SP), Niobrara, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 402-857-3373 Aug. 2-3 – Living History, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP), Fort Calhoun, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 402-468-5611 ... Read More »

Mountain Lion Killed Near Chadron

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LINCOLN — A 5-month-old female mountain lion was shot south of Chadron in Dawes County on Saturday, July 19. A man reported noticing the animal crouched in the grass about 20 yards from his residence, where two young children were present on a patio. The man retrieved a rifle from the house and approached the animal, then shot it when it stood but did not flee. The mountain lion weighed approximately 30 pounds. As required by law, the man immediately ... Read More »

Zebra Mussels Confirmed at Offutt Base Lake

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LINCOLN — The presence of invasive zebra mussels has been confirmed at Offutt Base Lake near Bellevue. On May 1, Dr. Dan James of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Pierre, SD, discovered live adult zebra mussels in Offutt Base Lake, while checking rocks in the shallow water. This discovery was confirmed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Invasive Species Program. Beginning immediately, water from the Offutt Base Lake may not be removed from the ... Read More »

No Changes to Walgren Lake Regulations

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LINCOLN — After weighing input from the public, staff members of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission are not pursuing changes in regulations at Walgren Lake State Recreation Area (SRA). Commission staff considered pursuing changes after a community member proposed converting the area to a waterfowl refuge. The agency hosted a public meeting in Hay Springs in June to gain input about the issue. Tim McCoy, Commission deputy director, said testimony from the public and other correspondence did not indicate ... Read More »

Application Period for Gifford Point Access Permits Runs Through Aug. 15

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LINCOLN – The access permit application period for Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area (WMA) deer hunters has begun and will run through Aug. 15. As many as 200 permits will be issued. Hunters must have at least one of the following valid deer permits to be eligible for an access permit: statewide archery, muzzleloader, youth or antlerless only Season Choice Wahoo. Gifford is closed to the use of rimfire and centerfire weapons. The access permit allows access to take deer ... Read More »

Learn Outdoor Skills as Family at Fort Kearny SRA Workshop

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LINCOLN – It’s not too late to schedule some family time outdoors by participating in the Becoming an Outdoors-Family workshop Aug. 8-9 at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area. This Nebraska Game and Parks Commission workshop is designed so participants can learn a variety of skills as a family and spend more time together outdoors. Activities to be taught include cooking, shooting sports, fishing, aquatic ecology, kayaking, geocaching, bird watching, hiking, swimming, sand volleyball and disc golf. The fee is $99 ... Read More »

Become a Certified Youth Fishing Instructor in Columbus Area

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will certify youth fishing instructors Aug. 30 in Duncan, Neb. The free workshop will be held at the Boystown Day School, 510 6th St., from 9 a.m.-noon. Duncan is 9 miles west of Columbus. Youth fishing instructors will receive training and tools to conduct fishing clinics. These volunteers will have access to Game and Parks’ loaner fishing equipment and educational materials for events and will receive program incentives. They also are encouraged ... Read More »

Game and Parks Communications Staff Receive National Accolades

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LINCOLN – The communications staff of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission earned eight national awards for its publications, marketing and promotions during the recent Association for Conservation Information’s annual national conference. NEBRASKAland Magazine earned three awards and received second place in the overall magazine category. The agency also received accolades for its annual report and calendar. “Nebraska Game and Parks’ communications increase awareness and engagement through comprehensive marketing, public relations, education and outreach efforts. Those efforts result in increased ... Read More »