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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.

Commission Approves Changes to Big Game Regulations

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission made changes to the 2015 big game regulations March 20 at a meeting in Lexington. Most significant of the big game changes is an increase in the River Antlerless Unit deer permit quota from 7,000 to 12,000. This is expected to maintain hunting pressure on white-tailed deer in prime habitat on private land, where high deer herd numbers can develop the fastest. The permit allows for the harvest of two antlerless white-tailed ... Read More »

Outdoor Educational Rendezvous Set for May 8 at Niobrara State Park

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LINCOLN – Northeast Nebraska’s Niobrara State Park will become an outdoor classroom May 8 at the fourth annual Outdoor Educational Rendezvous at Niobrara State Park. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., school students, teachers, home-school families, parents and guardians will get an outdoor education from 40 master naturalist programs and activities such as fishing, archery, tomahawk throwing, Native American culture, mountain man programs, horseback riding, taxidermy and raptor release. Ecologists Jasmine Cutter and Dillon Blankenship will present the program “Prairies are All ... Read More »

Meeting to Discuss Valentine-Area Projects

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LINCOLN – A public informational meeting will be held in Valentine on March 26 to discuss several planned improvements for fishing, boating and angler access in the area. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host the meeting at the Niobrara Lodge, 803 E. U.S. Highway 20, from 7-9 p.m. A presentation on the projects will be followed by a question-and-answer session. A summary of the projects to be discussed: Valentine National Wildlife Refuge ... Read More »

Commission to Meet in Lexington on March 20

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider changes to big game regulations March 20 at a meeting in Lexington. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 2605 Plum Creek Parkway. The public is invited. Most significant of the recommended big game amendments is an increase in the River Antlerless Unit deer permit quota from 7,000 to 12,000. If adopted, this is expected to maintain hunting pressure on white-tailed deer in prime habitat on ... Read More »

Young Male Mountain Lion Shot in Sheridan County

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LINCOLN – A young male mountain lion was shot and killed on the evening of March 8 approximately 5 miles south of Whiteclay in Sheridan County. A homeowner and a neighbor were working outside when they heard growling come from under the porch of the farmhouse. They found the cat growling at them from under the porch. The cat was shot after the homeowner could not get the cat to leave. The incident was reported to the Sheridan County Sheriff’s ... Read More »

Private Archery Instruction Offered at Outdoor Education Center

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LINCOLN – Private instruction for beginner or novice archers is available in the indoor archery range at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln. The center has a pro staff available to provide everything from setting up or tuning a new bow to archery lessons. These private sessions are available at $30 per hour by reservation only. Email the center, located at 4703 N. 44th St., at ngpc.outdoored@nebraska.gov to make an appointment. Read More »

Game and Parks No Longer Considering Ash Hollow for ATV Park Location

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is no longer considering Ash Hollow State Historical Park as a site for an all-terrain vehicle park. Ash Hollow was a potential site, and the Commission is undertaking a study to determine the cultural resources of the area for any other potential future uses of the park, including a possible future expansion of a cemetery on park land requested by local citizens. The Commission had meetings and conversations with Garden County leaders ... Read More »

Game and Parks Announces Spring Trout Stocking Schedule

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will stock catchable-size rainbow trout in several city ponds and lakes across the state this month. The schedule, subject to change depending on conditions, includes date, location and quantity (times are approximate): March 10 – Gracie Creek Pond, 1,000 March 17 – Bridgeport State Recreation Area (SRA) northwest pit, 1,400; Morrill middle pit, 450; Morrill north pit, 1,350 March 19 – Rock Creek Lake, 1,000; Fremont SRA No. 2, 3,750; Eugene T. ... Read More »

Prescribed Burns of Grasslands Scheduled

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will conduct prescribed burns at several state-owned areas to improve grassland and promote wildlife habitat. Prescribed burning stimulates the growth of desirable grasses and forbs and suppresses invasive tree and brush species. Removing residual grass and trees, especially cedars, also will reduce the fire hazard on these areas. Burns are scheduled, as weather conditions permit, for the following areas, listed by county. All areas are wildlife management areas, unless otherwise noted: Antelope ... Read More »

Family Fishing Fundamentals Course Offered at SCC

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LINCOLN – Southeast Community College is offering a family Fishing Fundamentals course in April to provide anglers with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to begin fishing. The course includes three classroom sessions and a guided fishing trip. Class times are 6-7:30 p.m. The cost is $29 per family. Course dates and locations are: Auburn – April 7, 14, 21, 28; York – April 7, 14, 21, 25; Plattsmouth – April 7, 14, 21, 28; Nebraska City – April ... Read More »