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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.

Rimfire Challenge Scheduled at Platte River State Park

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LINCOLN – Learn the basics of rimfire steel challenge and competitive shooting July 11 at Platte River State Park with the First Shots Second Round Rimfire Challenge. This free event, sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, will be held at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex at 9 a.m. It is open to the first 20 registrants ages 12 and up. Those who bring their own rimfire rifle must bring their own ammunition. Loaner guns and ammunition ... Read More »

Women’s Rifle Series Held on Wednesdays in July

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LINCOLN – Women interested in learning all aspects of rifle shooting are invited to attend a series of Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman classes in July at various locations across southeast Nebraska. The rifle series is held each Wednesday in July from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Each class is $5. Participants may attend as many classes as they desire. Equipment and ammunition can be provided. The class schedule: July 8 – Introduction to .22 Rifles, Firearm Safety and Range Rules, Platte River State ... Read More »

Boating Accident Claims One Life, Injury in Another

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LINCOLN – A boating accident on the morning of June 29 in the tailwaters below Gavins Point Dam in Cedar County claimed the life of a 68-year-old Creighton woman. Two boats collided at approximately 9:55 a.m. The victim was a passenger in one of the boats. She was transported to Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, S.D., where she was pronounced dead. Conservation officers with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nebraska State Patrol, ... Read More »

Meat Processors May Apply for Hunters Helping the Hungry

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LINCOLN – Meat processors have until July 20 to apply for participation in the 2015 Hunters Helping the Hungry program, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. This program provides ground venison to Nebraskans in need. The application form and program guidelines are available at OutdoorNebraska.com/HHH under Processors and Charitable Organizations. Game and Parks will accept applications for participation in any of the Nebraska 2015-2016 deer hunting seasons. Game and Parks will contact eligible applicants by Aug. 7, 2015. ... Read More »

Habitat Project Planned on Bassway Strip WMA

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LINCOLN – A habitat project will begin sometime this summer on Bassway Strip Wildlife Management Area in Buffalo County to benefit bobwhite quail, wild turkey, white-tailed deer and many other species. The primary focus of the project will be to remove invasive cedar trees and smooth brome grass and to establish food plots and shrub thickets. This will provide nesting, brood-rearing and escape cover for quail and turkeys. Cedar tree and limited deciduous tree removal will open up heavily timbered ... Read More »

Commission to Consider Early Teal Season Dates

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider 2015 early teal season dates at its meeting July 16 in Sidney. The commissioners will consider the following recommended season dates: Low Plains, Sept. 5-20; High Plains, Sept. 12-20. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at the Hampton Inn, 635 Cabela’s Drive. Teal hunting season dates are set to coincide with the teal migration through Nebraska, and the opening day is typically the Saturday following Labor Day. This year, ... Read More »

Capitol Falcon Chick Named for Fallen Omaha Police Officer

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LINCOLN – Honoring a fallen Omaha police officer, the public chose the name “Orozco” for the peregrine falcon chick raised in a nest box at the Nebraska Capitol. The name was revealed in a ceremony outside the Capitol on June 26. Officer Kerrie Orozco, 29, was killed in the line of duty on May 30. A contest was held this month to name the falcon. The public submitted online name suggestions. A list of finalists was selected by a committee ... Read More »

Living History Scheduled for July 4-5 at Fort Atkinson SHP

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LINCOLN – Life at an 1820s military post will be depicted at Living History Weekend at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP) on July 4-5. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., volunteers will demonstrate period trades, such as blacksmithing, carpentry, tinsmithing and coopering, as well as crafts such as quilting, spinning and weaving. A Grand Parade of Review will take place each day at 1:30 p.m., followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Fort Atkinson SHP, the first ... Read More »

Road Temporarily Closed at Swanson Reservoir SRA

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LINCOLN – Trail Road 7 at Swanson Reservoir State Recreation Area (SRA) will be temporarily closed June 25 at 7 a.m. so that BNSF Railway can replace a crossing. Trail Roads 5 and 7 on the north side of the lake were closed June 22 as BNSF began replacing crossings on both, but the work was not completed. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is posting signs at the lake about the closure. Swanson Reservoir SRA is located just west ... Read More »

Join The Great Park Pursuit for a Nebraska Outdoor Adventure

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LINCOLN – Enjoy an outdoor adventure with family or friends and experience Nebraska parks by joining The Great Park Pursuit (GPP) for a chance to win prizes. The goal of GPP, a partnership between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Recreation and Park Association, is to promote active lifestyles while increasing awareness of the state’s nature-rich outdoor recreation opportunities. This is done by encouraging participants to visit up to 20 GPP sites located across Nebraska between May ... Read More »