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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.

May Outdoor Calendar

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LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in May: April 30, May 1-2 – Cornhusker Trap Shoot, Doniphan, cornhusker-trap.com May 1 – Explore Archery, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6-7 p.m., 402-471-6141 May 1-2 – Toast Nebraska, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP), Ashland, 1-10 p.m., 402-944-2523 May 2 – Take Pride in America Day Cleanup at Verdon Lake State Recreation Area (SRA), Verdon, 9 a.m., 402-883-2575 ... Read More »

Repaving Has Begun at Indian Cave State Park

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LINCOLN – The repaving of roads within Indian Cave State Park has begun. The roads to the boat ramp and cave are temporarily closed for repaving. All other areas of the park, including the campgrounds, are open. All of the roads, parking areas and campgrounds within the park will be repaved this year. Construction will take place in phases so that guests will still be able to visit and enjoy this popular state park. Park management will work closely with ... Read More »

Game and Parks Plans Statewide Birding Activities Throughout May

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LINCOLN – Gov. Pete Ricketts will declare May as Nebraska International Migratory Bird Month during a ceremony May 13 at Warner Chamber at the Nebraska Capitol. Family bird walks, breakfast birding outings and other educational, family-friendly events are planned statewide throughout the month of May to celebrate. Since 1993, International Migratory Bird Day has been celebrated nationally on the second Saturday of May. In Nebraska, the celebration has been extended throughout the month of May. It is a chance for ... Read More »

Game and Parks Reminds Boaters of Certification Requirement

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds Nebraska boaters that any operator of a motorboat or personal watercraft born after Dec. 31, 1985 is required to be certified in boater safety. In addition to successfully completing a boating safety course, the operator must be in possession of a valid certificate. Nonresidents may present a certificate from their state. Anyone operating a motorboat or personal watercraft in Nebraska must be at least 14 years of age, and anyone age ... Read More »

Target Shooting Banned at Leonard A. Koziol WMA

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LINCOLN – Target shooting at the Leonard A. Koziol Wildlife Management Area (WMA) has been permanently closed to target shooting. Target shooting at the WMA in Howard County is now prohibited because of safety concerns, property destruction and excessive littering. Target shooting is permitted on most WMAs. The areas that have target shooting bans are posted with appropriate signs. Call a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission district office in Lincoln (402-471-0641), Norfolk (402-370-3374), North Platte (308-535-8025) or Alliance (308-763-2940) to ... Read More »

Mahoney and Platte River State Parks Seek Seasonal Help

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LINCOLN – Seasonal jobs are available at two of Nebraska’s most popular tourist attractions – Eugene T. Mahoney and Platte River state parks. Located in the Platte River Valley between Omaha and Lincoln, the parks offer positions in a fun, friendly, outdoor environment. Positions available are customer service, lifeguard, housekeeping, wrangler, summer concessions, and grounds. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Apply as a Temporary Park Worker I at statejobs.nebraska.gov. Call 402-944-2523 ext. 7122 for more information. Read More »

Game and Parks Seeks Input on Potential Waterfowl Changes for 2016-2017 Season

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking input on potential changes to duck zone and goose unit boundaries for the 2016-17 hunting season. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) allows changes to duck zone boundaries every five years, and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has paired this with dark (Canada) goose unit boundary changes. Duck zones and goose units provide an opportunity to coordinate duck and goose migration patterns and hunter preferences with hunting season ... Read More »

Beyond BOW to Host Horseback Riding Workshop

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LINCOLN – Women are invited to enjoy nature and the beauty of Platte River State Park atop a horse at a workshop on April 25. The Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is hosting Experience Platte River State Park, a beginner horseback riding workshop. It will include riding and horse grooming instruction as well as a trail ride through the park near Louisville. The daylong event also will include shooting sports at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex and ... Read More »

Platte River SP’s Education Complex Opens for Spring on April 25

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LINCOLN – The Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex at Platte River State Park will be open for its spring season on weekends from April 25 through May 17. The complex, which will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., offers the public a wide variety of shooting sports disciplines in a safe and family-friendly environment. An open house is scheduled for May 22 from 4-8 p.m. The complex will begin its summer season on May 23, ... Read More »

Multispecies Lottery Permit Applications Begin April 20

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LINCOLN – The application period for the Super Tag and Combo multispecies big game lottery permits begins April 20. A summary of the permits: Super Tag – One permit will be issued to a Nebraska resident, and applicants may enter the lottery once a year for a $25 fee. One additional permit will be issued to a resident or nonresident, and applicants may enter the lottery multiple times at $10 an entry. The Super Tag permit is valid in 2015 ... Read More »