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October Outdoor Calendar


LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in October: Oct. 1 – Crow hunting season opens statewide Oct. 1-31 – Paddlefish snagging season Oct. 3 – Dad’s Day at the Range, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 4 p.m., 402-471-6141 Oct. 3-5 – ATV Jamboree, Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area (SRA), Ogallala, 308-284-8800 Oct. 3-5 – Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop, Nebraska National Forest, Halsey Oct. 4 – Duck ... Read More »

Reminder of Change to Bowhunter Education


LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds hunters that changes in Nebraska law now require them to be certified in bowhunter education if they hunt big game with a crossbow and are ages 12 through 29. Hunters ages 12 and 29 who hunt deer, antelope, elk or bighorn sheep with bow and arrow or a crossbow must carry with them proof of certification of a bowhunter education course. In addition, hunters ages 12 through 29 who hunt anything ... Read More »

Missouri River Outdoor Expo Celebrates 10th Year

Missouri River boat rides are a popular activity at the Missouri River Outdoor Expo.  Jon Farrar/NEBRASKAland Magazine

LINCOLN – The Missouri River Outdoor Expo, a huge annual event showcasing outdoor activities of all types, will mark its 10th anniversary Sept. 20-21 at Ponca State Park. Several new events and attractions are on tap this year. Among them are the Grunt, Gobble and Growl Contest, in which contestants vie for prizes by giving their best impression of any animal they choose. Game and Parks’ new 6,000-gallon mobile aquarium, which debuted at the Nebraska State Fair in August, will ... Read More »

Iowa Man Cited for Shooting Mountain Lion


LINCOLN – A 23-year-old Iowa man has been cited for shooting a mountain lion out of season near Crawford on the evening of Sept. 6. The man was hunting deer with archery equipment from a tree stand on Ponderosa Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Dawes County when the incident occurred. He reported shooting the lion to the Dawes County Sherriff’s Department that night. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials immediately responded to the scene and recovered the carcass at about ... Read More »

Hunters Should Be Aware of Possible Toxic Blue-Green Algae


LINCOLN – Hunters around Olive Creek State Recreation Area should be aware of a report that a dog swimming in the lake recently has died. The cause of death is unconfirmed, but it is suspected that ingestion of toxic blue-green algae might be the cause of death. The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality took a water sample at the lake on Sept. 5. Results are expected within a week. Olive Creek, located in Lancaster County, is not one of the ... Read More »

Game and Parks’ Kuhn Honored by State Park Directors


LINCOLN – Roger Kuhn, assistant director of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, was honored with a special award on Sept. 4 at the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) annual meeting in Omaha. Kuhn, of Ashland, was recognized for his special, extended efforts and contributions that advance the general goals of the NASPD. Included in Kuhn’s 30-plus-year career with Game and Parks are more than 20 years served as parks administrator. Under his leadership, the parks division progressed ... Read More »

Pollinator Workshop Sept. 19 in Nebraska City


LINCOLN – The public is invited to a free workshop Sept. 19 in Nebraska City to discuss the importance of pollinators. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Pheasants Forever will host the workshop at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, 100 Valmont Drive. The event begins with free appetizers at 6 p.m., followed by the presentation from 7-9 p.m. Topics will include: benefits of pollinators, common Nebraska pollinators, importance of pollinator habitat, and solutions to declining pollinator populations. Call ... Read More »

Family Fishing Night in Broken Bow on Sept. 11


LINCOLN – Anglers, especially young and inexperienced ones, are invited to attend Family Fishing Night in Broken Bow on Sept. 11. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host the event from 6-8 p.m. at Melham Park Pond. The agency will stock the pond with 300 catchable-size channel catfish just prior to the event. Rods and reels, as well as bait and fishing instruction, will be available. All fishing permits and regulations apply. Family Fishing Night is an opportunity for ... Read More »

Small-bore Silhouette Championships Set for Sept. 27


LINCOLN – The annual Nebraska High School Small-bore Silhouette Championships will be held Sept. 27 at the Pressey Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Custer County. This free competition is open to Nebraska high, junior high and middle school students who have received a certificate verifying completion of a hunter education program. Team competition is comprised of four-person teams in school, 4-H, and open categories. Shooters are not required to compete in teams. Contact Matthew Haumont at 308-872-2348 or to ... Read More »

Dove Season Opens in Nebraska


LINCOLN – The statewide dove hunting season opened in Nebraska on Sept. 1 and will run through Oct. 30. The daily bag and possession limits are 15 and 45, respectively. Bag limits are for mourning, white-winged and Eurasian collared doves in aggregate. Nebraska residents 16 years and older and all nonresidents are required to have a valid Nebraska hunting permit, habitat stamp and Harvest Information Program (HIP) number. Register at,, at any Nebraska Game and Parks Commission district ... Read More »