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Outdoor Cooking Program Set at Chadron State Park

Dutch oven

  The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has cooked up a program to help people improve their outdoor cuisine. The presentation, led by Commission outdoor education specialist Amanda Filipi, will be at the Chadron State Park Trading Post’s fire pit on Friday, July 25, at 5 p.m. Participants can expect to dine on a delicious meal after learning to cook it using techniques such as Dutch oven, foil and open fire. Filipi encourages people to sign up soon. The registration ... Read More »

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


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


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


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


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 »

Campfire Christmas in July at Indian Cave State Park on July 26


LINCOLN – Embrace the holiday spirit early at Indian Cave State Park with Campfire Christmas in July. This all-day event on July 26 includes a craft fair, visit from Santa, campground decorating contest, horse-drawn rides and a screening of a movie at the outdoor amphitheater. A drawing for a half-price youth lifetime permit will be held. Other activities held throughout the weekend include horse trail rides and living history demonstrations. A park entry permit is required. For more information, contact ... Read More »

Consider Donation to Hunters Helping the Hungry When Buying Deer Permit


LINCOLN – Nebraska deer permits are now available for purchase. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission asks hunters buying their permits to consider also making a tax-deductible donation to Hunters Helping the Hungry. Founded in 2012, Hunters Helping the Hungry allows for the distribution of venison to Nebraskans in need. During the state’s various deer seasons, hunters can donate deer at participating processors. The processors then distribute ground venison to food pantries and soup kitchens across the state. The cost ... Read More »

Buffalo Cookouts at Niobrara State Park

Deb Grimes (left) and Ruth Grimes enjoying buffalo burgers and music at Niobrara State Park's Buffalo Cookout.

Last two Buffalo Cookouts of the summer will be held July 19 and August 30 at Niobrara State Park. Cookout meals of buffalo burgers, beans, salads and ice cream will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a special program. Attendees must register and purchase meal tickets at the park office before noon on the day of the cookout; tickets for adults (13 and older) is $12 and children is $8. Program is free to attend. The cookout on July ... Read More »

Commissioners Open Entire State to Teal Hunting


LINCOLN – All of Nebraska will be open for teal hunting in 2014. The Nebraska Game and Parks Board of Commissioners adopted changes to teal and youth waterfowl hunting seasons at their meeting July 11 at Niobrara State Park (SP). The commissioners created new zone boundaries. The High Plains Zone encompasses the western half of the state and the Low Plains Zone the eastern half. Previously, teal hunting was generally restricted to the southern half of the state. The 2014 ... Read More »

Family Fishing Event at Merritt Reservoir on July 26


LINCOLN – A family fishing event, hosted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Walleye Association (NWA), is scheduled for July 26 at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area. This event, scheduled for 4-7 p.m. at Bead’s Landing, is free for all families. Park entry and fishing permits are required. Anyone can come and learn to fish, as loaner equipment and bait will be available. Staff from Game and Parks as well as the NWA will be on ... Read More »