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From the desk of Jerry Kane, Public Information Officer for NGPC.

Meat Processors for Hunters Helping the Hungry

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LINCOLN – Twenty-one meat processors will participate in the 2014 Hunters Helping the Hungry program. Administered by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Hunters Helping the Hungry provides ground venison to Nebraskans in need. Deer hunters may donate deer at any contracted Hunters Helping the Hungry processor beginning with the start of the archery season on Sept. 1, 2014. The most up-to-date list of processors accepting deer for the program will be available at OutdoorNebraska.org/HHH. Participating meat processors include Amherst ... Read More »

Nebraska Receives $500,000 from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for Conservation

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for bat conservation efforts. Game and Parks was one of 14 recipients of this year’s USFWS State Wildlife Grants. The grants, which were announced earlier this month, are awarded for large-scale conservation projects that cross state lines and yield measurable results to benefit imperiled species. Nebraska has partnered with Wyoming Game and Fish Department to protect habitat for eight imperiled ... Read More »

Living History Weekend Slated for Aug. 2-3 at Fort Atkinson SHP

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LINCOLN — Step back in time Aug. 2-3 at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park’s (SHP) living history weekend. The 1820s-era military post will come alive with demonstrations of skills from a bygone era. Visitors will be able to witness various trades including blacksmithing, tinsmithing, carpentry and coopering, as well as period crafts of spinning, weaving and quilting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is free. A valid Nebraska park entry permit is required for each vehicle entering ... Read More »

Discover Bats! Educator Workshops to be Held in Beatrice and Norfolk

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LINCOLN — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, in conjunction with Fulbright’s EcoLeadership Program, is pleased to announce two upcoming educator workshops focusing on bats. The workshops, open to K-12 grade educators in Nebraska, will educate teachers about the natural history of bats, as well as their importance to the ecosystem and how to help in their conservation. Teachers can learn how to incorporate the study of bats into their science curriculum and will receive a variety of educational resources ... Read More »

August Outdoor Calendar

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LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in August: Aug. 1 – Squirrel season opens Aug. 1 – Bat workshop, Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, 3-10 p.m. Aug. 1 – Final day for bighorn sheep lottery applications Aug. 2 – National Park Service Outdoor Event, Niobrara State Park (SP), Niobrara, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 402-857-3373 Aug. 2-3 – Living History, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP), Fort Calhoun, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 402-468-5611 ... Read More »

Mountain Lion Killed Near Chadron

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LINCOLN — A 5-month-old female mountain lion was shot south of Chadron in Dawes County on Saturday, July 19. A man reported noticing the animal crouched in the grass about 20 yards from his residence, where two young children were present on a patio. The man retrieved a rifle from the house and approached the animal, then shot it when it stood but did not flee. The mountain lion weighed approximately 30 pounds. As required by law, the man immediately ... Read More »

Zebra Mussels Confirmed at Offutt Base Lake

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LINCOLN — The presence of invasive zebra mussels has been confirmed at Offutt Base Lake near Bellevue. On May 1, Dr. Dan James of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Pierre, SD, discovered live adult zebra mussels in Offutt Base Lake, while checking rocks in the shallow water. This discovery was confirmed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Invasive Species Program. Beginning immediately, water from the Offutt Base Lake may not be removed from the ... Read More »

No Changes to Walgren Lake Regulations

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LINCOLN — After weighing input from the public, staff members of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission are not pursuing changes in regulations at Walgren Lake State Recreation Area (SRA). Commission staff considered pursuing changes after a community member proposed converting the area to a waterfowl refuge. The agency hosted a public meeting in Hay Springs in June to gain input about the issue. Tim McCoy, Commission deputy director, said testimony from the public and other correspondence did not indicate ... Read More »

Outdoor Cooking Program Set at Chadron State Park

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  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

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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 »