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

January Outdoor Calendar

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LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in January: Jan. 1 – First Day Hike, Ponca State Park (SP), Ponca, 8 a.m., 402-755-2284 Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day; Game and Parks offices closed Jan. 2 – Indoor 3-D Archery Target Showcase, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St., Lincoln, noon-8 p.m., 402-471-6141 Jan. 2-3 – Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex open, Platte River ... Read More »

Information Sought on Killing of Mountain Lion

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking information on a female mountain lion that was illegally shot and left lay in the Pine Ridge National Forest south of Chadron in Dawes County. An individual hunting in the area reported finding the mountain lion, which was estimated to be about a year and a half old, late last week. Officials immediately began an investigation and have collected evidence at the scene. They believe the animal was shot in ... Read More »

Access Road to Bassway Strip WMA Temporarily Closed

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LINCOLN – The access road that passes under Interstate 80 on the west end of Bassway Strip Wildlife Management Area in Buffalo County will be temporarily closed during construction of a hike/bike trail bridge across the Platte River. Bassway Strip WMA will remain open to hunting and other allowable uses, but access may be gained from the parking area just off Nebraska Highway 10. Read More »

Discover Ice Fishing Clinics Scheduled in January

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LINCOLN – Learn the basics of ice fishing or pick up a few new tips at three Discover Ice Fishing clinics in January. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host free clinics Jan. 10 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park’s (SP) CenturyLink Lake and Jan. 17 at Kearney’s Yanney Lake. Both events will run 1-4 p.m., and registration is not required. The Nebraska Fish and Game Association will host a free classroom clinic Jan. 16 at Yanney Heritage Park’s ... Read More »

Game and Parks Permits Make Great Gifts

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LINCOLN – Hunting, fishing and park permits for 2015 make great holiday gifts. Permits are easy to wrap and easy to buy – they’re available both on the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission website, as well as at all Game and Parks offices. And they can be enjoyed all year long. Annual, multiyear and lifetime hunting and fishing permits are great gift ideas for those who enjoy outdoor adventures. Add a park permit to complete the package and open an ... Read More »

Deer Harvest Up Slightly from 2013

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska deer harvest is up slightly from 2013. As of Dec. 5, 44,379 deer have been taken in all seasons, compared to 42,562 by the same date last year. The biggest change from last year is the mule deer buck harvest, which is up by 575 animals (9 percent). Whitetail antlerless harvest has increased by 944 (8 percent), and whitetail buck harvest is up 327 (1 percent). The mule deer antlerless harvest is down 14 (1 percent). ... Read More »

A Western Nebraska Hunt for a Westerner

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CRAWFORD – In order to find success, one hunter this week made the 430-mile journey from Western, Nebraska, to Western Nebraska. Yes, you read that right. Johnny Barta, a big game hunter from Western, Nebraska (the village near Fairbury, not the region), visited the butte country of western Nebraska (the region, not the village) to fill the state’s lone bighorn sheep tag. His hunt ended successfully at noon Tuesday, Dec. 9, when he bagged a trophy ram at Fort Robinson ... Read More »

Christmas Bird Count at Ponca State Park

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Join Ponca State Park for the Annual Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 14. Experienced and novice birders, nature enthusiasts, and families are invited to participate in this 115-year-old tradition sponsored by the National Audubon Society. Guests are advised to dress accordingly and to bring their binoculars and bird books. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Missouri National Recreational River Resource and Education Center. A chili feed will be offered at noon amid counting. This event is ... Read More »

Target Shooting Prohibited at Three Lancaster County Public Hunting Areas

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LINCOLN – Three public hunting areas in Lancaster County are being permanently closed to target shooting. As of Dec. 2, target shooting at Little Salt Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Little Salt Creek West WMA and Helmuth Public Access Area is prohibited. Target shooting has been banned in these areas because safety concerns. Target shooters are encouraged to shoot at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center at 4703 N. 44th St., Lincoln. Read More »

Reminder of Meetings About Niobrara River Studies

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds the public that it is invited to attend informational meetings regarding studies completed on the Niobrara River. Game and Parks will present information from the six studies it has completed about the function and values of the river. Those studies include the science behind the water levels in the river; the economic and social values of recreation on the river; the economic and social values of the river for agricultural, industrial ... Read More »