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

Commission to Hold Special Meeting Sept. 10 in Lincoln


LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will hold a special meeting on Sept. 10 in Lincoln to discuss a memorandum of understanding between the Commission, Nebraska Public Power District and the Niobrara River Basin Alliance regarding the Spencer hydro facility and associated water rights. The meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the third-floor conference room at the Commission’s Lincoln headquarters, 2200 N. 33rd St. There also will be a remote video conference location for the meeting in ... Read More »

Wildcat Hills Nature Center Expansion Begins

Architectural drawing of expansion. (Courtesy of Studio 120 Architecture)

One of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s premier facilities in the Panhandle is about to become even more impressive. Construction has officially begun on an addition to the Wildcat Hills Nature Center south of Gering. The $2.375 million expansion will add 8,720 square feet to the building, which serves as headquarters for the Commission’s educational programs in the region and the 700-acre Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area. The new construction will more than double the size of the existing ... Read More »

Public Bird Banding Days Set at Chadron State Park, Wildcat Hills

A female orchard oriole is held by Alexandra Mayes, education coordinator for the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, while getting its photo taken by an attendee of last year's public bird banding demonstrations at Chadron State Park. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

The public is invited to get up-close and personal with bird populations at two parks in the Nebraska Panhandle this weekend and next. Bird banding stations have been set up at Chadron State Park near Chadron and Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area near Gering. Attendees of special public banding days will watch and learn as biologists retrieve birds from nets, collect data, and fit each with a lightweight metal leg band before releasing it back to the wild. The first ... Read More »

Meeting to Discuss Pollinators Sept. 18 in Nebraska City


LINCOLN – The public is invited to an informational meeting regarding the importance of pollinators on Sept. 18 in Nebraska City. This free event will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Lewis and Clark Missouri River Visitors Center, 100 Valmont Drive. Discussion topics will include the benefits of pollinators, pollinators in the Midwest, importance of pollinator habitat, and programs to help pollinators. The meeting’s guest speakers will be Pete Berthelsen of Pheasants Forever Inc. & Quail Forever Inc., Erin ... Read More »

Hunting and Trapping Workshops Scheduled for Novices


LINCOLN – Novice hunters and trappers are the focus of free workshops the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is hosting to help them prepare for the fall seasons. While these workshops are designed to improve confidence and expand knowledge for those with little to no experience, they are open to anyone interested in becoming more successful, regardless of skill level. Game and Parks specialists will cover successful strategies, equipment, biology, techniques and other topics. The workshops will run 6-8:30 p.m. ... Read More »

Stocked Bullheads Provide More Late-Summer Fishing OpportunitiesStocked Bullheads Provide More Late-Summer Fishing Opportunities


LINCOLN – There is still time to take children fishing for stocked bullheads this summer. In fact, many anglers started their fishing careers catching bullheads at a young age. Black bullheads raised at the Valentine State Fish Hatchery were stocked Sept. 1 at the following state recreation areas, with quantities: Louisville Lake No. 2A, 518; Fremont Lake No. 3, 1,100; Two Rivers Lake No. 7, 501; and Two Rivers Lake No. 6, 1,209. These stocked bullheads are 7-10 inches in ... Read More »

Mentored Youth Hunt Opportunities Available This Fall


LINCOLN – Two mentored youth hunting programs are available this fall for recent Hunter Education graduates. These programs of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and partner organizations allow participants to take their new-found hunting and shooting skills into the field, paired up with adult mentors. These safe, educational programs help new hunters explore what it takes to become a successful hunter while learning about conservation, preparation and responsibility. The programs are: Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever Youth Mentored Hunt ... Read More »

Commissioners Approve Waterfowl Recommendations


LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved recommendations for the 2015 waterfowl and crow hunting seasons at a meeting Aug. 28 in Burwell. The 2015 waterfowl and crow seasons are as follows: Duck and Coot Zone 1: Oct. 10-Dec. 22 Zone 2: Oct. 3-Dec. 15 in Low Plains and Oct.3-Dec. 15 and Jan. 6-27 in High Plains Zone 3: Oct. 24-Jan. 5 in Low Plains and Oct. 24-Jan. 5 and Jan. 6-27 in High Plains Zone 4: Oct. ... Read More »

Several Hunting Seasons Opening in Early September


LINCOLN – September in Nebraska means football – and hunting. The first day of the month brings the opener of several hunting seasons, including dove, grouse and archery deer. Dove hunters should be reminded that they are required to have a Harvest Information Program number. They can obtain one at outdoornebraska.ne.gov/hip or by calling 1-877-634-8687. The 2015 Dove Fact Sheet is a good source of information for the season and may be found at outdoornebraska.ne.gov/hunting/guides/upland_game/pdf/dovefactsheet.pdf. A resource for grouse hunters ... Read More »

Reminders for Hunting Seasons


LINCOLN – Preparation is key to safe and enjoyable hunting trips. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds hunters of several things to accomplish and be aware of as hunting seasons begin. Buy Permits and Stamps – Hunting (small game), big game and turkey permits, as well as appropriate stamps, may be purchased at OutdoorNebraska.org or Game and Parks permitting offices across the state. Before purchasing a permit, know what may be harvested with it, what weapons may be used ... Read More »