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

Construction Begins on Wildcat Hills Shooting Complex

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LINCOLN – Construction has begun on a new, family friendly shooting complex at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area near Gering. The facility will be geared toward families of beginners and novices who want to learn, develop and hone shooting sports skills. The facility will include a 50-yard small-bore rifle range for .22 caliber rifles with 10 shooting stations, a 100-yard rifle sight-in range, a 60-yard archery range with 24 shooting stations, a 5-station trap range with 5-stand shotgun range, and ... Read More »

Marsh Madness 2015 at Ponca State Park

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March is Nebraska’s peak month for viewing waterfowl. Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate the migration at Ponca State Park through bird viewing tours, nature hikes, bird-related activities and crafts every Saturday in March. Park lodging will be offered at 30% discount. Ponca State Park is listed as an Important Bird Area in Nebraska by the National Audubon Society, and Nebraska wetlands, including those along the Missouri River, may experience more than 500,000 ducks and geese this month. More than ... Read More »

Late-Winter Fun at Mahoney on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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I’ll be covering some late-winter fun that you and your family can have at Mahoney State Park near Ashland, NE on my outdoors-related television segment this week. Find out what activities await you and your family tonight at 6 p.m. CST on The Weekly Outdoor Report which airs LIVE during the sportscast with Ross Jernstrom on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News. Here’s one of them that we’ll be showing you. Even I, Greg Wagner, being a good sport, gave ice skating ... Read More »

More Elk Collared in North-central Nebraska

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BASSETT – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission placed tracking collars on three elk near Bassett in north-central Nebraska on Tuesday, the latest installment of a multi-year effort to use real-time location data to determine populations, make harvest recommendations and monitor herd health. Game and Parks contracted a helicopter wildlife capture crew to catch the elk and equip them with GPS tracking collars and ear tags. In addition, samples were taken from the three cows to obtain health and genetic ... Read More »

Spring Turkey Hunting Workshops Scheduled

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host six spring turkey hunting workshops across the state to help prepare hunters for the upcoming seasons. The free, two-hour workshops are open to all turkey hunters, regardless of experience and will feature Game and Parks specialists covering strategies, equipment, biology and tips to becoming a successful turkey hunter. “This is a great program for the new turkey hunter or those looking to learn more,” said Aaron Hershberger, a Game and ... Read More »

Spring Brings the Call of the Crane

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The spring migration has begun when the unique and primeval call of the sandhill crane is heard; it is one that captures our attention and curiosity. Standing four-foot tall these prehistoric birds travel through Nebraska as part of their migration from summering areas in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico to their nesting areas in the upper United States, Canada and as far North as Siberia. In the Central Flyway, Nebraska is one of the few places left for the 500,000-plus ... Read More »

March Outdoor Calendar

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LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in March: March 3 – Prescribed burn workshop: Burning tree piles, Guide Rock Community Center, 120 W. Douglas St., Guide Rock, 6 p.m., 308-850-8395 March 4 – Lake and pond management workshop, Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, 3125 Portia St., Lincoln, 6 p.m., 402-476-2729 March 6-31 – Fort Kearny State Historical Park visitor center open for crane viewing and history, Kearney, 308-865-5305 ... Read More »

Walleye Fishing Workshop Set for March 12 at Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium

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LINCOLN – The public is invited to a free walleye fishing workshop March 12 at Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium near Gretna. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission fisheries outreach program manager Daryl Bauer will present the 7 p.m. workshop, which will include a discussion on walleye habitat, management and fishing techniques. The aquarium is located in Schramm Park State Recreation Area, 5 miles south of Interstate 80, exit 432. For more information, call the aquarium at 402-332-3901. Read More »

Bald Eagles Break Nest Record in 2014

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LINCOLN – A record 146 bald eagle nests were surveyed in 2014 by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and its partners, with 111 of the nests being active. Bald eagles were on federal and state endangered species lists as late as 2007 and 2008, respectively. In less than a quarter century the species has gone from a nonexistent breeding species in the state to one that is relatively numerous, according to Joel Jorgensen, Game and Parks’ nongame bird program ... Read More »

Run Wild for Wildlife Conservation May 16

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LINCOLN – Registration is now open for Run Wild, an annual trail run to be held May 16 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. Choose from a 10k or 5k trail run on a scenic, naturally challenging back trail. There also is a 1-mile children’s fun run. All proceeds are used for conservation of Nebraska’s wildlife and wild places, with special emphasis on Nebraska’s rare, declining and threatened and endangered species. These trail runs are not timed. Early Registration is ... Read More »