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Toast Nebraska Wine Festival Slated for May 1 and 2 at Mahoney State Park

LINCOLN — The second annual Toast Nebraska Wine Festival, highlighting wines from 19 Nebraska wineries from around the state, will once again be held at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. This year’s event is scheduled for May 1 and 2. Guests are invited to sample wines while also enjoying music, food and conversation against the beautiful backdrop of Mahoney State Park. The weekend will also include a live entertainment line-up, amateur wine-making competition, cigar lounge, unique food pairings, art and ... Read More »

Platte River Art Show coming to Mahoney State Park April 11-12

LINCOLN — The public is invited to view and purchase the work of reputable and nationally-known artists from four Midwest states during the annual Platte River Art Show at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park Saturday, April 11 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, April 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Held in the , the show will feature many styles of painting, including works depicting wildlife, landscape, cityscape, portrait, still life, Native American, Southwest, Americana and impressionistic ... Read More »

Outdoor Adventure Coming to Indian Cave State Park April 18

LINCOLN – Indian Cave State Park near Schubert will host the 4th Annual Outdoor Adventure and Mushroom Run/Morel Mile on April 18. The annual Outdoor Adventure event showcases unique and fun outdoor opportunities available at Indian Cave State Park throughout the spring. Runners can take in the spring sights and sounds of Indian Cave State Park during the scenic 5K Mushroom Run or the 1-mile Morel Mile. Registration for each race is $20 before April 11 and $25 after. A ... Read More »

April Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in April: April 1-6 – Fort Kearny State Historical Park (SHP) visitor center open for crane viewing and history, Kearney, 308-865-5305 April 1-14 – Archery paddlefish permit application period April 2 – Just the Basics fishing workshop, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6:30 p.m., 402-471-6141 April 4 – Spring Eggstravaganza, Ponca State Park (SP), Ponca, 402-755-2284 April 4 – Bird ... Read More »

Commission Approves Changes to Big Game Regulations


LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission made changes to the 2015 big game regulations March 20 at a meeting in Lexington. Most significant of the big game changes is an increase in the River Antlerless Unit deer permit quota from 7,000 to 12,000. This is expected to maintain hunting pressure on white-tailed deer in prime habitat on private land, where high deer herd numbers can develop the fastest. The permit allows for the harvest of two antlerless white-tailed ... Read More »

Outdoor Educational Rendezvous Set for May 8 at Niobrara State Park


LINCOLN – Northeast Nebraska’s Niobrara State Park will become an outdoor classroom May 8 at the fourth annual Outdoor Educational Rendezvous at Niobrara State Park. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., school students, teachers, home-school families, parents and guardians will get an outdoor education from 40 master naturalist programs and activities such as fishing, archery, tomahawk throwing, Native American culture, mountain man programs, horseback riding, taxidermy and raptor release. Ecologists Jasmine Cutter and Dillon Blankenship will present the program “Prairies are All ... Read More »

Meeting to Discuss Valentine-Area Projects


LINCOLN – A public informational meeting will be held in Valentine on March 26 to discuss several planned improvements for fishing, boating and angler access in the area. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host the meeting at the Niobrara Lodge, 803 E. U.S. Highway 20, from 7-9 p.m. A presentation on the projects will be followed by a question-and-answer session. A summary of the projects to be discussed: Valentine National Wildlife Refuge ... Read More »

Pine Ridge Mule Deer Counted

Mule deer

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has completed the second year of an annual mule deer survey in portions of the Pine Ridge management unit in northwestern Nebraska. On Feb. 6-9, Commission employees used a contracted helicopter to repeat the 2014 mule deer survey. Commission staff counted 758 deer in 429 square miles of the unit compared to 862 in the same areas in 2014. The data will be compared to mule deer numbers in other areas of the state ... Read More »

Lewis and Clark Lake SRA Acquires Fire Truck for $1


Dave Kinnamon, park superintendent at Lewis and Clark Lake State Recreation Area (SRA), has had his share of experience with fire. Before accepting his current position at the SRA near Crofton in late 2013, Kinnamon served as park superintendent at Chadron State Park in western Nebraska, where he helped to combat the forest fires of 2012. Prior to leaving Chadron, Kinnamon helped the park obtain a surplus fire truck from the City of Seward Fire and Rescue to allow park ... Read More »

Commission to Meet in Lexington on March 20


LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider changes to big game regulations March 20 at a meeting in Lexington. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 2605 Plum Creek Parkway. The public is invited. Most significant of the recommended big game amendments is an increase in the River Antlerless Unit deer permit quota from 7,000 to 12,000. If adopted, this is expected to maintain hunting pressure on white-tailed deer in prime habitat on ... Read More »