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New Reservoir

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It has been long-awaited, but if you go to the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resource District’s website you will find this news! Prairie Queen Recreation Area Opening Set for March 31st I have often said that I wish all reservoirs built 30+ years ago were built the way we can build them now when given the chance to partner with a dam-building entity like the Papio-Missouri River NRD.  Simply put, reservoirs can be built with water quality, fish, anglers, and aquatic habitat in ... Read More »

Hero Shot

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A few weeks ago I posted a picture of my son with a very nice, 36-inch pike he pulled through an ice hole this winter.  I put all of my blog posts on my FaceBook page too, and there a friend was giving me a bad time about the “hero shots” and holding fish closer to the camera to make them look bigger.  Another friend chimed in and said something that I thought was profound; I want to share it ... Read More »

Open House

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If you are in the area and can make it to this meeting next week, we would love to have you! Commission to Host Meeting on 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 ... Read More »

Piking

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Last weekend I was informed, sort of anonymously on the inter-web, that I was a fine, lazy state worker.  Ironically, that came after working my seventh weekend out of the ten since the first of the year.  I recalled that yesterday when I actually got out of the office to help with some field work.  I do not do that often anymore, but on occasion I get to be back on the water helping one of our field biologists.  The occasion yesterday was ... Read More »

Pine Ridge Mule Deer Counted

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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

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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 »

Conservation Officers Surprise Third Grade Class

Sara Friedrichsen's third grade class gather for a funny group photo at the end of a surprise visit by Nebraska conservation.

Conservation officers Alexandra Frohberg and Tom Zimmer made a surprise visit to Covington Elementary in South Sioux City recently. As part of a class assignment, third grade student Kevin Castro wrote to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to invite staff to visit his class and to read. “The students love to have guest readers come in, and I love to show how reading is a part of life, even after school,” said Castro’s third grade teacher Sara Friedrichsen. “So ... Read More »

Light Geese: They’re Not Cat Food!

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Gosh darn, I hate it when any wildlife specie, especially a game specie, is demeaned in any way. All wildlife matters. On my personal Facebook page, I had one of my friends (I ‘friend’ everyone, by the way) call snow and Ross’s geese that I had harvested during the Light Goose Conservation Order hunting period “cat food” on a pic I shared. I know it was meant somewhat in gest, but also with some personal candor. I deleted the comment. Here’s the pic. Look friends, migratory snow and Ross’s Geese ... Read More »

Great Outdoor Radio Show, Game and Parks Staff at NE Safari Club Expo

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The Great Outdoor Radio Show I host on will be broadcasting LIVE this Saturday morning, March 7th, from the the Nebraska Safari Club International Hunting Expo and Convention. This event is a benefit for wildlife conservation projects as well as youth outdoor education programs in Nebraska. The safari club has financially supported or been directly involved with such programs/projects as the Water Festival at the Two Rivers SRA, Halsey 4-H Camps, Archery in the Schools, Trout in the Classroom, Nebraska Pronghorn Antelope Restoration, and Nebraska River Otter and Bighorn Sheep Reintroductions, ... Read More »

State Record Update, March 2015

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It has been a few years since we had any state record fish that have been caught through the ice.  We had a couple of fish caught & released through the ice last winter that were state record class ( Big Fish! , Big Fish! Its Happened Again! ), but none in recent years that have been certified as state records.  I have one that was caught through the ice this winter, and it is a bit of an unusual ... Read More »