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October Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in October:

Oct. 1 – Crow hunting season opens statewide

Oct. 1-31 – Paddlefish snagging season

Oct. 3 – Dad’s Day at the Range, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 4 p.m., 402-471-6141

Oct. 3-5 – ATV Jamboree, Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area (SRA), Ogallala, 308-284-8800

Oct. 3-5 – Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop, Nebraska National Forest, Halsey

Oct. 4 – Duck and coot hunting seasons open in Zones 2 and 4

Oct. 4 – Dark goose hunting season opens in North Central Unit

Oct. 4 – Light goose hunting regular season opens

Oct. 4 – White-fronted goose hunting season opens

Oct. 4 – Kickoff to Deer Season, High Velocity Sports, Wahoo, 1:30-4:30 p.m., 402- 443-3104

Oct. 4-5 – Autumn Harvest Art Show, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP), Ashland, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., 402-944-2523

Oct. 4-5 – Youth waterfowl hunting season in Zone 1

Oct. 4-5 – Historic Firearms Display, Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park (SHP), Burwell, 308-214-0082

Oct. 4-5 – Living History Weekend, Fort Atkinson SHP, Fort Calhoun, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 402-468-5611

Oct. 5 – Muzzleloader antelope hunting season closes

Oct. 5, 12, 19 – Living History, Arbor Lodge SHP, Nebraska City, 1-5 p.m., 402-873-7222

Oct. 6, 8 – Growing Up WILD workshop, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, 2:35-3:50 p.m., lindsay.rogers@nebraska.gov

Oct. 10 – Trick or Treat at the Town, Indian Cave SP, Shubert, 7-9 p.m., 402-883-2575

Oct. 10-12 – Scout Jubilee, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland, 402-944-2523

Oct. 11 – Duck and coot hunting seasons open in Zone 1

Oct. 11 – Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman geocaching, Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, Gretna, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 402-332-3901

Oct. 11 – Howl in the Hills Night Hike, Wildcat Hills Nature Center, Gering, 7 p.m., 308-436-3777

Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 – Living History, Indian Cave SP, Shubert, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 402-883-2575

Oct. 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 – Haunted Hollow Hayrack Rides, Indian Cave SP, Shubert, 7-9:30 p.m., 402-883-2575

Oct. 11, 18 – Hallowfest, Ponca SP, Ponca, 7-10 p.m., 402-755-2284

Oct. 11, 18, 25 – Halloween Decorating and Costume Contests, Indian Cave SP, Shubert, 402-883-2575

Oct. 11-26 – Firearm antelope hunting season

Oct. 12 – Muzzleloader Sight-In and Family Rendezvous, Platte River SP, Louisville, 402-234-2217

Oct. 13 – Columbus Day, Game and Parks offices closed; Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center is open

Oct. 13 – National Rifle Association First Steps Pistol Course, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 10 a.m., 402-471-6141

Oct. 14 – Families on Target, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 11:30 a.m., 402-471-6141

Oct. 14 – Growing Up WILD workshop, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, East Campus, 2-5 p.m., lindsay.rogers@nebraska.gov

Oct. 18 – Living History, Rock Creek Station SHP, Fairbury, 402-729-5777

Oct. 18 – Halloween is Brewing with Fun, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland, 402-944-2523

Oct. 18-19 – DeSoto muzzleloader deer hunting season

Oct. 18-19 – Youth waterfowl hunting season in Zone 3

Oct. 18-19 – Youth pheasant, quail and partridge hunting season

Oct. 18-19 – Trick or Treat at the Campground, Alexandria SRA, Alexandria, 6 p.m., 402-729-5777

Oct. 23 – Duck and coot hunting seasons open in Zone 3

Oct. 23 – Nebraska Game and Parks Board of Commissioners meeting, Scottsbluff

Oct. 25 – Pheasant, quail and partridge hunting seasons open

Oct. 25 – A Morning Afield with NEBRASKAland Magazine, Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, Gretna, 7-11 a.m., 402-332-3901

Oct. 26 – Archery bull elk hunting season closes

Oct. 26 – Firearm bull elk hunting season closes

Oct. 26 – Private land cow elk hunting season closes

Oct. 26 – Public land cow elk hunting season closes

Oct. 26 – Halloween’s Enchanted Garden, Arbor Lodge SHP, Nebraska City, 6-8 p.m., 402-873-7222

Oct. 27 – Dark goose hunting season opens in East, Platte River, Panhandle and Niobrara Units

Oct. 30 – Dove hunting season closes

Oct. 31 – Bullfrog season closes

Oct. 31 – Raccoon and Virginia opossum hunting seasons close

Contact Game and Parks at 402-471-0641 or visit OutdoorNebraska.org for more information. Visit HuntSafeNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and BoatSafeNebraska.org for a list of boating safety classes.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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