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December Outdoor Calendar

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

Dec. 1 – Bobcat hunting and trapping season opens

Dec. 1-31 – Muzzleloader deer hunting season

Dec. 1-31 – Public land cow elk hunting season

Dec. 1-31 – Private land cow elk hunting season

Dec. 2-22 – Bighorn sheep hunting season

Dec. 5, 19 – Women’s Firearm Education Program, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6-7:30 p.m., 402-471-6141

Dec. 6 – Archery on Fire, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 402-471-6141

Dec. 6 – Archery on Fire, Platte River State Park (SP), Louisville, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 402-234-2520

Dec. 6 – Fort Robinson Historical Christmas Dinner, Fort Robinson SP, Crawford, 5 p.m., 308-665-2900

Dec. 6, 13, 20 – Christmas in the Woods, Ponca SP, Ponca, 402-755-2284

Dec. 8 – Hunter Education Field Day, Platte River SP, Louisville, 402-234-2520

Dec. 8 – Niobrara River studies public informational meeting, Chadron, Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District, 430 E. Second St., 6:30 p.m., 402-471-1542

Dec. 9 – Niobrara River studies public informational meeting, Valentine, Niobrara Lodge, 803 E. U.S. Highway 20, 6:30 p.m., 402-471-1542

Dec. 9 – Big game informational meeting, Chadron, Chadron State College, Scottsbluff Room, 1000 Main St., 7 p.m.

Dec. 10 – Niobrara River studies public informational meeting, Butte, Community Hall, 520 Thayer St., 6:30 p.m., 402-471-1542

Dec. 10 – Big game informational meeting, Omaha, Scheels at Village Point Plaza, 17202 Davenport St., 7 p.m.

Dec. 11 – Big game informational meeting, Auburn, Nemaha County Fairgrounds 4-H Building, 816 I St., 7 p.m.

Dec. 12 – First segment of white-fronted goose hunting season closes

Dec. 12, 26 – Men’s Firearm Education Program, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6-7:30 p.m., 402-471-6141

Dec. 13 – Decorating Nature for the Holidays, Wildcat Hills Nature Center, Gering, 9 a.m., 308-436-3777

Dec. 13 – Classic Christmas, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland, 402-944-2523

Dec. 14 – Christmas Bird Count, Ponca SP, Ponca, 8 a.m., 402-755-2284

Dec. 15 – Big game informational meeting, Ord, Valley County Extension Building, Fairgrounds, 801 S St., 7 p.m.

Dec. 15 – Big game informational meeting, McCook, Red Willow County Fairgrounds Community Building, 1400 W. 5th St., 7 p.m.

Dec. 16 – Big game informational meeting, Oshkosh, Eagles Club, 201 Main St., 7 p.m.

Dec. 16 – Snipe hunting season closes

Dec. 16 – Niobrara River studies public informational meeting, Lincoln, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St., 6:30 p.m., 402-471-1542

Dec. 16 – Duck and coot hunting season in Zone 2 Low Plains and High Plains (first segment) closes

Dec. 16 – Duck and coot hunting season in Zone 4 closes

Dec. 17 – Big game informational meeting, Kearney, Yanney Heritage Park Environmental Resource Center, 2020 W. 11th St., 7 p.m.

Dec. 18 – Big game informational meeting, Columbus, Isaak Walton League lodge, intersection U.S. Hwys. 30 and 81, 7 p.m.

Dec. 19-22 – Christmas with the Codys, Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, North Platte, 5:30-8 p.m., 308-535-8035

Dec. 22-23, 26-29 – Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex open to public, Platte River SP, Louisville, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 402-471-5547

Dec. 23 – Duck and coot hunting season in Zone 1 closes

Dec. 25 – Christmas Day, Game and Parks offices closed

Dec. 26-31 – Yule Log Quest, Platte River SP, Louisville, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 402-234-2217

Dec. 27 – Snow Run, Quest for the Yule Log and Fruitcake Fling, Ponca SP, Ponca, 402-755-2284

Dec. 31 – Archery antelope hunting season closes

Dec. 31 – Archery, Mule Deer Conservation Area and Statewide Whitetail Buck deer hunting seasons close

Dec. 31 – First segment of light goose hunting regular season closes

Dec. 31 – Underwater spearfishing season ends

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.

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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