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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. 2-4 – Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop, Nebraska National Forest, Halsey

Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 – Explore Archery, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 4:30 p.m., 402-471-6141

Oct. 3 – Cowboy Trail dedication, Rushville American Legion Club, 206 Sprague St., 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 3 – Dark goose hunting season opens in North Central Unit

Oct. 3 – Light goose hunting regular season opens

Oct. 3 – White-fronted goose hunting season opens

Oct. 3 – Duck and coot hunting seasons open in Zones 2 and 4

Oct. 3-4 – Youth waterfowl hunting season in Zone 1

Oct. 3-4 – Living History Weekend, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP), Fort Calhoun, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 402-468-5611

Oct. 3-4 – Historic Firearms Display, Fort Hartsuff SHP, Burwell, 308-346-4715

Oct. 3-4, 23-24 – Pioneer Longrifle Rendezvous, Indian Cave State Park (SP), Shubert, 402-883-2575

Oct. 3-5 – Autumn Harvest Art Show, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland, 402-944-2523

Oct. 4 – Muzzleloader antelope hunting season closes

Oct. 4 – Shootout at Salt Creek, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 10 a.m., 402-471-6141

Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 – Living History, Arbor Lodge SHP, Nebraska City, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 402-873-7222

Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 – Best Shots Rifle Marksmanship for ages 10-16, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m., 402-471-6141

Oct. 6, 20 – Ladies Day at the Range, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6:30-8 p.m., 402-471-5662

Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29 – .22 Pistol League, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 7 p.m., 402-471-6141

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

Oct. 9-18 – German Short Hair Dog Trials, Fort Robinson SP, Crawford, 308-665-2900

Oct. 10 – Howl in the Hills Night Hike, Wildcat Hills Nature Center, Gering, 7 p.m., 308-436-3777

Oct. 10 – Duck and coot hunting seasons open in Zone 1

Oct. 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 – Hunter Sight-In Weekend, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., noon-6 p.m., 402-471-6141

Oct. 10, 17 – Hallowfest, Ponca SP, Ponca, 7-10 p.m., 402-755-2284

Oct. 10, 17, 24 – Halloween Decorating and Costume Contests, Indian Cave SP, Shubert, 402-883-2575

Oct. 10, 16, 17, 22, 24 – Haunted Hollow Hayrack Rides, Indian Cave SP, Shubert, 7-9:30 p.m., 402-883-2575

Oct. 10-25 – Firearm antelope hunting season

Oct. 11 – Family Rendezvous, Platte River SP, Louisville, 402-234-2217

Oct. 12 – Columbus Day, Game and Parks offices closed; Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center is open

Oct. 12, 19, 26 – First Steps Pistol, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6:30 p.m., 402-471-6141

Oct. 15 – Introduction to trapping workshop, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m., 402-471-6141

Oct. 17 – Youth Fishing Instructor Certification, Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, Gretna, 9 a.m., 402-471-5591

Oct. 17 – Living History, Rock Creek Station SHP, Fairbury, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 402-729-5777

Oct. 17 – Pumpkin Carvers, Calamus State Recreation Area (SRA), Burwell, 308-346-5666

Oct. 17-18 – Youth waterfowl hunting season in Zone 3

Oct. 21 – Upland game hunting workshop, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m., 402-471-6141

Oct. 22 – Waterfowl hunting workshop, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m., 402-471-6141

Oct. 22-24, 29-30 – Haunted Barn, Buffalo Bill Ranch SHP, North Platte, 6 p.m., 308-535-8035

Oct. 22, 29 – Explore Archery, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 4:30 p.m., 402-471-6141

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

Oct. 24 – Duck and coot hunting seasons open in Zone 3

Oct. 24-25 – DeSoto October muzzleloader deer season

Oct. 24-25 – Youth pheasant, quail and partridge hunting season

Oct. 25 – Archery and firearm bull elk hunting seasons close

Oct. 25 – Private land and public land antlerless elk hunting seasons close

Oct. 27 – Deer hunting workshop, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m., 402-471-6141

Oct. 28 – Deer hunting workshop, Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, Gretna, 6 p.m., 402-471-6144

Oct. 28 – Dark goose hunting season opens in East, Platte River, Panhandle and Niobrara Units

Oct. 29 – Deer hunting workshop, Chadron State College, Chadron, 6 p.m., 402-471-5662

Oct. 30 – Deer hunting workshop, NGPC District Office, North Platte, 6 p.m., 402-471-5662

Oct. 30 – Dove (all species) hunting season closes

Oct. 31 – Eurasian collared-dove only hunting season opens

Oct. 31 – Pheasant, quail and partridge hunting seasons open

Oct. 31 – Raccoon and Virginia opossum hunting seasons close

Oct. 31 – Bullfrog season closes

Oct. 31 – Halloween in the Hollow, Ash Hollow SHP, Lewellen, 10 a.m., 308-778-5651

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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