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September Outdoor Calendar

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

Aug. 26-Sept. 5 – Nebraska State Fair, Grand Island

Sept. 1 – Hunting seasons open for cottontail, jackrabbit, dove, snipe, grouse, rail, raccoon and opossum

Sept. 1 – Archery, Season Choice, River Antlerless Private Lane Only, Statewide Whitetail Buck, Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Youth, and Landowner deer hunting seasons open

Sept. 1 – Niobrara-Verdigre High School Cross Country Invitational, Niobrara State Park (SP), Niobrara, 4 p.m., 402-857-3373

Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Explore Archery, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m., 402-471-6141

Sept. 2 – State Park Summer Speaker Series: Celebrate National Archaeology Month, Chadron SP, Chadron, 7 p.m., 308-432-6167

Sept. 2 – Explore Gun Safety, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m., 402-471-6141

Sept. 2 – National Park Service Presents: Missouri National Recreation River – A National Park, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 7 p.m., 402-857-3373

Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – Families on Target, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m., 402-471-6141

Sept. 3 – Fish Fry and Fireworks, Indian Cave SP, Shubert, noon, 402-883-2575

Sept. 3 – Buffalo Cookout and Nebraska Humanities Program: Music of the Plains, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 6 p.m., 402-857-3373

Sept. 3 – Archery Fun Shoot, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, noon, 402-471-6141

Sept. 3 – Critter Corner: Ducks, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, noon, 402-471-6141

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

Sept. 3-5 – Living History, Fort Kearny SHP, Kearney, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 308-865-5305

Sept. 3-11 – Early teal hunting season in High Plains Zone

Sept. 3-18 – Early teal hunting season in Low Plains Zone

Sept. 4 – Sidewalk Chalk Art with Bird and Emerald Ash Borer Program, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 10 a.m., 402-857-3373

Sept. 4 – National Park Service Special Event, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 10 a.m., 402-857-3373

Sept. 4 – Wildlife Day, Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area (SRA), Ogallala, 1 p.m., 308-284-8800

Sept. 5 – Nebraska Game and Parks’ district offices and service centers closed for Labor Day

Sept. 6 – Portions of some state recreation areas open to hunting through end of spring turkey season

Sept. 6, 20 – Women’s Firearm Series: Introduction to Firearms, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6:30 p.m., 402-471-6141

Sept. 8, 15, 22 – Rifle Shooting Series, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m., 402-471-6141

Sept. 9, 23 – Stargazing, Ash Hollow SHP, Lewellen, 7 p.m., 308-284-8800

Sept. 10 – Night Owl 5K Run/Walk, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 7 p.m., 402-857-3373

Sept. 10 – Family Fishing Event, Barnett Park, McCook, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sept. 10 – Kayaking and Canoeing 101, Buffalo Bill Ranch SRA, North Platte, 1 p.m., 308-530-0048

Sept. 10 – Women on Target, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 8:30 a.m., 402-471-6141

Sept. 10 – Geocaching Treasure Hunt, Windmill SRA, Gibbon, 1 p.m., 308-865-5305

Sept. 11 – Family Fishing Event, Zoo Pond, Scottsbluff, 5-7 p.m.

Sept. 12 – American Paint Horse Association Trail Ride, Fort Robinson SP, Crawford, 308-665-2900

Sept. 13, 27 – Introduction to Handguns, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m., 402-471-6141

Sept. 13 – Learn to Hunt Small Game, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m., 402-471-6141

Sept. 13 – Learn to Hunt Deer, Lincoln Park Fire Station, Hastings, 6:30 p.m., 402-462-8968

Sept. 14, 28 – Bird Walk, Lake McConaughy SRA, Ogallala, 6:45 a.m., 308-284-8800

Sept. 15 – Fall turkey hunting season opens

Sept. 15 – Archery bull elk hunting season opens

Sept. 16 – Final day of participation in and postmark deadline for the Great Park Pursuit

Sept. 16 – Mainly Marathon, Chadron SP, Chadron, 308-432-6167

Sept. 17 – Smoke on the River Barbecue Challenge, Ponca SP, Ponca, 2 p.m., 402-755-2284

Sept. 17 – Muzzleloader antelope hunting season opens

Sept. 17-18 – Missouri River Outdoor Expo, Ponca SP, Ponca, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 402-755-2284

Sept. 24 – Firearm bull elk hunting season opens

Sept. 24 – Public land antlerless elk hunting season opens

Sept. 24 – Woodcock hunting season opens

Sept. 24 – Bike Your Park Day, Johnson Lake SRA, Elwood, 308-785-2685

Sept. 24 – Nebraska Youth Smallbore Silhouette Invitational, Pressey WMA, Oconto, 308-872-2348

Sept. 24-25 – Competitive Horse Trail Riding, Indian Cave SP, Shubert, 402-883-2575

Sept. 25 – Living History, Arbor Lodge SHP, Nebraska City, 402-873-7222

Sept. 25 – Delta Waterfowl workshop, Mormon Island SRA, Doniphan, 1 p.m., 402-984-9101

Sept. 30-Oct. 2 – Autumn Harvest Art Show, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland, 402-944-2523

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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