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October outdoor calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) events and important dates in October. Get more details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes.

Sept. 30-Oct. 2 – Autumn Harvest Art Show, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP), Ashland

Oct. 1 – Advance tickets sales begin for Haunted Hollow, Indian Cave SP, Shubert, 8 a.m.

Oct. 1 – Archery Fun Shoot, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, noon

Oct. 1 – Critter Corner: Nocturnal Animals, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, noon

Oct. 1 – Crow hunting season opens statewide

Oct. 1-2 – Bowhunter Sight-In, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, noon

Oct. 1-2 – Youth waterfowl hunting season in Zones 2 and 4

Oct. 1-2 – Heritage Days, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP), Fort Calhoun, 10 a.m.

Oct. 1-2 – Ethnic Festival, Arbor Lodge SHP, Nebraska City, 10 a.m.

Oct. 1-31 – Paddlefish snagging season

Oct. 2 – Muzzleloader antelope hunting season closes

Oct. 2 – Shootout at Salt Creek, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 9 a.m.

Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 – Nature Journaling Walks, Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area (SRA), Ogallala, 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 3 – Haunted Hayrack Ride registration begins, Ponca SP, Ponca, 8 a.m.

Oct. 3 – NGPC fisheries public informational meeting, North Platte Natural Resources District, Scottsbluff, 7 p.m.

Oct. 3 – NGPC fisheries public informational meeting, Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk, 7 p.m.

Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 – Outdoor Skills Club, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 – Firearm and bowhunter education course, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m.

Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – Winchester Marksmanship Program, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m.

Oct. 4 – NGPC fisheries public informational meeting, Mid-Plains Community College north campus, North Platte, 7 p.m.

Oct. 4 – NGPC fisheries public informational meeting, Niobrara Lodge, Valentine, 7 p.m.

Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 – Ladies Introduction to Handguns, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 10 a.m.

Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 – Ladies Winchester Marksmanship Program, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m.

Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 – Best Shots Rifle Marksmanship for ages 10-16, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m.

Oct. 4, 18 – Women’s Introduction to Handguns, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 5 – NGPC fisheries public informational meeting, E.R.C. Building, Kearney, 7 p.m.

Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 – Explore Archery, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 5 p.m.

Oct. 6 – NGPC fisheries public informational meeting, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 7 p.m.

Oct. 6, 13, 20 – Explore Archery, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m.

Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 – Introduction to Handguns, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 10 a.m.

Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 – Introduction to Handguns, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 5:45 p.m.

Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 – Rimfire Rifle League, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m.

Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 – .22 Pistol League, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m.

Oct. 7 – Trick or Treat at the Town, Indian Cave SP, Shubert, 6 p.m.

Oct. 7, 8, 14, 15 – Mansion Candlelight Tour, Buffalo Bill Ranch SHP, North Platte, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7, 14, 21 – Families on Target, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m.

Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 – Explore Rifle, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m.

Oct. 8 – Introduction to Handguns, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 9 a.m.

Oct. 8 – Dark goose hunting season opens in North Central Unit

Oct. 8 – Light goose hunting regular season opens

Oct. 8 – White-fronted goose hunting season opens

Oct. 8 – Duck and coot hunting seasons open in Zones 2 and 4

Oct. 8 – Halloween is Brewing, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland, 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 8 – Fall Harvest Game Day, Fort Kearny State Recreation Area (SRA), Kearney, 10 a.m.

Oct. 8 – Honeybee, Man’s Second Best Friend, Lake McConaughy SRA, Ogallala, 2 p.m.

Oct. 8-9 – Youth waterfowl hunting season in Zone 1

Oct. 8-9 – Mountain Man Rendezvous, Arbor Lodge SHP, Nebraska City, 10 a.m.

Oct. 8-23 – Firearm antelope hunting season

Oct. 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 – Haunted Hollow, Indian Cave SP, Shubert

Oct. 8, 15, 22 – Halloween Decorating and Costume Contests, Indian Cave SP, Shubert

Oct. 8, 15 – Hallowfest, Ponca SP, Ponca, 9:30 a.m.

Oct. 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 – Firearm Hunter Sight-In, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, noon

Oct. 9 – Rendezvous and Muzzleloader Sight-In, Platte River SP, Louisville, 402-234-2217

Oct. 9 – Humanities Nebraska Program: Jesse James in Nebraska, Fort Hartsuff SHP, Burwell, 3 p.m.

Oct. 10 – Columbus Day, Game and Parks offices closed; Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center is open

Oct. 10, 24 – Centerfire Challenge, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m.

Oct. 11 – Upland bird hunting workshop, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m.

Oct. 12, 19, 26 – Bird Walk, Lake McConaughy SRA, Ogallala, 7:45 a.m.

Oct. 14-15 – Shadows on the Street, Fort Kearny SRA, Kearney, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14, 21, 28 – Introduction to Competitive Pistol Shooting, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m.

Oct. 15 – Duck and coot hunting seasons open in Zone 1

Oct. 15 – Trick or Treat, Branched Oak SRA, Raymond, 7 p.m.

Oct. 15 – Halloween Decorating Contest and Trick or Treat, Fremont Lakes SRA, Fremont, 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 15 – Pink Pumpkin Walk, Indian Cave SP, Shubert, 10 a.m.

Oct. 15 – Jack-O-Lantern Junk and Craft Market, Indian Cave SP, Shubert, 9 a.m.

Oct. 15 – Trick or Treat by the Buses, Indian Cave SP, Shubert, 2 p.m.

Oct. 15 – Trunk or Treat, Calamus Reservoir SRA, Burwell, 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 15 – Clear Shot Firearms Concealed Carry Class, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 8 a.m.

Oct. 15 – Living History, Rock Creek Station SHP, Fairbury, 10 a.m.

Oct. 15-16 – Great American Pastimes, Arbor Lodge SHP, Nebraska City, 10 a.m.

Oct. 21 – Nebraska Game and Parks Board of Commissioners meeting, Ponca SP, Ponca, 8 a.m.

Oct. 22 – Pumpkin Carvers, Calamus Reservoir SRA, Burwell, 10:30 a.m.

Oct. 22-23 – Youth waterfowl hunting season in Zone 3

Oct. 22-23 – DeSoto October muzzleloader deer season

Oct. 22-23 – Youth pheasant, quail and partridge hunting season

Oct. 22-23 – Victorian Times, Arbor Lodge SHP, Nebraska City, 10 a.m.

Oct. 23 – Archery and firearm bull elk hunting seasons close

Oct. 23 – Private land and public land antlerless elk hunting seasons close

Oct. 25 – Deer hunting workshop, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m.

Oct. 26 – Deer hunting workshop, Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, Gretna, 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 27 – Deer hunting workshop, Chadron State College, Chadron, 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 27 – Dutch oven cooking workshop, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m.

Oct. 27 – Duck and coot hunting seasons open in Zone 3

Oct. 28-31 – Camp & Treat, Red Willow Reservoir SRA, McCook

Oct. 29 – Haunted Halloween Hike Night, Windmill SRA, Gibbon, 7 p.m.

Oct. 29 – Pheasant, quail and partridge hunting seasons open

Oct. 29 – Haunted Halloween at the Hollow, Ash Hollow SHP, Lewellen, noon

Oct. 29 – No-Scare Halloween, Arbor Lodge SHP, Nebraska City, 9 a.m.

Oct. 29-30 – Vintage Halloween, Arbor Lodge SHP, Nebraska City, 10 a.m.

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

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

Oct. 31 – Raccoon and Virginia opossum hunting seasons close

Oct. 31 – Dark goose hunting season opens in East, Platte River, Panhandle and Niobrara Units

Oct. 31 – Bullfrog season closes

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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