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Public Big Game Meetings Set in Panhandle

Mule Deer
A buck mule deer stands attentive in the Pine Ridge Ranger District of the Nebraska National Forest. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will kick off its series of public informational meetings about big game animal management at two sites in the Panhandle this month. Discussion about deer, elk and pronghorn is on the agenda.

The two meetings, conducted by biologists of the Commission’s northwest district, will be Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the Knight Museum in Alliance and Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the Eagles Club in Oshkosh. Each begins at 7 p.m.

The annual series of meetings is designed to educate about the status of Nebraska’s big game populations and provide an opportunity for hunters, landowners and other members of the public to provide input and ask questions.

Meetings farther east in Nebraska will be conducted in early 2017 and announced at a later date.

About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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