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October outdoor calendar

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

Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – Statehood: A New Beginning, Rock Creek Station State Historical Park (SHP), Fairbury

Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – Wheels of Transportation, Arbor Lodge SHP, Nebraska City

Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – Youth waterfowl hunting season in Zones 2 and 4

Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – Living History and Heritage Days, Fort Atkinson SHP, Fort Calhoun

Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – Bowhunter Sight-In, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

Oct. 1 – Crow hunting season opens statewide

Oct. 1 – Advance ticket sales begin for Haunted Hollow, Indian Cave State Park (SP), Shubert

Oct. 1 – Muzzleloader antelope hunting season closes

Oct. 1 – Evening Bird Walk, Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area (SRA), Ogallala

Oct. 1 – Fall Art Session, Lake McConaughy SRA, Ogallala

Oct. 1-31 – Paddlefish snagging season in specific area of Missouri River

Oct. 2, 4 – Project WILD and Aquatic WILD educator workshops, Kearney

Oct. 3 – Waterfowl hunting workshop, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

Oct. 5 – Valentine National Wildlife Refuge fisheries public informational meeting, Niobrara Lodge, Valentine

Oct. 6-7, 13-14 – Candlelight Tour, Buffalo Bill Ranch SHP, North Platte

Oct. 7 – Dark goose hunting season opens in North Central Unit

Oct. 7 – Light goose hunting regular season opens statewide

Oct. 7 – White-fronted goose hunting season opens statewide

Oct. 7 – Duck and coot hunting seasons open in Zones 2 and 4

Oct. 7 – Chalktoberfest at the Lakes, Fremont Lakes SRA, Fremont

Oct. 7-8 – Youth waterfowl hunting season in Zone 1

Oct. 7-8 – Victorian Times, Arbor Lodge SHP, Nebraska City

Oct. 10 – Upland bird hunting workshop, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

Oct. 11 – Design charrette open house, Ponca SP, Ponca

Oct. 12 – Fall Festive Painting, Lake McConaughy SRA, Ogallala

Oct. 12 – Deer hunting workshop, Lincoln Park Fire Station, Hastings

Oct. 12 – Deer hunting workshop, Omaha Gun Club, Omaha

Oct. 12 – Growing Up WILD educator workshop, Scottsbluff

Oct. 13 – Friday the 13th Night Hike and Scary Movie, Fremont Lakes SRA, Fremont

Oct. 13 – Paint a Pumpkin, Lake McConaughy SRA, Ogallala

Oct. 13 – Trick or Treat at the Town, Indian Cave SP, Shubert

Oct. 14 – Halloween Campsite Decorating Contest, Fremont Lakes SRA, Fremont

Oct. 14 – Photography Show, Fremont Lakes SRA, Fremont

Oct. 14 – Skulls, Skins, Skeletons, Fremont Lakes SRA, Fremont

Oct. 14 – Trunk or Treat, Calamus SRA, Burwell

Oct. 14 – Evening Bird Walk, Ash Hollow SHP, Lewellen

Oct. 14 – Howl in the Hills Night Hike, Wildcat Hills SRA, Gering

Oct. 14 – Duck and coot hunting seasons open in Zone 1

Oct. 14-15 – Mountain Man Rendezvous, Arbor Lodge SHP, Nebraska City

Oct. 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 – Haunted Hollow Hayrack Rides, Indian Cave SP, Shubert

Oct. 14, 21, 28 – Halloween Campsite Decorating Contest, Indian Cave SP, Shubert

Oct. 14-29 – Firearm antelope hunting season in specific units

Oct. 15 – Night of Owls, Ash Hollow SHP, Lewellen

Oct. 16 – Growing Up WILD educator workshop, Lincoln

Oct. 17 – Deer hunting workshop, Yanney Heritage Park, Kearney

Oct. 19 – Deer hunting workshop, Game and Parks southwest office, North Platte

Oct. 19 – Growing Up WILD educator workshop, Beatrice

Oct. 19-20 – Pumpkin Carving, Lake McConaughy SRA, Ogallala

Oct. 20 – Nebraska Game and Parks Board of Commissioners meeting, Omaha

Oct. 21 – Pink Pumpkin Walk, Indian Cave SP, Shubert

Oct. 21 – Haunted Trail, Branched Oak SRA, Raymond

Oct. 21 – Reptile Awareness Day, Lake McConaughy SRA, Ogallala

Oct. 21 – Pumpkin Carver’s Event, Calamus SRA, Burwell

Oct. 21 – Jack-O-Lantern Junk and Craft Market, Indian Cave SP, Shubert

Oct. 21 – Monarchs on a Mission educator workshop, O’Neill

Oct. 21 – Ranch Life in the 1860s, Rock Creek Station SHP, Fairbury

Oct. 21-22, 28-29 – Vintage Halloween, Arbor Lodge SHP, Nebraska City

Oct. 21-22 – Youth waterfowl hunting season in Zone 3

Oct. 21-22 – DeSoto October muzzleloader deer hunting season

Oct. 21-22 – Youth pheasant, quail and partridge hunting season statewide

Oct. 22 – Oktoberfest Meal, Fort Atkinson SHP, Fort Calhoun

Oct. 22 – Creepy Critter Carnival, Lake McConaughy SRA, Ogallala

Oct. 24 – Deer hunting workshop, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

Oct. 26 – Duck and coot hunting seasons open in Zone 3

Oct. 27 – Trunk or Treat, Windmill SRA, Gibbon

Oct. 27-30 – Haunted Barn, Buffalo Bill Ranch SHP, North Platte

Oct. 27-31 – Camp and Treat, Red Willow Reservoir SRA, McCook

Oct. 28 – Pheasant, quail and partridge hunting seasons open statewide

Oct. 28 – Trunk and Treat, Fort Atkinson SHP, Fort Calhoun

Oct. 28 – Kayak Kids Essay Contest Awards Ceremony, Red Willow Reservoir SRA, McCook

Oct. 28 – Haunted Hike Night, Windmill SRA, Gibbon

Oct. 28 – Halloween at the Hollow, Ash Hollow SHP, Lewellen

Oct. 29 – Deer processing class, Fort Atkinson SHP, Fort Calhoun

Oct. 29 – Archery and firearm bull elk hunting seasons close

Oct. 29 – Antlerless elk hunting private land and public land seasons close

Oct. 30 – Dark goose hunting season opens in East, Platte River, Panhandle and Niobrara units

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 – Bullfrog season closes

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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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