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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.

Oct. 1 – Prairie Blacksmith Convention, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP), Fort Calhoun

Oct. 1 – Triumphant Return of White Pirogue II, Niobrara State Park (SP), Niobrara

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

Oct. 2 – Waterfowl hunting workshop, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

Oct. 3, 10 – Wednesday Walkers, Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area (SRA), Fremont

Oct. 4 – Wild game cooking workshop, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

Oct. 5 – New hunter education instructor training, Wildcat Hills SRA, Gering

Oct. 6 – Dark goose hunting season opens in North Central Unit

Oct. 6 – Light goose hunting regular season opens statewide

Oct. 6 – White-fronted goose hunting season opens statewide

Oct. 6 – All-season hunting workshop, Mormon Island SRA, Doniphan

Oct. 6 – Duck and coot hunting seasons open in Zones 2 and 4

Oct. 6 – Halloween is Brewing with Fun, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland

Oct. 6-7 – Youth waterfowl hunting season in Zone 1

Oct. 6-7 – Living History Weekend, Heritage Days, Fort Atkinson SHP, Fort Calhoun

Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 21, 27-28 – Living History Weekend, Arbor Lodge SHP, Nebraska City

Oct. 9 – Upland bird hunting workshop, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

Oct. 12 – Trick or Treat at the Town, Indian Cave SP, Shubert

Oct. 12 – Photography Show, Fremont Lakes SRA, Fremont

Oct. 13 – Youth Hunter Education Challenge, Platte River SP, Louisville

Oct. 13 – Halloween campsite decorating contest, Chili Cook-off, Fremont Lakes SRA, Fremont

Oct. 13 – Howl in the Hills Night Hike, Wildcat Hills SRA, Gering

Oct. 13 – Duck and coot hunting seasons open in Zone 1

Oct. 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 – Haunted Hollow, Indian Cave SP, Shubert

Oct. 13, 20 – Hallowfest Ponca SP, Ponca

Oct. 13, 20, 27 – Halloween campsite decorating contest, Indian Cave SP, Shubert

Oct. 13-28 – Firearm antelope hunting season in specific units

Oct. 15 – Crow hunting season opens statewide

Oct. 15 – Kayak Kids Essay Contest deadline, Swanson Reservoir SRA, Trenton

Oct. 20 – Jack-O-Lantern Junk and Craft Market, Trick or Treat by the Buses, Pink Pumpkin Walk, Indian Cave SP, Shubert

Oct. 20 – Trick-or-Treating, Branched Oak SRA, Raymond

Oct. 20 – Harvestfest, Fort Atkinson SHP, Fort Calhoun

Oct. 20 – Pumpkin Carvers Festival, Calamus SRA, Burwell

Oct. 20 – Living History – Ranch Life, Rock Creek Station SHP, Fairbury

Oct. 20-21 – Youth waterfowl hunting season in Zone 3

Oct. 20-21 – Youth pheasant, quail and partridge hunting season statewide

Oct. 21 – New hunter education instructor training, Sidney

Oct. 23 – Deer hunting workshop, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

Oct. 24 – Deer hunting workshop, Chadron State College, Chadron

Oct. 25 – Duck and coot hunting seasons open in Zone 3

Oct. 26 – Nebraska Game and Parks Board of Commissioners meeting, Kearney

Oct. 26-27 – Spooktacular Halloween, Two Rivers SRA, Waterloo

Oct. 26-28 – Camp and Treat, Red Willow Reservoir SRA, McCook

Oct. 27 – Pheasant, quail and partridge hunting seasons open statewide

Oct. 27 – Trunk and Treat, Fort Atkinson SHP, Fort Calhoun

Oct. 27 – Trunk or Treat, Calamus SRA, Burwell

Oct. 27 – Halloween at the Hollow, Ash Hollow SHP, Lewellen

Oct. 27-28 – DeSoto October muzzleloader deer hunting season

Oct. 28 – Oktoberfest, Fort Atkinson SHP, Fort Calhoun

Oct. 29 – Dark goose hunting season opens in East, Platte River, Panhandle and Niobrara units

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

Oct. 31 – Archery and firearm bull elk hunting seasons close

Oct. 31 – Antlerless elk hunting private land and public land seasons close

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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