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Anglers take home outdoor prizes in the Take ’em Fishing challenge

LINCOLN, Neb. – Ten anglers took home outdoor prizes in the first round of prize drawings for the Take ’em Fishing challenge, sponsored by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and partners who have donated prizes.

Anglers answered the challenge to take a new or lapsed angler fishing with them, for the chance at a range of prizes. To date, more than 700 photos of fishing trips have been submitted for contest entries.

The winners are:

Russell Banzhaf, Lincoln – Fishing pole and tackle kit

David Burkhalter, Elsie – Alps Outdoors crosshair camp chairs and Camp Chef cooking iron

Nicole Enevoldsen, Lincoln – Three-night state park stay

Jacob Hrabik, La Vista – Kearney Archway passes

Colby Klahn, Doniphan – Kearney Archway passes

Bob Koneck-Wilcox, Omaha – DAB guided fishing tour

Dion Menking, Fremont – Vista Outdoors Camp Chef camper stove

Michael Miller, Lincoln – Kearney Archway passes

Bryce Standley, Seward –$100 Scheels gift card

John Vrtiska, Cedar Creek – $50 Scheels gift card

“Having a healthy, growing population of anglers in Nebraska provides tremendous benefits for the state, its wildlife and people,” said Nebraska Game and Parks Director Jim Douglas. “It is exciting to see such a response to Take ’em Fishing. We encourage anyone who loves to fish to take the pledge and help us encourage more people to discover fishing and keep this tradition alive and well in Nebraska.”

There is still a plenty of time to participate. Many resources to help you plan a fishing trip can be found at OutdoorNebraska.org, including a map of places to fish and a schedule of community fishing nights statewide where certified volunteers and equipment are provided.

Game and Parks will continue drawing prizes weekly through Sept. 15. The winner of the grand prize, a Bass Tracker Classic fishing boat, will be announced at the Missouri River Outdoor Expo in September. To learn more about Take ’em Fishing and sign up, visit Outdoornebraska.org/takeemfishing.

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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