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

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

Oct. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 – Dusty’s Pumpkinfest at the Codys’, Buffalo Bill State Historical Park (SHP), North Platte

Oct. 5 – Dark goose hunting season opens in North Central unit

Oct. 5 – Light goose hunting regular season opens statewide

Oct. 5 – White-fronted goose hunting season opens statewide

Oct. 5 – Duck and coot hunting seasons open in Zones 2 and 4

Oct. 5 – Woodcock hunting season opens

Oct. 5 – Halloween is Brewing with Fun, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP), Ashland

Oct. 5-6 – Youth waterfowl hunting season in Zone 1

Oct. 5-6 – Living History Weekend, Heritage Days, Fort Atkinson SHP, Fort Calhoun

Oct. 5-6 – Autumn Harvest Art Show, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland

Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 – Living History Weekend, Arbor Lodge SHP, Nebraska City

Oct. 6 – Family Rendezvous, Platte River SP, Louisville

Oct. 8 – Upland bird hunting workshop, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

Oct. 11 – Trick-or-Treat at the Town, Indian Cave SP, Shubert

Oct. 12 – Lovin’ Dutch Oven, Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area (SRA), Gering

Oct. 12 – Duck and coot hunting seasons open in Zone 1

Oct. 12, 19 – 21st Annual Hallowfest, Ponca SP, Ponca

Oct. 12, 19, 26 – Halloween campsite decorating contest, Indian Cave SP, Shubert

Oct. 12, 18-19, 25-26 – 24th Annual Haunted Hollow, Indian Cave SP, Shubert

Oct. 12-27 – Firearm antelope hunting season in specific units

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

Oct. 15 – Crow hunting season opens statewide

Oct. 15 – Kayak Kids Essay Contest deadline, Red Willow SRA, McCook

Oct. 18 – Nebraska Game and Parks Board of Commissioners meeting, Omaha

Oct. 19 – 32nd Annual Pumpkin Carving Festival, Calamus SRA, Burwell

Oct. 19 – Fontenelle Family Fishing Frenzy/Discover Trout Fishing, Fontenelle Lake, Omaha

Oct. 19 – Jack-O-Lantern Junk and Craft Market, Indian Cave SP, Shubert

Oct. 19 – Ranch Life 1860s, Rock Creek Station SHP, Fairbury

Oct. 19 – Pink Pumpkin Walk, Indian Cave SP, Shubert

Oct. 19 – Trick-or-Treat by the Buses, Indian Cave SP, Shubert

Oct. 19-20 – Youth waterfowl hunting season in Zone 3

Oct. 19-20 – Youth pheasant, quail and partridge hunting seasons open statewide

Oct. 19, 25-26 – Haunted History with the Codys, Buffalo Bill SHP, North Platte

Oct. 22 – Deer hunting workshop, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

Oct. 24 – Duck and coot seasons open in Zone 3

Oct. 25-27 – Camp & Treat, Red Willow SRA, McCook

Oct. 26 – Pheasant, quail and partridge hunting seasons open statewide

Oct. 28 – 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 – Eurasian collared-dove only hunting season opens

Oct. 31 – Antlerless elk hunting season closes

Oct. 31 – Raccoon and Virginia opossum hunting seasons closes

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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