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Wetlands conditions mixed across Nebraska this year

LINCOLN, Neb. – Wetlands conditions throughout the state, including in the Rainwater Basin region of south-central Nebraska, are mixed this year, with some areas having an abundance of water and many other areas having gone dry over the past few months. Hunters should be prepared to scout ahead of teal season.

The conditions recently were observed by biologists on the ground. To view the Aug. 20 report on wetland conditions and pumping plans, go to OutdoorNebraska.gov/waterfowlchecklist, where updates will be posted regularly throughout the duck seasons.

Waterfowl hunting in Nebraska begins with early teal season Sept. 5-13 in the High Plains Zone and Sept. 5-20 in the Low Plains Zone. See an interactive zone map at maps.outdoornebraska.gov/WaterfowlZones.

In addition to providing places to hunt waterfowl, wetlands are pumped when needed to provide habitat for migrating waterfowl and other water birds, and to provide areas for people to observe wildlife.

Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for more information on waterfowl hunting or to purchase permits and stamps and register for the Harvest Information Program.

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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