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Mormon Island State Recreation Area temporarily closed

LINCOLN, Neb. – Mormon Island State Recreation Area near Doniphan is temporarily closed. An ice jam on the Platte River led to flooding in parts of the recreation area. Nebraska Game and Parks officials on Friday made the decision to close the area until further notice. Officials expect that the flooding will subside as the ice jam breaks up. -30-

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Game and Parks reminds goose hunters of season dates

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds hunters that the regular light goose waterfowl season lasts through Feb. 12, while the light goose conservation order runs from Feb. 13-April 5.  During the light goose waterfowl season, hunters may not use electronic calls or unplugged shotguns. The daily bag limit during the light goose waterfowl season is 50. Shooting hours are from 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.  During the light goose conservation order, electronic calls and unplugged …

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Mountain lion killed in Scottsbluff

LINCOLN, Neb. – A mountain lion was killed in Scottsbluff on Feb. 1, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission worked with a local veterinarian to dart and then euthanize the 105-pound male mountain lion after it was discovered on the porch of a Scottsbluff home that evening. The Nebraska State Patrol and the Scottsbluff Police Department also responded. Per the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Mountain Lion Response Plan, it is protocol …

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Seward girl’s bull elk more than just a state record

LINCOLN – A bull elk harvested by a Seward girl in September is not only the new non-typical record for Nebraska, it also ranks 16th in the all-time world records maintained by the Boone and Crockett Club. Hannah Helmer’s bull, harvested on the Sept. 24 opener of the elk season in the Hat Creek Unit near Crawford, was officially scored at 430 6/8 on Nov. 30 by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wildlife biologist Randy Stutheit. That topped the previous …

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December Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in December: Dec. 1 – Bobcat hunting and trapping season opens Dec. 1, 15 – Ladies Day at the Range, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6:30 – 8 p.m., 402-471-6141 Dec. 1-22 – Bighorn sheep hunting season Dec. 1-31 – Muzzleloader deer hunting season Dec. 1-31 – Public land cow elk hunting season Dec. 1-31 – Private land cow elk …

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Health Advisory Lifted at Branched Oak Lake

LINCOLN — A health advisory has been lifted at Branched Oak Lake in Lancaster County. The advisory was put in place after high levels of blue-green algae were detected at the lake. Health advisories related to blue-green algae remain in effect at Pawnee Lake in Lancaster County and at Willow Creek Lake in Pierce County. Visitors to Pawnee and Willow Creek lakes should avoid full body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing, jet skiing, etc. Non-contact activities such as …

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Upland Bird Harvest Up in 2015, Good Bird Numbers Expected this Fall

LINCOLN – Nebraska’s upland bird harvest saw a big increase between the 2014 and 2015 seasons, and hunter participation was up as well, according to results from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s annual hunter harvest survey. Pheasant harvest was up by 26 percent. During the 2015 season, 166,285 rooster pheasants were harvested, compared to 131,423 during the 2014 season. Quail harvest increased by 73 percent, with 91,472 quail harvested in 2015, compared to 52,947 birds in 2014. In addition, …

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National Conservation Group Recognizes Game and Parks Communications Staff

LINCOLN — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s communications staff won seven awards at the Association of Conservation Information annual conference held July 11-14 in Lake Tahoe, Nev. Game and Parks staff were recognized for its magazine articles, photography, publications, marketing efforts and website. “We are passionate about our heritage and being good stewards of our resources,” said Nebraska Game and Parks Communications Director Christy Rasmussen. “An important part of our mission is giving Nebraskans the information and skills they …

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Commission accepting Applications for Gifford Point WMA Access Permits until July 31

Lincoln — Deer hunters interested in hunting at Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area this year may apply for access permits until July 31. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will authorize 200 permits allowing deer hunters access to the area. To be eligible to apply for these permits, hunters must have at least one of the following valid deer permits: statewide archery, muzzleloader, youth or antlerless only season choice Wahoo. Gifford Point WMA is closed to the use of rimfire …

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Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala Master Plan Public Meeting Scheduled for Aug. 4

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host a public meeting on Aug. 4 regarding the Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala Master Plan. The meeting will include a review of the June public meeting, a presentation regarding development and management of the lakes, and a public input session. The Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala Master Plan, which is still in development, is overseen by an advisory committee made up of commission staff, lake concessionaires; friends group members, land owners and economic development …

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