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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.

Women’s Instructional Shooting Clinic Set for Sept. 10

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LINCOLN – A women’s clinic teaching the safe use and ownership of guns is scheduled for Sept. 10 at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln. At the NRA Women on Target Instructional Shooting Clinic, women will find a safe space to increase their shooting skills. Participants will choose nine workshops to join throughout the day that cover topics like handguns, shotguns, ammunition and more. Equipment is included in the $50 registration fee. You may register at …

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August Outdoor Calendar

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LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in August: Aug. 1 – Squirrel season opens Aug. 1 – Outdoor Skills Club, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 3:30 p.m., 402-471-6141 Aug. 1 – Growing Up WILD Workshop, St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Omaha, 6:30 p.m., 402-471-5581 Aug. 2 – Family Fishing Event, Prairie Queen Recreation Areas, LaVista, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 2 – Ladies Winchester Marksmanship Program, Nebraska Game and …

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Educational Workshops Planned for July 26-31 at Ponca SP

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LINCOLN – A variety of fun workshops based around nature and outdoor activities is scheduled for July 26-31 at Ponca State Park (SP). Outdoor recreation enthusiasts can enjoy introductory sessions on archery, kayaking, wilderness survival skills and various types of firearms. Wildlife and nature sessions will highlight species such as owls, butterflies and nighttime creatures. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about different habitats at Ponca SP and to compete in outdoor games. A park permit is required …

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North Platte’s Pavelka, Rowland Repeat as State High School Fishing Champs

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LINCOLN – Grant Pavelka and Tyler Rowland of North Platte High School caught a five-fish limit weighing 15.85 pounds to capture the Nebraska High School Fishing Championship for the second year in a row. The event took place July 23 at Elwood Reservoir Wildlife Management Area north of Elwood in Gosper County. The winning team’s largest bass weighed 3.57 pounds. Ben Pavelka was the team’s coach and boat operator. Ian Pinhero and Owen Jansen of Omaha Westside took second place …

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Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop Aug. 11 at Louisville SRA

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LINCOLN – Learn how to prepare a tasty outdoor meal in a Dutch oven at a workshop Aug. 11 at Louisville State Recreation Area. Instructors will teach participants of all ages how to season, maintain temperature, cook with, clean and store a Dutch oven, as well as basic tools needed. All equipment and supplies will be provided. This Becoming an Outdoors-Family event begins at 6 p.m. at the Meisinger Picnic Shelter on Lake No. 2. The workshop fee is $5. …

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Mountain Lion Killed in Gering

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LINCOLN – A mountain lion was dispatched in Gering during the late morning of July 21, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. A Nebraska Game and Parks conservation officer shot the 60-pound female after it was reported in a residential area of the city. It is Nebraska Game and Parks’ protocol to kill mountain lions found in municipalities.  

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Enjoy Living History Weekend at Fort Atkinson SHP Aug. 6-7

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LINCOLN – Volunteers will portray life at an 1820s military post Aug. 6-7 during Fort Atkinson State Historical Park’s Living History Weekend. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, reenactors will gather to portray the fort’s military history and to demonstrate various period trades and crafts, such as blacksmithing and weaving. Living history interpreters will read the Monroe Doctrine aloud each day. Visitors may also visit a Lewis and Clark encampment near the visitor center. Fort Atkinson, the first …

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Bighorn Sheep Lottery Permit Applications Close on Aug. 5

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LINCOLN – Nebraska residents may apply for a bighorn sheep lottery permit through Aug. 5. One lottery permit will be issued in 2016. Residents who will be at least 12 years of age by the opening day of the bighorn sheep season may apply. Residents may apply once per calendar year and may receive one permit per lifetime. The nonrefundable application fee is $25. Nonresidents are not eligible. Applications must be received in the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Lincoln …

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Family Fishing Event July 20 at Bowling Lake Canceled

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Family Fishing event scheduled for July 20 at Lincoln’s Bowling Lake has been canceled because of expected excessive heat. The final Family Fishing event in Lincoln this summer will be Aug. 4 at Holmes Lake. Upcoming events in the Omaha area will be July 19 at Zorinsky Lake, July 28 at Benson Park, and Aug. 2 at Prairie Queen Lake. The events will run 6-8 p.m. Other remaining Family Fishing events this …

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Enjoy Movie Under Stars July 22 at Fort Hartsuff SHP

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LINCOLN – Enjoy a movie under the stars at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park on July 22 with the screening of “The Trial of Standing Bear.” The movie, which begins at 9:30 p.m., tells the story of Ponca chief Standing Bear’s 1879 trial, in which he successfully argued that a Native American was a “person” under the law. A large portion of this 1988 television movie was filmed on location at Fort Hartsuff. The movie will be screened outdoors, between …

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