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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.

Take your first shots at introductory target shooting class

LINCOLN, Neb. – Get started in the sport of target shooting in a safe, welcoming environment with a First Shots class. These seminars, held at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, include individual and group training, an introduction to safety, a rundown of shooting sports opportunities for all levels of interest, and a chance to give shooting a try on the range. With a small class size and friendly, knowledgeable staff, a First Shots class is a non-intimidating …

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Handgun and archery demo scheduled for April 7

LINCOLN, Neb. – Looking for that perfect firearm or bow? Come try out some of the best handguns and bows in the business at a handgun and archery demo April 7. Held at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in association with Scheels, this free event allows visitors to check out a selection of handguns and bows and try out their favorites on the range. You will be able to compare various models, ask questions and learn from …

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Trout to be stocked in two Panhandle lakes March 22

LINCOLN, Neb. – Two Panhandle lakes will be stocked with rainbow trout March 22, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The Rock Creek State Fish Hatchery will stock 1,400 10-inch trout at Bridgeport State Recreation Area northwest lake and 900 trout at the Riverside Discovery Center (zoo) pond in Scottsbluff. Trout stockings across Nebraska may be delayed because of inclement weather and widespread flooding, impacting roads and hatcheries. An updated scheduled will be provided when conditions improve. Visit …

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Management of five Missouri River WMAs to transfer from Commission back to Corps

LINCOLN, Neb. – The management of five wildlife management areas along the Missouri River will be transferred from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission back to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Due to constraining factors involving land management, the Commission and the Corps have agreed that the Corps would assume operation and maintenance responsibility of the following wildlife management areas effective on Oct. 1, 2019: William Gilmour/Tobacco Island in Cass County; Hamburg Bend in Otoe County; and Kansas Bend, …

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Spring rainbow trout stockings begin March 20

LINCOLN, Neb. – Spring rainbow trout stocking is beginning this week at five south-central Nebraska locations, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The Calamus State Fish Hatchery will stock 10-inch trout March 20 at the following locations: Fort Kearny State Recreation Area Lake No. 6, Kearney, 600 trout; Windmill State Recreation Area Lake No. 2, Gibbon, 600; Holdrege City Lake, 1,000; Heartwell Park Lake, Hastings, 450; and Such’s Lake, Grand Island, 650. Trout stockings across Nebraska may be …

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Big game property damage to be discussed at meetings

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission invites landowners in southwest Nebraska to attend meetings regarding property damage caused by big game wildlife. These meetings will help Game and Parks assist landowners experiencing crop damage from deer and other big game species. The meetings will help staff understand the issues and discuss tools that may assist with wildlife damage. Landowners who have experienced crop damage or stored feed issues with species such as deer are invited to attend. …

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Commissioners approve waterfowl season recommendations

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved 2019 waterfowl hunting season recommendations at its March 15 meeting in Nebraska City. The approved recommendations moved the early teal season approximately one week later than in 2018 to accommodate weekend days. All other waterfowl season recommendations included only calendar date adjustments. The 2019 waterfowl seasons are: Early Teal – Low Plains: Sept. 7-22; High Plains: Sept. 7-15; Daily bag limit: six; Possession limit: Three times the daily bag limit …

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Salamander citizen science workshop set for April 20 at Indian Cave State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and University of Nebraska-Lincoln invite the public to attend a Salamander Search Citizen Science Workshop on April 20 at Indian Cave State Park. UNL herpetologist Dennis Ferraro will give a presentation on finding, identifying and recording salamander sightings and contributing that information to this citizen science project. At sunset, participants will join Ferraro and Game and Parks staff to survey for salamanders throughout the park. The free event begins with a …

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Bighorn sheep lottery applications begin April 15

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept applications for a 2019 bighorn sheep lottery permit beginning April 15. The application period ends Aug. 2, and the permit will be drawn Aug. 28. A $29 nonrefundable application fee must accompany each application. Only Nebraska residents are eligible for the lottery. Apply at a Nebraska Game and Parks office or at OutdoorNebraska.org. The 2019 bighorn sheep season is Dec. 3-22.

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Registration Open for Indian Cave’s Mushroom Run

LINCOLN, Neb. – Registration is open for runners to enter the Mushroom Run at Indian Cave State Park. The run will be held in conjunction with the park’s annual Outdoor Adventure on April 27. The run includes the Morel Mile and 5-kilometer races. Each begins at 8 a.m. The $20 entry fee includes a T-shirt and biscuits and gravy breakfast. Register at outdoornebraska.org. Other family events for the Outdoor Adventure include a mushroom hunt contest, fish fry, musical entertainment, hayrack …

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