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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.

Commission seeks information on illegal shooting of deer in Polk County

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is looking for information regarding the illegal shooting and wanton waste of two deer a few miles northeast of Osceola in Polk County. In the early morning of Dec. 27, 2016, a landowner reported to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office that he had heard five gunshots near his rural residence. The landowner observed a vehicle – possibly a silver pickup – leaving the area. An adult doe was found dead in …

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Tax check-off benefits wildlife, habitat conservation

LINCOLN, Neb. – Tax season provides Nebraskans a unique opportunity to contribute to wildlife and habitat conservation. Line 42 on 2016 state income tax Form 1040N allows individuals to donate all or a part of their tax refund to the Nebraska Wildlife Conservation Fund, ¬which focuses on saving Nebraska’s wildlife and wild places. “The check-off is one of the principal sources of state funding used to conserve more than 95 percent of fish and wildlife species that are considered nongame,” …

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Bald eagles break nest record again in 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. – In 2016, a record 159 active bald eagle nests were documented in Nebraska by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and its partners. It was the third consecutive year the number of nests has broken the previous year’s record. Bald eagles were on federal and state endangered species lists as late as 2007 and 2008, respectively. The species has gone from a nonexistent breeding species in the state to one that is relatively numerous in less than …

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Learn game cooking at Fort Atkinson SHP classes

LINCOLN, Neb. – Whether you’re new to hunting or an experienced die-hard, you can learn something new at three upcoming venison and game bird cooking classes taught by Cure Cooking at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP). The Jan. 21 Deer Sausage Making class will focus on the craft of natural sausage making for deer and other game using traditional methods – no pre-made mixes involved. During the Fresh Venison Cookery class on Jan. 28, students will explore several venison …

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Take precautions to avoid hypothermia this winter

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska’s outdoors in the winter can be just as much fun as the other seasons. Whether it’s hunting, ice fishing, cross country skiing, sledding or snowshoeing, the state has great outdoor opportunities. Being outdoors in the winter also means being safe in the coldest of temperatures. Avoiding hypothermia is critical. Hypothermia is a low body temperature most often caused by exposure to cold weather or immersion in a cold body of water. Some symptoms include shivering, confusion; …

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Commission to consider changes to boating regulations

(corrects fifth paragraph) LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider at its Jan. 20 meeting a regulation amendment that would allow people to obtain boating safety certification via an online course. The meeting is at 8 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the Commission’s Lincoln headquarters, 2200 N. 33rd St. If passed, the amended regulation would help streamline boater education by increasing opportunities for constituents, while retaining the classroom and home-study options for obtaining certification. …

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Big game meetings Jan. 18 in Elkhorn, Jan. 19 in Wilber

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will hold a big game informational meeting Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Elkhorn Eagles Club, 20276 Wirt St. The public is invited. Commission biologists will begin with a presentation on deer management. Other wildlife management topics will be discussed as time allows. Another big game meeting will be held Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. at Wilber’s Sokol Auditorium, 315 S. Wilson St. That meeting will be streamed live on …

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Join Game and Parks for Eagle Viewing Days at Lake Ogallala

LINCOLN, Neb. – Watch bald eagles soar or feed on the ice of Lake Ogallala during Eagle Viewing Days each weekend in January. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host the event at the Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Center, located below Kingsley Dam. A park naturalist will give a presentation at 9 a.m. and noon each Saturday and Sunday in January. The presentation will be followed by open viewing of the eagles and crafts for the kids. Coffee and …

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Spring turkey permits now available

LINCOLN, Neb. – Spring turkey hunting permits are available from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Nebraska offers the best turkey hunting opportunities in the entire country. Nebraska offers birds in every county of the state, including the highly-sought-after Merriam’s in some areas. The state also offers plentiful and affordable permits, long seasons, great public access and $5 permits for youth. Wild turkey hunters in Nebraska enjoy high success rates. In the spring, hunters can purchase as many as three …

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Four positives for CWD found in recent testing of deer

LINCOLN, Neb. – The presence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer has been detected for the first time in southeastern Nebraska, according to findings by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The Commission conducted a CWD sampling operation in its Southeast District deer check stations during the 2016 November firearm deer season. Four samples tested positive for CWD. Those samples were taken from deer harvested on private land in Thayer, Saline, Cass and Polk counties. There were 753 deer …

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