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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.

Purchase big game permits beginning Aug. 5

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters may purchase 2019 big game permits at any Nebraska Game and Parks Commission office or online beginning at 1 p.m. Central Time on Aug. 5. Residents, nonresidents and eligible landowners may purchase remaining deer and antelope permits. Residents and eligible landowners may purchase remaining elk permits. These permits will be available through the end of big game seasons. To view a list of big game permits available to purchase, go to OutdoorNebraska.org, then click on Buy …

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Cooper, Oettinger win state high school fishing tournament

LINCOLN, Neb. – Jaron Cooper and Keegan Oettinger of the Platte Valley Bassmasters team caught a five-fish limit weighing 15.88 pounds to capture the The Bass Federation – Nebraska High School Fishing Championship on July 12 at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area. Cooper caught the tournament’s biggest fish at 4.55 pounds. Hunter Cooper and Kaden Oettinger of Platte Valley Bassmasters, a team comprised of students from Sutherland and Hershey, took second place with three fish weighing 6.31 pounds. They are …

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Be wary of limited access at recreation, wildlife areas

LINCOLN, Neb. – Access at many state recreation and wildlife management areas may be limited or restricted because of high water after recent heavy rains in south-central Nebraska. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds people not to drive through flood water. High water can sweep vehicles away and hide underwater hazards. Game and Parks also reminds boaters of the potential hazard from floating debris that may become dislodged during high water level events at reservoirs. The only usable boat …

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Game and Parks seeks additional conservation officers

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking to add new conservation officers. Conservation officers have the important job of protecting our natural resources and helping keep the people who use our state parks and other public lands safe through the enforcement of fish, wildlife, boating, and park laws. As state peace officers, conservation officers also enforce other criminal and traffic laws on lands owned by the Game and Parks and elsewhere throughout the state. Conservation officers …

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Recovering America’s Wildlife Act introduced in House

LINCOLN, Neb. – Reps. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) and Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) introduced the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act in the U.S. House of Representatives at a press conference in Washington D.C. on Friday, July 12. This bipartisan legislation, if passed, would amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to allow for the dedication of $1.3 billion in existing revenue annually, without any new taxes, from the U.S. Treasury to state fish and wildlife agencies to implement their State Wildlife Action Plans and …

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Heavy rains temporarily close some south-central SRAs

LINCOLN, Neb. – Heavy rains in south-central Nebraska have forced the temporary closure of some state recreation areas (SRA) as some roads and campgrounds are underwater. Sandy Channel and Union Pacific SRAs in Buffalo County are temporarily closed. Interstate 80 exit 263 to Union Pacific SRA is closed. The lower loop of Shady Bay Campground (sites 48-62) at Medicine Creek SRA in Frontier County also is temporarily closed. In Dawson County, access is available to Gallagher Canyon SRA. Most of …

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Kearney service center temporarily closed for cleanup

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Kearney service center closed temporarily Tuesday, July 9 because of flooding caused by heavy rain. The office, located at 1617 1st Ave., is closed to the public to allow for cleanup. The public is encouraged to purchase permits online at OutdoorNebraska.org or visit a local permit agent. The Kearney office likely will reopen July 10 with limited public service.

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Enjoy festive family fun at Indian Cave’s Campfire Christmas in July

LINCOLN, Neb. – For a touch of holiday cheer at a beautiful park, bring the family to Indian Cave State Park on July 26-27 for the 6th Annual Campfire Christmas in July. Traditional holiday activities include visits with Santa, lighted Polar Express hayrack rides, a Yule log quest, holiday craft and Christmas-themed outdoor movies. Try your hand at the antler toss, snowball toss and horseshoes, and snack on tin roof sundaes, popcorn, pop and roasted hot dogs. Other activities throughout …

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Enjoy friendly competition at Steel Plate Challenge Aug. 10

LINCOLN, Neb. – For a fun competition set in a family-friendly atmosphere, test your shooting skills at Platte River State Park’s Steel Plate Challenge on Aug. 10. The Steel Plate Challenge is a great way to get started in competitive shooting or improve shooting skills. The rules are simple: when the buzzer sounds, participants will rapidly engage targets made from armor plate at relatively close distances, shooting each target at least once as rapidly as possible. The competition is part …

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Three state fishing records recently certified

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission recently certified three state fishing records, including one that topped a record that had stood for 47 years. — Andrew Myer of Norfolk set a bow-and-arrow record when he took an 89-pound paddlefish on the Missouri River in Cedar County in June. It broke the old record, which was set in 1972, by 3 pounds. The fish was 5 feet, 10½ inches in length from the tip of snout to the …

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