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Jerry Kane

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.

New process in place for awarding big game draw permits

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters should be aware of a new process for awarding big game draw permits starting this year, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Applicants for deer, antelope and elk draw permits who supply valid email addresses will be notified when the draw is complete. Applicants not providing valid email addresses will be responsible for monitoring their status online at OutdoorNebraska.org. Awarded but unpaid permits will result in applicants losing preference points and forfeiting the permit. …

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New challenge encourages Nebraskans to take someone fishing and win prizes

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is excited to announce a new summer-long, statewide challenge in which anglers can win great prizes just by sharing their love of fishing. The Take ‘Em Fishing Challenge encourages experienced anglers to take a pledge to go fishing with someone who either has never fished before or who hasn’t fished in several years. Anglers who take a photo of themselves taking someone fishing can enter an online drawing for dozens of …

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Prescribed burns scheduled on public areas across state

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will conduct prescribed burns on wildlife management areas (WMA), state recreation areas (SRA) and state parks (SP) when conditions are favorable through May 15, according to Pat Molini, Wildlife Division assistant administrator. The areas scheduled for prescribed burns in each district are: Southeast District Fillmore County—Redhead WMA, Sora WMA; Gage County—Diamond Lake WMA, Arrowhead WMA; Jefferson County—Alexandria SW WMA, Flathead WMA, Rose Creek WMA, Rock Glenn WMA; Johnson County—Osage WMA; Lancaster …

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Two Rivers SRA Trout Lake closed for foreseeable future

LINCOLN, Neb. – Due to damage caused by recent flooding, Two Rivers State Recreation Area’s Trout Lake will not be open for put-and-take trout fishing for the foreseeable future. The lake flooded and must be assessed to determine the potential impact of other species of fish from the river system. The access road to Two Rivers, as well as interior roads, also was damaged. Weather conditions prevented the Trout Lake from being stocked as scheduled in early March. Instead, those …

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Game and Parks seeks input on Lake McConaughy boat ramp improvements

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is soliciting public input for motorized boat ramp improvements at Lake McConaughy’s Martin Bay and Cedar View. Game and Parks will receive input through April 15. Visit http://outdoornebraska.gov/lakemcconaughy/ to see information about the project and to submit input. Game and Parks seeks input only on the boat ramp improvements and not Lake McConaughy in general.

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Learn new outdoor skills at BOW workshop

LINCOLN, Neb. – Women interested in making new friends and learning how to better enjoy the outdoors can sign up for fun, hands-on workshops this spring and summer that teach outdoor activities such as kayaking, hunting and fishing. Part of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) series, workshops take place outdoors and focus on a single topic such as hunting, fishing, outdoor cooking or kayaking. They may be held over the course of half a day, …

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Commission reminds public of landowner resources for those with wildlife damage

LINCOLN, Neb – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is proactively working with landowners who have encountered wildlife damage to their crops and property. “Crop and livestock damage can be a serious issue for many landowners,” said Commission Director Jim Douglas. “We understand this and need to let landowners know what tools we have to help them, and listen to their ideas about other ways to resolve these problems.” This week, the Commission is hosting public meetings in Wauneta, Oxford …

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Four southeast urban lakes stocked with rainbow trout

LINCOLN, Neb. – Four urban lakes in southeast Nebraska were stocked with rainbow trout April 2. The Grove Trout Rearing Station in Antelope County stocked the following lakes: Humboldt City Park Lake, 350 trout; Auburn Rotary Club Lake, 800; Stanton Lake, Falls City, 200; and Pawnee City Pond, 300. Scheduled trout stockings across Nebraska may be delayed because of inclement weather and recent flooding, which impacted roads and hatcheries. An updated scheduled will be provided when conditions improve. Visit outdoornebraska.gov/fishstockingreports …

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Elm Creek trout stocking suspended until habitat improves

LINCOLN, Neb. – Rainbow trout stockings will not occur this spring at Elm Creek because high water has had a detrimental impact on trout habitat there. Until stream conditions improve, the likelihood of Elm Creek holding and supporting trout is impaired. With more stable water flows, habitat conditions should improve at Elm Creek, which is located east of Red Cloud in Webster County, and stocking can resume in the future. In addition, inclement weather prevented the trout stocking at Plum …

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Game and Parks working proactively to assess conditions at state park areas

LINCOLN, Neb. – While most state park areas across the state are open, some state parks, state historical parks, state recreation areas and wildlife management areas located along rivers and streams in eastern and central Nebraska remained temporarily closed following recent flooding. Game and Parks staff have been working diligently to assess the damage and develop recovery plans for affected areas. A list of parks that are closed, partially closed or accessible only by alternate route is available on the …

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