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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.

Nebraskans Can Fish for Millions

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska is one of 22 states where fishing could be a little more exciting this year. It is participating in the Cabela’s Fish for Millions contest. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission recently tagged many fish in public waters. Anglers who catch those tagged fish from May 4 to July 7 will have a shot at up to $2 million in cash and nearly $275,000 in prizes. Every tagged fish will be a winner. Anglers must register …

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Mahoney SP to Host Disc Golf Tournament

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Midwest Regional Cass County Championship of the World Disc Golf Tournament will be held May 5 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m., a players’ meeting at 9:30 a.m., and the first of two rounds of competition begins at 10 a.m. There will be a cash prize in the professional division. Register at shopoutdoornebraska.ne.gov/Events. Call 402-944-2523 for more information. A park entry permit is required.

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Residents May Enter Nebraska Super Tag Lottery

LINCOLN, Neb. – Beginning April 15, Nebraska hunters may enter the Nebraska Super Tag Lottery for a chance to win a four-species permit. A nonrefundable $25 lottery application fee will give hunters the opportunity to win a tag that is valid in 2013 and 2014 and has a bag limit of one elk of either sex, one deer of either sex, one antelope of either sex and two turkeys (only toms and bearded hens may be taken in the spring). …

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Practice Safety While Hunting Turkeys

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters are urged to be safe when they take to the field for spring turkey hunting. As of April 13, spring turkey season is open to hunters using archery equipment and shotguns. The season closes May 31. The main cause of turkey hunting incidents each year is when a hunter does not identify the target or know what is beyond it. This can result in one hunter accidentally shooting another. “Always identify the target as a turkey …

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River Cleanup Planned at Ponca State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – Ponca State Park and the Missouri National Recreational River are seeking volunteers for the inaugural Mighty Mo Annual Cleanup on April 20. This is an effort to remove trash and debris from the banks and sandbars left by the 2011 flood and exposed by the drought of 2012. Volunteers will meet at the park’s boat ramp at 8 a.m. Boats will transport volunteers to cleanup sites, where work will conclude at 11:30 a.m. A lunch will be …

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Game and Parks Awarded Grant for Crop Stubble

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Environmental Trust has awarded $1.5 million to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to enroll tall wheat and milo stubble into the Crop Stubble Management, Wildlife and Water Conservation Program for three years. The program will be offered in the Upper Niobrara-White, North Platte, South Platte, Twin Platte, Upper Republican, Middle Republican, Tri-Basin and Lower Republican natural resource districts (NRD) in southern and western Nebraska. Producers within the project area may receive $10 per acre …

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Run Wild at Mahoney State Park June 1

LINCOLN, Neb. – Run wild June 1 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park to support the Nebraska Wildlife Conservation Fund. Celebrate the state’s wildlife and National Trails Day by participating in Run Wild, a 10-kilometer trail run in a wild animal costume. There also will be a 1-mile run for children. The Nebraska Wildlife Conservation Fund helps thousands of nongame species that call Nebraska home. Learn more about it at NebraskaWildlifeFund.org. Visit http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/wildlife/programs/nongame/run_wild.asp to register. Registration fees are $35 through …

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Learn About Nebraska Vacation Hot Spots

LINCOLN, Neb. – Come to the Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium on April 20 for a presentation on Nebraska Vacation Hot Spots. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission public information officer Greg Wagner will present the free program from 1-2 p.m. in the Outdoor Education Center. The Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium is located south of Gretna in Schramm Park State Recreation Area. Call the aquarium at 402-332-3901 for more information.

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State High School Fishing Tournament Set for July 27

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska State High School Fishing Tournament will take place July 27 at Harlan County Reservoir near Alma. This third annual event is open to students in grades 9-12. Competition will be in teams, with each teaming having two anglers and a coach/boat operator. The event starts with a 6 a.m. rules meeting, followed by competition. The tournament ends at 1 p.m. and is followed by a weigh-in. “Not only is fishing a fun hobby, but this …

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Ponca SP to Host Outdoor Cooking Camp

LINCOLN, Neb. – Ponca State Park will host its second Outdoor Cooking Camp May 3-5. The interactive camp includes a variety of specialty courses with hands-on instruction. Courses include campfire cooking, wild game sausage making, smoking meat and backyard barbecue, grilling techniques, fish preparation, canning venison, jerky making and dehydration, making strawberry preserves and Dutch oven cooking. Special nature-inspired programs for youth run concurrent with adult courses and include campfire cooking and safety, food art and wild edibles hike. The …

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