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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.

Wildlife to Help Reforest Pine Ridge Burn Areas

LINCOLN, Neb. – Natural resource officials in northwest Nebraska are turning to one of the oldest forms of seed dispersal to replace some of the countless trees and shrubs that were burned in the 2012 Pine Ridge forest fires. Blocks containing seeds of native trees and shrubs soon will be fed to the region’s wild animals, which are expected to “deposit” the seeds in remote areas of the region’s rugged landscape. Shelley Steffl of Chadron, the Nebraska Game and Parks …

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Mountain Lion Killed in Dawes County

LINCOLN, Neb. – A male mountain lion was shot and killed in the Pine Ridge in Dawes County on March 27 after the resident’s attempts to scare off the cat failed, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The resident reported the incident to Game and Parks. The resident spotted the lion while walking along a creek near his home. He estimated that the lion was about 20 yards from him. He continued walking and the lion walked parallel …

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Game and Parks Seeks Information on Mule Deer Case

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking information in an investigation of deer shot and left in Red Willow County. Between March 20 and March 22, three mule deer were shot and left near an abandoned farm northwest of Indianola. One of the deer was left alive but injured when a conservation officer investigated the site March 23. Anyone can provide information on this case by calling the Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers at 1-800-742-7627. Callers can remain …

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Platte River State Park to Host Beyond BOW Workshop

LINCOLN, Neb. – Experience Platte River State Park in the spring with a daylong Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop April 27. The workshop will include horseback riding for beginners, Dutch oven cooking and shooting skills (archery, shotgun and rifle). Participants must be at least 18 years of age. The $50 registration fee includes meals, but not camping or lodging. A park entry permit is required. Registration and fees are required by April 19. Download a registration form at: http://www.outdoornebraska.ne.gov/Education/Programs/bow/BeyondBOW/pdf/Horses.pdf. Contact …

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Walleye Egg Collections to Begin April 1

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will begin collecting walleye the night of April 1 at Sherman and Merritt reservoirs and the following week at Lake McConaughy, weather permitting. Closures and warnings for boaters and anglers again will be in place. Those are needed to keep fishing lures and boat props from becoming entangled in nets. Anglers and boaters must avoid Game and Parks boats and nets at all three reservoirs. At Sherman, waters within 150 feet …

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Sobotka Sets State Record at NASP

LINCOLN, Neb. – Devin Sobotka of Lincoln Southeast High School set a state record with 290 points at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state tournament March 23 in Lincoln. Kora Shedenhelm of Omaha Mater Dei Academy repeated as the top girl scorer in the meet with 284 points. The tournament at the Lancaster Event Center drew 460 elementary, middle school and high school archers from 23 schools. The tournament was the culminating event in the state for …

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Box Elder WMA Target Shooting Indefinitely Prohibited

LINCOLN, Neb. – Target shooting at Box Elder Wildlife Management Area (WMA), 5 miles southwest of Maxwell in Lincoln County, has been indefinitely prohibited by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, because of a recent unsafe target shooting incident there. No target shooting has been posted at Box Elder WMA and will be enforced by law enforcement authorities. Game and Parks will look at options for future target shooting on this area, as well as others near North Platte.

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April Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in April: April 1 – Light Goose Conservation Order ends in Zone 2 April 1-14 – Application period for archery paddlefish permits April 2 – Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children, York Elementary School, 1501 Washington Ave., York, lindsay.rogers@nebraska.gov April 4 – Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 5000 St. Paul Ave., Lincoln, lindsay.rogers@nebraska.gov April …

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Commissioners Jensen, Berggren, Forney to Serve Additional Terms

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners Mick Jensen, Lynn Berggren and Kent Forney have been reappointed for second terms by Gov. Heineman and confirmed by the Nebraska Legislature. Jensen, of Blair, represents District 3 (northeast Nebraska). Berggren, of Broken Bow, represents District 6 (Sandhills) and Forney, of Lincoln, represents District 8 (Lancaster County). The new terms for all three began Jan. 15 and last four years. Jensen was originally appointed to the board in January 2008. “I’ve enjoyed …

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Take Boater Safety Course Before Season Begins

LINCOLN, Neb. – While boating season still is months away, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission suggests that now is the time to take a boater safety course. A list of boating safety classes is available at boatsafenebraska.org. The list includes six-hour classroom courses and three-hour home study review and test courses. More classes will be added to the list during the year. Persons born after Dec. 31, 1985, who operate a motorboat or personal watercraft in Nebraska, must have …

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