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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.

Duck hunters must choose from two bag limits when they register for HIP

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Duck hunters must choose between two daily bag limits when they register for their Harvest Information Program number this year. Nebraska and South Dakota are entering a new “two-tier” program starting with the 2021-2022 regular duck season. Tier I is the current traditional six-duck bag limit with species and sex restrictions. Tier II is a three-duck bag limit with no species or sex restrictions. HIP registration begins Aug. 1. When hunters go to register, they will be …

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Body of 16-year-old boy recovered from Lake Yankton

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The body of a 16-year-old Madison, Nebraska, boy was recovered from Lake Yankton at about 8:30 p.m. on July 4 by first responders from Nebraska and South Dakota. At 3:22 p.m., the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a juvenile male drowning at the lake. Five Nebraska conservation officers responded, along with a Cedar County Sheriff’s deputy, U. S. Corps of Engineers park rangers and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks conservation officers. It …

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Catch these Game and Parks education events in July

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission educators have scheduled a month full of interesting and engaging events for educators and the curious in July. Here are a few opportunities: Virtual Project WILD and Aquatic WILD educator workshop is July 6 LINCOLN, Neb. – A virtual Project WILD and Project Aquatic WILD educator workshop, hosted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, is scheduled for July 6 at 9 a.m. Project WILD and Project Aquatic WILD teach lessons such …

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July in state parks system offers history, recreation, nature

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LINCOLN, Neb. — History, recreation and nature. You will find events that will let you enjoy them all in Nebraska’s state park system in July. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission parks system centennial is in full swing, and July still offers plenty of opportunities to celebrate at state parks across the state. Take a road trip and see what opportunities for adventure you can find. Fort Atkinson to host Living History July 3-4 LINCOLN, Neb. – Listen as guest …

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Dead Timber SRA campground access road reopens

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Construction has been completed and the access road to the Dead Timber State Recreation Area campground has reopened. The campground access road at the Dodge County park area was temporarily closed earlier in June so that it could be widened. Other road improvements and flood repairs also were made. A park entry permit is required of each vehicle entering the park. Permits may be purchased at OutdoorNebraska.org.

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Game and Parks accepting Gifford Point access permit applications July 1-31

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LINCOLN, Neb. – People interested in hunting deer at Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area this fall may apply for access permits July 1-31. Two hundred of these permits will be issued to allow hunters access to the area. The use of rimfire and centerfire weapons is prohibited at Gifford. Muzzleloaders are not allowed during the November firearm deer season. The Gifford permit allows access to take deer with archery equipment from Sept. 1, 2021, through Jan. 16, 2022, and with …

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Public input sought for Fort Kearny Master Plan via digital platform

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LINCOLN, Neb. – People may provide input on the proposed Fort Kearny Master Plan via the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s website. An open house was held for the master plan June 22 in Kearney, but Game and Parks is inviting the public to provide additional input on future development of the state historical park and state recreation area through a digital platform. The platform can be accessed through July 16 by visiting outdoornebraska.gov/fortkearny or outdoornebraska.gov/fortkearnysra. The platform is set …

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Game and Parks officers to participate in BUI awareness and enforcement campaign July 2-4

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LINCOLN, Neb. – As part of a national effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will participate July 2-4 in Operation Dry Water. While Operation Dry Water is a year-round BUI awareness and enforcement campaign. That effort will be heightened by Game and Parks’ Law Enforcement Division officers July 2-4 at waters across the state. Alcohol use while boating is one of the leading factors in …

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Six state recreation areas will allow fireworks on July 4

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Visitors to six state recreation areas will be allowed to touch off fireworks on July 4. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is urging them to be especially careful this year. Visitors should always use caution when lighting fireworks but should be mindful of the dry conditions that exist across the state this year and the risk of wildfire. The areas that will permit fireworks from 8 a.m. until midnight on July 4 are Branched Oak (Liebers …

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Apply for grant to support community recreation improvements

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Two grant programs are accepting applications from communities across Nebraska for recreation improvements. Applications for the Recreation Trails Program are due Sept. 3, 2021. Applications for the grants through the Land and Water Conservation Fund are due Sept. 17, 2021. The Recreational Trails Program is a grant program through the Federal Highway Administration that reimburses political subdivisions, such as communities, counties, natural resources districts, up to maximum of $250,000 or 80% of project costs for trail acquisition, …

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