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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.

Bighorn sheep lottery applications close Aug. 4

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept applications for a 2017 bighorn sheep lottery permit through Aug. 4. Only Nebraska residents are eligible. The permit will be drawn Aug. 17. A $29 nonrefundable application fee must accompany each application. Apply at a Nebraska Game and Parks office at outdoornebraska.org. The 2017 bighorn sheep season is Nov. 28-Dec. 22.

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Learn backpacking skills July 30 at Eugene T. Mahoney SP

LINCOLN, Neb. – Gain the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to execute your own backcountry adventure at the Backpacking 101 workshop July 30 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. This class, which will be held at 2 p.m. at Riverview Lodge, is designed for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts who have limited backpacking experience. The program will cover topics such as water filtration, orienteering, severe weather safety and plant identification. No registration is required, but each vehicle entering the park must …

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Compete in Director’s Cup archery tournament Aug. 19 in Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. – Test your archery skills and compete for trophies at the 2nd Annual Director’s Cup archery tournament Aug. 19 at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln. This fun event is open to serious archers as well as novices. It is a unique outdoor tournament layout in which archers shoot at varying distances based on age and discipline. There are eight divisions of competition for all ages, including a noncompetitive division. Trophies and prizes will …

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Family Fishing Event scheduled today in Lincoln canceled

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Family Fishing Event scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight at Lincoln’s Bowling Lake has been canceled due to excessive heat predicted for today. The next Family Fishing Event in Lincoln is scheduled for Aug. 3 at Holmes Lake. More information on the program is available at OutdoorNebraska.gov/familyfishing and facebook.com/familyfishingnebraska/.

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Larger channel catfish stocked for youth to catch

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is giving young anglers in southeastern Nebraska an opportunity to catch some larger channel catfish. Game and Parks later this week is stocking approximately 25 cats at Platte River State Park’s Jenny Newman Pond near Louisville and 200 fish at Bowling Lake in Lincoln. The fish range from 2 to 9 pounds in weight. “There are very limited numbers of fish this large that can be produced in Nebraska state fish …

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Summer is great time to take hunter education

LINCOLN, Neb. – Summer – well ahead of hunting seasons – is a great time to obtain hunter education certification. Although classes are available year-round, most traditional classroom courses and Hunt Safe Sessions are offered in the fall and spring. Mid-August through mid-November is packed with course offerings throughout the state. February and March also offer many classes. Firearm and bowhunter education covers the safety aspects of firearms and archery equipment, as well as the conservation management and ethics that …

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Super Tag lottery permits drawn

LINCOLN, Neb. – Mindell Rethwisch of Elkhorn and Troy Stonacek of Lincoln have been drawn as lottery winners of two Super Tag multispecies big game permits. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission drew the names July 13. Thomas Hruby of Unadilla and Keith Chipman of Lakewood, California, have been drawn as winners of the Combo multispecies big game permits. The Super Tag and Combo permits are valid in 2017 and 2018. The Super Tag bag limit is one elk, one …

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Education center closures scheduled during Cornhusker State Games

LINCOLN, Neb. – Portions of the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln will be closed to public use on upcoming weekends as it hosts Cornhusker State Games’ archery and shooting competitions. The center’s indoor archery range will be closed July 22. The outdoor archery range will be closed until 3 p.m. on July 22-23 and until 5 p.m. on July 29-30. The indoor firearm range will be closed July 23. Spectators are welcome to observe competitions. Cornhusker …

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Man hospitalized after personal watercraft collide at Calamus SRA

LINCOLN, Neb. – A 40-year-old man was hospitalized when a personal watercraft he was operating collided with another personal watercraft July 15 at Calamus State Recreation Area. A 29-year-old man, who was operating the second personal watercraft, was charged with boating under the influence and reckless operation in connection with the incident, which happened just before 6 p.m. west of Little York Point on Calamus Reservoir. Witnesses told investigators that both operators were weaving their craft back and forth when …

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Game and Parks accepting Gifford Point access permit applications through July 31

LINCOLN, Neb. – People interested in hunting deer at Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area (WMA) this season may apply for access permits through July 31, according to Neal Van Winkle of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Van Winkle, the Gifford Point WMA manager, said 200 authorization permits will be issued to allow deer hunters access to the area. To be eligible to apply, hunters must have at least one of the following valid deer permits: statewide archery, muzzleloader, youth …

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