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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.

Celebrate state parks centennial at Rock Creek Station Natural History Day

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Learn some history, gain some knowledge on resource management and celebrate state parks on May 8 at Natural History Day at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is hosting the event, which is open to the public and part of the state parks centennial celebration. Landowners and conservationists are encouraged to attend. The event will feature eight 45-minute hikes on natural history, land and game species management, geology and history from …

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Riverview Marina SRA to close temporarily April 22 for culvert replacement

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Riverview Marina State Recreation Area in Nebraska City will be closed temporarily April 22 due to the replacement of a culvert under the entry roadway. One-lane access will be allowed starting April 23. Two-lane access should be available within two weeks.

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Gracie Creek Pond rehabilitation project initial phase to begin

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Anglers will notice construction work at Gracie Creek Pond on the upstream end of Calamus Reservoir in Loup County. The work is the initial phase of the pond’s rehabilitation project. Nebraska Department of Transportation crews will remove nearly 20,000 cubic yards of soil from the north and west side of the parking lot. The soil will be removed to make way for sediment to be excavated during the pond’s rehabilitation, which should begin late this summer or …

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Open Fields and Waters Program seeking new enrollments

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is looking to provide additional hunting and fishing opportunities on private lands through its Open Fields and Waters Program. Landowners willing to allow public, walk-in access for hunting or fishing can receive annual, per-acre payments through the program. Participating landowners are afforded liability protection through the Nebraska Recreational Liability Act. Additional financial incentives often are available for habitat improvements, such as Conservation Reserve Program enrollment or management upgrades. Game and Parks …

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Commission approves 2021 deer, antelope and elk hunting recommendations

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved recommendations for 2021 deer, antelope and elk hunting seasons at its meeting April 20 in Kearney. Commissioners approved staff recommendations to increase deer permits and bonus antlerless-only whitetail tags in several management units to stabilize populations. For antelope management units, an additional 39 either-sex permits and 390 doe/fawn permits were approved. An additional 78 bull elk and 267 antlerless elk permits were approved to reduce elk populations in many elk …

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Big Game Society to auction elk tag, combo permit May 20

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A bull elk tag and a multispecies combination permit will be auctioned off by the Nebraska Big Game Society on May 20 in Lincoln. The 10th Annual NBGS Meeting and Auction will be held at Hillcrest Country Club, 9401 O St. Residents are eligible for the bull elk tag. Residents and nonresidents are eligible for the combination permit. The elk tag auction high bidder will receive a bull elk tag valid in any elk management unit during …

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Consider selective harvest of fish through catch and release

By Daryl Bauer Nebraska Game and Parks Commission LINCOLN, Neb. – Catch and release is an established and important part of modern fishing. Sure, harvesting some of the fish we catch should be a part of our fishing experience. However, our fisheries are managed for recreational fishing, and if you are just fishing for a meal, well, the grocery store likely would be a cheaper way to get your fish. In some cases, catch and release is mandated by regulations; …

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Conservation officer featured in April’s Conservation Career Chat

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on April 21 in its series of virtual Conservation Career Chats. Conservation Officer Travis Shepler will be featured. Shepler will discuss the challenges he has faced in the field, how he got started in this career, and advice for anyone interested in being an officer. During the chat, the public will be encouraged to ask questions relating to the career field. The series is held via Zoom on the third …

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Bighorn sheep lottery applications begin April 19

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept applications for a 2021 bighorn sheep lottery permit beginning April 19. The application period ends Aug. 6, and the permit will be drawn later that month. A $29 nonrefundable application fee must accompany each application. Only Nebraska residents are eligible for the lottery. Apply at a Nebraska Game and Parks office or at OutdoorNebraska.org. The 2021 bighorn sheep season is Nov. 30 – Dec. 22, 2021.

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Hunters Helping the Hungry surveying deer meat processors

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Hunters Helping the Hungry program is surveying meat processors that take deer in order to improve the delivery of the program to the public. Processors may request a survey by calling 402-471-5430 or emailing teresa.lombard@nebraska.gov. Survey responses are requested by April, 30, 2021. The HHH program is funded solely by tax-deductible contributions. Each year the program invites deer processors to apply, and contracts with selected lockers to accept donated deer from hunters. The ground venison produced …

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