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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.

Prescribed burns planned for several WMAs, state park areas this spring

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Prescribed burns are planned this spring on many Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wildlife management areas, state parks and state recreation areas where weather allows. Historically, wildlife habitats were shaped by wildfires that occurred throughout the year. Burns can help set back undesirable plants that invade native woodlands and prairies, as well as other grass and wooded areas. Prescribed burning, if used with grazing, can set back smooth brome and Kentucky bluegrass, increase diversity in grasslands and improve habitat for …

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Walleye egg collections begins; dam, breakwater to close at rec areas

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Fisheries staff at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission again will capture spawning walleyes at Sherman Reservoir, Merritt Reservoir and Lake McConaughy to collect eggs to meet stocking requests. As of April 1, a designated area along the dam at Sherman is closed to bank anglers and boats following sunset. The collection there will begin the night of April 1. Crews will begin collections at Merritt on or near April 6 and finish at McConaughy likely the following week. Access …

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Mahoney State Park to conduct prescribed fires April 1

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Prescribed fires will take place at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park on April 1, affecting some public access, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Affected trails and roads in portions of the park will be marked with signs and closed during the fires. CenturyLink Lake will be closed during the burn. These fires are part of an ongoing prairie and oak woodland restoration project by the Game and Parks and will help control the spread of invasive plants.

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Commissioners approve 2022-2023 waterfowl recommendations

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved 2022-2023 waterfowl hunting season recommendations at its March 23 meeting in Nebraska City. Staff recommended opening duck season in zones 2 and 4 a week earlier than the 2021-2022 season. Waterfowl recommendations are developed balancing hunter preferences with chronology of migration, hunter harvest, and hunter participation. Goose hunting dates in the North Central Unit start concurrently with duck season, which was strongly preferred by waterfowl hunters in Zone 2. The full approved 2022-2023 …

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Change gives resident deer, antelope hunters preference over nonresidents

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A regulation change made by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission allows Nebraska hunters to buy deer and antelope permits in non-draw management units before nonresidents. The commissioners, at their March 23 meeting in Nebraska City, amended wildlife regulations to create additional purchase periods for big game permits. The result gives residents preference over nonresidents. Pending final approval by the state, the 2022 big game permit and preference point purchase periods are: Period 1: June 13-24 – Residents and nonresidents …

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Harvey, Wissenburg set high scores at NASP tournament

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Harrison Harvey of Lincoln Southwest and Autumn Wissenburg of Milford had the highest male and female scores, respectively, at the National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament March 19 in Lincoln. Harvey scored 289 points and Wissenburg 278 — out of a possible 300 — to win their respective high school divisions. Aaron Wohleb of Lincoln Southwest had the second-highest score at 288. Fourth-grader Paul Ng of Omaha’s Mater Dei Academy scored a third-best 283 and also won first …

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Several state park projects underway in northeast Nebraska

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Several park improvement projects this year will increase opportunity at Nebraska Game and Parks in northeast Nebraska, while others recently completed addressed lingering effects of the destructive 2019 flood. The following is a roundup of those projects: Summit Lake SRA getting new equestrian trail Work will be completed this spring on a 10-mile equestrian trail around Summit Lake near Tekamah. A grand opening for the trail is planned for late summer. The trail will feature a shallow-water crossing on the …

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Commissioners to consider 2022-2023 waterfowl recommendations

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider 2022-2023 waterfowl hunting season recommendations at its March 23 meeting in Nebraska City. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. in the Lied Lodge Terrace Room, 2700 Sylvan Road. Staff will recommend opening duck season in zones 2 and 4 a week earlier than the 2021-2022 season. Waterfowl recommendations are developed balancing hunter preferences with chronology of migration, hunter harvest, and hunter participation. Goose hunting dates in the North Central Unit start concurrently …

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Public informational meeting March 29 to discuss walleye at Lake McConaughy

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Anyone interested in walleye fishing at Lake McConaughy is invited to a public informational meeting March 29 at the lake, where the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will discuss fisheries research, changes in stocking and angler surveys. The meeting is at 7 p.m. Mountain time at the Lake McConaughy Visitor Center. This session will provide a chance for questions, dialogue and feedback. Game and Parks’ recent meetings at the lake with anglers and concessionaires focused on the agency’s 2022 walleye …

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Catch these Game and Parks education events in April

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Nebraska Game and Parks Commission educators have scheduled interesting and engaging events for the curious in April. Here are several opportunities: Little Saplings early childhood program presents Sprouting Seeds The Little Saplings early childhood nature discovery program will have the program, Sprouting Seeds, at 9 a.m. April 6 at Schramm Education Center near Gretna. Seeds are tough, but they also can be sticky, crunchy and fluffy. This program will examine different seeds and discuss how a plant starts its life …

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