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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 some wildlife management areas

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Prescribed burns are planned in the upcoming months on some Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wildlife management areas if weather conditions allow. Burns during the summer and fall can help set back undesirable plants that invade native prairies and other grasslands. Eastern redcedar trees and undesirable deciduous shrubs have higher mortality during summer burns because of higher air temperatures and because they’ve expended much of their energy flowering and producing fruit. Green vegetation in summer and early …

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Late summer can provide plenty of action for white bass, wipers

By Daryl Bauer Nebraska Game and Parks Commission By staying versatile and fishing for a variety of species, an angler can almost always find something biting somewhere in the state – even in late summer. Fishing gets tougher during the summer, but not because the fish do not like the heat or quit feeding. With the peak water temperatures, fish actually feed more during the summer than any other time of year. Fishing gets tough because natural prey is at …

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Wetlands conditions mixed across Nebraska this year

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Wetlands conditions throughout the state, including in the Rainwater Basin region of south-central Nebraska, are mixed this year, with some areas having an abundance of water and many other areas having gone dry over the past few months. Hunters should be prepared to scout ahead of teal season. The conditions recently were observed by biologists on the ground. To view the Aug. 20 report on wetland conditions and pumping plans, go to OutdoorNebraska.gov/waterfowlchecklist, where updates will be …

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Hunters urged to stay safe in the field this season

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters should commit themselves to staying safe in the field, as the next few weeks will see the start of many hunting seasons, such as dove, early teal and archery deer. Nebraska Hunter Education Coordinator Jackson Ellis says hunter safety involves the use of hunter orange, firearm rules and proper preparation. Firearm safety rules Many dove and teal hunts are in a group setting with friends and family. Be sure to know where everyone is located. Establish …

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September outdoor calendar

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in September. Get more event details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Sept. 1 – Hunting seasons open for cottontail, jackrabbit, dove, snipe, grouse, rail, raccoon and opossum Sept. 1 – Archery, River Antlerless Private Land Only, Antlerless Only Season Choice, Statewide Whitetail Buck, Landowner, Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area and Youth deer hunting seasons open Sept. 1 – Archery bull elk season opens Sep. 1-7 …

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With fishing bait, you don’t always have to keep it real

By Jerry Kane Nebraska Game and Parks Commission With fishing bait, you can use things fish want to eat, or things that look, smell like, or mimic things fish think they want to eat. You can use live, artificial or prepared baits to attract the fish to your hook using movement, vibration, color and/or scent. New anglers should learn the differences between types of baits and understand how to choose a bait for the type of fish he or she …

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Lake Wanahoo PATH sites open for reservations

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Passing Along the Heritage mentored youth hunting program sites at Lake Wanahoo now may be reserved. Lake Wanahoo, in Saunders County, has seven units totaling 1,067 acres available for mentored youth hunting. Passing Along the Heritage (PATH) provides Nebraska youth under age of 18 and their mentors access to hunt on private lands and selected public lands. The mentor is there to help the youth and ensure a safe hunting experience. To locate and reserve a …

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Boat ramp now open at Indian Cave State Park

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The boat ramp at Indian Cave State Park is open for use following repairs. During the brief closure, silt was removed from the area, a guardrail was replaced and riprap was repaired along the bank. An entry permit is required of each vehicle entering Indian Cave State Park, which is located in Nemaha and Richardson counties. Find more information about the park at OutdoorNebraska.gov/indiancave.

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2020-2021 Public Access Atlas now available

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska has more than 1.2 million acres of publicly accessible lands across the state. The recently published 2020-2021 Public Access Atlas identifies and consolidates these public access resources for the benefit of Nebraska’s hunters, trappers and anglers. Printed copies of this year’s atlas are available at Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offices and service centers, and soon will be available wherever hunt and fish permits are sold. To request a printed copy of the atlas or other …

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Commissioners to consider 2021 bighorn sheep season

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider a staff recommendation to authorize one lottery and one auction permit for the 2021 bighorn sheep season when it meets Aug. 28 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. The meeting will start at 9 a.m. at Peter Kiewit Lodge. The Commission also will consider recommendations to: • increase various nonresident hunt, fish and big game permit fees. A public hearing is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. Central Time for proposed …

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