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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.

Special youth upland hunts set for Oct. 20-21 at 13 wildlife management areas

LINCOLN, Neb. – Youth ages 15 and younger are encouraged to participate in special youth pheasant hunts during the Oct. 20-21 statewide youth pheasant, quail and partridge season. Rooster pheasants will be released at 13 wildlife management areas before the special youth hunt season. The special hunts are open to the public, and the number of participants is not limited. No registration or special permit is required. Special regulations posted at each of the 13 WMAs will apply to all …

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New Hunters Helping the Hungry processor in Bayard

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds hunters that the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) program has participating meat processors located across the state. The newest addition to the list of participating processors is JM Pack in Bayard. JM Pack is the new operator of the locker that participated at that location in previous years. Other participating processors are: Amherst – Belschner Custom Meats; Blair – Blair Meat Market (starting Nov. 10); Cozad – Busy Bones Butcher …

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Funding available for brush removal and pasture infrastructure

LINCOLN, Neb. – Producers in south-central and southeastern Nebraska now can apply for funding to help improve grasslands for grazing and wildlife. Cost-share of up to 75 percent is available to install management practices. Management practices eligible for financial assistance include: brush management, payment for grazing management, resting rangeland, prescribed fire, fencing and watering facilities for livestock, converting cropland to grassland bird habitat, and more. Through the Grassland Bird Initiative, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) …

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Kayak Kid Essay Contest deadline is Oct. 15

LINCOLN, Neb. – It’s not too late to enter the Southwest Reservoirs Kayak Kid Essay Contest, which rewards two youth who best express their appreciation for the outdoor recreational opportunities in southwest Nebraska. Fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, boating and kayaking are just a few of the many outdoor opportunities available in southwest Nebraska. Spending time outside teaches life lessons that young men and women can treasure and value. The contest requires a hand-written 250-word essay explaining why the writer values …

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Enjoy Halloween-themed state park events this month

LINCOLN, Neb. – There is no better place to enjoy the changing leaves and fall breezes than a state park. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission state park areas have several Halloween-themed events in October to bring families together outdoors. In addition to trick-or-treating, parks areas will have pumpkin carving, campsite decorating, hayrack rides, hikes, crafts, pumpkin rolls and more. Some of the events, with dates and locations, are: Trick or Treat in the Town – Oct. 12, Indian Cave State …

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Special enforcement aimed at reduction of accidents on SRAs

LINCOLN, Neb. – Conservation officers with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission conducted special enforcement patrols on state recreation areas this summer. These efforts in Lancaster and Gage counties were designed to help ensure users have a safe and enjoyable experience on those areas. Enforcement efforts aimed to reduce serious and fatal vehicle and boat accidents resulted in three arrests for driving under the influence. These special patrols allowed conservation officers to contact an additional 1,900 park visitors from June …

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Trick or Treating at Branched Oak SRA on Oct. 20

LINCOLN, Neb. – Branched Oak State Recreation Area will be in the Halloween spirit Oct. 20 for its annual trick-or-treating event. Campers in South Shore Area 1 are encouraged to decorate their campsites and hand out treats to kids from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Visitors must enter Area 14 (south end of the dam), where parks staff will transport them to and from Area 1 via hay racks. There will be no guided Haunted Trail this year in preparation of moving the …

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Family Rendezvous set for Oct. 7 at Platte River SP

LINCOLN, Neb. – Come enjoy a day of fall outdoor fun and sight-in your muzzleloader at the Family Rendezvous on Oct. 7 at Platte River State Park. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex. Activities will include traditional muzzleloaders, archery, tomahawks, slingshots, pellet guns, atlatl throwing, camping games and marshmallow roasting. New this year are a traditional archery equipment making demonstration, Wildlife Crimestoppers trailer, naturalist tent with …

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Youth Hunter Education Challenge is Oct. 13 at Platte River SP

LINCOLN, Neb. – There is still time to register for the Youth Hunter Education Challenge. This free competition for young hunter education graduates will be Oct. 13 at Platte River State Park. The fun and practical Youth Hunter Education Challenge offers participants the chance to hone their shooting skills and learn more about wildlife, survival skills and hunter responsibility. It is for youth age 11 or older who have successfully completed hunter education and not yet graduated from high school. …

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Venison donation program hungry for cash

LINCOLN, Neb. – Donations of deer to the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) program are expected to rise dramatically this fall. On the other hand, cash donations to fund the program have plummeted. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking cash donations to HHH so it can continue to feed Nebraskans in need. Each dollar donated provides two meals of ground venison. “If each person buying a deer permit donated just $1 each year, we’d have funds to pay …

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