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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.

Schramm Education Center to host Conversations with Your Conservation Officer

LINCOLN, Neb. – Learn more about how Nebraska Game and Parks conservation officers protect the state’s natural resources and serve Nebraskans at Conversations with Your Conservation Officer, March 14-15 and April 18-19. Hosted at the Schramm Education Center in Gretna, the presentations will offer the public the chance to ask questions, hear stories, and learn more about the role of a conservation officer. An educational trailer will also be available that sheds light on the issue of wildlife poaching in …

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Oak Valley WMA to host Beginning Turkey Hunting Field Day on April 4

LINCOLN, Neb. – Learn all aspects of turkey hunting at a Beginning Turkey Hunting Field Day on April 4 at the Oak Valley Wildlife Management Area maintenance shop in Madison County. This free instructional event will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon. It will include a hike, with discussion about gear, strategy, habitat and public access. There will be presentations on the Northeast Nebraska Beards and Spurs chapter, shotgun patterns and processing turkey in the field. To register, call 402-370-3374 …

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Two Rivers trout lake to open for family fishing March 14

LINCOLN, Neb. – The trout lake at Two Rivers State Recreation Area (SRA) in Douglas County will open for family fishing beginning March 14. Nearly 13,000 11-inch rainbow trout have been stocked in preparation for the opener. “Nebraskans eagerly await the annual opening of the Two Rivers trout lake and spring trout fishing in general,” said Daryl Bauer, fisheries outreach program manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “It’s a great opportunity to get outdoors with your family and …

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Portions of Enders Reservoir SRA to close temporarily March 14 for prescribed fire exercise

LINCOLN, Neb. – Portions of Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area (SRA) in Chase County will be closed temporarily to public access March 14 for a prescribed fire exercise. This is a joint exercise by the volunteer fire departments of Imperial and Wauneta, Nebraska State Fire Marshall’s Training Division, Nebraska State Forest Service, and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Other area fire departments also will be assisting and training. The objectives are to reduce the wildland fire potential on the SRA, …

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Rainbow trout stockings scheduled this spring

LINCOLN, Neb. – Catchable-size rainbow trout are being stocked in city ponds and lakes across the state by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. These stockings will enhance fishing opportunities this spring, especially in urban areas. Trout fishing also is a great way to introduce children to fishing because simple and inexpensive equipment may be used. The stocked trout are approximately 10 inches in length. The following is a tentative stocking schedule, including quantities: March 9 – Northwest Lake, Bridgeport …

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Western NASP tournament continues to grow

LINCOLN Neb. – Twenty schools and more than 160 archers competed in the Western Nebraska NASP Regional Tournament on Feb. 29 at the D & N Event Center in North Platte. It is a growing event with plenty of room for expansion. The objective of the tournament, in its second year, is to expand archery in the North Platte area and western Nebraska for archers participating in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) curriculum as part of their …

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Prescribed burns planned for some WMAs, state park areas

LINCOLN, Neb. – Prescribed burns are planned this spring on some Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wildlife management areas (WMA), state parks (SP), state recreation areas (SRA) and state historical parks (SHP) where weather conditions allow. 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. Eastern red cedar trees, honey locust, buckbrush, sumac, dogwood, and other …

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Duck Slam inspires hunters to spend more time afield

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Ducks Unlimited of Nebraska launched the state’s first Duck Slam in 2019. This challenged hunters to spend more time afield by harvesting four birds — an American wigeon, mallard, northern pintail and a teal – in Nebraska during the 2019-2020 season. In its first year, the Duck Slam drew 370 hunters from Nebraska and eight other states, including 11 youth and 11 women. Of the 139 hunters who completed the …

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Eligible hunters may apply for auxiliary mountain lion permits

LINCOLN, Neb. – Applications for an auxiliary mountain lion hunting season will be accepted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission from March 1-6. Up to four permits will be drawn for the auxiliary season in the North Subunit of Nebraska’s Pine Ridge, which is March 15-31. Only hunters who held a North Subunit permit but did not harvest a mountain lion during the earlier North Subunit season may apply. From 1 p.m. Central Time on March 1 through 11:59 …

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Portion of Fremont Lakes SRA south of Military Avenue reopens

LINCOLN, Neb. – The portion of Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area south of Military Avenue in Fremont reopened to vehicle and foot traffic on Feb. 28. It had been closed due to high flows of the Platte River and the potential for rapid changes in the area’s lake levels. Water levels on Lake 18 and Lake 20 remain high. County Road 19 west of Lake 20 remains closed to vehicle and foot traffic. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission asks …

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