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Enjoy fall education opportunities at Schramm

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Join the Schramm Education Center near Gretna for a variety of fall education opportunities this month. All About Bats offered twice Explore the echolocators of Nebraska and learn about bat myths, adaptations and habitats during All About Bats and Bat Houses. The event will be offered twice: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at Schramm Education Center’s classroom and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at Louisville State Recreation Area’s Oak Shelter. Participants will discover how and …

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Variety of events help celebrate Nebraska Reptile Month

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LINCOLN, Neb. – October is Nebraska Reptile Month. By a proclamation from Gov. Pete Ricketts, Nebraska is recognizing the month as Nebraska Reptile Awareness Month. Reptiles benefit Nebraska by maintaining rodent and insect populations, serving as biological indicators of ecosystem health, and are predator and prey and aid in energy flow in a variety of habitats. The following are a few events in October to celebrate the proclamation: Nebraska Reptile Month K-12 Art Contest continues The Nebraska Game and Parks …

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Sen. Fischer supports bipartisan bill to benefit wildlife

LINCOLN, Nebraska — Sen. Deb Fischer has signed onto a bipartisan wildlife conservation bill, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, which will dedicate $1.4 billion annually to locally-led efforts to help at-risk wildlife species in Nebraska and nationwide. Approximately $17 million would go to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and be used to implement its wildlife action plan, a cooperation with organizations and landowners interested in financial and technical assistance to address conservation concerns and improve fish and wildlife habitat. Private …

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Game and Parks appoints McCoy as director

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners on Sept. 29 appointed Tim McCoy to become the agency’s new director. McCoy, currently the deputy director, succeeds Jim Douglas, who is retiring Nov. 2 following 47 years at Nebraska Game and Parks, the last nine as director. “I am honored to be selected as the next director of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission,” McCoy said. “It is a unique privilege and responsibility to lead the stewardship of Nebraska’s fish, …

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Bohl is state champion at Smallbore Silhouette Invitational

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Danika Bohl of Mitchell hit 34 of 40 targets to win the Nebraska Youth Smallbore Silhouette Invitational on a windy day Sept. 25 at Pressey Wildlife Management Area south of Broken Bow. Austin Rahmig of Gering was High Boy hitting 33 targets and Gavin Carrizales of Scottsbluff was Runner-up Boy hitting 32. Laney Bohl of Mitchel was High Girl with a 31. The Bohls, Rahmig and Carrizales won the team championship for the third year in a …

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Catch these Game and Parks education events in October

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission educators have scheduled a month full of interesting and engaging events for educators and the curious in October. Here are a few opportunities: Little Saplings early childhood series presents All About Owls LINCOLN, Neb. – The Little Saplings early childhood nature discovery program will have the program, All About Owls, in its monthly series at Schramm Education Center at 9 a.m. Oct. 6. The series, which is designed for children ages 2-5 …

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Boat docks to be temporarily removed at Lake Ogallala

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Both boat docks at Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area will be removed Sept. 29 to make way for the Keystone Diversion Dam maintenance project. Water levels at the lake are being lowered to accommodate Nebraska Public Power District’s installation of a coffer dam and to allow for maintenance work on the gates of the diversion dam. Water levels are expected to remain too low to safety launch larger watercraft until late October when water levels will be …

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Big game hunters should be aware of two regulation changes

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska big game and turkey hunters should be aware of wildlife regulation changes for 2021 regarding hunting over bait and carrying a handgun while hunting. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission passed these regulations in June. The amended baiting regulation states that it is illegal to hunt any big game animals or turkeys within 200 yards of a baited area. An area is be considered baited for 10 days following the complete removal of all bait. The …

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Committee to recommend next Game and Parks director at Sept. 29 meeting

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LINCON, Neb. — Nearing the end of the national search for a new director to succeed Jim Douglas, who is retiring Nov. 1, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Director Search Committee has concluded several public meetings. It has narrowed the field to one candidate, Tim McCoy, who currently serves as the agency’s deputy director. The search committee will bring its recommendation to the full Commission for consideration at its special meeting on Sept. 29, 2021. Visit outdoornebraska.org for more information about …

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Enjoy Halloween fun in Nebraska state parks in October

LINCOLN, Neb. — State park areas are wonderful places to celebrate Halloween in Nebraska. Many of them have family-friendly activities on weekends in October. This year is no exception. Aside from Halloween-themed events at parks, enthusiasts of history and crafts will find activities to enjoy in October. See what opportunities for adventure you can find. Learn more at YourNebraskaParks100.org. A park entry permit is required of each vehicle entering a state park area. Living History Scheduled Oct. 2-3 at Fort …

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