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Application period for big game draw permits begins June 14

LINCOLN, Neb. – Big game hunters may begin applying for 2021 elk, antelope and deer draw permits June 14. Elk applicants may apply for one elk permit or buy one elk bonus point. Deer and antelope applicants may apply for one deer or antelope permit or buy one deer or antelope preference point. A point may be purchased by an applicant in lieu of participating in the draw. Applications will be charged a nonrefundable fee; bonus and preference point purchases …

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Meat processors may apply for Hunters Helping the Hungry

LINCOLN, Neb. – Meat processors have until July 1 to apply for participation in the 2021-2022 Hunters Helping the Hungry program, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The program pays participating processors to accept deer donated by hunters. The ground venison produced is picked up by charitable organizations and donated to Nebraskans in need. The application form is available at OutdoorNebraska.gov/hhh, under Participating Processors. Processors can apply to participate in any or all of the Nebraska 2021-2022 deer hunting …

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Your Parks Adventure challenge launches June 1

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is challenging outdoor enthusiasts in 2021 to explore the diverse state park system in honor of the parks’ centennial through the Your Parks Adventure challenge. Starting June 1, participants who visit any state parks or recreation areas, snap a photo at a designated station, and submit it and their story online are eligible to win prizes. Designated selfie stations will be at 100 sites among Game and Parks’ 76 state park, …

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State park visitors can take online survey to share experiences

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Visitors to Nebraska state parks can take a survey online to share their experiences this summer. To take the survey, visit go.unl.edu/nestateparks. The survey also is available at OutdoorNebraska.org/parkusersurvey. Crews have been conducting surveys in select parks every weekend since the beginning of April and will continue through the first weekend of August. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is looking for feedback about visitors’ park experiences at 22 state parks, recreation areas and historical parks. It is contracting …

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3-D Archery Shoot set for June 5-6 at Ponca State Park

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The 12th Annual SCHEELS 3-D Archery Shoot will be June 5-6 at Ponca State Park. The tristate competition will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days in the Eric Wiebe Shooting Complex, where 20 stations and 60 targets will be set up. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Register onsite. Fees are $20 for those 13 and older, and free for those 12 and younger. Each adult registration will receive a free $10 SCHEELS …

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Nebraska’s historical monuments subject of Fort Hartsuff presentation

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The rich, diverse history and heritage of Nebraska as told through its often-secluded historical monuments and markers is the subject of a presentation at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park on June 6. Marking Nebraska: Our (Mostly) Hidden Historical Monuments, by historian Jeff Barnes, is a review of the state’s earliest historical markers, from setting its borders to marking its trails to honoring its people. The event will take place at 3 p.m. in the Enlisted Men’s Barracks. …

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Go Explore summer camp spots still available

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center still has openings for its five Lincoln-based summer camps that offer children the chance to explore the natural world and learn outdoor skills. The Go Explore camps are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with extended drop off and pick up hours available. The Go Explore: Counselor Training Camp is open to ages 14 and up, while the Archery, Survival, Rifle, and Hunting camps are open to …

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Game and Parks accepting trail grant applications

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is accepting applications for the Recreational Trails Program for fiscal year 2022 funding. The Recreational Trails Program is a grant program through the Federal Highway Administration that reimburses political subdivisions, such as communities, counties, natural resources districts, up to maximum of $250,000 or 80% of project costs for trail acquisition, development, renovation and support facilities. Applicants must have the financial means to undertake and maintain the project and all funding should …

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Nebraska Game and Parks urges safety while boating

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraskans will enjoy this summer boating on waters across the state. To mark National Safe Boating Week, May 22-28, 2021, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is urging boaters to keep safety the top priority. Boaters and paddlers should not take safety for granted. Game and Parks suggests ways boaters may reduce the risk of incidents and help ensure a safe and enjoyable day on the water. Before Launching – Ensure your boat is in good running condition. …

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Join the Great Park Pursuit for a Nebraska outdoor adventure

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Explore Nebraska parks, engage in healthy recreation — and possibly win prizes — by joining the 2021 Great Park Pursuit, an exploration of 20 official parks sites across the state. The free program encourages participants to visit the designated community, regional, state and federal parks between now and Sept. 30, 2021. Participants must register at negpp.org. This year’s participating parks are: Barnett Park, McCook; Bussell Park, Ord; Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area, Enders; Fort Kearny State Historical Park, Kearney; …

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