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Not Enough November

This time of year just doesn’t last as long as it should.  There is simply not enough November to take part in all the things that happen during these short 30 days. Nebraska is a special place to watch November unfold and to become an active participant in its events.  Nebraska and November were made for each other like chili and cinnamon rolls. As such they even share the same number of letters. November slides in nonchalantly like it normally …

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Holidays

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Yes, tomorrow is a holiday for all of us at the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission.  Make sure you thank a veteran tomorrow! Thank you all, appreciate everything you, and your families, have done to preserve our freedom! I am betting most of you have a friend or family member who is a veteran and maybe you can do a little more to show them some appreciation, maybe take them fishing or hunting! And then the day after tomorrow, Saturday, …

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Safety reminders for firearm deer season

LINCOLN – Deer hunting is enjoyed by thousands of Nebraskans who want to put meat in their freezer and create memories and carry on traditions with friends and family. While enjoying the hunt, Nebraskans should make safety their top priority. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has the following reminders for the Nov. 12-20 firearm deer season: — Treat every firearm as if it’s loaded, keep the firearm muzzle pointed in a safe direction, and keep your finger off of …

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Creating and Maintaining a Tradition of Hunting

Only those who have walked into the silent woods together in the predawn hours and waited motionless for white-tailed deer amid the woods in a stand or blind as the different hues of daylight unfolded truly understand. Only those who have watched a canine companion intently work with a grassy field for upland game birds with family members and friends truly understand. Traditions. They are a major part of us and our values. They help to shape who we are. And, …

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Deer hunters encouraged to participate in Hunters Helping the Hungry

LINCOLN – Hunters are invited to donate deer to the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) program this fall so ground venison may be provided to Nebraskans in need. Hunters pay no processing costs for this donation-driven program. There will be 21 processors around the state accepting donated deer during the Nov. 12-20 firearm deer season. Eighteen are currently available for archery hunters. The HHH program is funded solely by tax-deductible contributions. Hunters should first talk with processors but may keep …

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More to ‘The Hull Story’

Kent Cartridge's Bio-Wad and Velocity shotgun shells

Readers who received the November issue of NEBRASKAland may have seen “The Hull Story,” my article about eco-friendly components in shotgun shells. The story was inspired by a February visit to a public hunting area dotted with a considerable number of wads and hulls. As an update, above is a photo of one of the Bio-Wads that Kent Cartridge sent to me. As you can see, its fiber composition is looking pretty rough after soaking in a bowl of water …

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Valentine NWR aquatic habitat project continues

LINCOLN – Users of the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge will continue to see construction and equipment along public roads and trails until freeze-up as an aquatic habitat project progresses there. Road and trail closures could occur for short periods as the project progresses. Access for ice fishing this winter should not be affected. The project focus is to address the presence of invasive common carp in the system and prevent their passage through existing water control structures. Control structures, berm …

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Join Deer Exchange to donate or receive venison

LINCOLN – Nebraskans wanting to donate or receive harvested deer can participate in the Deer Exchange. This program is designed to accommodate the additional harvest of deer. It brings together hunters who have a surplus of deer with recipients willing to accept the deer meat. The Deer Exchange, which is available annually from Sept. 1 through March 1, allows hunters and potential venison recipients to join a database and search for other participating parties in their area. Parties will work …

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Change made to Omaha-area deer check stations

LINCOLN – One step in preparing for the November firearm deer season is locating a site to check in your deer. Omaha-area hunters are reminded that Hitches Plus in Papillion no longer is a deer check station. Firearm deer hunters and archers harvesting deer during the November firearm season must deliver their deer to a check station no later than 1 p.m. on the day following the close of the season. The November firearm deer season is Nov. 12-20. To …

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Deer hunting prospects look great for 2016

LINCOLN – The Nov. 12 opener of firearm deer season is approaching and excitement and anticipation are building for Nebraskans. “Hunting prospects have improved in all management units as herds are mostly recovered from the drought and disease losses of 2012,” says Kit Hams, big game program manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “Mule deer in five southern units are at record highs and whitetail are increasing in several units. “An increase in antlerless permits this fall will …

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