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Get ready now for spring trout fishing

This is the first installment in a four-part series of articles on spring trout fishing in Nebraska. Next week: The history of trout in Nebraska. By Larry Pape Nebraska Game and Parks Commission LINCOLN, Neb. – Ice on Nebraska lakes is typical through February, but by the middle of March, cattails should be sprouting along shorelines and fish should be moving into warming shallow water. Beautiful spring days, perfect for fishing, could occur with little notice. Be prepared to take …

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Duck Slam challenges hunters, brings families together

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunting often is a family tradition. It is for Riley Pollock. He began waterfowl hunting at a young age with his grandfather. The 21-year-old from Seward was hunting with family while participating in the second year of the Nebraska Duck Slam this past season. He completed the challenge by harvesting an American wigeon, mallard, northern pintail and a teal in Nebraska during the 2020-2021 season. Everyone who completed the Slam also received a pin and a certificate, …

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Photo contest winners featured in Nebraskaland available now

Best of Show winner was “Young Buck” by Karen Kader of Omaha, a photograph captured at Chalco Hills Recreation Area. | Copyright Karen Kader

LINCOLN, Neb. – Winners of the 2020 Nebraskaland Magazine photo contest are featured in the March edition of the magazine now on newsstands. More than 2,500 entries were submitted, a record for the annual contest that began in 2015. This year’s Best of Show winner was “Young Buck” by Karen Kader of Omaha, a photograph captured at Chalco Hills Recreation Area. First-, second-, and third-place prizes also were awarded in four categories. First-place winners were: Wildlife: “Baby Opposum” by Eric …

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Nebraska’s third Upland Slam sees 144 finishers

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The third year of the Nebraska Upland Slam gave more than 300 hunters a reason to take advantage of the state’s excellent mixed-bag hunting opportunities. The Nebraska Upland Slam, a partnership between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever of Nebraska, challenged hunters to harvest all four of Nebraska’s primary upland game bird species – ring-necked pheasant, northern bobwhite quail, sharp-tailed grouse, and greater prairie-chicken – during a single hunting season. This …

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Restoration projects at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park

The roof on Scout’s Rest Ranch Barn was replaced in late winter 2018, early spring 2019 and still has “Scout’s Rest Ranch” painted in four-foot-tall white letters on it from the Cody era. (Julie Geiser/NGPC) NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — The former home of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park is looking fresh and improved after a series of restoration projects recently were completed. The roof on Scout’s Rest Ranch Barn was replaced in late winter …

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Repairs completed on two boat ramps in northeast Nebraska parks

LINCOLN, Neb. – Boating prospects in northeast Nebraska are looking up with the completion of two state park area projects in 2020. The completion of a second boat ramp at Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area’s Weigand Marina will alleviate long lines of boats waiting to put in or take out. The marina at the state’s second-largest lake has had two boat ramps, but this past season, one ramp has been out of service. The $390,000 project is funded by Capital …

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Anglers should get familiar with redesigned 2021 Fishing Guide

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A newly designed 2021 Fishing Guide makes it easier for anglers to find regulations specific to a water body and for new anglers to identify their catch. The recently released guide, published by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, is a summary of Nebraska’s regulations, orders and statutes pertaining to fishing. Regulation changes for 2021 can be found on page 7 of the guide. Three main changes to the guide from the previous year include: • new …

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Deadline approaching for Nebraska Fish Art Contest

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Students can show off their art and writing skills by participating in the second annual Nebraska Fish Art Contest. The deadline for this contest for youth in kindergarten through 12th grade is March 31, 2021. Enter at statefishart.org. This free art and writing competition, sponsored by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Wildlife Forever and Bass Pro Shops, gives young people the opportunity to highlight their artistic talents while learning about fish, fishing and aquatic conservation. Participants …

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New shelter constructed at Merritt Reservoir

Merritt Reservoir Shelter

VALENTINE, Neb. – Visitors to Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area have a new place to gather the shade. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission recently installed a new 988-square-foot shelter at the Cedar Bay area. The $100,000 cost of the project was equally divided between the Game and Parks Capital Maintenance Fund and a grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Cedar Bay, which features 46 campsites, is one of eight campgrounds at the 2,900-acre reservoir. The new shelter is …

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Participate in virtual fisheries meetings in March

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in a virtual discussion on fisheries management during meetings March 1-4. These public informational sessions – one statewide overview and four others specific to each of Game and Parks’ districts – will provide local updates on the fishing outlook and special projects in respective areas. The informal, interactive gatherings will provide a chance for questions, dialogue and feedback. The virtual meetings will take place on Zoom, a free app that …

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