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More trout stocked in time for winter

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LINCOLN – Rainbow trout stocking in eastern Nebraska is winding down in preparation for the winter fishing season. These catchable-size stocked trout are approximately 10 inches in length. The following are the most recent stockings, including quantities: Dec. 5 – Holmes Lake, Lincoln, 3,000; Bowling Lake south pond, Lincoln, 400; Lake Halleck, Papillion, 1,200; Dec. 3 – Standing Bear Lake, Omaha, 3,770; Dec. 1 – Crystal Springs middle lake, Fairbury, 1,200 As weather permits in the coming weeks, Standing Bear …

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Holdrege Man Successful on Bighorn Sheep Hunt

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Nebraska’s only bighorn sheep hunting permit holder for 2016, Brett Roberg of Holdrege, ended his hunt successfully at Fort Robinson State Park on the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 5, by harvesting a trophy-class ram. The Rocky Mountain bighorn ram, estimated to be 10 years old, unofficially scored 166 using the Boone and Crockett Club’s system. The score is derived from measurements of the horns’ length, their spread and four points of circumference for each. Roberg obtained the permit through a …

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Public Big Game Meetings Set in Panhandle

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will kick off its series of public informational meetings about big game animal management at two sites in the Panhandle this month. Discussion about deer, elk and pronghorn is on the agenda. The two meetings, conducted by biologists of the Commission’s northwest district, will be Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the Knight Museum in Alliance and Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the Eagles Club in Oshkosh. Each begins at 7 p.m. The annual series of meetings …

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Seward girl’s bull elk more than just a state record

LINCOLN – A bull elk harvested by a Seward girl in September is not only the new non-typical record for Nebraska, it also ranks 16th in the all-time world records maintained by the Boone and Crockett Club. Hannah Helmer’s bull, harvested on the Sept. 24 opener of the elk season in the Hat Creek Unit near Crawford, was officially scored at 430 6/8 on Nov. 30 by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wildlife biologist Randy Stutheit. That topped the previous …

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Mahoney SP’s Lodge Restaurant open on Christmas Day

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LINCOLN – The Lodge Restaurant at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park will be open on Dec. 25 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for a holiday meal. Christmas diners will be able to enjoy a New York Strip carving station and a seafood buffet. The price is $25.95 for adults, $19.99 for seniors, and $12.95 for kids ages 5-12. Kids under age 5 eat for free. Make reservations by calling the park at 402-944-2523, extension 7127. A park entry permit is required.

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Mule deer buck harvest on record pace

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LINCOLN – Nebraska mule deer buck harvest is on a pace to set a record this year. Mule deer buck harvest, as of Dec. 1, has increased for the third consecutive year to 8,486 (up 2 percent from 2015) and is on track to beat the 2008 record of 9,115 adult bucks. Populations continue to grow in response to low mule doe harvest. Overall, mule deer harvest is higher and whitetail harvest is lower, so far this year, compared with …

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Enjoy holiday, winter festivities at Ponca State Park

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LINCOLN – Celebrate the season with winter and holiday fun at Ponca State Park (SP). Now through the last day of winter, the park offers a variety of seasonal events for the whole family. Christmas in the Woods features crafts, educational programs, free family portraits and lighted hayrack rides. The event is held each Saturday now through Dec. 17. Show off your handiwork during the 3rd Annual Snowman Building Contest, open now through March 19. The first place prize is …

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Multispecies lottery permit applications accepted beginning Jan. 2

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LINCOLN – Applications for multispecies Super Tag and Combo lottery permits will be accepted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission beginning Jan. 2. The Super Tag lottery permit will be valid for one elk of either sex, one antelope of either sex, one deer of either sex, and two turkeys (only toms and bearded hens may be taken in the spring). One permit will be authorized for residents only, and one permit will be authorized for residents/nonresidents. Persons may …

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Gizzard shad targeted for removal from Wehrspann Lake

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LINCOLN – The chemical rotenone has been applied at Omaha’s Wehrspann Lake in order to remove gizzard shad. Gizzard shad are susceptible to a low dose of rotenone while fish such as largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish and crappie are less affected. Low dosages of rotenone are done at low water temperatures to increase its effectiveness on shad and lower impacts on nontarget species. “Gizzard shad are targeted for removal because they are a detrimental species in small reservoirs such …

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Game and Parks offers boat decontamination training

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LINCOLN – Operators of boat repair shops and marinas can play a vital role in the fight against aquatic invasive species (AIS). The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is interested in providing these operators free training in watercraft decontamination procedures. With increasing concern about the spread of AIS such as quagga and zebra mussels via watercraft, Game and Parks is looking to partner with those operators as a preventative measure. Over the years, several boats that had live zebra mussels …

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