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Surplus trout stocked in Frenchman No. 1

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Catchable-size rainbow trout were stocked in Frenchman No. 1 north of Palisade on May 12 to enhance fishing opportunities this spring. A good production year has left Rock Creek Hatchery with 770 extra rainbow trout, which were stocked at Frenchman and will provide local anglers the opportunity to bag a different species. Trout fishing is a great way to introduce children to fishing because simple and inexpensive equipment may be used. Anglers are reminded that anyone over the age of …

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Game and Parks accepting RTP, LWCF outdoor recreation grant applications

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Two federal grant programs administered by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission are accepting applications from communities across Nebraska for recreation improvements. Applications for the Recreation Trails Program and Land and Water Conservation Fund are due Sept. 9, 2022. Grants recommended for approval will be announced during the January 2023 Commission meeting. The Recreational Trails Program is a grant program through the Federal Highway Administration that reimburses political subdivisions – such as communities, counties and natural resources districts – up to …

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Lakes Mac and Ogallala enter second season of reservation requirement

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Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala state recreation areas are entering their second peak season May 20 to Sept. 11 when reservations are required for all camping, including beach sites. Campers should book their reservation at the two state recreation areas before leaving home. Reservations can be made online at NebraskaStateParks.ReserveAmerica.com, via the mobile app RA Camping, or by phone at 308-284-8800 during business hours. “Last year, guests reported being able to enjoy family-friendly camping experiences and days at the beach, while …

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Bird Hike at Smith Falls State Park on May 14

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Celebrate multiple bird events in one evening with a guided bird hike at Smith Falls State Park on May 14. The event coincides with International Migratory Bird Day, which recognizes of journey of migratory birds, as well as Global Big Day, a day that honors birds through people observing birds for conservation science. May is Nebraska Bird Month, an annual statewide celebration of birds that aims to educate, inspire and empower Nebraskans to conserve and protect bird populations. Hikers will meet …

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Train to survey for rare butterflies

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Help document rare butterflies across Nebraska by getting trained to monitor for regal fritillaries and monarchs at one of three upcoming events. Trainings for the community science effort are: May 21: 1-5 p.m. at Schramm Park State Recreation Area, 21502 W. Highway 31, Gretna May 26: 1-5 p.m. via Zoom June 4: 1-5 p.m. at Homestead National Historical Park, 8523 NE-4, Beatrice Register to attend one of the trainings through their event listings at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Only one training session is required …

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Melodramas to light up the stage at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

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Grab the popcorn and enjoy some light-hearted family fun at a Eugene T. Mahoney State Park melodrama this summer. The melodramas are designed to provide wholesome, family-orientated entertainment. This year’s schedule, which runs May 27-Aug. 21, features the premiere of three plays: “The Dragon Slayer,” written by Julie Eschliman, tells the tale of two damsels in distress – and their pet dragon. See if a wandering minstrel can save them from a bloodthirsty dragon slayer. “Something’s Rotten in Green Bend,” …

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Game and Parks to certify youth fishing instructors May 22 in Lincoln

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will certify youth fishing instructors at a May 22 workshop in Lincoln. Instructors are part of the Youth Fishing Program, a statewide team of volunteers and Game and Parks staff who host educational fishing events. The training will take place from 2-5 p.m. Central time at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St. Workshop participants will receive training and tools to conduct youth fishing clinics. These volunteers will have …

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Free Fishing and Park Entry Day is May 21

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Free Fishing and Park Entry Day in Nebraska is May 21. Enjoy a Saturday of fishing or state park activities without the need to purchase a fishing or park entry permit for the day. Free Fishing and Park Entry Day, held annually in Nebraska on the Saturday preceding Memorial Day weekend, means anyone can explore outdoor opportunities at any Nebraska state park, state recreation area or state historical park. Anglers must observe all fishing regulations. Camping, lodging and all other …

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Public urged to leave wildlife babies alone

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It is natural for some people who see a young wild animal apparently abandoned by its mother to want to rescue it. The correct course of action is to leave it alone. Here are some rules of thumb from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission regarding wildlife babies: A lone fawn, or other young bird or mammal, may appear to be abandoned or injured, but the mother frequently is off feeding or drinking. Do not move it. The longer the …

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Open Fields and Waters Program seeking new enrollments

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is looking to provide additional hunting and fishing opportunities on private lands through its Open Fields and Waters Program. Landowners willing to allow public, walk-in access for hunting or fishing can receive annual, per-acre payments through the program. Participating landowners are afforded liability protection through the Nebraska Recreational Liability Act. Additional financial incentives often are available for habitat improvements, such as Conservation Reserve Program enrollment or management upgrades. Game and Parks primarily is seeking …

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