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Draw permit results available; remaining big game permits available July 10

LINCOLN, Neb. – Results for elk, antelope and deer draw permit applications are now available and can be viewed at OutdoorNebraska.org. Click on Buy a Permit and then Draw Results. Deer and antelope permits that remain, including deer permits for all other units, will be available for purchase on a first-come basis beginning at 1 p.m. Central time on July 10. The drawing for deer, antelope and elk permits that typically are in the highest demand provides an equal opportunity …

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Colorado boy hurt in Lake Minatare boating accident

LINCOLN, Neb. – A 9-year-old Colorado boy was hospitalized with serious injuries following a boating accident July 3 at Lake Minatare in Scotts Bluff County. The boy was taken by ambulance to Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. Scottsbluff radio station KNEB reported the boy was later transferred to a Denver hospital. The boat operator, who is from Briggsdale, Colorado, is the grandfather of the victim. Conservation officers were notified of the accident just before 1:30 p.m. Witness statements indicated …

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Chadron State Park event explores ‘Creatures of the Night’

CHADRON, Neb. – The public is invited to learn about and search for “Creatures of the Night” at Chadron State Park. On Saturday, July 8, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission outdoor education specialist Amanda Filipi will lead attendees on a journey to explore the park’s nocturnal animals, such as bats and owls. The group will meet at the lagoon deck near the park’s office at 8:30 p.m. The activity is open to the public free of charge, but a park …

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Disc golf, canoe races set at Chadron State Park

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CHADRON, Neb. – Amateur disc golfers and canoeists are being invited to participate in fun competitions at Chadron State Park on Sunday, July 9. As part of Chadron’s annual Fur Trade Days celebration, the park will be the site of the inaugural Disc Golf Challenge at 1 p.m., followed by the Kiwanis Fur Trade Regatta, the yearly canoe race, at 3 p.m. Each event will begin with registration at the shelter near the park’s lagoon 30 minutes prior to start. …

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July Outdoor Calendar

Update: This version changes the date of a Family Fishing Event in Broken Bow to July 21 and adds a Fishing is Fun Event at Victoria Springs SRA on July 22. LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in July. Get more event details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes. July 1 – Archery fishing of game fish is allowed …

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High toxic algae levels detected at Rockford Lake

LINCOLN, Neb. – A health alert is in effect for Rockford Lake in Gage County, while Pawnee Lake in Lancaster County remains on health alert for a second week. During water testing earlier this week, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality detected elevated toxin levels produced by blue-green algal blooms in Rockford Lake. Visitors to Rockford State Recreation Area should avoid full body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing, jet skiing, etc. Non-contact activities such as boating, fishing and …

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Register to compete in July high school fishing tournaments

LINCOLN, Neb. – High school anglers still have time to register for two fishing tournaments coming up in July at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area. The tournaments – the Nebraska BASS Nation High School Tournament and the TBF Student Angler Federation High School Tournament – are scheduled for July 21 and 22 respectively, making it easy for students to compete in both. Separate registration is required. Participation for each tournament is open to students in grades 9-12 who have a …

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Boating safety courses offered across Nebraska in July

LINCOLN, Neb. – Now that summer has arrived, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds boaters to be mindful of the state’s education requirements for boating. Nebraska law requires any motorboat or personal watercraft operator born after Dec. 31, 1985 to complete one of the two types of boating safety courses and be in possession of a course certificate. Operators must be at least 14 years old to drive motorboats and personal watercraft in Nebraska. The Commission has scheduled required …

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Nebraska Game and Parks urges safety while boating

LINCOLN, Neb. – Boating is one of many ways Nebraskans celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has reminders for ways to safely enjoy a day on the water with friends and family. Boaters should not take safety for granted. The Boating Safety Section of Game and Parks suggests ways boaters may reduce the risk of incidents and help ensure a safe and enjoyable day on the water. Wear a Life Jacket – Children under …

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Game and Parks reminds anglers to heed fishing regulations

LINCOLN, Neb. – Fishing activity is picking up, with some excellent results reported. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds anglers to heed fishing regulations whey they are out enjoying the summer. The following are a few specific reminders: Cast nets – The use of cast nets in eastern Nebraska waters is prohibited. Cast nets are allowed on some waters of the state during some months. However, in one case, an angler used a cast net to capture gizzard shad …

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