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Enjoy Campground Christmas in July at Indian Cave State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – Bring the family to Indian Cave State Park on July 27-28 for the Fifth Annual Campfire Christmas in July. Activities will include a campground decorating contest, craft fair, appearance by Santa Claus, horse-drawn wagon rides, food vendors, games for families, outdoor movie at the amphitheater, and a half-price youth lifetime permit drawing. A park permit is required for each vehicle entering the park. For more information, contact the park at 402-883-2575 or ngpc.indian.cave@nebraska.gov.

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Super Tag lottery permits drawn by Game and Parks

LINCOLN, Neb. – Zachary Welch of Ainsworth and Oren Smith of Parsons, Kansas have been drawn as lottery winners of two Super Tag multispecies big game permits. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission drew the names July 10. Frank Nemeth of Chadron and Gary West of Ridge Spring, South Carolina have been drawn as winners of the Combo multispecies big game permits. The Super Tag and Combo permits are valid in 2018 and 2019. The Super Tag bag limit is …

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Summer is great time to take hunter education

LINCOLN, Neb. – Summer – well ahead of hunting seasons – is a great time to obtain hunter education certification. Although classes are available year-round, most traditional classroom courses and Hunt Safe Sessions are offered in the fall and spring. Mid-August through mid-November is packed with course offerings throughout the state. February and March also offer many classes. Firearm and bowhunter education covers the safety aspects of firearms and archery equipment, as well as the conservation management and ethics that …

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Fall turkey permits available beginning Aug. 13

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters may begin purchasing fall turkey permits Aug. 13 at 1 p.m. Central Time. Permits will be available at OutdoorNebraska.org and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission permitting offices. A fall turkey permit is valid statewide and allows a hunter to harvest two turkeys of either sex with a shotgun or archery equipment. Each hunter may have up to two permits. There is no minimum age requirement for youth. The fall turkey season is Sept. 15 – Jan. …

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Migratory bird hunters must register for HIP

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters of migratory birds are reminded of their requirement to register for the Harvest Information Program (HIP) beginning Aug. 1. HIP registration is required of residents age 16 and older and all nonresidents who plan to hunt migratory game birds in Nebraska between Aug. 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019. These birds are doves, ducks, geese, snipe, rail, coots and woodcock. Among those who must register in Nebraska are hunters registered in another state and holders of …

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Compete in Director’s Cup archery tournament Aug. 18 in Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. – Test your archery skills and compete for trophies at the Third Annual Director’s Cup archery tournament Aug. 18 at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln. This fun event is open to serious archers and novices. This unique outdoor tournament uses a Lake of the Woods format, in which archers shoot at varying distances based on age and discipline. There are 14 divisions of competition for all ages, including a noncompetitive division. Trophies and …

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Bighorn sheep lottery applications close Aug. 3

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept applications for a 2018 bighorn sheep lottery permit through Aug. 3. Only Nebraska residents are eligible. The permit will be drawn Aug. 16. A $29 nonrefundable application fee must accompany each application. Apply at a Nebraska Game and Parks office at outdoornebraska.org. The 2018 bighorn sheep season is Nov. 27 – Dec. 22.

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Game and Parks accepting Gifford Point access permit applications July 9-30

LINCOLN, Neb. – People interested in hunting deer at Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area (WMA) this fall may apply for access permits July 9-30, according to Neal Van Winkle of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Van Winkle, the Gifford Point WMA manager, said 200 authorization permits will be issued to allow deer hunters access to the area. To be eligible to apply, hunters must have at least one of the following valid deer permits: statewide archery, muzzleloader, youth or …

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Enjoy history, food at Fort Hartsuff SHP on July 15

LINCOLN, Neb. – Enjoy a day of history and food July 15 at central Nebraska’s Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park. A Dutch oven cooking demonstration will begin at 10:30 a.m., with three recipes available to sample. Humanities Nebraska will host a 3 p.m. program by author Jeff Barnes on his latest book, “Nebraska’s Landmark Buildings.” The park is located 6 miles southeast of Burwell in Valley County. A vehicle park entry permit is required.

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Fort Robinson, Wildcat Hills offer bighorn sheep viewing events

Bighorn sheep jumping fence

CHADRON, Neb. – Two Panhandle parks are offering special opportunities to view the state’s best climbers – bighorn sheep. The hikes, which each begin at 9 a.m., will be Friday, July 13, at Fort Robinson State Park west of Crawford and Saturday, July 14, at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center south of Gering. Participants will gather at the parks and caravan to the sheep’s present range with the aid of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wildlife technicians who use telemetry …

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