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Buffalo Bill’s mansion, Fort Hartsuff buildings to reopen Aug. 7

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Several historic buildings at Buffalo Bill Ranch and Fort Hartsuff state historical parks will reopen to the public beginning Aug. 7. The historic buildings operated by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission had remained closed during the current public health crisis so staff could devise plans to protect important historical resources, which cannot be disinfected the same way as other facilities or items. “We have developed methods whereby visitors can still see firsthand some of the historic facilities …

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Road leading to Rock Creek Lake SRA reopens

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The section of Rock Creek Road leading into Rock Creek Lake State Recreation Area and to Rock Creek State Fish Hatchery has been reopened. The road was assessed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and cleared for reopening by the Dundy County Roads Department. Users of the road are advised to use caution as there are a few soft spots in the road surface and the road shoulders. For more information on Rock Creek Lake State …

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Nebraska state fish hatcheries remain closed

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Due to heavy visitor traffic, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds guests that the state’s five fish hatcheries remain closed. For the safety of staff, the following hatcheries remain closed until further notice: Rock Creek in Dundy County, North Platte in Lincoln County, Valentine in Cherry County and Calamus in Garfield County. The buildings at the Grove Trout Rearing Station in Antelope County are closed, while the grounds are open. The hatcheries will continue to produce …

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Hunters may enter lottery for deer hunting access on central Platte River

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters may enter a lottery to gain deer hunting access to Platte River Recreation Access (PRRA) lands in the central Platte River Valley, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Forty-seven hunters will be chosen from a random drawing in early September and allowed to hunt deer on designated PRRA lands Nov. 16-22, 2020. Applications, limited to one per person, will be accepted by mail or drop box at the Game and Parks service center in …

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Missouri River Outdoor Expo at Ponca State Park cancelled for 2020

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PONCA, Neb. — The 2020 Missouri River Outdoor Expo at Ponca State Park has been cancelled due to the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 health situation and potential public health restrictions for the fall. The expo, originally set for Sept. 19- 20, typically is a field trip destination for schools across the state, as well as a draw for families who love the outdoors. The event features hands-on activities, such as rock climbing, shooting, outdoor cooking and competitions, all of …

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Whether releasing or keeping, handle fish with care

By Jerry Kane Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Whether you intend to release a fish you catch or you plan to legally keep it, the fish should be handled properly. For the fish’s sake – and yours. Any caught fish that you do not intend to keep should be returned to the water immediately with as little stress to the fish as possible. That means minimal handling of the fish. One thing can make handling fish challenging: Fish are slimy, …

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Temporary waiver for online Hunter Education still in place

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LINCOLN, Neb. – With fall hunting seasons coming up, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds hunters of temporary Hunter Education changes from which they can benefit. Until further notice, online-only Hunter Education courses, without the Hunt Safe Session requirement, is allowed for ages 11 and older in Nebraska. Youth ages 11-15 who take the online Hunter Education course normally are required to attend a two-hour Hunt Safe Session before they can receive a certificate of completion. That Hunt Safe …

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Rock Creek Lake Road limited to local traffic at state rec area, hatchery

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Access into Rock Creek Lake State Recreation Area and Rock Creek Hatchery in Dundy County are limited to local traffic only until further notice. A rainfall flood event July 24 damaged Rock Creek Road access to both the hatchery and the recreation area, as well as roads within the park. Though Dundy County Roads Department and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission repaired those damages, water that was being held back by the county road access later …

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Damaged Calamus boat ramp closed temporarily

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The west lane of the Nunda Shoals boat ramp at Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area in Loup County is closed temporarily due to damage. The lane will remain closed at least until the water level drops low enough so park staff can assess the damage to the boat ramp. The east lane of the ramp remains open. To view an interactive map of other boat ramps available at Calamus or across Nebraska, visit Maps.OutdoorNebraska.gov/Boating. A park entry …

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Game and Parks receives NET grant for Natural Legacy Project

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has been awarded a $315,000 grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project: New Approaches to Biodiversity Conservation. The Nebraska Natural Legacy Project has been the blueprint for conservation of Nebraska’s plants, animals, and natural habitats since 2005. The plan identifies at-risk species, threats to those species, conservation actions, and prioritizes Biologically Unique Landscapes (BULs) for effectively conserving Nebraska’s biodiversity. Natural Legacy partners have worked with hundreds …

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