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Snakes of Nebraska event set for July 20-21 at Schramm Education Center

LINCOLN – See all 29 species of snakes found in Nebraska July 20-21 at Schramm Education Center. Herpetologist Dennis Ferraro of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will show live snakes during the annual “Snakes of Nebraska” event. “Snakes are an integral part of our ecosystem, and this event provides an opportunity for visitors to gain knowledge, see Nebraska’s snakes up-close and have fun,” said Nebraska Game and Parks wildlife educator Lindsay Rogers. The live snake exhibits and presentation will run from …

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July 18 community fishing events in Norfolk and Lincoln cancelled because of heat

LINCOLN, Neb. – Two community fishing events scheduled for Thursday, July 18, have been cancelled due to a forecast of extreme heat. The events were scheduled to take place at Bowling Lake in Lincoln, and at Skyview Lake in Norfolk. Neither will be rescheduled. Upcoming community fishing events are scheduled for Aug. 1 in both communities. The Norfolk event will be at Skyview Lake from 7-9 p.m., and the Lincoln event will take place at Holmes Lake from 6-8 p.m. …

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Hunters have until July 19 to pay for big game permits awarded via drawing

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters who were awarded big game permits during the 2019 limited permit drawing have until July 19 to purchase their permits. Those who successfully drew permits must visit a Nebraska Game and Parks office or log into https://ngpc-home.ne.gov and pay for their permits by 11:59 p.m. on July 19. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of both the permit and any preference or bonus points used in the drawing of the permit. Nebraska Game and …

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Purchase big game permits beginning Aug. 5

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters may purchase 2019 big game permits at any Nebraska Game and Parks Commission office or online beginning at 1 p.m. Central Time on Aug. 5. Residents, nonresidents and eligible landowners may purchase remaining deer and antelope permits. Residents and eligible landowners may purchase remaining elk permits. These permits will be available through the end of big game seasons. To view a list of big game permits available to purchase, go to OutdoorNebraska.org, then click on Buy …

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Cooper, Oettinger win state high school fishing tournament

LINCOLN, Neb. – Jaron Cooper and Keegan Oettinger of the Platte Valley Bassmasters team caught a five-fish limit weighing 15.88 pounds to capture the The Bass Federation – Nebraska High School Fishing Championship on July 12 at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area. Cooper caught the tournament’s biggest fish at 4.55 pounds. Hunter Cooper and Kaden Oettinger of Platte Valley Bassmasters, a team comprised of students from Sutherland and Hershey, took second place with three fish weighing 6.31 pounds. They are …

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Be wary of limited access at recreation, wildlife areas

LINCOLN, Neb. – Access at many state recreation and wildlife management areas may be limited or restricted because of high water after recent heavy rains in south-central Nebraska. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds people not to drive through flood water. High water can sweep vehicles away and hide underwater hazards. Game and Parks also reminds boaters of the potential hazard from floating debris that may become dislodged during high water level events at reservoirs. The only usable boat …

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Game and Parks seeks additional conservation officers

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking to add new conservation officers. Conservation officers have the important job of protecting our natural resources and helping keep the people who use our state parks and other public lands safe through the enforcement of fish, wildlife, boating, and park laws. As state peace officers, conservation officers also enforce other criminal and traffic laws on lands owned by the Game and Parks and elsewhere throughout the state. Conservation officers …

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Recovering America’s Wildlife Act introduced in House

LINCOLN, Neb. – Reps. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) and Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) introduced the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act in the U.S. House of Representatives at a press conference in Washington D.C. on Friday, July 12. This bipartisan legislation, if passed, would amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to allow for the dedication of $1.3 billion in existing revenue annually, without any new taxes, from the U.S. Treasury to state fish and wildlife agencies to implement their State Wildlife Action Plans and …

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Heavy rains temporarily close some south-central SRAs

LINCOLN, Neb. – Heavy rains in south-central Nebraska have forced the temporary closure of some state recreation areas (SRA) as some roads and campgrounds are underwater. Sandy Channel and Union Pacific SRAs in Buffalo County are temporarily closed. Interstate 80 exit 263 to Union Pacific SRA is closed. The lower loop of Shady Bay Campground (sites 48-62) at Medicine Creek SRA in Frontier County also is temporarily closed. In Dawson County, access is available to Gallagher Canyon SRA. Most of …

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Kearney service center temporarily closed for cleanup

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Kearney service center closed temporarily Tuesday, July 9 because of flooding caused by heavy rain. The office, located at 1617 1st Ave., is closed to the public to allow for cleanup. The public is encouraged to purchase permits online at OutdoorNebraska.org or visit a local permit agent. The Kearney office likely will reopen July 10 with limited public service.

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