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Women’s mentored squirrel hunt set for Dec. 7-8

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Women age 16 and up are invited to participate in mentored squirrel hunt and workshop Dec. 7-8 at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln. The event sponsored by the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program includes a workshop and rifle sight-in on the first day and a hunt on a nearby wildlife management area the next day. The fee is $30. Visit Outdoornebraska.gov/bow to register by the Dec. 1 deadline. Contact Julie Plugge for more …

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Hunters take to the field on pheasant opener

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters from around the country returned to rural Nebraska on Oct. 27-28 to partake in a coveted outdoor tradition – upland bird hunting during the 2018 season opener. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission staff contacted 1,040 hunters across the state while making bag checks. These hunters harvested 418 pheasants and 89 quail. An additional 781 hunters were encountered on pheasant-release sites on 13 wildlife management areas (WMAs). These hunters bagged 517 pheasants. More than 80 percent of …

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Make cash donation to Hunters Helping the Hungry

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters can make a cash donation to the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) program when they purchase their 2018 deer permit. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission seeks cash donations to HHH so it can continue to feed Nebraskans in need by providing ground venison. Each dollar donated provides two meals of ground venison. HHH is funded entirely by tax-deductible cash donations from hunters, businesses and individuals. HHH contracts with processors, who prepare and package ground venison …

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Game and Parks to sell deer permits over Veterans Day weekend

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Most Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offices will be open for additional hours to accommodate deer permit purchasers on the opening weekend of the firearm season. The nine-day firearm season opens Saturday, Nov. 10. Veterans Day will be observed on Monday, Nov. 12. Two Game and Parks locations – the Alliance office and Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium – will be open for permit sales on Nov. 12. All other offices will be closed on Nov. 12. Offices in Alliance, …

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Public invited to Fort Kearny design charrette open house on Nov. 8

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host an open house Nov. 8 about possible future development at Fort Kearny State Historical Park and State Recreation Area. The open house will take place in Kearney from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Younes Conference Center in the Diamond Room No. 7, 416 Talmadge St. The open house concludes a two-day design charrette held in Kearney. A design charrette is a planning session where citizens and stakeholders collaborate on the …

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Samples collected from some deer will be tested for CWD

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Samples to be tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) will be collected at check stations in north-central, central and northwest Nebraska during the November firearm deer hunting season. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission staff will collect lymph nodes from select harvested deer during the Nov. 10-18 season from the Pine Ridge, Plains, Sandhills, Keya Paha, Calamus West and Loup West management units. The goal of this sampling effort is to assess the spread and prevalence of CWD …

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Firearm deer season hunters reminded to locate their check stations

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Those who plan to hunt the November firearm deer season are reminded to locate a check station ahead of their hunt. There have been several changes to the list of available check stations since last season. Firearm deer hunters and archers harvesting deer during the Nov. 10-18 firearm season must deliver their deer to a check station no later than 1 p.m. on the day following the close of the season. The following are new locations of …

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Commission adopts changes to fisheries regulations, orders

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission adopted changes to fisheries regulations and orders at its meeting Oct. 26 in Kearney. Many of the changes will result in increased fishing opportunities for Nebraskans. The changes to archery and snagging paddlefish regulations are: — Applicants supplying email addresses will be notified when the draw is complete, while others should monitor their status online. Draw results will be available by March 20 for archery and July 20 for snagging permits. …

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Producers in southwest Nebraska eligible for cover crop initiative

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Ag producers in Frontier, Furnas, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, and Red Willow counties are eligible to receive $61.20 per acre assistance for planting multispecies cover crops. Cover crops can be planted in the spring for a full growing season or after wheat or other summer-harvested crop, and grazing is allowed. “Cover crops can be established on whole fields, partial fields, or as field borders. Cover crops planted as a field border can help with weed suppression and provide …

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Motorists urged to use caution to avoid collisions with deer

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Deer are more active this time of the fall. Crops are being harvested and deer breeding season is in full swing. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has suggestions to help drivers avoid deer-vehicle accidents and lessen the risk of injury or vehicle damage. — During the breeding season, bucks become more active searching for does with which to breed. Bucks are bolder, less wary and more susceptible to collisions with vehicles. Deer movement peaks each day …

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