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July Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in July: July 1 – Final day to apply for Nebraska Super Tag and Combo lottery permits July 1 – Archery fishing of game fish is allowed statewide through Dec. 31 July 1 – Underwater spearfishing of game fish allowed in specific waters through Dec. 31 (see page 21 of 2016 Fishing Guide) July 1 – National Park Service Program on Missouri National …

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Capitol Falcon Chick Named for Former NGPC Biologist

LINCOLN – The public chose the name “Dinan” for the peregrine falcon chick raised in a nest box at the Nebraska Capitol this year. John J. Dinan was the former nongame bird program manager at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission who was instrumental in starting the peregrine falcon projects at the Nebraska Capitol and WoodmenLife Tower in Omaha. He passed away from cancer at age 51 in 2005, the first year a peregrine falcon fledged from the Capitol. Before …

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Enjoy Events in July at Niobrara State Park

LINCOLN – Throughout July, Niobrara State Park will hold a variety of family-friendly events for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Scheduled events are: • July 1, National Park Service (NPS) Presents “MNRR – a National Park:” Learn more about the Missouri National Recreational River, and visit with rangers about the events that led to the establishment of a section of the river as a park. • July 2, Buffalo Cookout: The evening will feature country music performed by John and …

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Health Alert Remains in Effect at Harlan County Reservoir

LINCOLN – A health advisory remains in effect at Harlan County Reservoir in Harlan County after high levels of toxic blue-green algae were detected earlier this week. The elevated algae levels at Harlan County Reservoir were detected during testing by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. This is the second week a health alert has been in place at the reservoir. Visitors to Harlan County Reservoir should avoid full body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing, jet skiing, etc. …

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Rimfire Steel Plate Fun Shoot Scheduled July 16 at Platte River SP

LINCOLN – Enjoy a fun and safe day of competitive shooting for the entire family at the Rimfire Steel Plate Fun Shoot at Platte River State Park (SP) on July 16. In this timed event, participants will shoot five strings of fire at five or six steel plates at distances of 20 feet to 30 yards. Shooters must be ages 10 and older. National Rifle Association safety officers will provide instruction and all equipment will be provided (.22 M&P Sporter …

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Fort Atkinson SHP to Celebrate Independence Day with Living History

LINCOLN – Reenactors will portray the days’ events from 1824 during living history weekend July 2-3 at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP). To celebrate Independence Day, the interpretive volunteers will reenact daily events at the fort as recorded in a newspaper from that era. Visitors can watch military troops in action, listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence, watch trades like blacksmithing and butter churning, and explore the fort’s period-accurate places, such as the school, council house …

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Financial Incentives Available for Improving Pheasant Habitat, Access

Agriculture producers in the northern Panhandle are among many Nebraska landowners who may be eligible to earn extra income by helping the region’s pheasant population and other wildlife. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is offering special incentives to landowners within what has been labeled a Pheasant Opportunity Area in Box Butte, Dawes and Sheridan counties. The range of properties has been determined to have the best conditions and potential for pheasant hunting. The Commission is offering $3 per acre …

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Woman Hospitalized Following Bridgeport SRA Boating Accident

LINCOLN – A 21-year-old Virginia woman is hospitalized in stable condition following a June 22 boating accident at Bridgeport State Recreation Area (SRA). Hailie Knight, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was one of two occupants on a tube being pulled on the SRA’s center lake by a personal watercraft. The tube struck a tree, resulting in the victim’s severe injuries. The second occupant was treated for minor cuts and bruises. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this incident. …

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State High School Fishing Tournament Coming to Elwood Reservoir July 23

LINCOLN – The Sixth Annual Nebraska State High School Fishing Tournament is scheduled for July 23 at Elwood Reservoir Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The tournament, a cooperative program between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and The Bass Federation – Student Angler Foundation, is open to two-person teams of anglers in grades 9 through 12. Each team will have a coach who provides a boat for the competition. Anglers will check in at 5:30 a.m., and a rules meeting will …

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Commission Offers Tips for Enjoying Water Safely

LINCOLN – Hot summer temperatures can bring people to the water in droves. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission urges everyone enjoying a day on the water to do so safely. Outdoor recreation in Nebraska is safe. Spending time outdoors or at any of the state’s family-friendly state park areas is a great way to make memories. Nebraska Game and Parks has the following reminders for safety on the water: Avoid Alcohol – Whether boating, swimming or tubing, alcohol consumption …

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