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Registration open for virtual Hunting, Fishing R3 Summit

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The 2020 Hunting and Fishing R3 Summit is going virtual this year, streaming live over Zoom from 10 a.m. to noon CST Aug. 5. Register at OutdoorNebraska.org/r3summit on or before Aug. 2 to receive the virtual meeting Zoom link via email. Those unable to attend will be able to watch a recording of the summit online at a later date. “We hope this adjustment will allow more people and organizations to tune in live,” said Jeff Rawlinson, …

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How to plan successful fishing trip

By Larry Pape Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Having a successful fishing trip depends on how you plan for success. Planning will help regardless if your goal is to catch a state record fish, or escape from chores for the day. Remember that some days we catch fish on bare hooks, while others days we just go fishing. Prepare and plan to have fun and you will never be disappointed. The following are few planning tips and hints: Plan where …

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August outdoor calendar

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in August. Get more event details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Aug. 1 – Squirrel hunting season opens Aug. 1 – Registration begins for Harvest Information Program Aug. 1 – Private land antlerless elk hunting season opens Aug. 1 – Campfire Christmas in July, Indian Cave State Park, Shubert Aug. 3 – Residents, nonresidents and eligible landowners may purchase remaining deer and antelope permits, and …

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Prescribed burns planned for two southeast WMAs

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Prescribed burns are planned on two Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wildlife management areas (WMA) in southeast Nebraska, if weather conditions allow. Burns are planned at Taylor’s Branch WMA in Pawnee County and Osage (southeast tract) WMA in Johnson County. Other prescribed burns on WMAs may be planned later this summer. Burns during the summer and fall can help set back undesirable plants that invade native prairies and other grasslands. Eastern redcedar trees and undesirable deciduous shrubs …

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Women’s outdoor subscription boxes offered through pilot program

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A pilot program is providing Nebraska women the opportunity to purchase subscription boxes designed to help them develop and expand their outdoor skills. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission; Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; and Iowa Department of Natural Resources have joined Becoming an Outdoors-Woman and Women in the Outdoors in creating this opportunity. Each subscription box, which will include gear, educational resources, field guides and more, can be purchased for $50. No long-term commitment …

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Rock Creek Lake SRA, hatchery temporarily close after storm washes out road

Rock Creek Lake State Recreation Area has experienced back-to-back storms that have washed out roads in July 2020. | Photo courtesy Julie Fraley

LINCOLN, Neb. — Rock Creek Lake State Recreation Area and Rock Creek Hatchery in Dundy County are closed until further notice after a Thursday night storm washed out access roads. The storm dumped enough rain that Rock Creek Lake rose 10 inches, said Beau Licking, Enders and Rock Creek Lake SRA superintendent. The north entrance to the state recreation area, sections of Rock Creek Lake Road to the hatchery, and portions of roads within the park are impassable. Park staff …

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Rockford, Wagon Train, Willow Creek on health alert for harmful algal blooms

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A health alert for harmful algal blooms, also known as toxic blue-green algae, has been issued at Rockford Lake in Gage County and Wagon Train Lake in Lancaster County. Willow Creek Reservoir in Pierce County remains on alert. The alert has been removed at Bluestem Lake in Lancaster County. Visitors to Rockford, Wagon Train and Willow Creek state recreation areas should avoid full-body contact activities that could lead to swallowing water, such as swimming, wading, skiing or …

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Purchase big game permits beginning Aug. 3

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters may begin purchasing for 2020 big game permits Aug. 3. Residents, nonresidents and eligible landowners may purchase any remaining deer and antelope permits, and residents and eligible landowners may purchase any remaining elk permits. These permits, which include forfeited and unsold draw permits, will be available beginning at 1 p.m. Central time Aug. 3 through the end of big game seasons. To view a list of big game permits available to purchase, go to OutdoorNebraska.org, then …

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Bighorn sheep lottery applications close Aug. 7

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept applications for a 2020 bighorn sheep lottery permit through Aug. 7. Only Nebraska residents are eligible. A $29 nonrefundable application fee must accompany each application. Apply at OutdoorNebraska.org or at a Game and Parks district office or service center via phone or through a provided drop box. Visit OutdoorNebraska.gov/locations for office locations and phone numbers. The 2020 bighorn sheep season is Dec. 1-22. One permit has been authorized for …

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Migratory bird hunters must register for HIP

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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, 2020 and July 31, 2021. 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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