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Deer hunters enjoy opening weekend success

LINCOLN – The opening two days of the Nebraska’s firearm deer season started off strong, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The season opened Nov. 12. “Although final harvest numbers are still being calculated, hunters got off to a great start this weekend,” said Kit Hams, the Commission’s big game program manager. With mild weather and dry roads, Commission staff saw successful hunters and lots of youth at the check stations. The number of deer brought in to …

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Information Sought for Illegal Killing of Bull Elk, Other Big Game

Dead bull elk.

CHADRON — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking information about the unlawful shooting and wanton waste of big game animals in northwestern Nebraska, consisting of a bull elk, a pronghorn and two mule deer. The large bull elk was found in a wheat field along Squaw Mound Road southeast of Crawford, believed to have been killed the night of Saturday, Nov. 12. The pronghorn and two mule deer, all does, were recently found dead near Hemingford. Rewards are …

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Safety reminders for firearm deer season

LINCOLN – Deer hunting is enjoyed by thousands of Nebraskans who want to put meat in their freezer and create memories and carry on traditions with friends and family. While enjoying the hunt, Nebraskans should make safety their top priority. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has the following reminders for the Nov. 12-20 firearm deer season: — Treat every firearm as if it’s loaded, keep the firearm muzzle pointed in a safe direction, and keep your finger off of …

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Day of fun, educational activities planned for Nov. 12 at Ponca SP

LINCOLN – Get outdoors for a fall day of fun, educational activities for all ages Nov. 12 at Ponca State. Take an introductory archery course from 9-11 a.m. using the park’s equipment. Participants must be at least 5 years of age. At 1 p.m., Critter Corner will introduce guests to wildlife found along the Missouri River. A scavenger hunt hike at 3 p.m. will give participants a chance to win prizes by identifying trees, collecting leaves and searching for tracks …

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Enjoy live theater at Mahoney State Park

LINCOLN – Bring the family for dinner and a play at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park this holiday season. From Nov. 26 to Dec. 18, the park will be showing an original, family-friendly play, “Making Spirits Bright.” Visitors will receive 10 percent off of a buffet meal at the Lodge Restaurant with the purchase of a ticket. The play tells the story of a couple who have all the trappings of a happy life, but have lost the Christmas spirit. …

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Deer hunters encouraged to participate in Hunters Helping the Hungry

LINCOLN – Hunters are invited to donate deer to the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) program this fall so ground venison may be provided to Nebraskans in need. Hunters pay no processing costs for this donation-driven program. There will be 21 processors around the state accepting donated deer during the Nov. 12-20 firearm deer season. Eighteen are currently available for archery hunters. The HHH program is funded solely by tax-deductible contributions. Hunters should first talk with processors but may keep …

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Valentine NWR aquatic habitat project continues

LINCOLN – Users of the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge will continue to see construction and equipment along public roads and trails until freeze-up as an aquatic habitat project progresses there. Road and trail closures could occur for short periods as the project progresses. Access for ice fishing this winter should not be affected. The project focus is to address the presence of invasive common carp in the system and prevent their passage through existing water control structures. Control structures, berm …

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Join Deer Exchange to donate or receive venison

LINCOLN – Nebraskans wanting to donate or receive harvested deer can participate in the Deer Exchange. This program is designed to accommodate the additional harvest of deer. It brings together hunters who have a surplus of deer with recipients willing to accept the deer meat. The Deer Exchange, which is available annually from Sept. 1 through March 1, allows hunters and potential venison recipients to join a database and search for other participating parties in their area. Parties will work …

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Change made to Omaha-area deer check stations

LINCOLN – One step in preparing for the November firearm deer season is locating a site to check in your deer. Omaha-area hunters are reminded that Hitches Plus in Papillion no longer is a deer check station. Firearm deer hunters and archers harvesting deer during the November 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 November firearm deer season is Nov. 12-20. To …

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Deer hunting prospects look great for 2016

LINCOLN – The Nov. 12 opener of firearm deer season is approaching and excitement and anticipation are building for Nebraskans. “Hunting prospects have improved in all management units as herds are mostly recovered from the drought and disease losses of 2012,” says Kit Hams, big game program manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “Mule deer in five southern units are at record highs and whitetail are increasing in several units. “An increase in antlerless permits this fall will …

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