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Special youth upland hunts set for Oct. 22-23 at 14 wildlife management areas

LINCOLN – Youth ages 15 and younger are encouraged to participate in special youth pheasant hunts during the Oct. 22-23 statewide youth pheasant, quail and partridge season. Rooster pheasants will be released at 14 wildlife management areas before the special youth hunt season. The special hunts are open to the public, and the number of participants is not limited. No registration or special permit is required. Special regulations posted at each of the 14 WMAs will apply to all portions …

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Fort Hartsuff SHP to host fundraiser and Jesse James presentation Oct. 9

LINCOLN – Enjoy a buffalo stew dinner and presentation about Confederate guerrilla Jesse James at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park on Oct. 9. Humanities Nebraska speaker Jeff Barnes will present “A Bad Man in a Better Place: Jesse James in Nebraska” at 3 p.m. This presentation is free and open to the public. The talk will be followed by a buffalo stew dinner in the enlisted men’s barracks. The dinner is by ticket only. Tickets are $15 each. Purchase your …

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Falcon 19/K released following recovery from injury

LINCOLN – Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor Recovery, with assistance from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Office of the Capitol Commission, released the male peregrine falcon, 19/K, from the 18th floor of the Nebraska Capitol on Oct. 3. 19/K was found on the ground in Lincoln on June 6 with a dislocated elbow. He spent the last several months being treated by Raptor Recovery and recuperating at its facility near Elmwood, Nebraska. The release was a success, as 19/K …

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Krivohlavek repeats as Nebraska Youth Smallbore Silhouette champion

LINCOLN – Kylie Krivohlavek of Seward was the overall champion of the Nebraska Youth Smallbore Silhouette Invitational for the second year in a row, hitting 35 of 40 targets. The event took place Sept. 24 at Pressey Wildlife Management Area south of Broken Bow. Krivohlavek was followed by High Boy James Simpson of Wayne and High Girl Kaitlynn Pavel of York, who each hit 33 targets. The 80 competitors fired 40 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition with a rifle unsupported …

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Health alert in effect for Willow Creek Lake, Rockford Lake, Merritt Reservoir

LINCOLN – A health alert is in effect for Willow Creek Lake in Pierce County, Rockford Lake in Gage County and Merritt Reservoir in Cherry County. The health alert was put in place after high levels of blue-green algae were detected at the lakes during testing by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. It is recommended that visitors to Willow Creek and Rockford lakes and Merritt Reservoir avoid full body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing and jet skiing. …

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Enjoy family fishing at Omaha Cops and Bobbers event Oct. 16

LINCOLN – Enjoy a fall afternoon of family fishing at the Cops and Bobbers fishing event Oct. 16 at Omaha’s Benson Park, 7028 Military Ave. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Omaha Police Department are hosting the event, which will run from 1-4 p.m. Bait, tackle, fishing poles and a hot dog lunch will be provided. The registration deadline is Oct. 10. To register, email jessica.swanson@cityofomaha.org. For more information, call the Omaha Police Department at 402-444-6951.

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Grants available to promote fishing in Hispanic communities

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is accepting grant proposals from Nebraska non-profit organizations to promote fishing in high-density Hispanic communities. The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Vamos A Pescar program aims to educate and engage Hispanic families about fishing through programs, classes and activities held in 2017. Programs will be considered that introduce fishing and or boating to youths and families, provide hands-on fishing skills development, teach and reinforce water and safe boating, and provide hands-on conservation …

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Rainbow trout stockings scheduled this fall

LINCOLN – Catchable-size rainbow trout are being stocked in city ponds and lakes across the state by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. These stockings will enhance fishing opportunities this fall and winter. Trout fishing is a great way to introduce children to fishing because simple and inexpensive equipment may be used. A spinning or spin-cast rod and reel with a hook baited with a worm will work well. Add a split shot a couple of feet above the hook …

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Public Invited to Plant Trees at Chadron State Park

CHADRON — Boy Scouts are inviting the public to help plant 3,000 trees at Chadron State Park on Saturday, Oct. 8. Volunteers for the project are encouraged to arrive at the park’s campground at 7:30 a.m. for instructions. The planting is expected to wrap up by 2 p.m. and will conclude with a meal. For more information, contact Jim Schmitt of the Boy Scouts at 308-249-1195 or the Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District at 308-432-6190.

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Bioblitz Coming to Chadron State Park

CHADRON — The public is invited to join Chadron State Park’s first Bioblitz, a 24-hour program Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. The park’s group event facility will serve as headquarters for the more than dozen surveys and activities, which are scheduled to take place at locations throughout the park. The free event will allow participants both young and old to discover and celebrate western Nebraska wildlife. A bioblitz is an event where members of the public become “citizen scientists” …

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