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Report Shows High Numbers of Mallards, Green-winged Teal for 2016

LINCOLN – Nebraska duck hunters will find good news in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recent 2016 waterfowl population status report. The report shows mallard numbers are near record highs and the estimated green-winged teal population is the highest since estimates began in 1955. The estimated mallard population this year is 51 percent above the long-term (1955-2015) average, while the green-wing teal numbers are 104 percent higher than the long-term average. Other dabbling duck species varied in abundances from …

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Fremont Lakes SRA to Host Snakes of Nebraska Program

LINCOLN – Join Dennis Ferraro, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln herpetologist, for his program “Meet the Snakes of Nebraska Up Close and in Person” at Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area on Sept. 11. Ferraro will display and discuss snakes that call Nebraska home from 2 to 4 p.m. at the park’s group lodge. Fremont Lakes SRA is located just west of Fremont in Dodge County. A park entry permit is required.

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Fort Atkinson to Celebrate Archaeology Month during Living History Sept. 3-4

LINCOLN – Visitors can tour Fort Atkinson State Historical Park guided by an archaeologist during Living History Weekend Sept. 3-4. Nebraska State Historical Society Archaeologist Nolan Johnson will lead the tours in celebration of Archaeology Month. Tours start at 12:30 p.m. each day at the Powder Magazine. In addition, visitors can view a reenacted World War II encampment and see demonstrations of various trades and crafts from the 1820s, giving them a feel for frontier life in Nebraska. Fort Atkinson, …

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Nebraska Upland Bird Abundance Higher Than Five-Year Average

LINCOLN – Pheasant and quail abundance in Nebraska this year is higher than the five-year average over most of the state, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Upland Game Hunting Outlook. Survey results indicate conditions for upland birds are better than in recent years. The outlook is based on spring and summer upland game surveys, and conditions reported by biologists. Regional weather events that could impact populations are considered. The weather this past winter was generally mild. Most …

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Great Park Pursuit Winding Down for 2016

LINCOLN – Nebraskans enjoying the outdoors via the Great Park Pursuit (GPP) still have time to visit more parks and become eligible for prizes. The Great Park Pursuit encourages participants to visit up to 20 sites across Nebraska between May 1 and Sept. 16, 2016. Participants follow clues to a post, where they make an impression of it with a pencil to prove they were there. Prizes and entry into drawings are based on the number of impressions collected. The …

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State Park Pools to Stay Open Through Labor Day

LINCOLN – Public pools at five Nebraska state parks will remain open through Labor Day on Sept. 5, offering visitors extended summer fun. Pool hours are as follows: Chadron State Park – Open Aug. 28 from 1-3 p.m. and from 1-6 p.m. on Sept. 3-5. Pool admission is free Aug. 28. Eugene T. Mahoney State Park – Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-8 p.m. On weekends and on Labor Day, the pool will be open from noon-5 p.m. and …

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Enjoy Events in September at Niobrara SP

LINCOLN – Throughout September, Niobrara State Park (SP) will hold a variety of family-friendly events for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Scheduled events are: — Sept. 2, National Park Service Presents: Missouri National Recreational River – A National Park: Learn more about the Missouri National Recreational River and its history as a park. — Sept. 3, Buffalo Cookout and Nebraska Humanities Program: Music of the Plains: David Marsh will share stories and songs about the pioneers who settled the Plains. …

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Now’s the Time to Prepare for September Hunting

LINCOLN – Summer is winding down, and that means it’s time to gear up for fall hunting. Nebraska’s archery season for deer, and small game seasons for rabbits, doves, snipe, rail and grouse open Sept. 1. Nebraska Hunter Education Coordinator Wendy Horine says hunters should prepare for upcoming seasons by checking to see they have the proper equipment and ensure it is in good working condition. “Match the proper ammunition to your firearm and make sure guns are clean and …

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Nature and Outdoor Recreation Workshops Set for Aug. 27 at Ponca SP

LINCOLN – Enjoy hands-on presentations and workshops on outdoor recreation and wildlife at Ponca State Park (SP) Aug. 27. Introductory courses on archery and shotguns will be offered, with all equipment provided. Participants can also see, touch and sometimes smell live critters, furs, feathers and shells at the Critter Corner. Stop by the Sneaky Snakes presentation to touch and learn more about Nebraska’s snakes, and take a hayrack park tour to learn everything you’d like to know about Ponca SP. …

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September Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in September: Aug. 26-Sept. 5 – Nebraska State Fair, Grand Island Sept. 1 – Hunting seasons open for cottontail, jackrabbit, dove, snipe, grouse, rail, raccoon and opossum Sept. 1 – Archery, Season Choice, River Antlerless Private Lane Only, Statewide Whitetail Buck, Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Youth, and Landowner deer hunting seasons open Sept. 1 – Niobrara-Verdigre High School Cross Country Invitational, …

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