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October outdoor calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) events and important dates in October. Get more details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes. Sept. 30-Oct. 2 – Autumn Harvest Art Show, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP), Ashland Oct. 1 – Advance tickets sales begin for Haunted Hollow, Indian Cave SP, Shubert, 8 a.m. Oct. 1 – Archery Fun Shoot, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor …

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Health alert in effect for Willow Creek, Rockford lakes

LINCOLN – A health alert is in effect for Willow Creek Lake in Pierce County and Rockford Lake in Gage 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 avoid full body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing and jet skiing. Non-contact activities such as boating, fishing and camping …

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Pheasants Forever: Nebraska a top 8 pheasant hunting state

LINCOLN – Nebraska is among the nation’s top eight pheasant hunting states, according Pheasants Forever (PF). “The Cornhusker State is a bird hunting cornucopia,” writes PF blogger Ron Spomer. “You’re liable to bump into not just ringnecks, but bobwhites, sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chickens. And you can look for them on 800,000 public access acres on 300 state and federal land areas. That’s only 2 percent of the state’s total land, so if you can talk yourself onto private lands, …

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Future of Nebraska’s fisheries to be discussed at public meetings

Correction: This corrects a news release of Sept. 20, changing the address of the Oct. 4 meeting in North Platte. LINCOLN – The public is invited to attend informational meetings across the state in October regarding the future of Nebraska’s aquatic resources. Fisheries personnel from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission have been developing a road map for the state’s fisheries and aquatic resources. The public’s participation in the planning process is encouraged. Each meeting will include an overview of …

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Celebrate Halloween at a state park

LINCOLN – Make your Halloween truly memorable this year and celebrate at a state park. Throughout October, Nebraska state parks and recreation areas will host more than a dozen Halloween events filled to the brim with fun for the whole family. Events will feature activities such as pumpkin carving, costume contests, trick-or-treating and haunted trails and hayrack rides. At many sites, those staying at a park campground can participate in campground decorating contests. To see a full list of events, …

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Special enforcement aimed at reduction of accidents on SRAs

LINCOLN – Conservation officers with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission conducted special enforcement patrols during the summer on state recreation areas in Lancaster County. These efforts were designed to help ensure users have a safe and enjoyable experience on Commission-managed areas. Enforcement efforts aimed to reduce serious and fatal vehicle and boat accidents resulted in seven arrests for driving under the influence and two for boating under the influence. These special patrols allowed conservation officers to contact an additional …

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Celebrate Halloween at a state park

LINCOLN – Make your Halloween truly memorable this year and celebrate at a state park. Throughout October, Nebraska state parks and recreation areas will host more than a dozen Halloween events filled to the brim with fun for the whole family. Events will feature activities such as pumpkin carving, costume contests, trick-or-treating and haunted trails and hayrack rides. At many sites, those staying at a park campground can participate in campground decorating contests. To see a full list of events, …

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Muzzleloader Sight-In and Family Rendezvous Oct. 9 at Platte River State Park

LINCOLN – Learn everything there is to know about muzzleloaders at the Muzzleloader Sight-In and Family Rendezvous on Oct. 9 at Platte River State Park. The event will be held at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Participants will be able to sight in their muzzleloaders for $5. Several free family-friendly activities are scheduled, including youth archery, slingshots, atlatl and tomahawk throwing, pellet gun and muzzleloader shooting, campground games and Dutch oven cooking. Treats …

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Future of Nebraska’s fisheries to be discussed at public meetings

LINCOLN – The public is invited to attend informational meetings across the state in October regarding the future of Nebraska’s aquatic resources. Fisheries personnel from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission have been developing a road map for the state’s fisheries and aquatic resources. The public’s participation in the planning process is encouraged. Each meeting will include an overview of the Commission’s Fisheries Division, an outline of the planning process and public feedback. The two-hour meetings will begin at 7 …

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Commission accepting wildlife-viewing grant proposals

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is accepting grant proposals that will enhance watchable wildlife opportunities and nature-based experiences in Nebraska. Watchable Wildlife Grants, funded through the Wildlife Conservation Fund, help to develop wildlife-viewing and nature-based experiences in Nebraska. The intent of these grants is to help people build appreciation and stewardship for natural resources through practical experience. Individuals, nonprofit, governmental, and for-profit entities are encouraged and eligible to apply. Potential projects include, but are not limited to, …

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