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Become a Certified Youth Fishing Instructor Aug. 20

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will certify youth fishing instructors Aug. 20 at Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, 21502 W. Neb. Hwy. 31, Gretna, from 9 a.m. to noon. Youth fishing instructors will receive training and tools to conduct fishing clinics. These volunteers will have access to Nebraska Game and Parks’ loaner fishing equipment and educational materials for events, as well as receive program incentives. They also are encouraged to volunteer for such Nebraska Game and Parks programs as Family …

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Common Carp Die-Off at Davis Creek Reservoir

LINCOLN – Fisheries biologists from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission are investigating a die-off of common carp at Davis Creek Reservoir south of North Loup in central Nebraska. A viral infection is the expected cause of the die-off, and samples have been taken to verify the cause. The reservoir remains open to fishing, and no other species of fish have been impacted. Anglers should expect to see significant numbers of dead and decaying carp at the reservoir, with the …

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Don’t Put Off Hunter Education Certification

LINCOLN – August is a great time to obtain Hunter Education certification in Nebraska. With hunting seasons are on the horizon, courses are forming and filling up. There are two main options to secure a Nebraska firearm or bowhunter education certificate: • Attend a traditional classroom course. These typically are broken up into several short sessions over a few days. Students attend all of the sessions and complete a written exam at the end. • Complete online course work. Participants …

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Fort Kearny SRA Program to Teach Families Outdoor Skills Aug. 12-14

LINCOLN – Enjoy family time and learning new skills at the Becoming an Outdoors-Family program on Aug. 12-14 at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area. Participants will learn basic outdoor skills in a fun, relaxed environment while working with expert instructors. Individual workshops will cover a variety of outdoor sports, such as fishing, camping, outdoor cooking and archery. “Our workshops are open to all types of families,” said Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Outdoor Education Specialist Christy Christiansen. “Bring your grandchild, …

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Nebraska Youth Smallbore Silhouette Invitational Set for Sept. 24

LINCOLN – The annual Nebraska Youth Smallbore Silhouette Invitational will be held Sept. 24 at Pressey Wildlife Management Area in central Nebraska. This free competition is open to all youth ages 11 and older who have successfully completed Hunter Education and who have not yet graduated from high school. Shooters will be grouped into classes according to age, rifle weight, sight type and experience level. They may compete individually or as part of teams. Shooters should bring their own rifle …

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Rimfire Steel Plate Fun Shoot Scheduled Aug. 13 at Platte River SP

LINCOLN – Enjoy a fun and safe day of easy competitive shooting for the entire family at the Rimfire Steel Plate Fun Shoot at Platte River State Park (SP) on Aug. 13. In this timed event, participants will shoot five strings of fire at five or six steel plates at distances of 20 feet to 30 yards. Shooters must be ages 10 and older. National Rifle Association range safety officers will provide instruction and all equipment will be provided (.22 …

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Family Activities Planned for Aug. 3-7 at Ponca SP

LINCOLN – Families and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy a series of educational workshops at Ponca State Park Aug. 3-7. During nature-related workshops, participants can make crafts and learn about topics such as wildlife identification, catfish and birds. Participants can also try activities such as kayaking and archery or learn about various types of firearms. Hayrack tours will be offered on Aug. 6. A park permit is required of each vehicle entering the park. Fees apply to some …

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Fall Turkey Permits Available Beginning Aug. 8

LINCOLN – Hunters may begin purchasing fall turkey permits Aug. 8 at 1 p.m. Central Time. Permits will be available at OutdoorNebraska.org and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission permitting offices. A fall turkey permit is valid statewide and allows a hunter to harvest two turkeys of either sex with a shotgun or archery equipment. Each hunter may have up to two permits. There is no minimum age requirement for youth. The fall turkey season is Sept. 15 – Jan. 31, …

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Migratory Bird Hunters Must Register for HIP

LINCOLN – Hunters of migratory birds are reminded of their requirement to register for the Harvest Information Program (HIP). Registration began 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, 2016 and July 31, 2017. 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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Two Rivers SRA to Host Raptor Recovery Presentation

LINCOLN – Learn about birds of prey and see live owls, falcons, and hawks up-close during a Raptor Recovery presentation Aug. 6 at Two Rivers State Recreation Area. Participants of all ages will have an opportunity to dissect owl pellets following the 2 p.m. presentation. An owl regurgitates a pellet after it eats. Dissecting a pellet reveals the indigestible material – such as fur, feathers and bones – of the prey that an owl ate. Raptor Recovery rescues injured birds …

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