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Prescribed Fire Conference is Dec. 2 in Kearney

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LINCOLN – Landowners and fire professionals are invited to attend the Prescribed Fire Conference on Dec. 2 in Kearney. The conference aims to bring landowners and fire professionals together to facilitate the discussion of challenges and successes associated with prescribed burning. The agenda includes presentations from individuals with diverse backgrounds on prescribed burning, in-depth breakout sessions, exhibitors, and a meeting of the Nebraska Prescribed Fire Council (NPFC). The NPFC was formed by landowners to promote the common good of Nebraskans …

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Continuous CRP options available to agricultural producers

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LINCOLN – The Farm Service Agency has several Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP) options available to Nebraska producers on a first-come, first-served basis. Agricultural producers can apply for CCRP anytime throughout the year, but the availability of CRP acres is somewhat limited as the national acreage cap set by the 2012 Farm Bill draws nearer. Interested producers can visit their local USDA Service Center to determine what options exist for their farm. With recent declines in commodity prices, CRP is …

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Special youth pheasant hunt another success

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LINCOLN – Nebraska youth got to experience an upland hunt as adult mentors took them afield for the state’s special youth pheasant hunt Oct. 22-23. The special hunt took place on 14 wildlife management areas (WMA), where the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission released 5,445 adult roosters Oct. 21. In total, 387 adult mentors accompanied 465 youth hunters on the hunt this year, compared to 295 mentors and 350 youth in 2015. Youth and their mentors harvested 44 wild roosters …

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Game and Parks offers reminders for safe upland bird hunt

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LINCOLN – For most upland game bird hunters, taking to the field provides a lot more than just the act of harvesting birds. It’s a great opportunity for exercise, camaraderie and enjoying this time of year. Nebraska Hunter Education Coordinator Wendy Horine encourages all those going afield for an upland bird hunt to remember the basic safety rules of hunting: keep your gun pointed in a safe direction, treat every firearm as if it’s loaded, keep your finger off of …

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River Valley Artisans and Craft Market Nov. 5-6 at Mahoney SP

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LINCOLN – Enjoy browsing through beautiful handcrafted art or begin your Christmas shopping early at the River Valley Artisans and Craft Market Nov. 5-6 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. This event is a showcase for handmade items of various kinds. Vendors will show jewelry, jewelry boxes, alpaca socks and scarves, stained glass, suncatchers, birdhouses, photography, metal signs, pottery, spices, duck decoys, digital painted art, lighted jars and bottles, wine bottle spoon rests, and more. Hours for the show are …

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Motorists should use caution to avoid collisions with deer

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LINCOLN – Deer are more active this time of the fall. Crops are being harvested and deer breeding season is in full swing. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has suggestions to help drivers avoid deer-vehicle accidents and lessen the risk of injury or vehicle damage. — During the breeding season, bucks become more active searching for does with which to breed. Bucks are bolder, less wary and more susceptible to collisions with vehicles. Deer movement peaks each day near …

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Enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at Mahoney State Park

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LINCOLN – On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, the Lodge Restaurant at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP) will offer a holiday meal with both traditional and nontraditional menu items for the whole family. A ham and turkey carving station will be available, along with traditional holiday fixings. Hours for the meal are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost for adults is $25.95; meals for kids ages 5 to 12 are $12.95. Kids under 5 eat free. To make your …

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November outdoor calendar

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LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) events and important dates in November. Get more event details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes. Nov. 1 – Late doe/fawn antelope season opens Nov. 1 – Raccoon, opossum, long-tailed weasel, mink, red fox, gray fox and badger hunting and trapping seasons open Nov. 1 – Muskrat and beaver trapping season opens Nov. 1 – Ladies Winchester …

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Prospects look good as pheasant season opens Oct. 29

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LINCOLN – Prospects look good for Nebraska’s pheasant, quail and partridge hunting season, which opens Oct. 29. Conditions for upland birds are better than in recent years, and pheasant and quail abundance in Nebraska this year is higher than the five-year average over most of the state. Most of the state, which experienced a generally mild winter, received timely spring rainfall, producing abundant nesting and brood-rearing cover for pheasants. Pheasant abundance this fall should be similar or slightly lower than …

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Lake McConaughy SRA trash cleanup day is Nov. 5

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LINCOLN – Lake McConaughy-area residents are encouraged to participate in a trash cleanup day Nov. 5 at the state recreation area (SRA). The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is partnering with Keep Keith County Beautiful and Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District (CNPPID) for this effort from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Commission staff will be headquartered at three locations around the SRA. Each location will provide materials such as trash bags, buckets, pickers and orange vests. UTVs will …

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