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CRP Informational Meetings Scheduled Across Nebraska

LINCOLN – Ag producers are invited to attend a free informational meeting about what the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) can offer them. The meetings are being held across the state through January. The General CRP Signup runs through Feb. 26. Soil rental rates have increased significantly in some areas. Learn about the new rates, as well as other CRP options. Reserve a spot in a meeting by contacting your local USDA office. Visit NebraskaPF.com or CRPsignup.com for more information. The …

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Nebraska Game and Parks Surveying Deer Hunters

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wants to remind deer hunters that it is continuing to survey of deer hunters through Jan. 22. This survey is conducted every five years and is designed to gather hunter information about experiences, attitudes and opinions related to the 2015 deer season. The public’s input is important to the Commission and is another way hunters can participate in Nebraska’s deer management program. Hunters are the primary tool used to manage the state’s …

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2016 Hunt Permits Required for 2015 Late Seasons

LINCOLN – Now that the calendar has flipped to a new year, late-season hunters and trappers of small game, waterfowl and furbearers must have a 2016 hunt (small game) or fur harvest permit. A 2016 Nebraska Habitat Stamp is also required for most hunts. The seasons for small game species pheasant, quail, partridge, grouse and squirrel close Jan. 31. Cottontail and jackrabbit seasons close Feb. 29. Muskrat and beaver trapping ends March 31. The hunting/trapping seasons for bobcat, raccoon, Virginia …

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Spring Turkey Permits Available Beginning Jan. 11

LINCOLN – Spring turkey hunting permits will be available from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission starting at 1 p.m. Central Time on Jan. 11. The 2016 permit prices, including issuing fee, are: resident turkey, $25; nonresident turkey, $97; resident landowner, $13.50; nonresident landowner, $49.50; and resident and nonresident youth turkey, $7. Youth permits are for hunters who are under age 16 on the opening day of the youth archery season. All turkey hunters, except residents under age 16, require …

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Take Precautions to Avoid Hypothermia This Winter

LINCOLN – Nebraska’s outdoors in the winter can be just as much fun as the other seasons. Whether it’s hunting, ice fishing, cross country skiing, sledding or snowshoeing, the state has great outdoor opportunities. Being outdoors in the winter also means being safe in the coldest of temperatures. Avoiding hypothermia is critical. Hypothermia is a low body temperature most often caused by exposure to cold weather or immersion in a cold body of water. Left untreated, hypothermia can lead to …

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Governor Makes Appointments to Game and Parks Commission

LINCOLN – Gov. Pete Ricketts has reappointed Dick Bell of Omaha to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. In addition, the governor has appointed Dan Kreitman of Ceresco to the Commission. Bell was appointed to the Commission to represent District 2 (Douglas County) in December 2013. His reappointment is effective from Jan. 16, 2016, through Jan. 15, 2020. “I have a keen interest in all of the work of the Commission,” Bell said. “I look forward to continuing our efforts …

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Check on Ice Conditions Before Discover Ice Fishing Clinic

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will post a notice Jan. 6 at 4 p.m. if ice conditions are deemed unsafe for an upcoming Discover Ice Fishing clinic. The clinic is scheduled for Jan. 9 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park’s CenturyLink Lake from 1 – 4 p.m. Six inches of ice is required to conduct this free clinic. Ice conditions will be determined Jan. 6. If necessary, a cancellation notice will be posted by 4 p.m. at …

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Moose Moved from North Platte to Wildlife Management Area

LINCOLN — Continued sightings of a moose within the city limits of North Platte have prompted Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials to immobilize and relocate the moose to a wildlife management area. Nebraska Game and Parks biologists worked with local law enforcement and a local veterinarian to move the moose from North Platte city limits to a wildlife management area on the afternoon of Dec. 28. Commission officials and local law enforcement have kept a close eye on the …

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Producers Have Jan. 15 Deadline to Apply for Grassland Bird Habitat Funding

LINCOLN – Producers in south central and southeastern Nebraska have until Jan. 15 to apply for funding to help improve grasslands for grazing and wildlife. A partnership has been formed among the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Pheasants Forever, Audubon Nebraska, and other entities through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The Grassland Bird Initiative will provide RCPP funding to 15 counties. Through the Grassland Bird Initiative, NRCS provides financial …

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Group Hikes Scheduled for New Year’s Day

Winter scene at Chadron State Park

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is inviting the public to ring in the New Year by enjoying a guided hike through one of the state’s scenic state park lands. First Day Hikes are scheduled at six Nebraska parks on New Year’s Day, part of a larger effort of the America’s State Parks alliance. Bob Hanover, assistant parks division administrator, said the hikes are a great way to get outside, enjoy nature, exercise and enjoy time with friends and family. …

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