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Trout to be stocked in two Panhandle lakes March 22

LINCOLN, Neb. – Two Panhandle lakes will be stocked with rainbow trout March 22, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The Rock Creek State Fish Hatchery will stock 1,400 10-inch trout at Bridgeport State Recreation Area northwest lake and 900 trout at the Riverside Discovery Center (zoo) pond in Scottsbluff. Trout stockings across Nebraska may be delayed because of inclement weather and widespread flooding, impacting roads and hatcheries. An updated scheduled will be provided when conditions improve. Visit …

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Management of five Missouri River WMAs to transfer from Commission back to Corps

LINCOLN, Neb. – The management of five wildlife management areas along the Missouri River will be transferred from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission back to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Due to constraining factors involving land management, the Commission and the Corps have agreed that the Corps would assume operation and maintenance responsibility of the following wildlife management areas effective on Oct. 1, 2019: William Gilmour/Tobacco Island in Cass County; Hamburg Bend in Otoe County; and Kansas Bend, …

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Game and Parks continues to assess damage to state park system following historic flooding

Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission continues to assess damage from recent flooding at parks and wildlife management areas throughout the state. Some state parks, state historical parks, state recreation areas and wildlife management areas located along rivers and streams in eastern and central Nebraska experienced flooded roads, campgrounds and buildings during the historic and catastrophic flooding of the past week. Game and Parks staff have been working diligently to assess the extent of the damage, but …

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Spring rainbow trout stockings begin March 20

LINCOLN, Neb. – Spring rainbow trout stocking is beginning this week at five south-central Nebraska locations, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The Calamus State Fish Hatchery will stock 10-inch trout March 20 at the following locations: Fort Kearny State Recreation Area Lake No. 6, Kearney, 600 trout; Windmill State Recreation Area Lake No. 2, Gibbon, 600; Holdrege City Lake, 1,000; Heartwell Park Lake, Hastings, 450; and Such’s Lake, Grand Island, 650. Trout stockings across Nebraska may be …

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Big game property damage to be discussed at meetings

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission invites landowners in southwest Nebraska to attend meetings regarding property damage caused by big game wildlife. These meetings will help Game and Parks assist landowners experiencing crop damage from deer and other big game species. The meetings will help staff understand the issues and discuss tools that may assist with wildlife damage. Landowners who have experienced crop damage or stored feed issues with species such as deer are invited to attend. …

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Commissioners approve waterfowl season recommendations

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved 2019 waterfowl hunting season recommendations at its March 15 meeting in Nebraska City. The approved recommendations moved the early teal season approximately one week later than in 2018 to accommodate weekend days. All other waterfowl season recommendations included only calendar date adjustments. The 2019 waterfowl seasons are: Early Teal – Low Plains: Sept. 7-22; High Plains: Sept. 7-15; Daily bag limit: six; Possession limit: Three times the daily bag limit …

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Public meeting March 20 to discuss plan for Goat Island

LINCOLN, Neb. – A public meeting regarding future uses of Goat Island, located within the boundary of the Missouri National Recreational River near Vermillion, S.D., will be hosted by the National Park Service on March 20. The open house meeting will be held at the W. H. Over Museum, 1110 N. University St., Vermillion, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The meeting is an opportunity for the public to learn about and provide comments on a proposed Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for …

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Public advised to check conditions when planning a park visit

LINCOLN, Neb. – Warmer temperatures have arrived in parts of Nebraska, but those considering a trip to a state park or recreation area should call ahead before planning a visit. The arrival of warmer weather after record or near-record snow accumulation and ice buildup in parts of the state has increased the likelihood of lowland flooding, which may affect parks and recreation areas adjacent to Nebraska’s streams and rivers. Additionally, heavy snowfall and poor travel conditions elsewhere in the state …

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Salamander citizen science workshop set for April 20 at Indian Cave State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and University of Nebraska-Lincoln invite the public to attend a Salamander Search Citizen Science Workshop on April 20 at Indian Cave State Park. UNL herpetologist Dennis Ferraro will give a presentation on finding, identifying and recording salamander sightings and contributing that information to this citizen science project. At sunset, participants will join Ferraro and Game and Parks staff to survey for salamanders throughout the park. The free event begins with a …

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Bighorn sheep lottery applications begin April 15

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept applications for a 2019 bighorn sheep lottery permit beginning April 15. The application period ends Aug. 2, and the permit will be drawn Aug. 28. A $29 nonrefundable application fee must accompany each application. Only Nebraska residents are eligible for the lottery. Apply at a Nebraska Game and Parks office or at OutdoorNebraska.org. The 2019 bighorn sheep season is Dec. 3-22.

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