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State Record Paddlefish Snagged by Malcolm Man

LINCOLN – A Malcolm, Neb., man has set a state fish record for the largest paddlefish caught by rod and reel. The record was certified by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Tom Keller snagged a 113-pound, 4-ounce paddlefish on Oct. 9 while fishing the Gavins Point Dam tailwaters of the Missouri River in northeast Nebraska. The fish measured 49.75 inches in length. That fish broke the previous state record of 107 pounds, 12 ounces set in 2011. Other fish …

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Eugene T. Mahoney State Park to Host Cornucopia of Crafts

LINCOLN – Explore the world of crafts at Cornucopia of Crafts, Nov. 14 – 15 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park near Ashland. Enjoy handmade crafts, food, jewelry, metal art, yard art, pottery and more. Event hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Nov. 14, including a silent auction, and 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Nov. 15. A park entry permit is required for each vehicle entering the park.

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Prescribed Fire Conference Is Dec. 1 in Kearney

LINCOLN – Landowners and fire professionals are invited to attend the Prescribed Fire Conference on Dec. 1 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, the first meeting of the Nebraska Prescribed Fire Council (NPFC), and a banquet dinner. The NPFC was formed by landowners to promote the …

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Deer Hunting Prospects Great

LINCOLN – Excitement is building as the Nov. 14 opener of Nebraska’s firearm deer season approaches. Hunting prospects look good as restrictions on antlerless deer permits in recent years have resulted in deer population increases in most areas of the state. Among the advantages of deer hunting in Nebraska are the ample opportunities on private and public land, the opportunities for mixed bag hunting, and youth deer permits for $6, including issuing fee. The Open Fields and Waters program offers …

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Pheasant, Quail Hunters Enjoy Increased Bird Numbers on Opening Weekend

LINCOLN – Hunters across the state saw noticeably improved hunting for pheasant and quail on the opening weekend of the season Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Hunters contacted by conservation officers reported more birds than in recent years and generally reported good success. Southwest Nebraska provided the most consistent hunting in the state. Good numbers of pheasants were seen across the region, particularly in Lincoln, Hayes, Perkins, Dundy, Chase, and Red Willow …

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Nebraska’s Special Youth Pheasant Hunt a Big Success

LINCOLN – Nebraska’s fifth annual special youth pheasant hunt was a success this year, with mentors providing youth with a safe, positive and successful hunting experience. This year, 350 youth age 15 and under and 295 adult mentors participated in the special hunt Oct. 24 – 25 at 10 wildlife management areas (WMA). “Participating youth were very excited and enthusiastic about the hunt,” said Jeff Lusk, upland game program manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “Mentors and youth …

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Public Comment Sought on SCORP

LINCOLN – The public is invited to review and comment on the 2016-2020 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP): A Guide to an Active Nebraska. This plan assesses the supply and demand of outdoor recreational facilities in the state. It gives Nebraska the direction and priorities necessary for strong outdoor recreation programs for all levels of government and the private sector. The plan addresses and provides solutions to issues in Nebraska regarding recreation. The plan is a requirement from the …

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Eastbound Exit 312 to Mormon Island SRA Temporarily Closed

LINCOLN – Mormon Island State Recreation Area (SRA) south of Grand Island cannot be accessed via Exit 312 on eastbound Interstate 80 due to construction. The westbound exit is open, however. According to the Nebraska Department of Roads, the eastbound exit ramp will be closed for road construction for three weeks. To access Mormon Island SRA from the west, use eastbound Exit 314 (Locust Street) and then re-enter the interstate westbound to use Exit 312 (U.S. 281). In coming weeks, …

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Lifetime Permits Make Great Gifts

LINCOLN – Treat someone special to the gift that lasts a lifetime – a Nebraska lifetime permit. It is the ultimate gift for any hunter or angler and an investment in the future. Lifetime hunt, fish, and combination hunt-fish permits, as well as lifetime waterfowl and habitat stamps, are available for residents and nonresidents. Lifetime fur harvest permits are available to residents only. Hunt and combination hunt-fish permits allow for the hunting of small game, upland game and waterfowl. They …

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Two Missouri River Boat Ramps Will Be Built in Northeast Nebraska

LINCOLN – Missouri River boaters in northeast Nebraska will have two new ramps to launch from by next spring, one at Ponca State Park (SP) and another at Mulberry Bend Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will begin work soon at both sites in Dixon County. A new concrete boat ramp and parking area will be built on Elk Point Bend on the northwest edge of Ponca SP. The work site will be closed to public …

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