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Badger Day in the forecast at Wildcat Hills

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GERING, Neb. – The groundhog may or may not see its shadow, but the forecast says there is a highly favorable chance for people to learn about another burrowing animal next month. Badger Day will be Saturday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center south of Gering. Amanda Filipi, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission outdoor education specialist, said that Badger Day was inspired by Groundhog Day – which was actually inspired by Badger Day. To Germans, …

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Road opens to south side of Chat Canyon WMA

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VALENTINE, Neb. – The Nebraska National Forest has opened a road in Cherry County to motor vehicles, improving access to an area of Chat Canyon Wildlife Management Areathat lies south of the Niobrara River. The road is an existing two-track trail through the Samuel L. McKelvie Forest south of Chat Canyon WMA that was previously open to the public for only non-motorized use. It is one-half mile long, providing a link from Forest Service Road 603 to a quarter-mile easement over private …

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Commission’s revised agenda includes mountain lion population research update

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has revised the agenda for its Jan. 19 meeting at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park near Ashland for the addition of an update on mountain lion population research. The hunter orange update and other items have been moved to the Jan. 18 informational meeting. The Jan. 18 meeting begins at 1 p.m. and Jan. 19 meeting starts at 8 a.m. Both meetings are at Riverview Lodge. In addition, the Commission will …

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Mallard die-off in Scotts Bluff County caused by pneumonia

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Pneumonia caused a die-off of approximately 300 mallards in Scotts Bluff County due to a fungal infection known as Aspergillus fumigatus. The National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis., confirmed the disease to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on Jan. 12 after necropsies were performed on six carcasses. A hunter first made the discovery of dead mallards Jan. 7 along a 2- to 3-mile stretch of Ninemile Creek, which is located just east of Lake Minatare. …

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Fisheries public informational meetings scheduled across Nebraska

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Anglers are encouraged to attend the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s fisheries public informational meetings this winter to offer input on the future of fisheries management in Nebraska. The meetings will begin with an overview of the 2018 fishing forecast, an update on special projects, and a report of potential regulation changes. Staff then will receive feedback and answer questions. All meetings will be held from 7-9 p.m., unless otherwise indicated. The meeting schedule is: Jan. 29 …

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Commission to meet Jan. 19 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

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(The agenda was updated on Jan. 12 for the addition of a mountain lion presentation.) LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will meet Jan. 19 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park near Ashland to consider establishing a reduced-price restricted statewide buck-any deer permit. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at Riverview Lodge. This permit would have lower fees than the statewide buck-any deer permit because the restricted permit hunting area would exclude some areas for mule …

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Citizen science workshop for educators is Feb. 20 in Columbus

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Educators of younger students are invited to participate in a citizen science workshop Feb. 20 in Columbus. The 6 p.m. workshop will be held at Educational Service Unit 7, 2657 44th Ave. Citizen science in the classroom provides opportunities for students to participate in real scientific investigations. Citizen science can inspire students to create meaningful connections to the natural world and help scientists gather data and monitor or interpret results to produce relevant research. Participants will receive …

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Our Most Popular Posts of the Year

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For Nebraska Game and Parks, 2017 was the year of the fish. Ok, not really, but fish definitely played a strong role in our most popular Facebook posts of the year. A blog by fisheries outreach manager Daryl Bauer about new state records was a big hit, as was a post about “alien fish.” Recently caught in Nebraska, this species of fish doesn't even belong in North America. Can you guess what it is or how it got here? Read …

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Spring turkey permits available Jan. 8

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Spring turkey hunting permits for 2018 will be available from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission beginning Jan. 8. Nebraska offers the best turkey hunting opportunities in the entire country. Nebraska offers birds in every county of the state, including the highly-sought-after Merriam’s in some areas. The state also offers plentiful and affordable permits, long seasons, great public access and $5 permits for youth. Wild turkey hunters in Nebraska enjoy high success rates. In the spring, hunters …

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Multispecies lottery permit applications accepted

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Applications are being taken by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for multispecies Super Tag and Combo lottery permits. The Super Tag lottery permit will be valid for one elk of either sex, one antelope of either sex, one deer of either sex, and two turkeys (only toms and bearded hens may be taken in the spring). One permit will be authorized for residents only, and one permit will be authorized for residents/nonresidents. Persons may apply for …

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