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Lake Wanahoo West Entrance Temporarily Closed

LINCOLN – The west entrance to Lake Wanahoo State Recreation Area near Wahoo will be closed to public access beginning on Nov. 18 while the entrance road to the park is paved. During this time, the campground and boat ramp will also be closed for public use. The paving project is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete, weather permitting. If the weather delays construction for more than two weeks, the paving contractor will open a temporary access road …

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Game and Parks Seeks Information on 25 Illegally Killed Antelope

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking information involving the killing and wanton waste of 25 antelope. The antelope were illegally shot and left lay near Broadwater in Morrill County. During the week of Nov. 12, reports of dead antelope lying in a winter wheat field northeast of Broadwater were investigated by Nebraska conservation officers. The investigation revealed 25 adult and fawn antelope that were shot and left in the field. Some of the animals were drug …

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Deer Hunters Enjoy Higher Opening Weekend Success

LINCOLN – The opening two days of the Nebraska’s firearm deer season saw more hunters fill their tags than last year, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The season opened Nov. 14. “Although final harvest figures won’t be available until after the season closes on Nov. 22, hunters got off to a great start this weekend,” said Scott Taylor, the Commission’s wildlife division administrator. Mild weather, dry roads, higher deer numbers, and widely-available deer permits are thought to …

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Father Hupp WMA Temporarily Closed to Protect Whooping Cranes

LINCOLN – Father Hupp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is temporarily closed effective immediately due to the presence of six endangered whooping cranes. The closure will be lifted once the cranes have left the area. Father Hupp WMA is located 2½ miles west of Bruning in Thayer County. The closure is a standard procedure for the Commission once whooping cranes are confirmed on a property owned or managed by the agency. “We value the outdoor opportunities our properties provide to hunters …

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Outdoor Education Complex Now Open Six Days a Week

LINCOLN – Nebraskans have more opportunities to learn or hone shooting skills as the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln is now open six days a week. The indoor complex is now open Thursday through Tuesday. The outdoor complex is open 365 days a year. The new business hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The center, located at 4703 N. 44th St. …

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Fungus That Causes Bat Disease Detected in Nebraska

LINCOLN – The fungus known to cause white-nose syndrome (WNS) in hibernating bats, a disease that has decimated bat populations in the United States and Canada, was recently discovered for the first time in Nebraska. The fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans – or P. destructans – was detected in samples sent to researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz for testing. The samples were collected in 2015 from bats hibernating in a mine in Cass County in eastern Nebraska. Northern long-eared …

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Know Your Target and Bag Limit for Firearm Deer Season

LINCOLN – As hunters prepare for the Nov. 14 opening of the firearm deer season, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has two reminders for them: know their permit bag limit and know that the animal they are preparing to take is legal to harvest. Game and Parks says it is important that hunters know the restrictions that may come with a permit, especially since those restrictions may change from year to year. Every deer permit has species and location …

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Project Improving Trout Stream in Flood-damaged Park

Coffee Park

The effects of torrential spring flooding has dampened activity at Harrison’s Coffee Park for months, but thanks to a cooperative effort between local, state and federal officials there’s been a lot of movement at the remote attraction in Sioux County in recent days. Before long, trout anglers will be among those bringing the action. Major clean-up efforts at the park, located along Sowbelly Creek in the heart of the Pine Ridge in Sioux County, began last week when Fuller Construction …

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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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