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New access road leading to Frenchman WMA

North Platte, Neb. – Frenchman Wildlife Management Area (WMA) northeast of Palisade, NE has a new access road. Previously, the public was using a bridge that crosses the canal to access the Frenchman WMA but that bridge was condemned and closed a few weeks ago. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has secured a Special Use Permit from the United States Bureau of Reclamation to allow the public to use the road to the east of Hwy 25A to access …

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LCRA receives grant from Nebraska Environmental Trust

North Platte, Neb. – The Loess Canyon Rangeland Alliance (LCRA) will receive $160,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) for the Grassland Stewardship with Prescribed Fire project. The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 5, 2018 in Lincoln. This is the first year of award with a potential for 2nd year funding totaling $140,000. The project is one of the 105 projects receiving $18,301,819 in grant awards from the NET this year. Of these, …

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Commission to hold hearing June 22 regarding mountain lion season

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will hold a public hearing on June 22 in Ogallala regarding a proposed 2019 mountain lion season. The meeting will take place at the Mid-Plains Community College Conference Room, 512 E. B St., at 9 a.m. The proposed season would provide a harvest opportunity for up to eight mountain lions in two sub-units within the Pine Ridge of northwestern Nebraska. The proposed season would allow the population to remain resilient and …

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Hunter education instructor training set in Lincoln

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will provide training June 6 in Lincoln for future hunter education instructors. This free training is required for all individuals who have applied to become firearm and bowhunter education instructors. Others interested in becoming a hunter education instructor who have not yet applied may also attend and complete an application at this training. Teaching materials will be provided. Training will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Nebraska Game and Parks …

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June outdoor calendar

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in June. Get more event details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes. May 29, 31, June 5, 9 – Bow fishing mentoring program, DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge June 1 – Underwater spearfishing season begins at Box Butte Reservoir and on private waters June 1 – Final day eligible landowners may apply for one …

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Youth bow fishing mentoring programs available

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Two bow fishing mentoring programs are available in eastern Nebraska this summer for youth age 10 to 15. These free programs, hosted by Bowfishers of Nebraska, allow youth to explore the challenge and excitement of harvesting fish with archery gear. They will learn about equipment, safety, regulations, and care for harvested fish, and will shoot from both the shore and a boat. No experience is needed, and equipment is provided. Space is limited, and registration is required …

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Drinking water temporarily unavailable at Memphis SRA

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Drinking water is temporarily unavailable for guests at Memphis State Recreation Area in Saunders County. Wells currently are not operational at the area because of groundwater conditions. Hydrants will be shut down until potable water is available. Guests are asked to bring their own water, or check availability of bottled water at the private concession located at the park, until the situation has been resolved. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is working with the Village of …

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Willows and Wings birding hike rescheduled for May 26 at Willow Creek SRA

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Willow and Wings event scheduled for May 19 at Willow Creek State Recreation Area in Pierce County has been rescheduled for May 26 due to expected inclement weather. The public is invited to celebrate International Migratory Bird Month at this event, which includes a bird identification hike and an introduction to eBird, an online citizen science tool for monitoring bird populations. All ages and experience levels are welcome. A park entry permit is required for each …

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New plan aims to reverse monarch butterfly decline

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) welcome public comments through May 31 on a draft conservation plan that provides a blueprint for reversing the decline of the eastern monarch butterfly population. The draft plan, called the Mid-America Monarch Conservation Strategy, builds on existing efforts of state, federal, and local agencies, as well as private organizations and individuals. It covers a 16-state region from Texas to the Upper …

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Get permission before morel hunting on private land

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Morel mushroom hunters are out in force this month picking their favorite fungi. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds them that they must get landowner permission before entering private land. The non-commercial harvesting of morel mushrooms is allowed on Nebraska Game and Parks owned and controlled properties, unless otherwise signed. That includes state park areas, where a park entry permit is required, and wildlife management areas (WMA). Morel pickers should be wary of spring turkey hunters …

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