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Prescribed Burns Planned at Pine Glen WMA, Smith Falls SP

LINCOLN – Prescribed burns are planned for Pine Glen Wildlife Management Area in Brown County and Smith Falls State Park in Cherry County sometime between March 10 and March 31, weather permitting. Restoration of forests and grasslands began at both areas in 2010 by reducing woodland densities and ladder fuels to manageable levels with many thinning projects. They were funded, in part, by the Nebraska Environmental Trust and the Nebraska Forest Service. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission hopes to …

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Two Rivers Trout Lake to Open March 8

LINCOLN – The trout lake at Two Rivers State Recreation Area (SRA) will open March 8 for family fishing. The lake should be partially free of ice, and only bank fishing will be allowed. All trout caught in the lake must be harvested and not released. Anglers must first purchase from the park office a daily trout tag for $4. Each tag is good for a daily bag limit of four trout. A person may have up to three tags …

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Kimball County Plans Birding Tours

LINCOLN – The birds of the southwestern Panhandle of Nebraska will be highlighted during a two-month series of Watchable Wildlife Tours sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory and the Kimball County Tourism Department. The series, titled “For the Birds,” will run March 15-May 15. All tours will depart from the High Point Welcome Center at exit 20 along Interstate 80. Registration is free and may be made by calling the center at 308-241-0573. Joe Caskey, the center’s director, said …

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Learn how to hunt turkey at Ponca State Park!

As spring turkey season ebbs closer, the Commission will be offering turkey hunting workshops throughout the state. Whether you’re a complete beginner or someone with a little more experience looking to learn something new, our turkey hunting workshops are where you need to be! In the northeast region, Bill Lewis will be your instructor on Saturday, March 15 in the Sandbar Room at Ponca State Park from 10am-12pm. Bill is an avid turkey hunter and has been enjoying archery for …

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March Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in March: March 1 – Bird banding, Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, Gretna, 9 a.m., 402-332-3901 March 1-April 7 – Fort Kearny State Historical Park visitor center open daily for sandhill crane migration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 308-865-5305 March 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30 – Marsh Madness, Ponca State Park (SP), Ponca, 402-755-2284 March 5 – Prescribed burn training workshop, Sherman Reservoir WMA, Loup City, noon-3 p.m. …

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Fencing Funds Available to Some Panhandle Landowners

LINCOLN – A total of $50,000 is available to landowners of the Pine Ridge and Oglala Grasslands regions of the Nebraska Panhandle for the installation of wildlife-friendly fence on their properties. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will award up to $1,000 per mile to landowners on a first-come, first-served basis. With a signed contract prior to fence construction, landowners will receive funds to help build fences that both border other properties and those within their property’s boundaries. All projects …

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Pine Ridge Unit Season 2 Mountain Lion Season Closed — Update

LINCOLN – The Pine Ridge Unit Season 2 mountain lion season is closed following the harvest of a female mountain lion Feb. 26 in Sheridan County. The lion showed no signs of lactation or dependent young. The 102-pound lion was approximately 5½ years old and appeared to have been in good health. One of its ears had a tag from South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. The season closed immediately once the harvest subquota of one female was met. Season …

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Game and Parks’ Omaha Office Temporarily Relocating Downtown

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Omaha office will move downtown temporarily this month before relocating to a permanent site elsewhere in the city. The current office at 1212 Bob Gibson Blvd. will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21. The temporary office will open at 8 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 24 in Room 317 of the Nebraska State Office Building, 1313 Farnam St. In coming months, the office will move to a permanent location, pending a …

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Elk Collared in North-Central Nebraska

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission recently placed tracking collars on 11 elk in north-central Nebraska. The collars provide real-time location data and help Game and Parks better determine populations. Game and Parks contracted a helicopter animal capture crew to tranquilize and place GPS tracking collars and ear tags on the animals. Four elk – a bull, two cows and a female calf – were collared near the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge on Feb. 21. Later that …

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View Sandhill Cranes at Fort Kearny SHP and SRA

LINCOLN – Sandhill crane enthusiasts are invited to visit Fort Kearny State Historical Park and Recreation Area to enjoy the spring migration. The visitor center will open daily March 1-April 7 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Staff will answer questions and direct visitors to viewing areas. One popular viewing location is the hike-bike bridge over the Platte River at the recreation area. The bridge is one-third mile from the parking area. A park entry permit is required. Call the park for …

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