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CRP Meetings Scheduled in May

LINCOLN, Neb. – Public informational meetings are scheduled across the state in May so landowners can learn about the May 20-June 14 Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup. CRP is a voluntary program that helps agricultural producers use environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits in exchange for rental payments and cost-share assistance. The meetings are free and no registration is required. The following is a list of meetings by date: April 30 – Dakota City, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) …

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Living History Scheduled for May 4-5 at Fort Atkinson SHP

LINCOLN, Neb. – Life at an 1820s military post will be depicted at Living History Weekend at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park on May 4-5. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., volunteers will demonstrate period trades, such as blacksmithing, carpentry, tinsmithing and coopering, and crafts such as quilting, spinning and weaving. Members of the American Mountain Men group will have an encampment on the grounds, portraying the fur trappers who helped settle the region. There will be a presentation at …

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Valentine Youth Fishing Clinic Set for May 4

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Nebraska Walleye Association and Valentine Lions Club will conduct a youth fishing clinic on May 4 at the Valentine State Fish Hatchery. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. and the clinic starts at 10 at the hatchery northeast of Valentine. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children. Free rod-reel combos and tackle boxes will be given to the first 100 registrants. Lunch will be provided. Participants will learn about knot-tying, fish …

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Beyond BOW Archery Classes Scheduled in May

LINCOLN, Neb. – A Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman archery class will take place at Platte River State Park each Wednesday in May. Participants may attend any of the classes, which are: May 8, Introduction to Archery; May 15, Shopping for Women’s Bows; May 22, Tuning Your Bow; and May 29, Fun with Archery. The classes cost $5 each and run from 6-9 p.m. at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex. Bows will be available to participants who do …

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Family Fishing Event April 29 at Terrytown

LINCOLN, Neb. – Honor a Scotts Bluff County fishing enthusiast and enjoy an evening of fishing with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on April 29 at Terry’s Pit in Terrytown. This free Family Fishing Event is from 5-7:30 p.m., and loaner fishing poles, bait and instruction will be available. Permit and regulation requirements apply. The event will include the dedication of the Jerry Tallmon Memorial Fishing Activity Trailer. Tallmon, a native of Mitchell and longtime fishing proponent, passed away …

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Fort Kearny ODP Offers Activities for Dogs

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Fort Kearny Outdoor Discovery Program is going to the dogs May 11. Come out for a free day of outdoor fun and don’t forget to bring the family dog. The program has several activities for dogs this year, including a dock jumping competition, in which your pet chases a dummy off a dock into the water. There is a timed retriever maze, in which your dog will retrieve a dummy while winding through a field of …

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National Walk at Lunch Day to Benefit Nebraska Trails

LINCOLN, Neb. – April 24 is National Walk at Lunch Day. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska will contribute $20 to the Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation for each organization that registers to walk. The Foundation will use the money to maintain and expand some of the state’s 1,236 miles of trails. Schools, businesses, organizations and individuals can visit www.nebraskablue.com to register. Participants choose a time and place to walk that is most convenient, perhaps even walking one of …

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Southeast District Birding Day Set for May 15

LINCOLN, Neb. – The public is invited to join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for the Southeast District Birding Day on May 15 at Schramm Park State Recreation Area. This free day of birding will begin at 7:30 at Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, located 7 miles south of Gretna on Nebraska Highway 31. Participants should bring binoculars, field guides, insect repellant, sunscreen and clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather. A lunch will be served for $5. Interested persons should contact …

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Guide Rock Crop Stubble Meeting Rescheduled

LINCOLN, Neb. – A Nebraska Game and Parks Commission public informational meeting in Guide Rock to discuss crop stubble management has been rescheduled for May 1. It was postponed April 18 because of inclement weather. The meeting will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the Guide Rock Community Center, 120 W. Douglas St. Game and Parks recently was awarded a $1.5 million grant by the Nebraska Environmental Trust to enroll tall wheat and milo stubble into the Crop Stubble Management, …

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Hunters Should Be Wary of Cattle at Oak Glen WMA

LINCOLN, Neb. – Spring turkey hunters are reminded to close all gates at Oak Glen Wildlife Management Area in Seward County, as cattle will be grazing on the northern portion of the 633-acre area beginning May 1, weather permitting. Grazing is a grassland management tool that will increase the growth of legumes and forbs, improving the native prairie for grassland species. Oak Glen WMA is located 1½ miles north of Garland. The spring turkey season closes May 31.

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