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Prescribed Burn Training Workshops Scheduled

LINCOLN – Pheasants Forever and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host prescribed burn training workshops for landowners across the state in the coming weeks. These workshops are for beginning to intermediate burners and cover fire behavior, proper equipment and safety techniques, as well as ways to plan for burns to minimize risk. All workshops are scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The workshop schedule is: – Jan. 15 – Lincoln, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension Office, 444 Cherry Creek …

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Ice Bowl Disc Golf Jan. 10 at Mahoney State Park

LINCOLN – Compete for prizes or just for fun at the Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park on Jan. 10. Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, players throw a flying disc at a basket. The object is to traverse a course in the fewest number of throws of the disc. Players tee off at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in the …

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First Day Hike Planned at Platte River State Park

LINCOLN – Get outside for some holiday exercise during Platte River State Park’s First Day Hike on Jan. 1. Hikers will meet at 2 p.m. at the Walter G. Scott Lodge for the moderate 1-mile hike on the Observation Tower Trail. Park staff will lead the hike to the top of the tower, then down toward a waterfall before looping back to the lodge. Hikers should dress for the weather and can bring water, snowshoes and snacks. Call 402-234-2217 for …

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First Day Hike at Ponca State Park

Ponca State Park is offering a healthy start to your new year with a “First Day Hike”. Guests are welcome to take part in unguided hikes or in a scavenger hunt-style hike. Scavenger hunt forms can be picked up at the Resource and Education Center. At 1:30 p.m., join park naturalists for a guided hike on Bigley’s Ravine Trail. Participants should dress accordingly and bring a water bottle, camera and/or binoculars. At the conclusion of the hike, stop in at …

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Take Precautions to Avoid Hypothermia

LINCOLN – Enjoying the Nebraska winter can be some of the most fun a person spends outdoors. Whether it’s hunting, ice fishing, cross country skiing, sledding or snowshoeing, the state has great outdoor opportunities. Being outdoors in the winter also means being safe in the coldest of temperatures. Avoiding hypothermia is key. Hypothermia is a low body temperature most often is caused by exposure to cold weather or immersion in a cold body of water. Left untreated, hypothermia can lead …

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Game and Parks Suggests Tips for Safety on Ice

LINCOLN – Stay safe on the ice this winter while enjoying a day of ice fishing. Follow these Nebraska Game and Parks Commission tips for safety on the ice: — There should be at least 4 inches of clear, solid ice before an angler ventures onto a frozen lake or pond. — Wear a life jacket. — Commercial or homemade ice picks should be worn around your neck in case you fall through and need something to grip the ice …

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Learn Trophy Scoring at Lincoln Workshop

LINCOLN – Learn how to score a trophy at a free workshop Jan. 8 in Lincoln. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center. Randy Stutheit, Nebraska big game records coordinator and certified Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young Club scorer, will cover the basics of measuring typical and nontypical whitetail and mule deer and antelope. Participants may bring their own trophies to measure. This workshop is limited to 20 participants. Visit …

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Game and Parks to Burn Brush Piles

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will burn brush piles, as weather and snow cover allow, at several sites across the state. Brush piles are created by the removal of invading trees in grassland or timber stands or from trees damaged in storms. Removal of brush piles will open grasslands and timber for continued management, eliminate a wildfire fuel source and eliminate sites conducive to the germination of noxious and invasive plants. The following list includes scheduled prescribed …

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Big Game Meeting in Ord Rescheduled for Jan. 8

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission invites hunters and landowners to attend a rescheduled public informational meeting to discuss big game issues Jan. 8 in Ord. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Valley County Fairgrounds Extension Building, 801 S St. Game and Parks biologists will explain and take questions on several topics, including deer management, deer damage and depredation permits, antlerless harvest, trophy management and diseases. The meeting was initially scheduled for Dec. 15 but …

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